This fall, Ingomar Church kicked off a new program for preteens and tweens in grades 4 through 7. Elevate takes place during the 9:45am Connect & Grow time on Sunday mornings. During this time, preteens have the chance to experience worship in a way that they can connect with their faith.
We have an average of 17 preteens attending each Sunday, reaching out to 30 individual preteens, some who have never engaged in a Sunday morning experience at Ingomar Church before. Each Sunday, they are actively worshiping and participating in small groups. Elevate has been a great addition to the worship and small group ministries of our church, and we look forward to the amazing places it will take our preteens in their faith journey.
On Thursday, October 18, the Ingomar Child Enrichment Center hosted a spaghetti dinner in Fellowship Hall. This year, we designated the funds raised to go to the Harmon family, whose 4 year old son Porter is receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. The ICEC children grew lettuce in earth boxes which were harvested for the salad. Many ICEC families donated vegetables to be used in the spaghetti sauce, pounds of spaghetti and cans of tomatoes and sauce. Members of a women’s bible study group helped prep and cook on Wednesday. Preschool moms, preschool teachers, neighbors, friends, and family members of the Harmon’s showed up to set up, work in the kitchen, reset tables, serve meals, and clean up.
We served over 600 meals that evening! The tables were decorated with placemats which the children of the ICEC had created. Many had messages of hope and love to Porter. It was truly an amazing example of people of God coming together to do the work of God. It was the church being the church. 100% of donations went to the Harmon family. The total raised by the spaghetti dinner was $14,402.46. What a testament to God’s grace and goodness!
FALL RUMMAGE SALE – MISSION OUTREACH
Fall Rummage Sale
Thank you for a wonderful week of fellowship and a successful sale! What a privilege to work alongside so many dedicated volunteers and to greet hundreds of people from our church and our community! We enjoy watching new friendships forming as volunteers sort, organize, price and share about their lives.
We also enjoy talking with the customers who line up outside our doors. They love to be greeted with a smile and a cup of coffee! Mary Ann and Paul are always the first to arrive by 7:15am for the 9am opening. They like decaf coffee with cream. Mary Ann takes 2 sugars and Paul takes one and they are pleased that we remember.
In addition to raising approximately $9500 for mission outreach, many other agencies and homeless people benefited from the sale. Warm clothes were sent to the Northside, where we serve once a month (Soup Kitchen/Daily Bread), and to Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community to clothe the homeless in those areas. Other agencies including Genesis House, Sojourner House, Goodwill Industries, St. Vincent de Paul, Living in Liberty, and Northland Library, also received goods from left over donations. Thank you all for your support in every way!
Paula Dahm, Tammy DeBonis & The Mission Outreach Committee