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Posted: 08/20/14

OneMacomb holds celebration on Aug. 23

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
Back-to-school event features food, entertainment and services
      Local churches are inviting Romeo families to help celebrate a summer's worth of projects with a free party.
       The OneMacomb Community Network will hold a Back-to-School Celebration at Amanda Moore Elementary from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23.
       OneMacomb, comprised of multiple churches in Macomb County, teamed up through the Everyone a Chance to Hear (EACH) outreach program to select a school and its surrounding community to serve.
       The group decided on four major projects to complete over the summer that would benefit Amanda Moore Elementary and its surrounding community. Pastor Jon Waters of the River of God Community Church said the school was selected since it has many students that use the free or reduced-price lunch program.
       "The bottom line is, the churches in north Macomb County just came together and tried to find a community that had a need," Waters said.
       In April and May, hundreds of volunteers worked to spruce up the grounds and gardens of the school as well as take care of projects for residents living nearby, such as deck or porch repairs.
       "It's just a way to reach out and love, to show people they are loved and cared for, and that there are people out there who care for them," Waters said.
       The Aug. 23 event marks the final endeavor for OneMacomb, serving as a celebration while providing services to the community. Attendees can access a mobile medical unit to receive a check-up from doctors and speak with representatives from the Department of Human Resources as well as Veterans Affairs for services like bill assistance, foreclosures and benefits.
       OneMacomb will also give away backpacks full of school supplies as well as bags of groceries and free haircuts to students in need.
       Families can enjoy activities for all ages, such as inflatable games, a rock-climbing wall, face-painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, food and live music at no cost. Waters said the invitation is extended to anyone in the Romeo area that wishes to come celebrate.
       "We've got a great day planned, we're excited about it, and we're excited about getting the word out to folks," he said.
       Like its previous events, a team of volunteers will head into the community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take care of projects for residents near the school. Prayer teams will be on hand throughout the day as well.
       Waters said around 350 volunteers are anticipated to show up for the celebration, but people are still welcome to contribute or volunteer.
       On Aug. 26, OneMacomb will unveil the results of its third project. During the summer, the churches came together to expand and remodel the teacher's lounge at Amanda Moore. Waters said the renovations are more than $10,000 in improvements.
       "It's new floors, new paint, new lights, a new kitchen, tables and chairs," he said.
       Waters said OneMacomb's efforts are valued at $22,000 when everything is completed, all of which has been through donations.
       The following are churches sponsoring the celebration: Bethesda Church, Centro Cristiano para le Familia, First Church of God, Fisherman's Net Church, Golgotha Romanian Baptist Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Harvest Fellowship, Hope Community Baptist Church, Macomb Christian Church Momentum Church, Orchards Community Church, Orchard Ridge Church of the Nazarene, River of God Community Church, Romeo United Methodist Church, Shepherd's Gate Lutheran Church, St. Clement Catholic Church and Woodside Bible.
       For more information or to contribute, call River of God at (586) 752-2998 or visit www.onemacomb.org.


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