Community Dinners

Every Wednesday Evening 4:30 - 6:00 PM  -  (September - June) 
Pentwater residents and people from surrounding communities are invited to enjoy our community dinner any Wednesday night.  Come experience the culinary expertise of Chef Karen and her volunteer cooks.  The meal is home-made and served restaurant style and always ends with home-made deserts and good conversation.

All kinds of people attend:  those who need a meal, those seeking some social contact, families wanting to "eat out", volunteers who help then eat, and even people with nothing else to do.  Everyone is welcome!  A donation for dinner is never required, but greatly appreciated.

   Top Left Photo:  Gloria  (left) and Chef Karen (right) during prep for Thanksgiving Dinner
   Top Right Photo:  Gloria (left) and Jerry (right)  preparing turkeys.
   Bottom Left Photo:  Officer Randy on Duty.

Chef Karen on the right with Gloria, one of the cooks, on the left

Chef Karen on the right with Gloria, one of the cooks, on the left

Gloria - Left and Jerry - right prepare Turkey as Chef Karen Looks on - Middle

Gloria - Left and Jerry - right prepare Turkey as Chef Karen Looks on - Middle

Officer Randy guards and serves home-made deserts  

Officer Randy guards and serves home-made deserts

 

Help Your Neighbor - Feed The Hungry!

Please bring canned goods and other nonperishable foods to the table in the front lobby.  The Outreach Committee appreciates your generosity and people in need will be fed!


 

 Volunteer at Church

Provide Altar Flowers - There is a flower sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the entrance to the Fellow Ship Hall if you wish to provide altar flowers during the year.   We always have opportunities for you remember a loved one.

Be a Fellowship Host - There is a Fellowship sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the entrance to the Fellow Ship Hall. Be a part of the Fellowship Fun after church by organizing coffee and pastries.  Get to know others in the community, share a good story or anecdote, or comfort a neighbor..

Speak the Word - Liturgists are needed to read the Word on Sunday Mornings.  Look for the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall or call the office.  You don't have to be Thespian to read the word to the people!

  Outreach Activities

  We actively reach out to local, national, and world communities by supporting the following:

  • Hart  and Walkerville Food Pantries  (Read More about Michigan Food Pantries)
    Thanksgiving & Christmas Basket Filling & Distribution
  • Muskegon Rescue Mission  (Read More)
  • UM Conference Ministries
  • Habitat for Humanity  (Read More)
  • Clark Retirement Community  (Read More)
  • Resurrection Funds
  • Personal Energy Transportation  (Providing appropriate mobility)  (Read More)
  • Feeding America  (Fighting hunger in America)   (Read More)
  • UMCOR  (United Methodist Committee on Relief - relief supplies, housing, and support) (Read More)
  • UMCOR Sager Brown Relief Supply Operations & Depot:  Baldwin, LA    (Read More)
  • Mulungwishi Seminary - Congo    (Read More)
  • Elma Jocson - Missionary - Liberia  (Read More)

Assistance Needed & Always Appreciated

   In Oceana County – Our Community . . . With all of the talk about food baskets and local gift giving during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays there are still people in our county in dire need!. Kitty Tuinstra of Oceana’s Home Partners and the Housing Council provided these figures to the Men's Group to raise awareness and to increase support. The figures are recent and the needs are trending up as season employment runs its course and the economy struggles. In Our Oceana County . . .

  •   The percentage of families with children living below the poverty level = 24.5% (Michigan – 13.5%).
  •   The number of households living below poverty level = 1503.
  •   The percentage of individuals over 18 below poverty level = 17.2%  (Michigan state is 10.5%).
  •   Fair Market Rent for 2 BR unit is $634/mo. This requires an income of $25,360/year or $12.19/hour.
  •   Household w/1 full time worker at min. wage spends 49% of gross mo. income renting a 2 BR unit.
  •   47.8% of all renters in are cost-burdened (rent above 30% of their gross monthly income).
  •   The number of rental units that are affordable to families below the poverty line = 211.
  •   On any given night, about 26 families and 6 unaccompanied youth may be homeless.
  •   The typical homeless family is a 28 year old single female with 2 children.
  •   Most people become homeless due to events they cannot control: e.g. hour reducion, lay-offs, car  repairs, medical bills, children's needs, etc.


What can you do to Help?  Prayers + clothing, food, furniture donations, help with job searches or resume writing, coaching to develop skills, or networking to help others get employed. A talent you have may be needed.  Contact Kitty Tuinstra of Oceana’s Home Partners and the Housing Council.
Phone 231-873-2222 - 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday.

Community Support Groups

 Cancer  Lakeshore Community Hospital
 2nd Tuesday
 7:00 p.m.
 Stroke Survivors  Scottville Sr. Center
 3rd Tuesday
 2:00 p.m.
 Low Vision
 Ludington Sr. Center
 3nd Monday
 1:30 p.m.
 Caregivers
 Baby Boomers &
 Beyond
 OCCA
 2nd Wednesday
 2:00 p.m.
 Dementia  OCCA - 2nd Floor
 3rd Thursday
 4:00 p.m.
 Bariatric
 St. James Episcopal
 4th Tuesday
 7:00 p.m.