2016-01-31 / Insight

Churches, ministries enrich our ...

Faith & Community
BY JEFF HOGAN
810-452-2640 •

Lapeer County was founded in 1822 and has a current population of almost 90,000. Almost as soon as there were settlements here there were churches, and organizations of faith-based people have been instrumental in the development of the county ever since.

Today, there are more than 120 churches across the county — some small, ranging from several dozen people at a Sunday service to the largest, with congregations that number in the thousands.

Faith and church life play an important role in our community, not only to provide places of worship but also as institutions that coordinate volunteers from all walks of life to assist with food pantries and soup kitchens to providing assistance for clothing, housing and home heating bills during the winter.

The faith community in Lapeer County is immense. We wanted to offer Insight today into just a sample of the wonderful people, programs, ministries and churches that dot the county from Metamora to Marathon Township and from St. Clair Street in Almont to Silverwood at the county’s northernmost reaches.

Organizations like the Lapeer Interfaith Community Association, for example, compromised of close to half-dozen area churches have been providing food for those in need for more than 25 years. Christian Family Services of Lapeer County and Love, INC have been coordinating help and hope for years, while on the AM dial (1230) right here in Lapeer County, WMPC is the oldest continuously operating Christian radio station in the United States.

Many of the nominees for this year’s Citizen of the Year presented Thursday morning by the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce serve our community through their affiliation with local churches — including those who helped found the churches like Chuck and Carol Lambert who worked to establish St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in downtown Lapeer. In the coming months you can look forward to a new series The County Press will introduce that will spotlight the people, programs and churches that offer religious guidance and enrichment to our community. If you know of someone, a faithbased program or church you believe would make for a story in your hometown newspaper, call 810-452- 2640 or email me at jhogan@mihomepaper.com and your suggestion may make the pages of The County Press in the weeks ahead.

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