Welcome to Frazer’s weekly feature called the Breaking Good News! Here you’ll find how your tithing and service is touching and changing lives everyday through our ministries and programs.
Frazer Christmas Store
Frazer’s first Christmas Store to help those less fortunate was a huge success. This concept is designed to give the gift of dignity to families who want to provide for their families but are struggling financially. The Frazer Family donated more than $7000 to the store, equipping volunteers with the funds needed to stock the store with toys, electronics and other items. Every gift is priced at $5. Several area organizations identified families who qualified for this help and invited them to stop by and purchase gifts for their loved ones. As parents shopped, the Men’s ministry fed the children at the annual pancake breakfast and Santa was on hand for photos. One Mom invited to shop got what she needed and then donated money to help another family. Our Christmas Store Director Khristen Carlson sends out a huge thanks to the many volunteers who helped shop, setup, wrap gifts, do crafts with children, provide snacks for the shoppers, greet and the list goes on! Here’s a look at our first year numbers:
- 120 children were recommended by 6 local organizations
- 80 children were shopped for by there parents/grandparents
- 160 presents were purchased for children the day of the store.
- The church community donated more than $7300 to the store.
- $850 was brought in the day of the store to be used next year to purchase gifts.
- $30 was given by a shopper for another shopper.
- More than 60 volunteers helped to make the event a success.
Frazer Christmas Musical Drama—Listen, It’s Christmas
Thousands of people gathered for two live performances of Frazer’s Christmas program, “Listen, It’s Christmas”. This is an original work written by Frazer’s own Digital Ministries Coordinator Will Adams. Based loosely on his life, Will tells the story of a family dealing with the craziness of the holidays combined with some struggles within—a story line many people can identify with anytime of the year. Frazer’s Music Director Wayne Sigler took Will’s story and weaved in dancing and singing, involving Frazer members of all ages. This story of hope, grace and forgiveness seemed to resonate with those attending. Also, members of our Smile Ministry volunteered their time to greet those coming to the program, knowing many people would be visiting Frazer for the first time. One family from Troy who joined in the time of fellowship told us they like visiting different churches and events during the year, but they have never been to a church where they were made so welcome!
CRAVE spreads Christmas Cheer
The CRAVE Student Ministry staff spread some Christmas cheer and treats with the Frazer staff. Santa and his helpers visited all the departments in the church giving out goodie bags and posing for photos. The jolly old fellow was met by smiles and giggles as the child in everyone came out upon seeing Santa.
Rolena Prescott Honored
Frazer’s Director of Food Services Rolena Prescott is retiring after 30 years of feeding the Frazer Family delicious meals and loads of love. During the Sunday morning services, our pastors presented Rolena proclamations from the Governor and the Mayor, as the congregation rose to their feet to say thank you. Members of the church family stood in long receiving lines to get a chance to thank Rolena personally and give her a hug. We wish Rolena well in her retirement and are thankful we will still see her here at Frazer!
Another great story of children helping children. Ava Edwards recently celebrated her 9th birthday. Instead of gifts she received food items for the backpack ministry. The items Ava donated with go to low income families in our area. Way to Ava!
Military Outreach and Nursery
Our Frazer Nursery workers and volunteers have been pouring into several military families this month. For the past five weeks, Frazer member Mike Conn has led a Bible Study for the Squadron Officer School families—while parents attended the study, our nursery had fun with the children. As one nursery worker told us, “We have enjoyed all the children during this Christmas Season. Every day we did a craft or color sheet to help bring in the Christmas Season. We made picture frames, hand print ornaments and baby Jesus ornaments. Today was the last day and we had snowmen and wreath doughnuts and made a precious hand print nativity ornament.May God bless these families as they travel back home.”
This is just some of the Breaking Good News happening in our Frazer Family! Stay tuned for more details of how God is moving through Frazer UMC.