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Union Church gives $8,700.75 to “By the Book”

Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017

The Associated Churches “By the Book” Weekday Religious Education program received a check from Union Church for $8,700.75. The money received was from the annual fish fry held at Union Church on November 2, to help fund the program along with a matching gift from an anonymous donor. The church served 1,024 individuals during the evening.

Dave Stamper stated “We would like to thank the entire community for the overwhelming support of the “By the Book” Weekday Religious Education program. Without the help of the community and the many volunteers this would not be attainable.”

“By The Book” classes meet once each week, for 32 weeks, in trailers located near each of the seven Huntington County elementary schools. The classes are open to all third and fourth grade students with parental consent. This year, 88% of all third and fourth grade students attended the classes. Donations such as the funds received from the Union Church and other community support keep the program running.

Dave and Sue Stamper organized the fish fry and recruited volunteers ranging in age from six to more than 90 years of age. Volunteers including the teachers were responsible for set up, tear down, breading fish, serving, cleaning tables, posting advertisements, making desserts, collecting money and cooking. “By the Book” thanks Dan’s Fish Fry, all those who volunteered their time and also the community for coming to the fish fry and supporting “By the Book.” “By the Book” also had a display for viewing at this year’s fry.

The teachers of “By the Book” this year include Debbie Hersey; Kathie Mower, director and Stephanie Thompson. Third graders have been learning about creation and prayer, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They will receive hardcover Bibles from the proceeds of the donations. “By the Book” thanks Judy Lee for ordering and storing the Bibles.

The fourth grade has looked at the parables of the prodigal son and the Good Samaritan, and have spent time looking at God’s love and mercy. Children also work on scripture memorization, an attitude of gratitude and Christmas lessons. The last class for 2017 will be Friday, December 8 and classes will resume on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Any questions regarding the program can be directed to Nancy Beaver, president, at (260) 672-2229 or the Associated Churches of Huntington County, P.O. Box 344, Huntington, Indiana 46750. Continued support of the program is appreciated and donations can also be sent to the Associated Churches at the address listed above.

Shown on the front row is Bekah Bates. Second row from left are Erika James, Danielle Gonser and Nancy Beaver, receiving the check for $8,700.75 from Wes Hotchkiss. Back row, from left includes Nathan Williams, Will Hotchkiss, Bobby Schultz, Isaac Eckert, Jamie Hotchkiss and Jack Braden.