Erin Briggs of Russell was recently diagnosed with a rare form of small cell ovarian cancer at the age of 29. She no longer has medical insurance to cover her treatments and the community is hosting a benefit event to assist Erin and her family with the substantial medical costs. On Saturday, January 7th at 4:30 p.m. the Praise Fellowship Church will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Benefit Event. There will be an auction and live concert by Scott Phillips along with dinner. Local area churches are providing assistance with food supplies. If you can help or would like to make a donation to Erin and her family, you can do so by contacting the Praise Fellowship Church at (814) 757-5758. Mark your calendars to come on out to this special event and make a donation. Thank You.
In the spring of 2010, the Free Methodist Church was approached by Second Harvest of Erie, PA and asked to host a Mobile Food Pantry distribution. A truck full of food has been delivered nine times a year to the church's location and the food distributed to area families. This has been very successful and during December 2011 alone with the help of 47 volunteers they were able to distribute approximately 12,000 lbs. of donated food to 188 families in the area representing 506 individuals. The majority of these individuals are families with younger children.
In addition to the Second Harvest events the church has operated a small local food pantry and was able to meet the needs of a few families each month over many years. Acquiring food however was always problematic. Food drives from the Boy Scouts, the local area schools, and their own congregation were the primary means by which food was received. In November, SGFMC signed an agreement to make them a member of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Western Pennsylvania's network of agency food pantries. This among other things means that we can now purchase food from the Second Harvest food bank at rates many times less than going to a local grocery store. Because of this and from the monetary donations of some generous individuals, they were are able to supplement the existing food stores with new and much needed items from Second Harvest. They now have a large stocked and functioning food pantry with the goal of serving the local area families who are struggling in this tough economic climate.
Food is available to individuals and families meeting the Second Harvest income qualification guidelines. Regular distributions of food will occur on the third Wednesday of the month from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Other pickup times are available by calling the church office at (814) 489-3105. Office hours are M,T,Th, F from 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Donations of food and money are greatly appreciated and can be made by dropping food off at the church. Monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed. The address is Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church, P.O. Box 596, 210 Jamestown Street, Sugar Grove, PA 16350.
A community lunch is provided at the local area churches. The first Friday of each month lunch is provided at the Mission Covenant Church. The 2nd Thursday lunch is provided at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. The third Wednesday lunch is provided at the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church. All lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Red Kettle outside the Town and County Store this holiday season to give a donation. The Sugar Grove Community donated $1,533.50 to the Salvation Army over the Holiday season. This total is a record for the Community's Christmas giving. The Red Kettle Campaign helps raise donations for those who need it most by providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless other programs.
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a Stable Beginning
The Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church families are giving up their poinsettia flowers this season to help out a family in need. Normally the congregation would give funds to purchase flowers in memory of loved ones. The monies spent on flowers to decorate their church this year is going to help a homeless family in Kenya, Africa build a new home. After three weeks they have raised $5,000.00 out of the $7,500.00 needed to build the home. If you would like to make a donation to help build this house, you can contact the church office at 489-3105. Monies will be collected for another week.
Stamping out the
Due to the overwhelming response of the crafters in the Sugar Grove area the library will now be offering a monthly stamping class. The next class will be held Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Class members will create two cards, using a 3D dimensional and a Valentine's Day theme card with textured embossing. A Feb. 13 class is also tentatively set. The cost of the class will be $4 per card. Please call the Sugar Grove Free Library at 489-7872 to reserve your seat for this class.
Monday, Jan. 16, there is no school scheduled for students as it is a professional development day for teachers only. Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27 are also professional development days for staff only and there will be no classes scheduled for students. Monday, Feb. 6 will be the make up day with class in session for the snow day used on Jan. 3.