On Wednesday, August 12, our mission outreach committee hosted a picnic at Silver Lake Park Beach in Fenton for the Whaley Children Center. We were pleased that 35 youth and 6 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 would also like to thank Jet’s Pizza for contributing 16 pizzas again this year.
After 9 nine days on Isle Royale, the group returned a day late due to gale force winds preventing boats from leaving the island. While everyone was happy to be home, the experience was deeply meaningful to all. Thank you to Pastor Dale Swihart as he led his last backpacking trip with our group.
2015 Camper Awards
The I Can Talk Your Ear off on the Trail Award goes to Nick for his endless stream of “Who cares knowledge.” He gets rights to the Isle Royal Box Set of Texas Hold ‘em, complete with $100 pine cones and $500 rocks, and to the book, How to Lose 100 Games of Solitaire in Five Days. His tee shirts reads: “See, Nate, that is how you put a tent away.”
The Food Vacuum Cleaner Award goes to Anna for her ability to make every morsel of food on the table disappear. She gets one trail walker, complete with bright lime green tennis balls and a cane to keep her upright on the trails, a giant tube of Neosporin, a finger spatula to clean every dessert bag and one giant stuffed moose that appears on command. Her tee shirt says, “Pudding Meister.”
The Trail Runner Award goes to Ann for her ability to leap boulders, roots and mud holes in a single bound and for faithfully leading us on the trail. She gets one set of titanium silverware, a cobweb catcher, and a dew collector. Her tee shirt reads, “I can kick your butt ‘cuz I carried Dale’s stuff.”
The Oatmeal Gag Award goes to Nate for making the most outrageous faces while eating cooked oats. He gets a year’s supply of Quaker Oats. His tee shirt reads: “You can call me Sarah, you can call me Wesley, but you can’t call me David!”
The Trail Face Plant Award goes to Heidi – she gets a hiking partner who will actually stop and help her up with she falls. Her tee shirt reads, “I may finish second on the trail, but I hike harder.” She also gets an indestructible $5 pair of sandals, complete with toe guards.
We had a great time camping at Hoffmaster and visiting with Dale and Barb in early July. Sunsets and devotion time were pretty cool too! We pondered whether you can be spiritual but not religious and discovered that since God made us to be in relationship, it’s important to have both aspects alive in one’s life to fulfill God’s calling on our individual lives. In a nutshell, you can experience God in a sunset (spiritual), but relationship (religious/churchgoing) comes from sharing that experience, or any experience, with God and others. That’s ministry!
A big thank you to Pastor Dale for our hike through the park, and for introducing us to his and Barb’s favorite ice cream stand. Thank you to Jenny Gibb and Jon Wenzel for assisting with transportation and chaperoning. Perhaps this will become an annual event???
On Saturday, July 11, 2015, 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. This year the race course was modified due to the downtown construction with the StreetScape project. 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 at the O’Donnell Park.
Our church supplied nine volunteers who assisted with traffic control at five neighborhood corners. Thank you to the volunteers for assisting in this worthwhile cause. Everyone had a great time!
Our annual pilgrimage to the Massanetta Middle School Conference at Massanetta Springs, VA., was, once again, meaningful and fun! We learned what it looks like to Wear Love: from Colossians 3:12 & 14 – “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience… Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
This will be the theme for the 5th Sunday worship service on August 16. Below is a slide show from our trip. And yes, Jenny and Tina (the fearless youth leaders) experienced and survived the giant slip ‘n slide 🙂
Congratulations to Olivia Kirkey, receiving the Ken and Marilee Smiley scholarship in memory of Ken and their son Mark. Congratulations to Heidi Ritchie receiving the 2015 annual Deacon scholarship. Thank you to all the applicants!
We want to thank the 32 people who showed up to donate their blood, the 26 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 20. We had two first-time donors and two double-red donations (giving us credit for 28 pints). The weather was great and the donations went very smoothly in spite of the StreetScape construction. We expect the walk-in donations will increase in future blood drives when the construction is complete and when either the Art Walk or JingleFest are concurrent with our blood drives.
Our church’s team “Presbyterians With A Purpose” again helped raise funds to fight cancer in this year’s Relay For Life. We walked in memory of the people who lost their fight with cancer and in celebration of the people who have survived cancer! Almost everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by this dreadful disease. Our 24 team members have raised over $7500 so far this year with a Milford sales event still coming up in July. We are helping to find a cure for the many forms of cancer!
Please SAVE THE DATE! Come join our annual church picnic at the Bush Park Pavilion, 498 Jefferson Street, Fenton, August 16 at 11:30. This family event includes something for everyone. There will be food, including hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and plenty of desserts. You can sit around and talk with friends and join in our “Second Annual Croquette Competition.” You can even bring a fishing pole to try your luck in the Shiawassee! Just relax and have a restful Sunday, we hope to see you there.
2015 Graduate recognition Sunday took place on May 31 with breakfast and gifts sponsored by the Christian Education Committee, followed by a special worship service at 10am. Congratulations to our high school and college graduates! May God’s grace and love guide you on your new life journey.
High School Graduates: Sabrina Cleis (Fenton), Ann and D’Onte Fetzer (Holly), Charlie Harper (Hartland), Colin Hodgkin (Fenton), Olivia Kirkey (Linden), Heidi Ritchie (linden), Andrew Roberts (Linden), Maggie Sheppard (Pioneer – Ann Arbor), and Annie Wilson (Hartland).
College Graduates: Olivia Horton – Alma College with a Major in Biology, Minors in Environmental Science and French; Alexianna Mundy – Grand Valley State University with a dual degree in Photography and Public Relations & Advertising; Kelly Roberts – University of Michigan with a BS in Kinesiology with concentration in Intra Operative Neuro Monitroing.
Below are Colin Hodgkin, D’Onte Fetzer, Ann Fetzer, Annie Wilson, Heidi Ritchie, and Olivia Kirkey 🙂