Tri-County Christmas In Action performed significant home repairs to a Fenton Township house owned by a senior with disabilities on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Ten adults and eight youth volunteers from our church worked at the house on Main Road. Our team helped to paint the outside of the home, stain the front deck, clean the home, repair the downspouts, weed the planting areas and spread mulch. Other volunteers at the house moved the laundry room from the basement to the main floor, installed a shower in the bathroom and installed a new kitchen ceiling fan. The homeowner was very appreciative!
On Saturday, February 27, ten volunteers from our church traveled to the Shelter of Flint to help prepare an apartment for transitional housing as well as to sort donated clothing and new toys for the guests there. The apartment needed the walls, ceilings, floors, refrigerator and stove washed. In addition, we installed new venetian blinds, a closet doorknob and a new kitchen light. Sorting the clothing makes it available to the guests. The new toys are sorted and saved in the “birthday closet” to serve as gifts for the children when their birthdays arrive. The Shelter of Flint is a multi-faceted organization that provides much-needed emergency and transitional housing for the homeless as well as numerous programs to help the homeless find their way to a better life.
Roger organized another men’s luncheon at the Villager in Holly on Thursday, January 14. He really outdid himself by gathering 43 men together at one time (worse than herding chickens!). We had a great time.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…so the women organized their own luncheon at Brick Street. As usual, they did it better than the men!
The Mission and Stewardship committee would like to thank the many members who so quickly contributed 4 large bags of very nice clothes into the box in fellowship hall. The clothes went to the clothing closet at Carriage Town Ministries in downtown Flint this past week. More good news is that we already have more clothes contributed into the collection box in fellowship hall! Thank you for sharing with those less fortunate.
On a balmy winter day, our members shared their Christmas Joy with the community and helped the Salvation Army raise some money so that more local families could enjoy Christmas. Our members smiled, sang Christmas carols and greeted shoppers at VG’s on Silver Lake Parkway as well as at WalMart on Saturday, December 12, from 9am – 8pm. We were again impressed with the generosity of our community through their donations to the red kettle. The mission committee wants to sincerely thank the many volunteers for making a difference in our community!
We want to thank the 54 people who showed up to donate their blood, the 47 people who were able to donate, the Boy Scouts for assisting in setting up and packing up the equipment, the members who made cookies and the members who hosted the drive on Saturday, December 5. The weather was great and the walk-in donations increased because the StreetScape is complete and the JingleFest event was in progress.
In 2014, 331,500 people were positively impacted by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. The Hunger Solution Center opened, doubling the capacity of the Food Bank as well as increasing the amount of fresh produce distributed from 4 million pounds to 12 million pounds. There are 400 partner agencies in 22 counties that work daily to make a difference. In 2014, 6784 people volunteered 60,312 hours in the warehouse! 98% of the money raised goes toward services. These comments are paraphrased from the 2014 Annual Report of the Food Bank.
Through your pledges to our church’s program, the mission committee makes donations to the Food Bank. In addition, our members have supported their Empty Bowls fund raiser in September as well as volunteering our hands to assist them in sorting food for distribution. On October 24, 6 volunteers from our church spent the morning sorting food for distribution to the partner agencies. Working with 12 other volunteers, we sorted 7873 pounds of food. The mission committee wants to thank our members for their numerous methods of supporting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan!
Fourteen volunteers from our church traveled to the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint on Saturday, October 10, to prepare and serve a lunch to people in crisis. Larry Zimbler again headed up our meal preparation by deciding on a menu, obtaining the food and organizing our volunteers. We served spaghetti with meatballs, salad, garlic bread and two sheet cakes (that we baked) to about 100 people. Everyone really liked the meal and we enjoyed their company.
Volunteers from St. Jude’s Episcopal Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Fenton joined together to provide two homes in Flint with a “Brush With Kindness.” Habitat for Humanity organized a number of homes on the north end of Flint to have minor repairs as well as the exterior painted as a part of their “Brush With Kindness” program. In addition, Habitat is working with the homeowners to apply for grants for more significant home repairs. Both homeowners were very appreciative. It is amazing what a coat of paint does for the appearance of the homes!
On Thursday, September 24, eleven of our members went together to the Empty Bowls fund raiser for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. This year the event was held in their new Hunger Solutions building. For $20.00, each person selected a ceramic bowl to take home as well as consumed numerous bowls of soups and breads from area restaurants. It is a fun way to support a very worthwhile cause!