Saturday, June 27, 2015

Speghetti Dinner for IM Kids 3rd Meal

Love Spaghetti? This is an opportunity to eat a hearty meal, while supporting a local cause. On June 30th, the Ionia First Christian Church will be open for community members to eat local and give local. The spaghetti dinner fundraiser will take place from 4:00P.M. – 7:00P.M., with all the proceeds benefiting the Ionia Montcalm(IM) KIDS 3rd Meal Program.
Adults pay $5 and children 5 years or younger eat free. The Ionia First Christian Church is located at 130 E. Washington, Ionia, MI. This endeavor requires of community support, and every bit of support helps.
Why support IM Kids’ 3rd Meal Program?
In Ionia County 1 in 5 children are food insecure and in Montcalm County 1 in 4 are food insecure. IM Kids 3rd Meal is a feeding program that provides daily evening meals to food insecure children in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Each 3rd meal contains five food groups and approximately 1,000 calories, ready-to-be-consumed five nights a week.
For more information on how you or your company can support IM Kids 3rd Meal program, please call IM Kids 3rd Meal at 616-527-4900, email or visit

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summerfest this Weekend!

WION received this nice e-mail yesterday late afternoon from Sue VanLente. We'd like you to read it, and believe this is another GREAT example of how Ionia County's residents help EACH OTHER in times of need. Please attend if you can!
Here is the e-mail.

"Hundreds of volunteers were on hand over the past 24 hours to clean up the athletic fields at Portland St. Patrick, which were badly damaged in yesterday's tornado. The annual parish festival, Summerfest, is scheduled to take place there this weekend, and for a few hours, it was feared that the event would have to be cancelled.

This afternoon, after meeting with the other ministers in town, Father Larry King announced that Summerfest will go on as planned, and that St. Patrick Church will donate 25% of the proceeds to the Portland Area Ministerial Association, to help with expenses for the churches that were damaged in the storm. This year, Summerfest will be a Community Event, focused on helping heal the wounds of the June 22 tornado."

Complete information at

Welcome to St. Pat's Summerfest, a family-friendly weekend filled with food, festivities and fun.

There are activities for kids of all ages --- from the stroller set all the way to the senior members of our parish and beyond.

Sign up to participate in one of the sporting events; or bring your lawn chair and watch others play ball; come and play DJ Trivia or get into the Euchre Tournament!  On Saturday afternoon, stop by the Refreshment Tent and join The Taste of Summerfest wine/microbrew party.

Be sure to stop by the Food Court for delicious homemade food.  The menu prices have been set with your wallet in'll be surprised at the low cost to feed your entire family!  Stop by the Refreshment Tent for a cool, refreshing adult beverage.

On Sunday,an Outdoor Mass will be held in Alton Park at 10:30 followed by a delicious all-you-can-eat Sunday Dinner, featuring Swiss steak, oven-fried chicken and all the fixings, including homemade dessert. There will be music and dancing on the stage and classic cars along the street!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

RACE to OZ to support Autism Awareness!

This is just one of the things happening at the Wizard of Oz Festival next weekend!

Members of Tin Can Tourists and Sisters on the Fly are joining to display vintage travel trailers during the Ionia, Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival.

Tin Can Tourists is a trailer organization originally formed in 1919. The group's stated objective was "to unite fraternally all autocampers". Their guiding principles were clean camps, friendliness among campers, decent behavior and to secure plenty of clean, wholesome entertainment for those in camp. By the mid 1980s, the organization was no longer around, in any form. In 1998, Forrest and Jeri Bone renewed the club as an all make and model vintage trailer and motor coach club. The renewal gathering was held at camp Dearborn, Milford, Michigan. Twenty-one rigs attended the May Renewal Gathering. By the end of the year, fifty member were accepted as charter members of the renewed version of the Tin Can tourists. The group has grown steadily, currently holding Annual Gatherings in Michigan and Florida, and regional rallies at various locations around the United States. Recently Regional Representatives were added to represent England, Japan and France. The new version of Tin Can Tourists is open to all. Its goal is to abide by the original group's objectives and guiding principles as well as the promotion and preservation of vintage trailers and motor coaches through Gatherings and information exchange.
Sisters on the Fly is the larges women's outdoor adventure group in the United States. Formed in 1999 by real life Sisters Maurrie and Becky, it has grown to membership numbers of over 6000 women. While various books, television shows and newspaper/magazine articles focus on the highly customized trailers many of the women have, one does not need to have a trailer to join. Sisters on the Fly is about encouraging women to step outside their comfort zone, to try new things, and enjoy the outdoors. In May, 2015 the group kicked off their largest, and longest, event to date. Starting on May 12th in Chicago, Illinois, over 300 women took part in a great Route 66 caravan. 27 women did the entire route from start to finish. The rest of the women took part in various stops along the way.
Both organizations are looking forward to introducing their trailers, and their way of enjoying the outdoors, to the attendees of the Ionia Wizard of Oz Festival.
More information about Tin Can Tourists can be found
More information about Sisters on the Fly can be found