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Painting for a Purpose

On March 17th, our church participated in a “Painting for a Purpose” painting party and luncheon organized by the Christian Education program led by Allison Ray. Nancy Rynkiewicz of Everyday Art from Marcellus provided each participant with all of the necessary supplies and step-by-step instructions to paint their own 11×14 masterpiece.  Funds raised will be used to support Purpose Farm, 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.   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.

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.  As we read in I Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”  

For more information about Purpose Farm, visit