Tangible love: Skaneateles church spends Sunday stocking Auburn food pantries

Wegmans was busier than usual this Sunday as hundreds of people from Grace Chapel church in Skaneateles shopped in the Auburn store to stock food pantries and local pregnancy centers with needed items.

Grace Chapel called the day “Acts 29 Sunday” and instead of collecting tithes and offerings, the church opted to hold a 20-minute service and encouraged the congregation to spend what they otherwise would have given to the church on items to donate to the community.

“There is no Acts 29,” said Senior Pastor Barry Sisson during the church service, referring to the book of Acts in the Bible which only has 28 chapters. “Acts is all about … the establishment of the church. But Acts 29 is about being the Church. This is where we go and we are the Church.

“Today is about showing God’s love in Auburn,” Sisson said. “I will remind you that love is never silent and love never stands at a distance.”

Sisson explained to the congregation that the shopping list provided for shoppers was created by the pregnancy center and food pantries themselves, so items purchased will meet direct needs. After a few more directions on logistics, Sisson said the word of the day was “patience,” and with that he concluded the service: “Go be the Church.”

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