The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their 4th Annual Back to School Family Fair on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 8 a.m. – Noon at Morning Star Church. Morning Star is located at 1600 Feise Road, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368.
Free school supplies will be given out to children at the event. Each booth will feature a fun activity for children to participate in. You will have the opportunity to learn about great businesses in the area and discover how those businesses can serve your needs. The following will be featured at the event: Free School Supplies, Meet Characters, 1,500 Free Drawstring Backpacks for Kids, Free Breakfast Pastries and Hot Dogs, Wentzville Fire Protection District Fire Trucks, St. Charles County Ambulance District Ambulances, Free Bike Helmets, Activities for Children – Face Painting & More, Giveaways & Prizes!
If you are a local business and would like a booth at the fair please contact the chamber at (636) 327-6914 or visit them online at http://westernstcharlescountychamber.com. Booths start at only $85. The fair had over 4,000 people attend last year, so it is a great way to market your business or organization. Download a Sign-Up Form by Clicking Here: Back to School 2016 Sign-Up Form
This year’s focus is on our local families. “We are very excited to see our local residents receive free school supplies, gather information from local business, and have a great time!” said Tony Mathews, President/CEO of the chamber. “The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce strives to help our community and help our local businesses connect with consumers.”
This will be a fun-filled day for families to gather information, coupons and giveaways from local businesses and groups as they prepare to return to school. For more information please call the Chamber Office at 636-327-6914 or visit the Chamber web site.
Well, it’s that time of year again! Time to register for FUN!!!!!!
The crawl is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 and as you probably know is the biggest, baddest crawl in St. Charles! Last year we had 600 participants and raised over $19000 to buy Christmas toys for The OASIS Food Pantry kids.
Because of the growing demand, last year we closed out in early August, so you need to move quickly to ensure your place at the bar! The price is $35.00 each, which entitles you to a nifty T-Shirt, a lanyard good for drinks at some of your favorite Old Town establishments, snacks and surprises! Invite your friends. The more the merrier! If for some reason you can’t make it, pass the invite on to your friends anyway. Then we’ll raise a glass for you!!!! Hope to see you there!
We are in need of more students and more volunteers for our Jobs for Life program. Please make any recommendations of people who might be interested. This is a wonderful program to help people enter the work environment.
Volunteer opportunities include:
Site Leader – Recruits and oversees the program
Champion Mentors – Provides one-on-one support and encouragement to students
Prayer Team – Provides prayer and support to students and volunteers
Instructors – Teach a proven and time-tested curriculum
Business Relations Leader – Recruits business partners with entry level jobs and a willingness to consider Jobs for Life graduates as job candidates, organizes student interviews and class presentations by partner representatives concerning their job field.
According to the dictionary, a hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his/her brave deeds and noble qualities.
From it’s inception, O.A.S.I.S. has been served by many heroes, who, asking nothing for themselves, have given freely to their neighbors and community. Few are expecting recognition for their deeds. We have decided to share our good fortune in knowing these individuals with you. Below are two of our best…
Volunteering at a food pantry is not for the faint of heart. There’s a lot of physical work involved. Almost every day volunteers are needed to pick up food or bread or orders of hygiene items. School food drives need to be picked up. Someone has to coordinate all this driving and picking up. It takes a special person to handle this chore. O.A.S.I.S. is so blessed to have a very special volunteer who keeps all these balls in the air. That person is John Nichols. We honor John tonight and his lovely wife, Lorna.
Lorna says the Word of God is food for our souls.
John and Lorna represent Grace Church in Maryland Heights, MO, on the O.A.S.I.S. Board of Directors. They are retired but stay very busy. John was a school teacher and Lorna worked for AT&T. They love traveling and last October celebrated their anniversary in Hawaii. They not only volunteer at the pantry, but take mission trips to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. To get some idea of their Christian educational books, check out their “Big Picture Ministries” on Facebook or at their website: www.BigPictureOfTheBible.com.
About Big Picture Ministries
John and Lorna Nichols are the co-founders of Big Picture Ministries, LLC, an organization devoted to encouraging spiritual growth through the study of God’s Word. John and Lorna currently live in Chesterfield, Missouri, and are members of Grace Church-Saint Louis, a non-denominational church, where both are facilitators, leaders, and mentors for Christ.
Big Picture Ministries provides resources and services designed to help people better understand the message of the Bible. The goal of Big Picture Ministries is to encourage Bible reading and Bible study, and to promote spiritual growth. Our vision is to glorify God by providing tools designed to help people develop a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the Lord. This ministry provides financial support to Grace Church’s South Africa Missions fund, blessing victims of HIV/AIDS.
Throughout the month of June, Harvesters in Kansas City and the St. Louis Area Foodbank are having a little friendly competition to see who can raise the most meals for their community. Leading up to the Cardinals vs. Royals series at the end of the month, the two food banks will be hosting the I-70 challenge.
The goal is to raise 70,000 meals between the two food banks by June 30. You can help by donating today, and sharing this information with your friends and family! Every donation counts, and we would love a few bragging rights before the series begins.
On Saturday, May 14, the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive once again spread out across America to help provide assistance to Americans who are struggling with hunger. The Food Drive effort is the nation’s largest single-day drive. In 2015, 70.6 million pounds of food was collected, which brought the grand total of donations to more than 1.3 billion pounds of food collected since the drive began in 1992. The need for food assistance remains a problem in America. O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry is a recipient of some of the food collected during this food drive.
Thank you so much to all the letter carriers and U.S. postal employees from both St. Charles 63301 and St. Peters 63376 Post Offices for the 13,500 items O.A.S.I.S. received on Saturday. Also a big thank you for the O.A.S.I.S. volunteers who spent time helping us receive and sort those items. Thank you also for your donations on May 14! Your food donations will directly help needy families in your area.
More of our neighbors are experiencing something many never thought possible in our plentiful area…hunger. Local food pantries are struggling to keep up with the increased demand. The Community Council of St. Charles County and Operation Food Search are teaming up again this year to sponsor the 8th Annual Saturday Jubilee Food Drive. On July 30, 2016, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, volunteers will be collecting food and cash donations at our local grocery stores throughout St. Charles and surrounding counties to support 23 area food pantries. Last year, more than 44,200 food items were collected, and cash donations purchased an additional 1,382 cases of food!
How you can help:
Volunteer to be a Store Team Captain: Area grocery stores need to be staffed. If you can organize a group of 10-15 volunteers to staff a store on the day of July 30th and coordinate the volunteers into 2 hours shifts, we need to hear from you now. All information and materials needed are provided.
Conduct a food drive at your work, your church, in your neighborhood or as a family project during July.
With your help, hurting families in our community will be given food to help them through difficult times. And most importantly, they will know that in their time of need, their neighbors cared. Read More
Please join us for our Dinner and Auction on Sunday, June 5, 2016 and our 10th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 6, 2016 at Old Hickory Golf Club, #1 Dye Club Drive, St. Peters MO 63304. Your $150 donation entitles you to attend both events. Sponsorships and advertising are available.