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 13. 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 warming the Advent Season in our community!
We want to thank the 60 people who showed up to donate their blood, the 52 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 blood drive on Saturday, December 6. The Red Cross was very encouraged by the number of appointments that were made to donate blood; they have promised to bring more staff to make the donation process quicker.
Over 110 people from the Fenton churches showed up to walk in the 2014 CROP Walk on October 5 including 14 people from our church. This was Fenton’s 34th annual walk for the Fenton, Lake Fenton, Linden and Holly area. Approximately $14,300 was raised through this walk to “end hunger one step at a time”. One-fourth of the money raised this year will be used to support three local agencies: FISH (Food Pantry) in Linden, St. Jude’s School Lunch Program and Fenton UMC Food Bank. The picture below captures our church’s walkers:
In 2013, 251,670 people or more than 1 in 6 people lived in food insecure households within the 22 counties served by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Through our pledges to our church’s program, the Mission committee makes donations to the Food Bank to assist in their mission outreach. In addition, our members have supported their Empty Bowls fund raiser in September as well as volunteering our hands to assist the Food Bank in sorting food for distribution. On October 25, 11 volunteers from our church spent the morning sorting Halloween candy. The Mission committee wants to thank our members for their numerous methods of supporting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan!
Sixteen volunteers from our church traveled to the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint on Saturday, September 27, 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, tossed salad, grapes, garlic bread and assorted desserts to about 135 people. Everyone really liked the meal and we enjoyed their company.
30 August ended this year’s Deacon’s Back to School project. Twenty-eight children received a bag of clothes, $40.00 for shoes donated by the Fenton Kiwanis and a backpack that included school supplies.
The congregation responded with characteristic zeal to a very short timeline as this year the names of needy children were not available until the beginning of August.
The participants in the project included the Fenton First Presbyterian Church congregation and the Fenton Kiwanis.
We are happy to report that our Read & Feed program was a great success for our third year! We hosted 24 second and third grade students from area 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. 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 craft and science projects, and to have lots of fun! We sent food home for them and their siblings for the remainder of the two weeks. Volunteers created a book bag for each student; we used these bags each day and then sent them home filled with books that were contributed. Parents and students were excited and enthused about the program.
We want to thank the nearly 50 volunteers from our church and St. Jude’s who made this outreach possible as well as to the two congregations who paid for this program out of their mission budgets. We also want to thank Home Depot for supplying bird feeders and pencil box kits 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!
We want to thank the 46 people who showed up to donate their blood during our Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, June 14. 43 people were able to donate. We also want to thank 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. The weather was great and the donations went very smoothly once the computers cooperated at the start of the day.
It’s nearly time for the Deacons’ Christmas Project. Our congregation will have the opportunity to help a family have a more joyous Christmas. You’ll be able to help by purchasing a grocery bag of food, or clothes and/or a toy for a child. This will all start November 17th after church services. Look for the Deacons at a table in the Fellowship Hall.