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Painting for a Purpose

As most of you know, February is known as Love Month here in our church. The kids in the church school program take time in January to learn about different organizations, near and far, whose missions involve the caring and compassion for others that we all seek to show as Christians.  Some of the local organizations we have supported in the past include Light a Candle for Literacy, the SPCA, Dogs4Vets, and our very own Little Free Library. International organizations that we have supported include Children of the Father’s House in Uganda, and, last year, MUZIKI in Kenya.  This year, we have decided to focus our attention and efforts on a local organization that is doing some very important work for children in the central New York community.

Tucked away in nearby Baldwinsville is an innovative program that most of you have probably never heard of.  It is called Purpose Farm, and is a faith-based, family run, non-profit organization that mentors youth ages 6-18 from our local community who have suffered emotional trauma from neglect and/or abuse. Purpose Farm’s mission is to seek the child, show them love, and remind them that they were made for a purpose. These children are paired with rescued animals that came from similar circumstances of abuse and neglect.  The rescued animals include horses, goats, pigs, alpacas, donkeys, chinchillas, rabbits, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, a variety of birds and a camel! All of these animals have experienced neglect or abuse, but remain open to establishing and building trusting relationships with the humans they come into contact with. They help these abused and neglected children open themselves up, too. Through contact with human mentors and therapeutic interactions with animal mentors, the children gain a feeling of purpose, experience genuine love, and feel a restored sense of hope, while building confidence and gaining empathy towards humans and animals.

All services that Purpose Farm offers are FREE of charge, which means they rely on community donations to keep their organization afloat so that they can provide local children with this important opportunity for healing and growth.  When we learned about the special things they were doing for both children and animals in our community, we decided that this is an organization deserving of our support and admiration. We want to help Purpose Farm sustain what they are already doing and make it possible for more children to experience the programs they offer there, so we have come up with a fantastic fundraiser activity that will be fun for ALL of us!  On Sunday, March 17th, we are going to host an event right here in Shinaman Hall called PAINTING FOR A PURPOSE.

We are partnering with Everyday Art from Marcellus to offer a painting party and luncheon.  If you’ve never been to a painting party, basically, every participant is provided all of the necessary supplies and step-by-step instructions from our guest art instructor to paint their own 11×14 masterpiece.  You do NOT need to be an artist to create something beautiful! (Mrs. Ray made these paintings at other paint parties, and if SHE can do it, YOU can do it!) Everyone will be painting the same basic image, but you can get as creative as you want to make it your own!  By the time you’re done, you’ll have a great piece of art for your wall or to give to someone else who might enjoy your creation.

We kids will be serving a light lunch of soup and bread at no additional cost.  There will also be themed gift baskets that will be raffled off (maybe a “night at the movies” basket, a relaxation basket and maybe even an “oral hygiene basket” ! There will also be sweet treats baked by our youth and their families that will be for sale during the event.  All of the proceeds will go to Purpose Farm to support their youth programming and animal care efforts.

The cost of the event is $40 per person and it is open to the public.  We would like you to reserve your spot in advance so that we can make sure to have enough food and supplies for everyone.  EveryDay art will be publicizing the event, as will Purpose Farm, so we expect a good crowd. A representative from Purpose Farm will be joining us that morning to share more information about what they do and how the money we raise will be used.  Please plan to join us for this unique fundraising event, bring a friend and spread the word. We would love to have a great crowd so we can share in some fellowship with you all and raise money for an organization that is doing very important work in the community for kids who are less fortunate that we are. In the next week or two, you will be able to register for the event on-line. More information about that will be coming!

In the weeks after our Painting Event, the kids from our church will head out to Purpose Farm for a tour and to offer hands-on help caring for the animals and doing chores to help the farm’s owners.  We are excited to not only host an event here to support their youth programs, but to head over there to get our hands dirty helping out however we can.

As we read in Peter, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”  Please plan to join us in our service efforts this Love Month. We look forward to seeing you all on the 17th as we Paint for Purpose Farm!

For more information about Purpose Farm, visit https://purposefarm.org/index.html

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PurposeFarm/