LANSING, MI – Faith Fellowship Baptist Church and the Eastside Community Action Center came together in support of the Potter Walsh Neighborhood by hosting their Annual community-wide Back to School Bash & Meet ‘n Greet event in September. In the past, the two events were held separately. Despite rainy weather, combining the events this year created a phenomenal turnout.
The place was filled with neighbors, parents, and school-aged children. It was surprising for many to see people who live on the same street come together and fellowship for the very first time. One woman shared that she has been living in the neighborhood for almost two years and never met her neighbors, and that she felt a little intimidated because she is a single parent. The gathering provided a safe environment for neighbors to meet each other, and to get acquainted with Faith Fellowship Baptist Church.
Members of Faith Fellowship Baptist Church grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and fellowshipped with the community. The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, a community organization, also donated and assisted in distributing backpacks to the children.
Lori, a mother of three, came to Faith Fellowship pastor, Stan Parker, with tears in her eyes saying this event was an answer to prayer. She said that she had been pondering what she was going to do with the few dollars she had left in her budget. She was faced with the dilemma of paying her light bill or getting school supplies for her children. Because of this event, she was able to pay the bill, and her children have the school supplies they need.
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Djuana Dismuke serves Pastor Stan Parker and the Faith Fellowship Baptist Church as office manager.