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.
At the first youth group meeting this Fall, we split into 2 teams and hurried around town for 45 minutes to collect pictures for points. The group shown in this post did not win, however they were pretty creative! Both teams enjoyed large bags of candy as prizes 🙂 Below you’ll find them in a small, creative space, doing sidewalk angels, handstands at the Cornerstone building, and sitting with a family at a restaurant. Look like fun? Contact Tina Ritchie in the office for more information!
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!
With the help of First Presbyterian church of Fenton and Fenton Kiwanis 25 backpacks filled with school supplies, clothes and $40.00 payless gift cards were delivered. Thank you FFPC congregation for your continued support in helping others in need!
The “Mission” rotation runs through October 18th. Mission means to send out to serve or help others. Paul was the first missionary to the Gentiles, going from town to town, carrying the good news to many, and writing about it to others. As a result of Paul’s missionary efforts, new churches were formed in many cities of the Roman world. Paul recruited other Christians to minister to their needs and spread the good news even farther. The children will learn of Paul and his followers, discover who are missionaries today, and decide how they, too, can be missionaries for Christ.
The memory verse is: Acts 20:24 But nothing, not even my life, is more important than completing my mission. This is the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus: to testify about the good news of God’s grace.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Church Challenge Scavenger Hunt last week. It was shared that this event had people visiting places in the church that they’d never been, and many learned a lot about our church history! Teams that answered everything correctly were the PNC, Chas & Cheryl Kopplin, and the Miller/Terrill group. Way to go!!! Answers are posted on the Christian Education bulletin board.
We are happy to report that our Read & Feed program was a great success for our fourth year! We hosted 22 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 6 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 and 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 as well as sent them home with books that were contributed by the congregation.
Parents were overwhelmingly positive about the program. All of the students were excited and enthused to participate.
We want to thank the nearly 50 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!
On Tuesday, August 11, fourteen youth and three adults had a fun and relaxing time kayaking the Huron River in Ann Arbor. It was agreed that next year’s trip needs to be longer, possibly in conjunction with our camping trip! A big THANK YOU to Chris Browne and Jenny Gibb for assisting with this event.