2017-07-27 / News

Flushing United Methodist Church to hold benefit concert for Family of Genesee County

By Sam Tunningley


Karin Pierson led her band Remedy through a rousing set at Riverview Park last Wednesday as part of the Flushing Concerts in the Park series, including a special hometown rendition of “Sweet Home Alabama.” The event doubled as the final stop on Red Hat Day - an allday affair that included an opening ceremony fashion show from Second Avenue and lunch at Kathy’s 126 Restaurant and Lounge. Karin Pierson led her band Remedy through a rousing set at Riverview Park last Wednesday as part of the Flushing Concerts in the Park series, including a special hometown rendition of “Sweet Home Alabama.” The event doubled as the final stop on Red Hat Day - an allday affair that included an opening ceremony fashion show from Second Avenue and lunch at Kathy’s 126 Restaurant and Lounge. Flushing’s United Methodist Church, in coordination with other local participating churches, will hold a benefit concert in Riverview Park to raise funds for Family Promise, a full-service program to house homeless families in Genesee County.

The concert, now in its third year, goes from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, but the event will be preceded by activities starting at 2 p.m., including face-painting. It is hosted in the Riverview Park Bandshell.

1Fifty, The Faithful Fie, Lee Napier and Bonnie Wisenbaugh – all Christian musical artists – have a spot on the stage to perform.

Family Promise is a countywide organization providing shelter and food to families in Genesee County. Alternating between volunteer “host churches,” children and their parents can access food and a private room to sleep four times a year. Members of Family Promise, in the meantime, lend a hand to the families in finding work and affordable living.

Those participating in Family Promise are not required to belong to any church or sect to stay in the host church. Although Family Promise works with faith groups, it is not a religion based organization.

“It’s a wonderful program,” said Reverend Debbie Line-Yencer of the Flushing UMC. “It’s great to be able to give these children a place to stay and sleep.”

The Flushing United Methodist Church is also celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. A “barn dinner” celebration is planned for October.

For more information on Family Promise of Genesee County, visit http:// www.familypromiseofgc.org. Flushing United Methodist Church is located at 413 E Main St; Riverview Park is at 230 S Cherry St.

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