12-17-2019: Making deliveries
FCM is currently assisting several ministries with deliveries of Angel Tree gifts, food baskets, toys for Christmas, clothing, etc., and adding whatever we can. Several organizations have done an amazing job of gathering for those who need it. We want to congratulate them on that achievement, and make sure that every family being served receives the blessing of these efforts. Merry Christmas!
12–09-2019: Lexingten Phillips graduates from Forney ISD at her mother's bedside in hospice
In a heart-warming event, 20 year-old daughter Lexingten overcame disability and difficult circumstances to receive her high school diploma tonight (Monday, Dec 9) with many staff from Forney ISD and friends, in her mother's (Gwenivere) hospice room, where Gwenivere was in the late stages of cancer. Her mother has since passed away, leaving Lexingten responsible for raising her 7th grade brother, 3 year-old sister, dealing with the loss of her mother, and also helping her grandmother.
We have been assured that this familiy's needs are now being fully supported by a church in Dallas. At Lexingten's request, ALL of the funds received by FCM went directly to pay Gwenivere's funeral expenses of $2,595 which happens to be the exact amount raised (God knows what He is doing!). Lexingten passes along a huge Thank You and Merry Christmas. Your donations were greatly appreciated. Praise God.
For more background information, please visit the WFAA link: https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/daughter-graduates-by-mothers-deathbed-after-pressing-pause-on-school-to-help-with-3-year-cancer-battle/287-12c6a6c0-ec2d-4669-b875-28eed2d91ad2
08–29-2019: Distribution of books to The Lutheran Literacy Project in rural southwest Texas
Forney ISD had several thousand books available for distribution to children at the Resource Fair, of which most remained at the end of the event. Hunger Relief Ministries, an FCM partner, flew these books to The Lutheran Literacy Project in Alpine, Texas, where they will be distributed to underprivileged children and families in the rural deserts of southwest Texas (below). A second shipment was flown to Albany, Texas for a school library start-up project.
This is a good example of how the partnerships created by FCM better facilitate helping those in need.
08–03-2019: Cooperation with Forney ISD and other churches and organizations for the Resource Fair
The FISD Resource Fair was a great success, getting supplies and uniforms into the hands of those who need them. We estimate that well over 1,000 students received assistance!
Several other churches and organizations took advantage that day and had backpacks and uniforms and other services available at their sites, too. We hope to coordinate all of these activities better for next year, to give all those needing assistance the opportunity to be served more readily.
The First Presbyterian Church of Forney located at 12433 FM 1641 in Forney continues to have uniforms available. Please contact them directly.
"When I showed the kiddos their uniforms they were so happy, our 6 year old said 'and they don’t have holes!'. And they wanted to wear them then and now. So thank you all for your big hearts and being the light of God in this sometimes dark world! Today you have showed His love to 4 foster kiddos who really needed it." S.K., a Forney foster mom
04-30-2019: Working with the Forney United Methodist Church on their fence project in Forney.
A great time was had by all participating in taking down an old fence and putting up a new one in Forney over the weekend. The pictures below are just a few of the participants in this worthwhile endeavor.
04-23-2019: We have been searching for a site, and have finally found it!
We have been searching for a site, and have finally found it! We will be building facilities for transitional housing, meeting spaces, uniform storage and exchange, youth activities, adult education, and much more. Please join us for this greatly needed undertaking!
We will post our new location here soon. For the many who support our plans with your prayers and willingness to volunteer, we ask for your continued patience. While we were disappointed with last year's progress, we now have a much better solution that will serve our community in many more ways than we'd originally hoped.
12–04-2018: Forney's Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council denied our request.
Forney's Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council voted to deny our request to move several buildings to our site at 202 College Street. This lack of support from our city leaders was very disappointing. Nevertheless, most of them indicated their desire to support our plans and goals. So, we are now faced with building new facilities.
09-27-2018: First United Methodist Church of Forney has become a Partner, with a seat on the Board of Directors
The Board unanimously approved the addition of First United Methodist Church as a Partner in Forney Community Ministries. We welcome this organization, which is one of the strongest in helping those in need in our community.
07-28-2018: The Back-to-School uniform Kick-off giveaway week was a success!
A major thank you to David Ivie, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church for organizing and managing this great event.
We sorted through and prepared 3,290 pieces of uniform clothing donated since May 2018. We had 51 volunteers for 113.75 hours organizing and washing 35 loads of laundry.
44 volunteers worked 69 shifts for 139 hours in the week-long kick-off drive! WAY TO GO VOLUNTEERS!!
100 Families with 246 Students received 2,131 Uniform Items and 256 Non-Uniform Items over the week.
07-18-2018: Dana Curry added to the Board, representing FISD
The FCM Board today elected Dana Curry to the Board of Directors (from left):
06-07-2018: FCM holds gently used uniform drive (Forney Messenger, Page 8-B)
06-06-2018: Meeting of pastors, community leaders and the Forney ISD
FCM was asked to introduce itself to a gathering of Forney pastors, community leaders and Forney ISD principals on June 6, 2018. The concept of working together to meet the needs of our community was enthusiastically received.