St. Alexander’s Food Pantry – Thanksgiving Baskets

St. Alexander’s Food Pantry is preparing to fill 400 Thanksgiving food baskets for needy area residents.

They are requesting specific products so that all baskets will be the same. Please look at the ” wish list” below and pick several items so all baskets will be filled. Your contributions will be taken to the pantry in early November.

The wish list includes:

  • canned green beans
  • canned corn
  • stuffing mix
  • turkey gravy packet
  •  jelly (in plastic jars only)
  • 11 oz. cans of coffee
  • tea, hot chocolate
  • cake mixes, brownie mixes

Nardin Park is one of the pantry’s largest contributors and all who work there and come for food are appreciative of your generosity. Thank you for any assistance that you are able to provide!

50th Anniversary Luncheon

A time to celebrate for all ages!

We are looking forward to October 25th, when Bishop Deborah Kiesey will be with us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Consecrating the Building and Mission of Nardin Park. This will be the 4th celebration of our “Reunion Year” festivities.

There will be a luncheon catered by “The Ideal Bite,” which will be served immediately following worship.  A group picture of the congregation will also be taken.

Jim and Annette McConnell are preparing a wonderful picture display for Mercer Hall of Nardin Park’s history.

Reservations will be taken after church on Oct. 4, Oct. 11, and Oct. 18th, with tickets given out at that time.  Remember, we need you to sign up so that the correct amount of food can be ordered.

We will also need people to assist with the set-up on Oct. 24th at 10:00 AM.  Servers and people for clean up are also needed on the day of the event.

Rummage Sale Volunteers Needed!

The success of  Nardin Park’s Spring and Fall Rummage Sale requires the combined efforts of many hard working and dedicated people! This season’s sale runs from Oct. 6-8.

The Rummage Sale team is requesting your help. Volunteers are needed following worship on Sunday, October 4th, to begin the set- up process for the sale. Extra hands will also be needed on Thursday, October 8th, at 3:00 PM for the tear down.  Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Donations of items for the sale are still needed!  In order to have ample time to get things ready for the sale, please make your donations by this Friday, October 2nd, if possible. 

Playhouse Built During VBS for Habitat for Humanity Fund Raiser

Nardin Park had a dream that a playhouse could be built during Vacation Bible School, bringing to life Habitat for Humanity’s theme for the children that week.   More than building homes, Habitat builds communities, hope, and the opportunity for families to help themselves.

When this dream was shared with the Oakland Habitat Board, they said, “we could use the playhouse at our November fund raising event.  We’ll auction it off and the proceeds will go toward a new residence for a Habitat family.”

With the tremendous and industrious leadership of Rev. Gary Dawes, this dream has become a reality!  From the architectural drawings by Tim Latimer, an anonymous financial donation, to the purchase of the materials by Gary Dawes, to a team of builders including Reid Heitkamp, Al Knappenberger, and Al Roberson, the playhouse is complete!

And inside are the signatures of the children and workers – youth and adults- from a wonderful week at VBS.  THANK YOU TO ALL!

Nardin Park Steeple Lighting

Did you know that you can honor or remember a loved one, a special event, or celebrate the Ministry of the Church by “lighting” the Nardin Park steeple?  This beautiful structure can be seen for miles and is especially breathtaking when illuminated against the evening sky.

Commemorative steeple lighting is for one week, from Sunday through Saturday, for a $25 donation.  To request your date, please contact the church office.

Focus:Hope October Delivery

For more than 20 years,  Nardin Park volunteers have participated in Focus Hope’s food delivery program to seniors in the Pontiac area.  Deliveries of food boxes are made one Saturday of the month in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Drivers are needed for the  next Focus:Hope delivery on October 17th. If you are available to assist with this worthwhile effort, please contact Robert Davis or the church office.



Fall Rummage Sale October 6-8th

It’s hard to believe that Nardin Park’s Fall Rummage Sale is just around the corner!  Mark your calendars now so you won’t miss this popular event taking place October 6 – 8th (Tuesday – Thursday).

Tuesday evening kicks off with pre-sales shopping from  6:00 – 9:00 PM, with a 20% surcharge on all items.  Shop early for the best selections!

Rummage sale hours continue from 9-5 on Wednesday and 9-3 on Thursday.  Bag Sale Discounts apply on Thursday.

We hope to see you there!