Upcoming Events

Church Bazaar

November 4th

9am-3pm

Stuff the Blue Goose Food Drive

November 4th

10am-2pm

Communion Sunday

November 5th

10am

Pantries

Nov. 10th & 17th

10am-Noon

Windsor Township Retirees Luncheon

November 15th

12 Noon

Village Market

November 18th

Noon-4pm in church


 

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    Church Bells in the Village Bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 4th, 9am-3pm. Once again, we will be having crafts, gifts, make-your-own jewelry, cookies, food and silent action. It's also a great way to connect with others in the community over a homemade lunch. Winner of quilt raffle will be drawn at 3pm. Proceeds go to assist the church and several of their missions.

    Stuff the Blue Goose The Michigan State Police will be collecting items for the food and personal needs pantry at the church on Saturday, November 4th from 10:00 – 2:00, which is the same day as our bazaar. We are very appreciative of the Michigan State Police for their support!

    News from Food Pantry- Thank you for your continued support of our pantry! We are providing food for an average of 40 – 45 people per month. We are very grateful for the produce we have been receiving from the Eaton Rapids Farmers Market. We are also grateful for our dedicated volunteers who pack our food boxes, Sarah Ausel, Terri and Scott Edick, Elizabeth Torres and Beth Everson. Thank you!

    Special Holiday Pantry Distribution Dates Due to the holidays, our distribution days in November and December will be changed to the 2nd and 3rd Fridays of the month (November 10th & 17th and December 8th & 15th).

    New Pantry Partners- We are excited to announce that we are now partners with Lilac Lane Farm Produce, which is owned by Kim Estes from Eaton Rapids. Kim is also working with other farmers who are able to help donate as well. As part of the grant provided by the Eaton-Barry Health Department, they have agreed to provide our food pantry with fresh produce, as it is available. We are looking forward to working with Lilac Lane Farm Produce!

    Grocery Cart Items The grocery cart items for November are staples and baking supplies. We are also in need of canned fruit. As part of the health department grant, we are providing suggestions for healthy alternatives. Healthy alternatives for canned goods could include low-sodium or water packed canned vegetables, canned fruits in 100% juice or lite syrup, low-sodium or water packed canned meats and seafood, or low sodium canned beans and peas. We greatly appreciate all donations. Thank you!

    THANK YOU FOR PLASTIC BAGS We are once again in need of plastic grocery bags. If you have any to donate, please put them in the shopping cart and we will take care of them.

    The The Fishbowl Collection: The “Cents-ability” (previously known as “Two-Cents-A-Meal”) collection is taken every Communion Sunday. Congregations invite every member to contribute a few cents at every meal as an expression of thanksgiving for what we have received and as a commitment to share with others. Donations go to the Presbyterian Hunger Program which has provided the means for Presbyterians to respond to the crisis of hunger in the US and around the world. Thank you for your contributions!

    Knittin’ for Jesus - Yarn is available in the old social room for squares, hats, mittens, scarves, etc. for Knittin’for Jesus. We will find a home for everything that is donated. Please see Beth Everson if you have questions.

    Box TopsWe are collecting Box Tops for Education and Campbell Soup Labels for Dimondale Elementary. A collection bucket is available in the Great Room.

    Dimondale Community Pantries

    We continue to run our food pantry as an ecumenical venture. Dimondale United Methodist Church helps us with logistics for collecting and distibuting personal needs. West Windsor United Brethren furnish us with fresh produce from their community garden during the growing season.

    Please call 517-646-6183 or 517-646-0641 and leave your name and phone number and volunteer will return your call within 48 hours to discuss your needs, pick up times, and location. Pick up your food at First Presbyterian Church and personal needs at Dimondale United Methodist Church on either the 2nd or 4th Friday of each month from 10am - Noon. We can dispense a week's worth of items once a month per household.

    Giving Tree

    Session has created a “Giving Tree” on the bulletin board in the Great Room. Each item on the Giving Tree is approved by session for various needs around the church. You can  help us  keep the church clean by donating to a new vacuum cleaner for the church. Other needs will appear as session adds them to the tree. Thank you for checking it over each Sunday! Mark your name and an amount by items you wish to contribute toward & put your donation in the offering plate (mark it for the item) or bring them to the church office.

    Go Green

    We are the stewards of God’s creation.  One small way we can improve our environment is to reduce waste, one cup at a time!  We have volunteers who are willing to wash coffee-hour cups, glasses and plates.  So, if you have graciously volunteered for coffee-hour and find ceramic cups, plastic glasses and plates sitting out, sit back and enjoy, they will be washed for you!

    Also, we are now recycling paper, magazines, and plastic/styrofoam.  Bins are located in the Mail Room area and the kitchen. During coffee hour, place your empty cups in the blue bin.

    Holy Communion

    The Lord Jesus Christ requests the honor of your presence at the serving of Holy Communion, generally the first Sunday of the month during worship.

    We receive 2 cents a meal contributions on Communion Sundays dedicated to the hunger relief project.  Each time your family shares a meal, remember those in the world, including our own community, who do not have enough food by putting 2 cents per person per meal in a can or bank.  Bring your offering to church on Communion Sunday to be collected in the fish bowl.  The money is then forwarded to join other gifts at the Presbyterian level, dispersed through a variety of hunger relief programs.

    Mission Work

    Elders, Deacons and members of our church regularly reach out to those in our community and around the world to offer assistance to those in need.  Our church runs a “Pantry” and regularly accepts and distributes food from our “Pantry”.  In addition, a Caring Fund has also been established to help those within our congregation and in the community with emergencies or special needs.  For additional information, visit the Mission Work page.