On Palm Sunday, the congregation gathered for a time of fellowship, as well as Adult Ed and Easter activities for kids. While the kids made Easter chocolates and did crafts, adults gathered to study the Holy Week stories of Jesus' arrest, crucifixion and burial. To guide our discussion, we used Resurrection Eggs that each contain a small object representing one part of the story. At the end, each group put their object in order of the whole story. Below, see their final product.
This year the Presbyterian Women supported the children of Second Mile Center in Detroit. We had 30 names on the tree in the Narthex and folks pulled off names of needy children so they could shop for them. The children has asked for school clothes and one gift item for Christmas. On Sunday, December 11th, we checked the bags to make sure all items were accounted for. Then we packaged up 30 Christmas bags containing shirts, pants, toys, mittens, scarves and socks. All bags were accounted for that week and Waunita Flint, Joyce Mcfarlane and Judy Webb delivered the items to SMCe all wrapped up in Christmas bags and bright red plastic sacks.
Many thanks to our Congregation for once again making Christmas bright for needy children. The center and the children were thrilled to receive these special gifts of love!
Happy New Year!
Each of the baskets was overflowing with several days worth of meals and all of the fixings for a delicious Christmas dinner. The remaining five baskets were given to the 785th Army Reserve post in Fraser, MI. From there, they will be sent out to families of currently deployed soldiers who are in need of assistance this holiday season. We have been working with the 785th for three years, and it is a very rewarding mission.
If you have read the paper any time of late, you know about the widespread epidemic of homelessness and hunger in our community. Asking for food assistance can be a humbling and difficult thing for families to do and it is hard to imagine that food security is so real a concern for many of our neighbors. Thanks to our church, twenty-five families won't have that worry this Christmas; they will be full of pumpkin pie, turkey, stuffing, and much more! It is truly wonderful that our church has once again given so generously to help our neighbors.
-Sarah Martin-Fanone, Deacons' Moderator
On Monday, December 5, the First Church Men's Group sponsored a mission dinner at Second Mile Center, Detroit, of mostacholi/meat sauce, bread/butter, salad/dressing, fruit punch and vanilla pudding w/cinnamon. First Church had 12 people involved in the preparation and serving. Mike Slupinski made the excellent pasta meat sauce ahead of time and there were three volunteers outside the Men's Group assisting us.
I gave a short lesson in Stewardship to the children with a blessing of the food. We then fed 87 children and adults from Second Mile Center plus 8 Warren First volunteers. Everyone liked the meal and there was almost nothing leftover. The Lord was with us that day as we helped many hungry and appreciative children and adults from the Detroit community. The Warren First volunteers were as excited as the fed recipients of our mission work, learning how we can help those who are deserving.