503 South Leroy Street Fenton, MI 48430 (810) 629-7801

Local Outreach

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 huge2014 Read and Feed2 hit with the s2014 Read and Feed3tudents!

 

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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.

CROP WalkIn spite of the overcast day, over 90 people from the Fenton churches showed up to walk today in the 2013 CROP Walk including 12 people from our church.  This was Fenton’s 33rd annual walk for the Fenton, Lake Fenton, Linden and Holly area.  Almost $300,000 has been raised over those years “ending 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.

Read and FeedWe are happy to report that our Read & Feed program was a great success for our second year!  We hosted 29 second and third grade readers from the Fenton elementary schools who had been identified as needing assistance with their 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 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 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.  Volunteers created a book bag for each student; we used these bags each day and then sent them home with several books that were contributed by the congregation.

 

ReadingReading to the therapy dogs was a big hit with the students!  Parents were overwhelmingly positive about the program.  All of the students were enthused to participate.

 

We want to thank the nearly 70 volunteers from our church and St. Jude’s who made this outreach possible.  We want to thank the congregation for their support of our mission budget that enables this type of outreach.  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!

Whaley Children's Center picnicOn Thursday, August 1, we hosted a picnic at Silver Lake Park Beach in Fenton for the Whaley Children’s Center.  We were pleased that 40 youth and 12 staff attended from Whaley.  They had a great time and were very appreciative; they look forward to this picnic each year.  We would like to thank the congregation for their support of our mission budget that enables this type of outreach.  We would also like to thank the many members who contributed food and hosted the picnic.  We also thank Jet’s Pizza for contributing 16 pizzas again this year.

Bastille Day RaceOn Saturday, July 13, our church supported the Bastille Day Race in downtown Fenton.  Each year, this race has generated over $18,000 for Genesee County Habitat for Humanity and brought thousands of visitors into Fenton.  This year they were hoping to have a record  1500 runners/walkers!  The 15k race began at 7:45 am while the 5k walk/run began at 8:00 am.  Food and entertainment were available at the gazebo where the race results were also posted.

Our church supplied eleven volunteers who assisted with traffic control at 8 neighborhood corners.  Thank you to the volunteers for assisting in this worthwhile cause!  Everyone had a great time!

This Sunday the 14th, is the start of passing out the outfits for the back to school project. The cards will also be available on the 21st and 28th.  The deadline to bring back these outfits will be August 11th so they can be distributed for the upcoming school year. Donations of any size are appreciated, thank you for your contribution.

Every summer our church provides a picnic at Silver Lake Park for the children and staff of the Whaley Children’s Center.  Please come and enjoy the day with us at Pavilion #2 from 4-6 pm on Thursday, August 1st.  Pizza will be donated, but we also need paper products, water, pop, cookies, watermelon slices and chips.  If you are interested in helping with these items, please sign your name with email address and what you would like to donate on the sign up sheet in fellowship hall.  If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Hunt.