The Shipshewana Ministerial Association (SMA) held its monthly breakfast meeting on Feb. 1 at the Brethren Retreat. On the agenda for this meeting was the annual planning session.
At the planning session, the group evaluated the status of the Community Emergency Fund. The Community Emergency Fund is being stressed as the SMA attempts to honor financial needs in the community. These needs are mostly utility expenses, but they have also met needs for food, rental assistance and medication.
The LaGrange County Community Foundation (LCCF) has offered to assist the SMA with a community matching grant of $2,000 from the LLCF Good Samaritan Fund during March. The Shipshewana community was extremely generous in November 2010 to help the SMA exceed their first Community Matching Grant from LCCF. The SMA is confident that the Shipshewana community will again meet the challenge offered by LCCF.
There was further discussion about Shipshewana Ministerial Association Month with Loren Heinlen from the LaGrange County Community Foundation.
The 2nd Annual BIG GIVE is being planned for November 2012. They reviewed the success of the first BIG GIVE and discussed ways to make it even more successful. Over 300 people were served in a variety of ways. If any community member wishes to participate in providing items or services for the 2nd Annual BIG GIVE, they should contact Char Roth at Marion Mennonite Church.
The association also learned about the services provided by Impact Campus Ministries guided by Tom Neyhart at the South Bend area college campuses.
They learned that Impact Campus Ministries offers a connection point between area college students and the South Bend campuses. Oftentimes, young people lose a vibrant connection with a Christian group on college campuses. Impact Campus Ministries is one way for the SMA to assist in maintaining that connection for area students. More information on Impact Camp Ministries can be obtained by e-mailing tom.neyhart@Impact TheU.com.
The SMA typically meets at the Country Corral Restaurant in Shipshewana the first Wednesday of each month for breakfast.