On Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, once again, the cafeteria at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School, 11565 N US Highway 27, Decatur, Indiana, will be full of activity: as we plan to pack 60,000 meals, at our annual event, to benefit the Pack Away Hunger campaign.
Pack Away Hunger is a nonprofit organization offering a meal with superior nutrition. The Nutri-Plenty™ meal contains Mathile M+ Micronutrients™, a scientifically-proven blend of 21 vitamins and minerals shown to help alleviate and also reverse the effects of micronutrient malnutrition in young children. The Nutri-Plenty™ meal also contains a healthy mixture of rice, soy, vegetables and flavorings, which is easy to prepare, requiring only a pot, boiling water and a spoon. This meal remains easy and safe to transport, and culturally acceptable worldwide. If you would like to know more about this non-for-profit organization, you can go to their website, www.packawayhunger.org.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of the meals packed will remain in Adams, Wells, and Allen Counties. We have several food pantries in the community that have expressed interest in receiving the meals, as well as, after school back pack programs. The remaining twenty-five percent (25%) will be distributed internationally to the country of Haiti through an international partner network. The need for these meals is just as great now as it has been in past years. If you are interested in donating funds to help offset the $16,200 needed to make our goal, please make your check payable to Pack Away Hunger and mail it to: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friedheim, Attn: Pack Away Hunger, 10653 North 550 West, Decatur, IN 46733. Checks should be mailed no later than Friday, March 10th.
On Friday, March 31st, we will have student volunteers, from several local elementary schools, working in fellowship together during the day to pack meals to benefit others in their communities; students participating in this volunteer effort are from St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School, Monroeville, Central Lutheran School, New Haven, Emmaus Lutheran School, Fort Wayne, and Wyneken Lutheran School, Decatur.
On Saturday, April 1st, we will need 230 volunteers for our packing that day. The morning shift will be from 9:00–11:30am and the afternoon shift will be from 1:00—3:30pm. If you belong to an organization or club, (such as National Honor Society or 4-H), that encourages community service hours, this event is the place for you! We will be providing forms to record your volunteer hours for those who need them. This event is also a wonderful opportunity for parents, (and grandparents), to volunteer with their children and to work on a project together. Once again, we will be visited by some special guests, during the afternoon shift (1:00—3:30pm). In the past two years, the we had special guest “princesses” visiting during the afternoon shift of our packing event to meet with our young volunteers and for picture opportunities. Whether you are 8 or 80 or somewhere in between, there is a job for you! If you would be willing to volunteer, please contact Dawn Buuck by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 260-724-7952, by Saturday, March 24th. For updates and additional information, please check out our Decatur Pack Away Hunger Facebook Page.
Address: Grace Gathering; 3157 Minnich Rd, New Haven, IN 46774
Dates of sale:
March 31, 9am to 4pm and April 1, 9am to 2pm”
|Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) donated $5,000 to the Neighborhood Food Network on December 16, 2016. Associated Churches Neighborhood Food Network will use the money to supply 26 food pantries with nonperishable items, dispersed around Fort Wayne and Allen County to help feed over 30,000 families per month.
“As the holidays approached, the donation from NIPSCO continued to provide families with reassurance and hope,” said Steve Staley, Director of Development at Associated Churches. “The gift from NIPSCO this holiday season is one that will reach to all corners of Fort Wayne and Allen County, filling our food banks this Christmas and into the New Year.”
Food pantry attendance increases seasonally. During the holidays, more people need assistance with food. The Neighborhood Food Network requires extra support to provide families with meals.
“At NIPSCO, we’re proud to help support the Neighborhood Food Network’s efforts to feed Allen County families,” said NIPSCO public affairs manager Dana Berkes. “NIPSCO employees are engaged in supporting many service organizations throughout the year and finding ways to help with hunger relief in our community continues to be a top priority for us.”
Associated Churches Neighborhood Food Network provides families with an emergency supply of food for free. Families may receive food once a month for their entire family. Those in need of food must go to their designated food bank near their residence and present proof of residency and identification. To find a food pantry in your neighborhood, please call the Associated Churches office at 260-422-3528.
Dana Berkes (middle), Public Affairs Manager at NIPSCO, presented a check for $5,000 to Steve Staley (left), Director of Development, and Rev. Roger Reece (right), Executive Pastor, on behalf of the Neighborhood Food Network, a program of Associated Churches.
|Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County was founded in 1944 and includes 135 churches as members. Its primary ministries include the Neighborhood Food Network, A Baby’s Closet, Rising Stars, and Military Families. For more information, visit www.AssociatedChurches.org.|
|Associated Churches’ Military Families program will deliver Christmas gifts to over eighty military family members at the 122nd Fighter Wing and 293rd Infantry Guard on Tuesday, December 20 at 10:00 am.
Christmas gifts are given by local businesses, churches, and individual donors.
The Military Families holiday gift donation has grown over the years as 2016 emerges as its largest donated year. Donating the Christmas gifts to the Military Families includes Associated Churches’ member congregations and community members, as well as, local businesses and individuals.
The Christmas gifts will be unloaded at the 122nd Fighter Wing on Tuesday, December 20.
Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County was founded in 1944 and includes 135 churches as members. Its primary ministries include the Neighborhood Food Network, A Baby’s Closet, Rising Stars, and Military Families. For more information, visit www.AssociatedChurches.org.
New Haven Food Bank
As the needs for assistance increase, the New Haven Food Bank is asking for your help to provide for families in need. The food bank is continually in need of cereal, soup, crackers, peanut butter, canned fruit and other canned food items, toiletry items and other nonperishable items.
Donations may be dropped off at Emanuel Lutheran Church in the shopping cart or on the table located in the west entrance of the church, or at New Haven City Hall in the lobby of both the Police Department and City Administration.
Thank you for your support of this mission which serves those families within our community. For more information, please contact Emanuel Lutheran Church at 749- 2163
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at New Horizons Fellowship on 8/1/2016. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
Harvest Fellowship in Leo is hosting Vacation Bible School, June 27 – July 1, 8:30-11:30AM, featuring Child Evangelism Fellowship 5-Day Club. It will be open to children 5 years old (by August 1) through 5th grade. To find out more, contact Harvest Fellowship by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 260-627-2720.