Upcoming Events

Communion

June 2nd

10am

Pantries

June 14th & 28th

10am-Noon

Red Cross Blood Drive

June 17th

1-6:45pm

Windsor Township Retirees Luncheon

June 26th

12 Noon

SENIOR Wednesday

Every Wednesday

12-3pm in Great Room

Yoga

Every Wednesday

5:45pm in Great Room

Knitting,Crocheting,etc.for Homeless

Every Monday

3:00 pm

Alcoholics Anonymous

Every Monday & Wednesday

8pm in Old Social Room


 

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    News from Food Pantry- May was a busy month for the food pantry. We continue to be grateful for your support!

    SAVE THE DATE On June 13th, Finley’s Grill & Smokehouse (7433 W. Saginaw Hwy.) is having a Funds for Friends Fundraiser for our food and personal needs pantries. 10% of all sales for the day will be donated to us. This is how you can participate: 1) Pick up a Funds for Friends flyer. They will be handed out on Sundays and there will be some available in the Great Room, or ask Pastor Scott, Jill or Karen for one. 2) Take the flyer when you go to eat. Only one flyer is needed per family or group. The flyer states it’s for dinner (5pm – 10pm) but anytime during the day is okay. Reservations are accepted if you have a big group. A section of the restaurant will be reserved for us. 3)Order off the menu like you normally would and enjoy! Feel free to take extra flyers for family and friends but remind them that they must have one flyer per group. Our goal is to have at least 30 people have dinner on June 13th so Finley’s will invite us to participate again. Please see Jill if you have questions.

    THANK YOU Thank you to the Dimondale Letter Carriers and the community for the items we received from the May food drive. We received 256 lbs. of food! Thank you also to the Central Michigan Paddle Auction. They had a fundraiser for the pantry on May 21 and raised $387 for Dimondale Community Pantries! The evening was a lot of fun and we are appreciative that we were chosen as the charity of the evening.

    Greater Lansing Food Bank People are often unaware of the quantity of food that we purchase/obtain from it and how much of a savings it is for us. During 2018, we acquired 16,582 lbs. of food and spent $1,985. This number also included the 3,511 lbs. of food we acquired through food drives, the Carl’s container and our grocery cart, which we must report to the GLFB every month. The actual value of the food we received, as determined by Feeding America, was $27,857 so our savings was $25,872. We receive a variety of categories of food including salvage, donated, purchased and USDA. A large percentage of the total lbs. is the free produce and dairy that Mary Jo, Beth and Al pick up twice monthly for our distribution days. Their twice monthly trips save our pantry a lot of money and provide our pantry families with a variety of healthy food choices.

    Grocery Cart Items The grocery cart items for June are coffee, tea and juice. We are especially in need of coffee and can also always use box potatoes. These are items that we are not available for purchase at the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

    PLASTIC BAGS We are 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. Thanks!

    The The Fishbowl Collection: The “Cents-ability” collection, also known as “Two-Cents-A-Meal”, is taken every Communion Sunday. 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. A knitting,crocheting, etc, group meets on Mondays at 3pm in church parlor to make items for the homeless.

    Box TopsWe continue to collect Box Tops for Education 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.