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Memorial programs are far reaching

December 1, 2012
Daily Press

GLADSTONE - The ministries of Memorial United Methodist Church have enhanced the fellowship within the congregation and has extended far beyond the walls of their facility.

The Service Guild began as the Evening Service Guild in 1945 and is still ongoing, sponsoring bazaars, salad luncheons, cookbooks, graduation breakfasts.

The first Ecumenical Service celebrating Thanksgiving was held at the All Saints Catholic Church in November 1984 with 750 people attending.

Participates in the Annual World Run Walk for Hunger began in June 1985. Mike Lanasa was the church's first representative. It has continued yearly with local sponsoring churches on a rotating basis. A pancake breakfast is a part of the event.

In November 1991, after reading about a need for food at the Cass Avenue United Methodist Church Community Center in Detroit, Barb Nemacheck suggested that some hunters may want to give meat from one of their deer kill. This was the beginning of the church's annual venison project for the needy in Detroit. Since that time, seven tons of meat has been donated. In addition to the Detroit center, the collection is now split with local food kitchens as well.

In 2000 a group for 55 years and older people was formed called J.O.Y. (Just older youth).

Vacation Bible School has been a part of Memorial's Education Dept. Within the last few years, Memorial has joined together with First Lutheran sharing the same curriculum with each church hosting a week of the two-week event.

Family Fellowship is happening throughout the year such as canoe trips, color tours, fish fry, camping and much more.

Memorial helps support the Salvation Army and St Vincent DePaul with food collection and monetary support.

The Clothes Closet, located in the church, provides gently used clothing.

The church hosts an annual Fall Festival - a free Halloween Carnival for the children of the community beginning with "Trunk or Treat."

A monthly movie night for the community brings children and adults together to enjoy a family movie along with popcorn and drink, all free of charge.

Mission Work is done not only globally, but also locally with such work as painting, window washing, raking, providing heat assistance, and hosting many events within the facility.



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