Happy Thanksgiving!
What a wonderful time of year! We take a few moments and think about our blessings, and what we have to be thankful for. It seems most of the time we are stressed, busy, worried about the future, and trying to keep up with the fast pace of life. The national Thanksgiving holiday was first suggested by George Washington, declared to be celebrated the same day each year by Abraham Lincoln, and made the 4 th Thursday in November by Franklin Roosevelt. The Pilgrims came here in 1620 to find religious freedom, and established the Plymouth colony. Under brutal conditions, they learned how to survive from the Indians. If they can be thankful, with their limited resources, we can be too!
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“Unplanned” the movie is showing on December 1 at 5:00. There is no charge for the movie. It is at the Fountain of Praise COG in Richmond.
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The next Open Mic Night at 1350 6 th  Street in Marysville, MI. will be on Tuesday, November 26 th , 2019 at 6:30 PM. All Christian Music is encouraged, but hopefully some will be featuring Christmas Music. For more information contact Pastor Gary Weiss at 810-982-5977 or Tom Drake at 810-385-9037. Those wishing to showcase their talents should arrive around 15 or 20 minutes earlier for registration. Refreshment’s and fellowship will follow the Event.
Faith Lutheran Pt Huron presents "JOY-He Shall Reign" the musical. A Christmas celebration of Praise on Weds and Thurs Dec 4, 5 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary 3455 Stone PH. Free will offering, reception following.
TWO WAYS TO HELP OUT:
 
  1. I currently have 16 MYOI youth that need donors for the Christmas season. These youth are enrolled in the savings/banking program, attend MYOI events, are between the ages of 17-24 and have also exited out of foster care. Some of them have children, are in school/college, live independently, are working, etc. Their foster care cases are closed, so they are not eligible for the DHHS Christmas Program for foster children. If you are interested in buying gifts for a youth, please email me. I will then send you the link to the SignUp website that will show you which youth still need donors and gift ideas for each youth. These gifts are due to me by 12/13.
 
  1. I am also looking to gather small items that I can gift to each youth at our annual MYOI Youth Board Holiday party on December 10th. I usually collect anything a 14-24 year old would like (ear buds, new socks, new winter hats/gloves, candles, snacks/candy, books, board games, gift cards to fast food places in small amounts, blankets, hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, drawing/coloring supplies, new boots/shoes/clothing, dvds, movie passes, hair accessories/products, wallets for boys, brand name razors/shave cream). ANYTHING you think a young person would like would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to just drop the items off at DHS (make sure to tell them the items are for Sunshine or they’ll end up going to other Christmas efforts here) or email me to come pick them up from you. I’d like to have these items together by 12/5.
 
Thank you,
Sunshine Ratliff
MYOI Coordinator
St. Clair County
Department of Health & Human Services
220 Fort Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
Telephone: 810-990-9471
Fax: 810-966-2043
Lakeshore Presbyterian Church Men’s Club Breakfast is December 14, 2019 at 9:00 am. Guest Speaker. Pastor Kevin Totty. 5235 Lakeshore Rd, Fort Gratiot. Free will offering. Proceeds will be used to send a child to camp
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