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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 www.AssociatedChurches.org.

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 www.AssociatedChurches.org.

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

New Haven Fire Department visits the Martini Kids Club. They learned about fire safety and then got to play in the water!


POSTED: 07/04/16 at 9:53 am. FILED UNDER: Church, News

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.

POSTED: 06/30/16 at 1:47 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, News

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: vbs@harvestfellowship.us; or call 260-627-2720.

POSTED: 04/26/16 at 8:31 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Schools

POSTED: 01/22/16 at 7:12 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Entertainment, News

Operation Christmas Child a Huge Success at Central Lutheran School

Working with Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, students at Central Lutheran School participated once again in Operation Christmas Child.  Rather than exchanging Christmas gifts in their classrooms, students and their families collect items that will be packaged in shoeboxes and shipped all over the world to those in need.  Items include hygiene items, small toys, school supplies, socks, and a storybook about Jesus.  This year Central families filled 444 shoeboxes! Following Jesus’ example, students at Central Lutheran School are helping those in need and sharing the hope of the Gospel.

POSTED: 11/24/15 at 11:51 am. FILED UNDER: Church, News

Associated Churches Military Families program delivers Thanksgiving meals to local military bases

Associated Churches Military Families program is delivering Thanksgiving meals to the 293rd Infantry Regiment at 10:00 am on Monday, November 23. Also on Monday at 1:00 pm, meals will be delivered to the 122nd Fighter Wing. Meals donated are sponsored partly by McMahon’s Best One Tire and Auto Care. “Receiving meals from Associated Churches is not only a huge help to families, but also a boost of morale,” said Connie Douthat, Airmen & Family Readiness Program Manager at the Indiana Air National Guard. “Nobody wants to go without a holiday meal, and we are so blessed that families can go another year without worrying about buying a turkey for Thanksgiving.” Military Families, an Associated Churches program, has provided holiday meals for 6 years. Volunteers will pack the holiday meals on Saturday, November 21 at 9:00 am at the Associated Churches warehouse on 602 E Wayne Street. The boxes of holiday meals will be unloaded at each military base.

POSTED: 11/18/15 at 8:28 am. FILED UNDER: Church