On Saturday, February 23, ten volunteers from our church traveled to the Shelter of Flint to clean and paint a one-bedroom apartment as well as to sort and organize an art supply closet for the children. The Shelter is always short of housing and very much wanted the apartment refurbished so that it could be occupied quickly. The women who were on a church retreat donated a large number of “wish list” items that were warmly received. Our tour of the Shelter demonstrated how well they use those donations to assist their guests! 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 designed to help the homeless find their way to a better life.
Stewardship of all God’s creatures is emphasized by our service to the Fenton Adopt-a-Pet mission. Our 21 volunteers had a great time socializing the animals, talking with the staff, cleaning the floors and painting the surgery room. The Adopt-a-Pet mission seeks “to find loving homes for homeless dogs and cats as well as assist people in the community to find homes for their personal animals.” A couple of our youth signed up to be regular volunteers at Adopt-a-Pet!
The generosity of our community for those in need was reaffirmed Saturday, December 15, as members of our congregation rang the Salvation Army Bell. Over 40 participants of all ages smiled and greeted shoppers outside WalMart and VG’s as the kettles received donations to help our brothers and sisters experience the hope of Christ’s presence this Christmas Season. A special thanks to all the individuals and families who shared their time ringing the joyful “good news” of love and peace.