Thanksgiving meal, Germanfest report
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benefit from Open Arms Thanksgiving
The annual Thanksgiving meal served at Open
Arms Christian Fellowship brought in hundreds of guests and benefited many
others in different ways.
There were 350 meals served, including
meals to the Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln Fire Department,
Lincoln Rural Fire Department and Logan County Paramedic
addition, the following won gift cards in a drawing at the dinner:
John Hoyt – $25 Wal-Mart gift card
Ernest Petro – $25 IGA gift card
Geneva Skelton – $25 IGA gift card
Windlan – $25 Wal-Mart gift card
addition to gift cards, there were drawings for turkeys. Those
Including the drawing winners, Open Arms Christian Fellowship
gave out a total of 60 turkeys, with many given to families in need
through their local churches. The churches that participated were
LifePointe Church of God, Faith Assembly of God, Abundant Life House
of Praise and Open Arms Christian Fellowship.
Open Arms Christian Fellowship extends a very special "thank you"
to Home Sweet Home Ministries and Mission Mart of Lincoln for their
assistance in raising funds for this year's event.
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St. John's celebrates another
The Germanfest co-sponsors, St. John United Church
of Christ and the Oasis Senior Center, have announced the total for the 2013
event. There were 244 meals served by the youth with the drive-thru orders and
over 500 eating inside, giving the event a total profit of $4,242.23.
From the proceeds, $500 was
given to the St. John Youth Group for their annual program and dance
for veterans. The balance was divided between the two sponsors. The
Oasis received $1,871.12, and St. John United Church split their
$1,871.11 among three recipients. A total of $1,500 was designated
to go to disaster relief, to be given to help with the recent needs
in Washington and the other communities in central Illinois that
were affected by the tornado and to a Philippine relief fund. The
balance of $371.11 will be sent to a sister church, St. John UCC in
Chicago, for their inner-city mission work.
Also, the remaining brats not sold
were shared with a family in Lincoln who had lost everything in a
Chairing this year's Germanfest were Wayne Mara
and Tonita Reifsteck for St. John UCC and Georgina Binzen and Dennis Schrader
for the Oasis.