Happy Father's Day!

We’d like to give a “shout out” to dads and wish them a blessed “Father’s Day” this past Sunday. Being a father has never been so important, yet underrated, than it is today. Statistics show how vital it is for children to have a father who is in their lives, giving consistent love, support, and discipline. 85% of people who are incarcerated did not have a father figure in their lives growing up. Many will follow in the path of criminal behavior. 

Girls need the validation of their fathers, as well as the boys. Those who don’t, often choose to be promiscuous or get involved in other risky behavior, to find the love they crave. 

So let your father know you how much you appreciate him – even though he may not be perfect! If you are a father, know you are fulfilling one of your greatest roles in life. Take it seriously, and make it a point to give your kids all the time, attention and love they need and want!
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Prayer & Encouragement
  • Blue Water Community Action Agency is open but by appointment only. Call 810-982-8541 between 9am and 3pm Monday -Thursday.

  • Kids in Distress is open. Donations can be dropped off in the trailer located by the back door on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am -12:30pm. The warehouse is open starting today, but no clients will be allowed in the building Call 810-326-4505 to go over children’s sizes, needs, and set up a pick up date and time.

  • Michigan Alliance for Families is hosting a virtual support chat focusing on supporting our social emotional health, self-care and accessing resources. Registration: https:/tinyurl.com/SharingChats. See attached flyer for more information.
PORT HURON, MICH. St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs secured and will be distributing COVID-19 emergency funding to veterans through the state’s new County Veteran Service Fund Emergency Relief (CVSF-ER) program.
To date, the following counties have secured CVSF-ER funding thus so far are: Calhoun, Gladwin, Gogebic, Iosco, Kent, Marquette, Midland, Missaukee, Muskegon, Oakland, St. Clair, Wayne and Wexford. These counties have been approved for a total of nearly $1.1 million in CVSF-ER funding; while: Cheboygan, Eaton, Genesee, Ionia, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Mecosta and Roscommon counties are close to securing another $253,819 in the emergency relief assistance – for a working total of $1.3 million. Eligible veterans from all eras – both wartime and peacetime – in participating counties can use the money to make home and vehicle repairs, pay medical expenses and meet other needs determined emergent.
In addition, counties listed above including St. Clair County will be participating in a CVSF-ER grocery voucher program for veterans through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and Meijer. This program will allow vouchers to be given to qualified veterans and utilized for food and personal care items at Meijer.
“The St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs has been proudly serving veterans and their families for over 75 years and will continue to do so especially during these trying times. Our peacetime-era veterans often struggle to find benefits they qualify for and the CVSF-ER program will be a huge help for many,” said Outreach Coordinator Nancy Deising.
The deadline to apply for the CVSF-ER funding and grocery voucher program is September 18, 2020.  Veterans of all eras who qualify can take advantage of these emergency funding opportunities. Veterans can apply by completing a short application that can be obtained by visiting our website at  https://www.sccvet.us/county-veteran-service-fund-emergency-relief-program-cvsf-er/   or  www.sccvet.us  and clicking on the Emergency Grants or by calling the VA Office at (810) 989-6945.  CVSF-ER program funding is available based on an approved application on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Questions can also be directed to the Media Contact and Outreach Coordinator, during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm (Closed for Lunch 12-1pm) at (810) 989-6945 or by e-mail at  sccvet@stclaircounty.org .
New Events Submitted this Week
In date order
Virtual cultural awareness training, open dialogue, and, most importantly, prayer for our nation and the world during these divisive times.

Join us for a structured virtual format where participants experience three (3) modules dealing with a different aspect of cultural awareness. Opportunities available June 23, 24, 25 & 27.

Discussion questions will guide conversations following each module in virtual chat rooms assisted by professional cultural facilitators and ministers.

Insightful information and healthy discussion will then lead to brotherly prayer around prayer points designed to address the racial divide happening in the nation and around the world.

The process will be repeated until the three modules are completed. Handouts and facilitator bios will be available for download prior to each session.
Colonial Woods Missionary Church will be offering online VBS the week of July 19-23 starting each evening at 6:15 pm. A Preschool VBS Storytime video will also be online and available each day. Space: Supernatural Encounters with God will be an “out of this world” experience for children ages 3 through students finishing 6th grade. Get on board for this journey through the Bible as we trek the final frontier full of stories, crafts and galactic fun. Kids will have a blast as they learn lessons and encounter the Creator universe. Online registration begins June 28th at cwmc.church/events.
Upcoming Events
In date order
Harbor Impact is back! June 30 and July 1, 2020 Harbor Impact returns!

We have scheduled five events for food distribution, free shopping and more!
To make everything smooth please come at your assigned time. 
Tuesday June 30 9AM-Noon for everyone whose last name starts A-E
Tuesday June 30 2PM-4PM for everyone whose last name starts F-L
**Tuesday June 30 6PM-8PM for anyone who works Day shift**
Wednesday July 1 9AM-Noon for everyone whose last name starts M-R
Wednesday July 1 2PM-4PM for everyone whose last name starts S-Z

Rooms will be restocked in between sessions, Please come at your assigned time.

Social Distancing rules will be in effect. Please bring a mask if you can.
  **Please note that the events and information listed in Faith Matters do not necessarily reflect the opinions and viewpoints of Operation Transformation.**

If you would like to share information through our Faith Matters email, send details and flyers (jpg preferred) to rhernandez@optrans.org.