SALEM WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
June 4, 2012 - Salem United Methodist Church of Zionsville, IN welcomes seven new members into its congregation.
They are Ms. Betty Thayer of Lebanon; Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Joyce Cunningham of Whitestown; Ms. Janet Petsch of Lebanon; Ms. Mary Hamerin, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Phyllis Bakeis, all of Zionsville.
Please join us in welcoming these new members into our Salem church family.
OUR CHILDREN STILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES
Zionsville, IN – May 15, 2012 – Boone County children still suffer from the consequences of our difficult economic times. “The situation has not improved. In fact we’ve seen an increase from 2,000 last year to more than 2,500 students in Boone County schools on the free or reduced lunch program in the 2011-2012 school year”, says Katherine Lukes, newly appointed Executive Director of the Shalom Community of South Lebanon. “Unfortunately we only reach about 20%, or 500 of these children with our “What’s For Lunch?” meal program” adds Ms. Lukes.
The “What’s For Lunch?” program is designed to offer nutritional meals to Boone county children when schools are out of session. That is no small task and critical with the summer months approaching. Meals are distributed weekly at Love INC in Lebanon, Lions Park in Thorntown, the Fire Station in Whitestown and the downtown park shelter in Jamestown.
“The good news is we have many in our communities working hard to fight child hunger, improve education and better living conditions to those who have been hit the hardest” states Tim Ottinger who leads the Boone County United Methodist Cluster. The cluster group consists of eight county United Methodist churches and the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home. “The Indiana United Methodist Conference developed this program in 2008 to increase what church organizations can accomplish as a group vs. working individually. We have had great collaboration and success in supporting countywide efforts including raising $5,000 for the “What’s For Lunch?” program in 2011” adds Mr. Ottinger.
“It is appalling to think that in Boone County there are close to 3,000 children that fall into the food insecure category”, says Theresa Hanners, Executive Director of The Caring Center and origin of the “Feeding Our Future” (FOF) initiative. FOF has started three successful programs, KAT, or “Kids At The Table” which provides hot meals to children after school; FOOD PANTRIES at both the Caring Center and Stokes school location in Lebanon; and “TABLE TALK”, a new program last fall to help 20 families manage their food situation. “ “Feeding Our Future” ultimately has a two-part goal. Reduce child hunger by 50% in 2015 and eliminate it altogether by 2020” emphasized by Ms. Hanners.
The Boone County UMC Cluster includes United Methodist churches of Centenary, Jamestown, Milledgeville, Otterbein, Salem, Terhune, Thorntown and Whitestown as well as the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home.