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Group receives $100,000 grant for AME Church roof

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The Thomas Memorial AME Zion Church on Morrison Street has received a $100,000 financial boost to fix the historic church’s roof.

The Friends of Thomas Memorial Coalition — a group of about 10 preservationists across the state — has announced that it has obtained $100,000 in funding from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a program from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Shameika Ingram, who’s leading efforts to renovate the church, said it was a collaborative effort to obtain the grant to make necessary repairs to the church’s roof.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the church. To be recognized for its historic value and to receive the support to keep the physical building in the community is an honor,” she said.

The People’s AME Zion Church in Syracuse, remains the church’s owner and is involved in the project.

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Church offers community meals as part of city’s Code Blue Team

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This week, Thanksgiving will come and then it will go, just like it does every year. But for people in the city, it doesn’t mean that the opportunity to give, to talk with their neighbors and to have warm meals, is gone.

Emmanuel Congressional Church, 119 S. Hamilton St., is hosting free community meals Monday to Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., all winter long.

The church is part of the city’s Code Blue Team, a group of organizations that come together each year when the temperature drops below 32 degrees, to provide shelter and food for anyone in need.

Some of the other big players this year are the Salvation army, Urban Mission and the Jefferson County Department of Social Services.

Their goal is to make sure that homeless people are provided with shelter all day, seven days a week, throughout the winter.

The plan is coming together. Cher VanBrocklin, executive director of the Urban Mission, said it is in the process of hiring weekend staff and will soon provide daytime shelter seven days a week. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and it plans to open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the weekend.

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North Carolina Church Raises Thousands to Pay Off Cafeteria Lunch Debt For Every County School

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A North Carolina pastor has been helping children in need throughout his county, whether they need clothes, housing, or even a family—with programs like his church’s Foster and Adoption Ministry.

A few years ago his City Church in Gastonia started Hope Closet, a clothing giveaway for kids who may be displaced, or kids in schools who need new shoes.

A few weeks ago he ran across a news article about the growing number of kids whose school lunch accounts remain unpaid.

School lunch debt is a problem for districts across North Carolina, including Gaston County where Pastor Dickie Spargo learned that families owe a total of $13,000.

“We decided that we were going to share it with our church, and then just take up an offering and see what would happen,” Spargo told local media.

In less than two weeks, the congregation raised $23,000.

“What a great opportunity to bless these kids,” the pastor told his congregation after delivering the check.

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First Presbyterian Church opening for Watertown market

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For the next six Wednesdays, Watertown First Presbyterian Church will be opening its restroom facilities and sanctuary during the Watertown Farm and Craft Market on Washington Street.

Parents can also sign up their children for Vacation Bible School, which will be held every Wednesday during July.

Parents can register at www.watertownfirstpres.org/vbs for their children ages 4 to 12 for one or more of the free Wednesday programs, which last from 9:30 a.m. to noon. A snack and lunch are included.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public can enter the church along Academy Street, which will be marked with a welcome sign, to use the restrooms. The restrooms have changing tables.

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