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!
7 youth and 2 adults had a great time singing songs, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, and greeting customers at the Fenton Walmart from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. Some customers challenged us to sing super loud for a donation, and one bought us cookies and gave us the Rudolph nose! Time flew by and a lot of Christmas cheer was shared 🙂
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.
12 youth and 7 adults participated for all or part of the time during World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, sponsored by our youth group. The program consisted of service projects,”tribal games” that taught us about hunger, poverty, and the importance of education, and ended with communion on Sunday morning. Saturday’s service projects included fall yard clean-up at Carriage Town Ministries’ properties in Flint, Michigan, a prayer walk in the downtown Fenton area, and raking a yard for a family in our congregation. Of course, jumping into piles of leaves was part of the fun! All in all we filled over 60 bags of leaves – Whew!!! Thank you to Mark and Jenny Gibb, Lee and Vicky Graham, Club 45, and Bill & Nikki Black for working alongside us, and to Pastor David for leading us in our communion service to break the fast 🙂
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.
Thank you to everyone who walked, rocked and donated to this year’s CROP Hunger Walk. The event took place from 1:30 – 3 at Bush Park on October 4. Each lap walked earned a ticket for the raffle drawings, the course had challenges throughout, rocking chairs were offered for those who found that an easier way to participate and a gentle yoga session was provided, the band was awesome and played during the walking time, and Uncle Ray’s provided ice cream sundaes for all. The preliminary estimated total collected from our Fenton, Holly, Linden and Lake Fenton community is $11,000, and 25% of the proceeds stays local! Way to Go!!! Below are pictures of adults from our church hanging a sign and our youth that participated.
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!