St. Jude’s is a place where we are called to seek and worship God, and reach out to others. We believe that all people are part of God’s family, and try to share the abundance of God’s love both inside and outside of our doors. We invite you to join us as we grow in faith while expressing our doubts, and add your own questions to our ongoing conversation. No matter your background or where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.
The current state of the Michigan economy and changes in services available locally has led St. Jude’s into a time of prayerful discernment for our church and city. Dialogue has begun with other churches and community groups. We are listening for how God may be calling us to focus our energy and resources.
In the meantime, we continue to care for others through the following events which have happened or are planned in 2017.
- Family Promise – Genesee County movable shelter for families
- Food Bank Volunteer Support
- Sock drive for Carriage Town Ministries
- School Lunch Program
- Truckload Giveaway (3 to 4 per year)
- Read and Feed
- CROP Walk – The Fenton are CROP Walk has a new Facebook page! You will find all of the information you need by visiting the Fenton Area CROP Hunger Walk Facebook page.
- Coats for Kids
- Christmas Families
- Group Home Support
- Habitat for Humanity
St. Jude’s opens its building to support the neighborhood. Primarily we do this through our continued support of twelve step programs. We currently have one kind of a meeting or another in our building every night of the week except Sundays. We are also home to a local co-op, the community garden board, and a group of bluegrass/folk musicians. For the full list see our calendar in The Beacon.
Hunger and poverty are rampant in our world, and escalating in the current economic conditions. They aren’t just a problem in 3rd world countries; they are problems right here in Fenton. Something can and must be done about them! Our local CROP Hunger Walk is a great place to start. With just a few hours of effort and a few miles, you can personally make a difference. In the words of John 3:18, “… love, not in word and speech but in truth and action.” On October 4, 2016 we held the 36th Annual Fenton/Lake Fenton/Linden/Holly CROP Walk. Participants from area churches raised awareness, and funds, to make a real impact on hunger and poverty. Whether it is helping families rebuild after natural disasters, providing seeds and tools so that people can grow their own food, or buying groceries for the St. Jude’s School Lunch Program, the CROP Hunger Walk will make a difference.
Over the past 35 years we have raised over $100,000 for St. Jude’s School Lunch Program, FISH of Linden, St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry and F.A.R.R. Outside of our immediate community we have contributed an additional $250,000 to hunger, poverty and disaster related causes in the U.S. and around the world. In total our Hunger Walk has donated over a quarter of a million dollars… now that’s what I call making a difference!
So mark your calendars for next year and join us in any way you can. You can volunteer, sponsor a walker, or work your own muscles with others in your church and community. For more information, contact Dave Rayner for details and/or walk envelopes.
2019 Outreach Opportunities to participate in:
a. Family Promise Week – April 29, July 28, October 27
b. Truckloads – May 11 (plus two more in the fall)
c. Group Home Spring Clean Up – Late May – TBD
d. CROP Walk- October 6th
e. Advent Coin Folders – December 1
If you would like to help out, or know someone who would like to help, please see the sign-up sheets in Vandenbergh Hall, or contact Dave Rayner.