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Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Please vote for New Haven Food Bank


PLEASE HELP NEW HAVEN FOOD BANK: Your votes are needed!

This year New Haven Food Bank is again competing for the most votes as Allen County’s favorite non-profit.

Last year, with your faithful help, NHFB placed third. Let’s be first place this year.

Please vote ONCE EVERY DAY for NHFB through the end of  September.

Below are directions:


CLICK: Vote Now

CLICK: Allen County

SCROLL down the nominee list

CLICK: Vote Now

CLICK: NEW HAVEN FOOD BANK and enter your email address in the strip.


Remember to have each family member with their own email address vote once daily for NEW HAVEN FOOD BANK

POSTED: 08/16/17 at 2:31 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, News

Garage sales are right around the corner and if your sales are anything like ours you will have some items leftover afterwards. New Horizons Fellowship is willing to accept any gently used, school-age children’s clothing to give away before school starts in the fall. You can drop the clothes off on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th from 10 to 12. The address is 1330 Werling Road.

NHF is not selling the items but will be giving them away to any students in need of clothing before school starts. We may even make arrangements to come and pick them up. You can contact us at 749-0422 or

POSTED: 06/05/17 at 8:24 am. FILED UNDER: Church, News, Schools

Now Offering Before/After School Care and New Facilities

Central Lutheran School, located at 900 Green St, has announced that they will offer before and after school care for the 2017-2018 school year. The before and after school care will be available for all students who are enrolled in preschool through 8th grade at Central Lutheran. The school is also on schedule to open a new Early Childhood Center and Gymnasium for the 2017-2018 school year. The project at Central Lutheran School includes 16,430sf addition and 18,966sf gym expansion. Enrollment is currently open to the community. Families interested in enrolling can contact the Admissions Counselor, Mrs. Kelly Beverly, at 493-2502 ext. 337. Classes are filling up quickly for next school year!

About Central Lutheran School

Central Lutheran School has been a part of the New Haven community since 1952. Central serves over 400 students and offers classes for students in 3-yaer old preschool through 8th grade. For additional information about the building project or information about enrolling your child, go to or call us at 260-493-2502.

A view of the East side of the Early Childhood Center

Gymnasium: The gym will contain a high school sized basketball court, two side courts, seating in the bleachers for 400, a stage for drama production and concerts, 4 locker rooms, restrooms, storage, and an athletic director’s office.

A view inside one of the early childhood classrooms

Central Lutheran



POSTED: 05/02/17 at 3:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, News, Schools

Father’s Day 5K – Saturday, June 17, 2017

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend by running for your Father or in honor of your Father (or Father figure). Bring the entire family for a fun morning of activities, including a Kid’s Fun Run before the 5k. After the race enjoy a pancake breakfast with your family. It’s a great opportunity to run for someone you love. If you have a heart to help but cannot join the race, volunteer opportunities are available. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ministries of Associated Churches.

Advanced registration is $15 for ages 15 & Under and $25 for ages 16 & up. A family maximum of $80 is available for families with two adults and multiple children. Late registration is $30 for ages 16 & up.

Each runner will receive a commemorative dog tag and a t-shirt. Awards will be presented to the top male & female runner in each age group category. Advance packet pickup is available on Friday, June 16th from 8am to Noon and 4pm to 6pm at Associated Churches, 602 E. Wayne Street.
*Register by June 9th to ensure a t-shirt.

  • 7:30am – Registration begins on site
  • 8:00am – Kid’s Fun Run begins on site
  • 8:30am – Fathers Day 5K begins on site

POSTED: 04/01/17 at 1:13 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, Entertainment, News

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,

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 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.

POSTED: 03/06/17 at 2:47 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, News

“Huge Annual Church Garage Sale…lots of housewares, home decor and clothes!

Address: Grace Gathering; 3157 Minnich Rd, New Haven, IN 46774

Dates of sale:

March 31, 9am to 4pm and April 1, 9am to 2pm”

POSTED: 03/06/17 at 2:44 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, Entertainment, News

NIPSCO donates $5,000 to Associated Churches Neighborhood Food Network this holiday season

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

POSTED: 12/20/16 at 11:10 am. FILED UNDER: Business, Church, News

Associated Churches’ Military Families program delivers Christmas gifts to local military base

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

POSTED: 12/20/16 at 11:07 am. FILED UNDER: Church

Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne Awards $35,000 to fund the various programs of Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County.
Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County has been awarded a grant in the amount of $35,000 by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.  These funds will be used to support the general operations of Associated Churches.
The Community Foundation grant will be used to support the various programs of Associated Churches which focuses on two key areas: basic needs and youth and family support.  For basic needs, Associated Churches provides emergency food to those in need. For youth and family services, Associated Churches has A Baby’s Closet (an incentive program for parents to attend classes and prenatal care) and Rising Stars (partnering community organizations to support the needs of local elementary schools).
Rev. Roger Reece, Executive Pastor, states, “The Community Foundation’s investment into our county will help meet the needs of emergency food relief, support young mothers at A Baby’s Closet, and help provide parenting classes in our Risings Stars program. This investment of human capital will have far reaching benefits that will be a blessing for years to come.”
Since 1944, Associated Churches has filled the gap to help those most in need in the community of Fort Wayne and Allen County.  Today, Associated Churches is a unique
faith-based organization that brings together over 13,000 volunteers to serve and work together to improve our community.  Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County is accepting donations to continue to fill the gap for those in need within the Fort Wayne and Allen county community.  For more information on Associated Churches or how you can support Associated Churches’ community efforts, please call (260) 422-3528.
The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is a public charitable foundation serving Allen County since 1922.  The Community Foundation had assets of approximately $140 million at December 31, 2015, and awarded more than $6.5 million in charitable grants and scholarships in that year.  The Community Foundation of greater Fort Wayne exists to serve as a community leader to improve the quality of life by building permanent endowments, promoting effective grantmaking, fostering philanthropy, stimulating community dialogue and helping donors achieve their charitable goals.

POSTED: 11/11/16 at 10:45 am. FILED UNDER: Church, News

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

POSTED: 08/24/16 at 1:14 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, News