This year, Lent starts on Wednesday, February 17 and you may be looking for a daily Lenten devotional. This year I am attracted to the one from It is written by the Society of St. Andrew. This group is one of many United Methodist mission groups and was founded by a local church like ours. One of their members responded to a spiritual leading that has since made a difference in many lives – lives that are hungry for food, and/or lives that are hungry to know God and Jesus and Spirit.

In rural Virginia, in 1979, a farmer church member opened up his fields after harvest to his church for “gleaning”. They used this gleaning to help feed the hungry and are continuing to do so today. The idea has spread to many farmers and many fields, and church groups volunteer to go and glean. So much is gleaned that even our own Franklin District UMC ordered a semi-load of potatoes from them. Our Church already made a donation of $200 towards the cost of transporting and will soon receive a portion of those potatoes for our Love Cupboard distribution, as we did last year too. Maybe our church mission committee will organize a gleaning experience for us?

You can download a copy of their Lenten devotional booklets (they are 40 pages) by clicking the button below. If this booklet inspires you to donate to end hunger, you may send directly to their ministry, or write a check to First Church and on the memo line write “missions – end hunger” and our church missions committee will direct your gift in the effort to end hunger in Clarion and elsewhere.