Lean on Me Outreach Center

Letters to the Editor — November 18, 2009

November 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

Feeding, baiting ban should be obeyed Dear Editor, I am surprised to note today that several gas station convenience stores (I found five within a five-mile radius of downtown Rockford) are selling large bags of shelled corn, corn on the cob, apples, carrots and beets. While no further cases have been made public by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a few stores appear to have chosen short-term gain over the potential devastating effect that an outbreak of CWD could have on the economy supported by deer hunting. It appears to be a severely short-sighted view that has significant implications for themselves and the community. I would hope the inconvenience of not hunting over a bait pile could be endured at least one more year and would be outweighed by the possible consequences of an outbreak of CWD. Many have argued that the feeding and baiting ban should be lifted, but again that is a short-sighted view if you look at the impact that CWD has had on deer herds in neighboring states. But that doesn’t matter. The law is the law and should be obeyed as well as the spirit of the law—2009 Michigan House Bill 4198 (Extend ban on deer feeding). If you do business at a store that is selling deer feed/bait, ask them why they are, since it is illegal to feed or bait deer in the Lower Peninsula. Tom Kuehl Pastor thanks Squire for generating new business Pastor thanks Squire for generating new business Dear Editor, On behalf of the Rockford United Methodist Church, I would like to thank The Rockford Squire for their excellent article on the history, making, baking and selling of the pasties that happen here at RUMC twice a year. Once again this November, almost 6,000 pasties were made, baked and sold, with lots of happy faces from the customers who got to enjoy them, and your article allowed some new faces to experience them as well. Thank you! In Christ’s service, Dick Riley Senior Pastor Editor’s note: The Squire was told that, as a direct result of the pre-pasty sale article, the pasties sold out in four days for the first time ever! Community comes through for those in […]

Need a Hand? Lean on Me

May 14, 2009 // 0 Comments

by RICH ZECK It’s time to spill the beans on one of our area’s biggest and best kept secrets. I can no longer look the other way and keep it hush-hush. There may even be a conspiracy or a massive cover up to keep the rest of the world from knowing about this secret. How sinister is that? It’s time to reveal to the world the truth about a place that helps people just because they ask for help without any questions asked.  Lean on Me Outreach Center www.leanonmeoutreach.org located at 11555 Edgerton Road is a place like I have never experienced. Lean on Me is an outreach organization that supports our community by helping struggling families. Here is what separates this organization from anything I have ever known. If you walk through the doors you do not have to “qualify or justify” yourself in order to get help. Asking for help can sometimes be a very embarrassing and humbling experience. On top of that having to explain it to someone who will determine your eligibility can be even more emotionally draining.  When you walk through the doors of Lean on Me, the staff already knows why you are there and their only purpose is to serve and meet your needs with love and compassion. You must be thinking there has to be a catch. Who gives unconditionally to those in need without strings attached?  The answer is surprising simple: the 75 volunteers who serve over 1,600 people each week out of a simple warehouse right here in Rockford do. This outreach center, that started nearly seven years ago, is an outreach ministry of Resurrection Life Worship Center on 10 Mile Road.  While it is an outreach ministry, the church provides only a fraction of the financial support necessary to run this community machine. There are no other churches or governmental monies helping to support this huge program. The majority of the financial support comes from the community and that includes all walks of life, religions and race and on and on. This is what makes this outreach so awesome. It is an organization for the people and by the people. If you have never met the director Lisa Shaffer, please for your own safety, […]

Sellers, buyers, mark your calendars

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

A Community Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy a day of food, music and great deals! Don’t miss this great opportunity to sell your own goodies and make some extra cash! The event will be held in the parking lot of Resurrection Life Church of Rockford located at 3233 10 Mile Road. (Just east of US 131 between Meijer and Wolven Ave.) Proceeds from the event will go towards a Christmas outreach program organized by Lean On Me Outreach Center of Rockford. Sellers – Take advantage of this prime location and sell your own items during this one-day event. You keep all that you make! Purchase a 18′ x 18′ spot for only $40 or purchase a double spot for $60. Crafters welcome! Limited space is available therefore spots will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Email dcroft@rockfordres.org to sign up or for more information. Donations – We welcome any gently used clothing or household items that you would like to donate. These will be sold during the sale with proceeds going to the Christmas outreach program. Any items left over at the end of the sale will be donated to Lean on Me Outreach Center for distribution to those in need in the community. Tax donation slips are available. Donations can be dropped off in the parking lot behind the church (by the northeast entrance doors) from 9:00 a.m. to noon on April 18, April 26, May 2 and May 9, between Sunday services on April 19 and May 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on May 5 and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 7.