Out and About – Week of October 24th

In celebration of autumn, the First United Methodist Church Women will host their annual Famous Swiss Steak Dinner Thursday, November 3, beginning at 5:30 P.M., in the church’s fellowship hall. The cost for the dinner is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. Frozen pies will also be available for purchase. The First United Methodist Church is located at 215 North Main Street, in Three Rivers.

St. John’s Lutheran Church has gone Italian. Saturday, November 12, from 5 to 7:30 P.M., St. John’s will be referred to as “San Giovanni’s”, and all are welcome to attend San Giovanni’s Spaghetti Dinner. The cost is inexpensive. If you’re an adult, your cost is $7. The cost for children between the ages of 4 and 10 is $3.50, and if you’re under 4, your meal is FREE. The proceeds from the dinner will go toward providing Christmas baskets for local families in need. For tickets, you may call the church office at (269)278-7245, or phone Pat and Glenn Dane at (269)279-2293. St. John’s is located at 56050 Buckhorn Road, just north of Three Rivers.

There is an American Red Cross blood drive being held today, October 25, until 5:45 P.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 16603 East US-12, in White Pigeon. For you regular blood donors, it’s worth the drive to White Pigeon for the “drive”. There is always a need for blood in St. Joe County, and every pint that you are able to give helps.

Halloween is next Monday. To prepare yourself for this festive day and night, why not take the family to the Nazarene Church tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26? The church will host a “Trunk or Treat” event from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M., weather permitting. The event is FREE and open to the public. There will be face painting, a pumpkin path, tractor-wagon rides, and treat bags for all children attending. All children must be accompanied by their parents. The event will be well-supervised and well-lighted for safety. The Nazarene Church is located at the corner of US-131 and Coon Hollow Road in Three Rivers.

Here are three more helpful hints to save you from being taken advantage of:

Check your bank and credit card balances at least once a week. Someone might access your account and they can do a lot of damage in 30 days.

If one of your regular bills doesn’t show up when it’s supposed to, start checking to make sure that your mail hasn’t been stolen.

Have credit card and bank statements shredded when you are finished with them. Thieves love to go through your garbage for treasures like those.

As you can tell, this is definitely a busy week for getting Out and About. One thing to make sure and mark on your kitchen calendar is the all-you-can-eat perch fish fry, hosted by the Sons of the American Legion. “When?” you ask. Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26 from 4 to 8 P.M. The venue for this feeding frenzy is the American Legion, 59990 South Main Street, in Three Rivers. The cost for the fish dinner is $8 and includes fish, fries, coleslaw and a roll. If you prefer chicken, you may purchase a chicken strip basket for $7.

If you’ve spent any time outside, you are aware that the temperatures have dropped a bit. If you love the seventies or eighties, you’ll have to wait about six months. As the cold weather is fast approaching, those without a warm place to stay will want to come in out of the cold. Many of these individuals will turn to Open Arms, the weekend homeless shelter housed at the First United Methodist Church on North Main Street in Three Rivers. Open Arms is open from 7 P.M. to 7 A.M. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Open Arms is once again in need of volunteers to staff the shelter. If you want to really feel how blessed you are, spend some time with those who are struggling in these hard economic times. If you’d really like to make a difference, call Arlene at (269)858-8715. She’ll explain all the details and will welcome you with Open Arms.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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