Upcoming Events

Communion Sunday

September 10th

10am

Sunday School begins

September 10th

10am

Pantries

Sept. 8th & 22nd

10am-Noon

Scrapbooking

Sept. 22nd & 23rd

9am-????

Windsor Township Retirees Luncheon

September 27th

12 Noon

Farmers' Market

Every Thursday

3-7pm @ Village Parking Lot


 

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    News from Food Pantry- We had a busy summer and provided food for over 50 people per month. Thank you for the donations in the grocery cart and the container at Carl’s Market. We also thank the Dimondale United Methodist for their donations and their member who donated a very generous amount of hamburger. We greatly appreciate your support!

    New Around Food Pantry- Have you noticed that our food pantry has been in the news?! There was an article about our pantry in the Holt Community News in July and there was also a segment on WILX News 10 on August 11. (Thank you to Pastor Scott for being our spokesperson!) We have been in the news because of our policy changes related to our partnership with Barry-Eaton Health Department. Our biggest news is that we recently purchased a new freezer with funds received from their grant! As part of this grant, we also received materials about nutrition to display on distribution days and developed a nutrition policy with an objective of increasing healthy food choices for our families. Our new nutrition policy states that we will provide food from each food group, seek donations of fresh produce, encourage donations of healthy options, purchase healthy options when they are available from the Greater Lansing Food Bank, and provide recipes and nutrition information on distribution day. We are always grateful for all donations we receive and will revise our suggested donation list to include healthy alternatives. We would especially like to thank Lauren Cibor and Abigail Lynch from the Health Department for all their assistance and support. They were great to work with! Thank you also to Anne Sheltrown from the MSU Cooperative Extension Office for providing the Cooking Matters Classes which were also a success.

    Grocery Cart ItemsThe grocery cart items for September are hygiene products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc.) for the personal needs pantry at the Dimondale United Methodist Church.

    THANK YOU!!May was an exceptional month for the pantry. We received 645 lbs. of food from the Michigan State Police “Stuff-A-Blue-Goose” food drive on May 13th. A big thanks to Trooper Marco Jones for organizing the food drive. We also received 251 lb. from the Letter Carriers Food Drive which was also held on May 13th. We appreciate all the support we receive from our community!

    THANK YOU FOR PLASTIC BAGS Thank you for your donations of plastic grocery bags. We have a good supply now and will let you know when we are running low.

    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.