We are happy to report that our Read & Feed program was a great success for our sixth year! We registered 40 second and third grade readers from area elementary schools who had been identified as needing assistance with reading. We hoped to “jump start” their fall schooling by providing them with six mornings of reading experiences as well as food for breakfast and lunch.
With the larger number of students, we split them into four groups of 10 and added a fourth experience making each experience only 1/2 hour long. We think this worked out much better for everyone! We used most of our church to have the students read to us or to trained dogs, to have us read to them, to play word games, to sing songs and play games using music, to create various arts and craft projects, and to have lots of fun! We used our new kitchen to serve them breakfast and lunch the days they were here. We sent food home for them and their siblings for the remainder of the two weeks. We also sent them home with books that were contributed by the congregation. On the last day, the deacons sent home our back-to-school bookbags and new school clothes with the families that had indicated a need/interest.
Parents were overwhelmingly positive about the program. All of the students were excited and enthused to participate. The reading specialists at the various elementary schools have indicated that we are making a positive difference!
We want to thank the MANY volunteers from our church and St. Jude’s who made this outreach possible. Thank you to our congregation for their support of our mission budget that enables this type of outreach. We also want to thank Home Depot for supplying craft projects as well as volunteers to assist in their assembly. We want to thank Jet’s Pizza and Uncle Ray’s Dairyland for contributing the food for our final lunch; it was a huge hit with the students!!
Five young ladies from youth group were assisted by Pastor Robbie, Tina Ritchie, Bobby Clark and Jenny Gibb in leading worship on Sunday, August 6. The theme was “All Together Now” from the Massanetta Middle School Conference based on Galatians 3:28-29. To open worship, they dressed the communion table, then invited everyone into worship by singing a cappella “Spirit, Fall On Us.” Youth in middle school shared what they learned at the Massanetta Conference and youth in high school shared experiences and lessons from the Feet-to-Faith mission trip in Ohio. With a depth beyond their ages, they talked about what it means to be together and yet not the same, loving everyone as Christ loves us.
After worship the girls also went shopping to purchase clothes for our Deacon’s Back-to-School project. They shopped for five children with money donated by church members. This is the second year members of youth group have had the opportunity to shop for this project, learning how to be good stewards of money while purchasing fashionable and quality items for children in the Fenton area.
Below are pictures of 4 of the girls who participated showing the posters used in worship (the backsides say “Jew, Greek, slave, free, male, female), and the girls after our shopping trip to Target.
On Saturday, July 15, our church supported the Bastille Day Race in downtown Fenton. Each year, this race has generated over $18,000 for the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity chapter and brought thousands of visitors into Fenton. The 15k race began at 7:45 am while the 5k run/walk began at 8:00 am. Both races were wrapping up by 10:00 am. Food and entertainment were available behind city hall at the gazebo where the race results were also posted.
Our church supplied fourteen volunteers who assisted with traffic control at 6 neighborhood corners. Thank you to the volunteers for assisting in this worthwhile cause. Everyone had a great time!
We want to thank the 40 people who showed up to donate their blood, the 39 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, June 3. The new registration process worked very well so that no one had to wait long and the Red Cross could staff our blood drive correctly. We are grateful that we can host such an important life-preserving event for our community! We use some of our local mission money to support the Red Cross programs.
Tri-County Christmas In Action performed significant home repairs to two houses (one in Linden and one in Gaines) on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Eleven adults and two youth volunteers from our church worked at the house in Linden. Our team helped to paint the outside of the home, do yard work, bury a sump pump discharge line, repair the garage door, build a handicapped ramp to the side door and rebuild the railing to the front door, and install three grab bars inside the house. The homeowner was very appreciative of our efforts and interest.
Our mission budget enables us to contribute to the Christmas In Action work each year. In recognition of our giving $500 each year, we have had the name of our church on the back of the t-shirt that is given to each volunteer. Our stewardship efforts are making a positive difference in God’s world!
We had a great time interacting with the Expo visitors on March 4-5! Everyone enjoyed spinning the candy wheel and having pictures taken with animal or emoji face masks. Information about the church was available on the table. Here are some pictures of church member staffing our table.
Led by Vicky Graham and Cherri Maxwell, a couple of our 4th & 5th graders were available to assist our church’s table at the Fenton Expo last Sunday. Hosted by our New Member and Outreach Committee, they greeted people and shared information about our church. Thank you for your faithful witness!
On February 11, sixteen members of our church went to serve at the Shelter of Flint. We organized their attic storage as well as cleaned and waxed their dining room floor. We helped them make a difference in our world using our time, talents and treasure (we use some of our mission budget to support their essential services).
The Shelter of Flint has several essential programs that serve the Flint area:
- They provide emergency shelter for the homeless.
- They provide transitional and permanent housing.
- As of July 1, 2015, they are the only non-profit organization that provides comprehensive housing placement services in Genesee County.
- They provide the Homeless Outreach program as a point of entry into services for Genesee County including street outreach, wrap around services that partner with other community agencies, and information and referrals for needed services.
Volunteers from our church again supported the Flushing Presbyterian Church as they hosted 3 families for one week. Family Promise provides counseling, housing and support for homeless families in crisis and assists them in re-gaining their independence. One family was a young mother with two young sons. One family was a mother with two teen-aged twin sons. One family was a young couple with a 6 month-old girl. We hosted two of the seven dinners, evenings, nights and breakfast times. Together, we are sharing God’s love with our world!
We hosted another very successful Red Cross blood drive at our church! Our goal continued to be 39 pints, but we had 65 appointments and collected 53 pints! We want to thank the blood donors, the Boy Scouts for assisting in setting up and packing up the equipment, and the members who made cookies and the members who hosted the drive on Saturday, December 3.