Meet the Ministry Leader: David Sherin

I began attending Resurrection about 3 years ago and was only recently baptized. Coinciding with my journey into Orthodoxy has been my time with our Feeding the 5,000 Food Pantry, for which I was recently asked to become co-chair, as Nora Chopelas steps down after 2 years of amazing leadership and service. I’m incredibly humbled and blessed to be given this opportunity.

As St. Luke recounts, the two disciples who walked with Christ on the road to Emmaus only came to
 realize who He was when He broke bread with them. So too, do we encounter Christ in the Eucharist when we worship and celebrate the Liturgy. But the life in Christ does not stop here. As He himself says, “For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in…” (Matthew 25:35) and “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to the least of these of My brethren, you did it to Me,'” (Matthew 25:40). I’ve certainly passed the homeless and thought to myself from time to time, what if this man were Christ? But Our Lord’s words remind us that everyone in need is indeed Christ, and in every act of service we encounter Him. In a letter to the Philippians, St. Polycarp writes, “When you can do good defer it not, for almsgiving sets free from death,” here partially quoting from the book of Tobit, and echoing a similar passage from the Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach. We see here also a consistent theme throughout both Old and New Testament that service to the poor atones for sin. These words of our Lord and His great saints have been a constant encouragement for me during my time volunteering with the food pantry, and I hope to carry that through in my new position. 

During the Pandemic, we saw a doubling of need in the community we serve. God willing, that will drop off as the financial situation of those who come improves, but until then we’ve had an incredible set of volunteers and leaders throughout this time to sustain us and continue this important ministry. It’s always better to have too much help than not enough, so if you have the time, please consider helping! I want to thank everyone who has made, and continues to make, this ministry possible, and I especially want to thank the entire Resurrection community for giving me this opportunity.

In Christ, 
David Sherin

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