Since 2006, Adopt-a-Pet has found homes for over 3000 cats and dogs and funded veterinary care for some very sick animals. Their objective is “to find loving homes for homeless dogs and cats as well as assist people in the community to find homes for their personal animals.”
On Saturday, May 18, 13 volunteers from our church and 12 volunteers from our scout troop had a wonderful time assisting Adopt-a-Pet on a nice day. We cleaned the dog kennels, weeded the flower beds, cut down garlic mustard plans, cleaned an office floor, processed donated pop cans (which pays for their electricity each month!), filled holes and performed numerous other landscaping chores. We use a portion of our time, talents and mission budget to assist them in serving God’s cats and dogs.
Tri-County Christmas In Action performed significant home repairs to two houses (on in Byron and one in Gaines) on Saturday, April 27. Patricia is the homeowner and resident. Her daughter Tisha was the person requesting our assistance.
Six volunteers from our church worked at the house in Byron. Our team helped to repair/rebuild a wheelchair ramp and clean up the yard. The roof was also re-shingled by a couple men who were very familiar with roofing. The homeowner could no longer safely use the wheelchair ramp before it was repaired. Her large yard needed a lot of clean up. She is most appreciative of our service.
Our mission budget enables us to contribute to the Christmas In Action budget each year. Our time, talents and treasure are making a positive difference in God’s world.
Cleaning out your clothes closet? Have some small appliances that work well but you don’t use them anymore?
Our Carriage Town collection box is waiting for your donations! In Fellowship Hall at the head of the stairs in the large wooden box (made by Gene Morrison) with its new sign (made by Greeting Card leader, Claudia Henderson). Most often, it is Ken Wensel who makes the periodic trips to Carriage Town in Flint to deliver our donations, and he can tell you how appreciative Carriage Town is.
Carriage Town Ministries provides compassion and support to those with immediate housing and food needs and a longer term “get back on your feet” residential program with spiritual, educational, and work-service training for those ready to work toward productive lives. Your donations help them help others.
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, March 16th, eight scouts and five adults performed a mission outreach at the Food Bank. They worked together to repackage frozen squash. In 3 hours they processed 1400 pounds of food for area families. 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!
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. While they have many success stories, let us share just one:
After having difficulty finding suitable housing in Lansing and having a few homeless episodes, Angie returned to Flint to be near family. She came to the Shelter of Flint with her 2-year-old son, Christopher, who has special needs. While at the shelter, her son made friends and gained the courage to begin walking. She was able to get help finding a house and received a care package of household items when leaving the shelter. Angie and her family have been in their house for over a year. Her son is in school and is walking all over the place. Angie is taking classes at MI Works and works from home as a part-time beautician.
“The shelter helps you move forward. They motivate you to get out of the situation you are in and not be in that situation again. Shelter of Flint rocks!” Angie
On February 23, 13 volunteers from our church went to serve at the Shelter of Flint. We organized their attic storage, sorted their recent donations, cleaned the playroom and the one-stop building, washed the resident’s halls 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 our mission budget to support their essential services).
The Shelter of Flint has several essential programs:
- The provide emergency shelter for the homeless
- They provide transitional and permanent housing
- They provide comprehensive housing placement services in Genesee County
- They provide the Homeless Outreach program as a point of entry into services for Genesee County including street outreach, wrap around services that partner with other community agencies, and information and referrals for needed services
Fifteen volunteers from our church traveled to the North End Soup Kitchen on Saturday, January 12, to prepare and serve a lunch to people in crisis. We served 81 meals of goulash, salad, green beans and grapes. In addition, several of us worked in organizing items for sale in their new, non-profit store where a wide variety of items are available for sale at very cheap prices. We all had a fun and rewarding experience.
On November 17, 20 volunteers from our church spent the morning sorting food for distribution to the partner agencies. We sorted 5642 pounds of food that will create 188,550 meals for families. The Mission committee wants to thank our members for their numerous methods of supporting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan!
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan helps provide food to the hungry in 22 counties in the eastern half of Michigan. Over 19% of the people in eastern Michigan are food insecure. There are 400 partner agencies in 22 counties that work daily to make a difference. 98% of the money raised goes toward services.
Through your pledges to our church’s program, the mission committee makes donations to the Food Bank. 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.
Over 140 people from the Fenton churches showed up to walk in the 2018 CROP Walk on October 7 including 42 people from our church. We think this is a record number of walkers from our church! The contest between St. Jude’s and FFPC increased participation and interest! Since we “won”, Pastor Robbie was a good sport and shaved his beard off!! Because St. Jude’s participation was also up, Pastor Tracy still dyed her hair green.
This was Fenton’s 38th annual walk for the Fenton, Lake Fenton, Linden and Holly area. Walkers proceeded past various stations with 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 $14,000 is raised each year through this walk 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.
On Saturday, September 15, volunteers from our church had a wonderful time assisting Adopt-a-Pet on a sunny fall day. We cleaned the dog kennels, weeded the flower beds, painted the doorways and cleared some brush. Since 2006, Adopt-a-Pet has found homes for over 3000 cats and dogs and funded veterinary care for some very sick animals. Their objective is “to find loving homes for homeless dogs and cats as well as assist people in the community to find homes for their personal animals.” We use our time, talents and a portion of our mission budget to assist them in meeting this objective.
We are happy to report that our Read & Feed program was a great success for our seventh year! We registered 19 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 four 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 arts and craft 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 next several days. We also 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. The reading specialists at the various elementary schools have indicated that we are making a positive difference!
We want to thank the MANY 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 Jet’s Pizza and Uncle Ray’s Dairyland for contributing the food for our final lunch; it was a huge hit with the students!