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

Bill

Volunteering for Adopt-a-Pet is always a treat and a surprise! Armed with rakes to rake the walking trails, our group soon found itself drilling post holes, setting the posts, fastening 2×4 boards to the posts, and fastening pallets to the boards. Once completely assembled, green garden cloth will be attached to the pallets. The result will be a new Halloween maze for the 2021 Halloween fun at Adopt-a-Pet!

Last year, the Halloween walk raised $35,000 from their Halloween celebration, funds much needed to support their program through the pandemic. Adopt-a-Pet is always looking for ways to enlarge its purpose in caring for and adopting out its furry friends. Stop by and see the outdoor fenced runs for the dogs and the outdoor kitty screened-in porch – and add the Howling Halloween Party and Haunted Trail to your calendar for family fun this fall.

Volunteers from our church went to the Shelter of Flint 5 times during April and May of 2021 to renovate a very cute and well loved playhouse.  Initial work involved replacing several damaged boards.  Then the roof shingles were replaced and the playhouse was painted with 2 coats of paint.  Finally, the window openings were glazed with Lexan plastic, the entrance had a new plywood covering and the floor was stained.  Our volunteers thought this was a very worthwhile project and enjoyed our time together.

Eight volunteers from our church braved another day during the COVID pandemic to first sort donated supplies and then to assemble 40 Snuggle Sacks on Saturday, January 16.  Each sack holds various hygiene supplies, one meal, socks, gloves, and a blanket.  They deliver these sacks to homeless shelters as well as on the streets of Flint. They were grateful for our assistance and we are very grateful for their service to the MANY homeless people in our area.

Snuggle Sacks is a new mission outreach opportunity for our church to serve the homeless in Michigan.  It was founded 5 years ago by then-8-year-old Addisyn Goss of Fenton and her siblings after discovering that their grandfather had been homeless. They gave us a better understanding of the needs of the homeless and how essential this type of support is to survival. Her family is now distributing about 800 sacks to the homeless each month. The program continues to expands in Michigan and now Indiana.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, access to food has become even more important for everyone. Our church supplied a small group of volunteers (at their request) to assist the North End Soup Kitchen in preparing a warm lunch and other foods for the people of Flint who are struggling the most. We prepared a warm meal of French toast, diced potatoes and sausage patties for 60 people and placed them into Styrofoam containers. In addition, we prepared 183 ham sandwiches and placed them into sandwich bags. We also helped sort various incoming food supplies into more usable tubs that were sorted by specific food types. All of this while maintaining the best social distancing practices that we were able to perform. We felt that this was a very worthwhile outreach that also made us feel very useful.

The Shelter of Flint serves more than 1000 homeless adults and children every day! The average stay for their client is 37 days and they consistently report 90% in positive housing destinations.

On February 22, ten volunteers from our church went to serve at the Shelter of Flint. We organized their attic storage and washed/waxed their dining room floor. Our church family helped them make a difference in our world using our time, talents and treasure (we use some of the mission budget to support their essential services).

The Shelter of Flint has several essential programs: (1) They provide emergency shelter for the homeless, (2) They provide transitional and permanent housing, (3) They provide comprehensive housing placement services in Genesee County, and (4) They provide the Homeless Outreach program as a point of entry for Genesee County including street outreach, wrap around services that partner with other community agencies, and information and referrals for needed services.

Twenty-one volunteers from our church braved a very wintery day to sort products and assemble 75 Snuggle Sacks in Fenton on Saturday, January 18. Each sack holds various hygiene supplies, one meal, socks, gloves, and a blanket. Our grateful thanks to all those in the congregation and to the Deacons who donated a large number of supplies for the sacks!

Snuggle Sacks is a new mission outreach opportunity for our church to serve the homeless in Michigan and was founded 4 years ago by Fenton preteen Addisyn Goss and her siblings after discovering their grandfather had been homeless. Addisyn gave us a better understanding of the needs of the homeless and how essential this type of support is to survival. Her family is now distributing about 1000 sacks to the homeless each month on the street and outside homeless shelters. The program continues to expand in Michigan and now Indiana.

“Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. One donation can potentially save up to 3 lives. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.”  — Red Cross

We had another very successful blood drive. We had a goal to collect 38 pints of blood and we collected 37. We want to thank the people who donated the blood, 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, November 30. We are grateful that we can host such an important life-preserving event for our community! In addition, we use some of our local mission budget to support the Red Cross programs.

Over 19% of the people in eastern Michigan are food insecure! The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan provides food to over 400 partner agencies in 22 counties. A hungry person or family could be your child’s friend from school, your co-worker or even your neighbor.

Here is just one neighbor’s story from the Food Bank clients:  Daniel supports his wife and two children by working long hours, six days a week, as a painter. In the past, Daniel’s family had to make some tough choices between paying for their bills and buying food. The family found assistance through their local food pantry, which distributes healthy food at his daughter’s school. “By helping [us] provide for our children now, they are helping us give our children a chance at a better future.”

On Saturday, November 16th, fifteen volunteers from our church performed a mission outreach at the Food Bank on Howard Avenue in Flint. They worked together to review, clean and sort through pallets of food. The group carpooled together from church.

Through your pledges to our church’s program, the mission committee makes donations to the Food Bank:  $1 = 6 meals; $20 can feed a family of four for 10 days. In addition, our members have supported their Empty Bowls fund raiser in September as well as volunteering our hands to assist them in sorting food for distribution. The mission committee wants to thank our members for their numerous methods of supporting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan!

Approximately 30 walkers from our church supported the 2019 CROP Walk on Sunday, October 5, to reduce hunger around the world including Fenton.  To encourage youth fund raising efforts, both Tina and Pastor Robbie created a “challenge” and both challenges were met.  So Tina had two lime pies thrown at her and Robbie had 50 water balloons thrown at him.  A good time was had by all!

This was Fenton’s 39th annual walk for the Fenton, Lake Fenton, Linden and Holly area but the 50th for the national walk.  Walkers proceeded past various stations within Bush Park designed to raise hunger awareness as well as around downtown Fenton.  Alternately, participants could sit and rock at one location or could do Jazzercise at another.

Approximately $355,000 has been raised in the previous 37 years of walking 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.

A group of 8 volunteers from our church assisted building a Habitat home in Gaines on Saturday, July 27.  Our group installed siding on the exterior of the home and blocks in the floor joists.  We had a very rewarding time.

The homeowner, Stephanie, was a missionary and has scarce financial resources.  Stephanie runs a non-profit that supports churches in their mission work by helping them with marketing.  Her childhood home burned down when she was a kid so she knows what it is like to lose everything and not have a place to stay.  Her passion and appreciation for homeownership are guided by those memories as well as her devotion to Christ.  She is very excited about her new home!