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Kokomo First Shares in Community

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First Christian Church in Kokomo has discovered new ministry and vitality using backpacks and toothbrushes.  Over the last few years, First Christian Church, located at the corner of Sycamore and Malfalfa on the west side of Kokomo, has entered into partnerships with schools to reach out to children and their families. 

One way is through dental care.  The “Happy Teeth” program provides dental exams and sealants to second grade children in the Kokomo-Howard County Schools.  This program is staffed by volunteer dentists along with students and staff from the Ivy Tech dental assistant program.  This partnership of funding and coordination from the church, with hands on caring by the dentists and students, is making a difference for the children of Kokomo. 

Another way is through backpacks.   “Building Blocks” provides food for a weekend for the families of first, second and third grade children at Bon Air elementary.  Each week backpacks are filled with non-perishable food at the church to be distributed on Friday at Bon Air. 

As with other such programs in the community, teachers and staff notice both the joy of children who receive the food and the increased health and ability to concentrate on Monday.  Bon Air principal, Paula Concus, says: “Families at Bon Air Elementary School are truly blessed by the First Christian Backpack Program.  Parents and students have shared that the food provided by this program has allowed the family to eat and eat in a healthy way.  We truly appreciate the support we have received for our students and families from First Christian Church members and others supporting this program.”

The relationship of First Christian and Bon Air also connects church members with students in a weekly reading program and, last spring, an adult Sunday School class provided new books to every student at Bon Air Elementary to encourage the love of reading.

With over 150 years of ministry in the Kokomo community, First Christian continues to be a church that “lives and shares the good news of Jesus Christ; witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.” 

For more information, visit http://www.kokomofirstchristian.org.

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Written by ccindiananews

November 19, 2009 at 8:26 am

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