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Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm

FoodLink Mobile Food Pantry

post by Michele Lawson in Care-A-Van, community, food, food pantry, Foodlink, free

January 14th, 2015    5pm – 7pm

Care-A-Van Ministries 309 West Main Street, Batavia NY

(parking lot directly behind DirecTV and next door to Discovery Chapel)

Care-A-Van Ministries is partnering with FoodLink of Rochester to host a mobile food pantry. The exact food items available are not known, but freshproduce will be available. The Mobile Food Pantry is available to Genesee County residents only. There is no income verification required, but you must be 18 years old to pick up food from the pantry. Please provide your own bags/cart/vehicle to transport items to your home. Food products are served on a first come, first serve basis until all food products have been distributed. For more information you can call Care-A-Van Ministries at 343-0328

Event Date and Time

January 14, 2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Le Roy's Annual Winterfest 2014

Le Roy's Annual Winterfest 2014

Saturday, December 6th 10am-6pm

 

LET US COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY THIS HOLIDAYS SEASON!

SAVE TIME. SAVE GAS. CATCH UP WITH FRIENDS.

 

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING & CAROLING 6PM

ALL ARE INVITED TO CAROL!  HOT CHOCOLATE SUPPLIED BY SPIRITS!

 

All businesses will be offering in-store specials and gift certificates!  Wrap up the savings shopping and supporting local!

 

STROLL THROUGH THE VILLAGE FOR FULL CARD BUSINESS BINGO 10-2

 

COMMUNITY HOLIDAY BAZAAR AT THE LEROY MOOSE FAMILY CENTER

21 BANK ST. LEROY , 10AM-4PM

OVER 18 VENDORS, LUNCH, SANTA ARRIVES AT 1PM, FREE CHILD IDS,

DOOR PRIZES, CHINESE RAFFLE, LCCP BAKE SALE

 

KID ZONE ACTIVITIES 

  • Santa arrives at the Moose at 1pm
  • Town of LeRoy Building- numerous child crafts & activities, face painting, and restrooms
  • Inflatable playground at Firehall 11-1
  • Woodward Memorial Library 10-4- Frozen themed events, crafts, and movie all day!
  • Christmas Caroling at The Community Tree Lighting 6pm

 

Bring your receipts for the SHOP, DINE, AND WIN in LeRoy

dated from Nov. 6th -Dec 6th to the Community Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 6th from 10-3 to receive your entries!  

 

Jingle All The Way 5k/10k 3pm

Bank St & Lower Myrtle Street will be closed !  Parking available in municipal lots on Bacon,Mill, and Bank St. ( enter and exit by McDonald's for Bank St) . 

Lunch & Dinner Special's Available

  • LB Grand
  • Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew
  • Barrista's @58 Main
  • D & R Depot
  • Spirits
  • Mooney's
  • LeRoy Country Club
  • Scooter's/Gigi's
  • Masonic Community Center (breakfast & lunch)
  • Moose Family Center (lunch)
  • McDonald's

 

 

 

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:22 am

FoodLink Mobile Food Pantry

post by Michele Lawson in community, food, Foodlink, free, pantry

Batavia Assembly of God   24 North Spruce Street, Batavia NY

Care-A-Van Ministries is partnering with FoodLink of Rochester, and the Batavia Assembly of God to host a mobile food pantry. The exact food items available are not known, but fresh produce will be available. The Mobile Food Pantry is available to Genesee County residents only. There is no income verification required, but you must be 18 years old to pick up food from the pantry. Please provide your own bags/cart/vehicle to transport items to your home. Food is provided on a first come, first serve basis until all food products have been distributed. For more information you can call Care-A-Van Ministries at 343-0328

Event Date and Time

November 19, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

Care-A-Van 2014 Free Community Cookouts

Care-A-Van Ministries, Inc., a community-based street ministry, has just ended its 2014 cookout season at Austin Park.

These free cookouts were held every Thursday night from May 15th until September 18th and encompassed nineteen cookouts and totaled 6,426 free meals served during the summer. The number of free meals served this year increased substantially over 2013 when 4,936 meals were served. These meals, funded by the generous donations of the supporters of Care-A-Van Ministries, helped feed many children, families, and individuals throughout the summer.

Each week a different Pastor from a local church delivered an inspirational and encouraging message of hope and salvation from the Word of God. These messages were a blessing to those attending and many were able to receive prayer and spiritual support from these pastors and the various church/ministry organizations present at Austin Park.

Also in attendance during these cookouts were The Salvation Army, Living Waters Apostolic Ministry, Eagles Fountain Fellowship, United Methodist Church, Smoke Free NOW, Syd’s Characters, Total Freedom, PC Publications, MSCF, Elba Baptist Soccer, SNAP, Ride2Recovery Ministries, the Mental Health Association, GCASA , Truth Ministries, Fidelis Care, and the YMCA who generously provided a bounce house at the cookouts.

The Care-A-Van Band, composed of community members and members of a variety of church worship teams, performed classic and contemporary worship songs and melodies; additionally, the cookouts were also blessed to have local worship teams and musicians stop by and lend their musical talents to these events.

Volunteers from different churches and individuals from the community supported the cookouts by providing invaluable manpower to staff the food tables, grills, and assisted in the setup and teardown at these events.

The ministry wishes to thank the City Council and City Manager Jay Molino for supporting our cookouts at Austin Park and the work of the ministry in the community as a whole. We would also like to thank the City of Batavia Fire Department whose firefighters were always friendly and helpful during their weekly inspections; the City of Batavia Police Department officers whose professional attitude is a testament to their department; and the City of Batavia Building and Grounds department who always ensured that the pavilion, bathrooms, and gates were ready for our use.

Together we can make a difference in our City and the ministry looks forward to the 2015 cookout season and hopes that everyone had an opportunity to stop by this summer.

Care-A-Van Ministries continues to be out in the community every Thursday night during the winter in different neighborhoods of Batavia with our bus ministry; on Saturday mornings with our prayer, food, and clothing distributions; and Monday through Thursday mornings with our bus prayer and encouragement ministry. Stop by to see us if you are in need or would like to see the ministry in action!!!!

For more information on Care-A-Van Ministries, please visit our website at www.cavministries.org or visit us on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm

FoodLink Mobile Food Pantry

post by Michele Lawson in Care-A-Van, community, food, Foodlink, free, pantry, St. Paul Lutheran
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY October 22nd 2014 5 pm – 7pm St. Paul Lutheran Church 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia NY 14020 Care-A-Van Ministries is partnering with St. Paul Lutheran Church and FoodLink of Rochester to host a mobile food pantry. The exact food items available are not known, but fresh produce will be available. The Mobile Food Pantry is available to Genesee County residents only. There is no income verification required, but you must be 18 years old to pick up food from the pantry. Please provide your own bags/cart/vehicle to transport items to your home. Food is provided on a first come, first serve basis until all items have been distributed. For more information you can call Care-A-Van Ministries at 343-0328

Event Date and Time

October 22, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday, August 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Neighbors forge friendships on Lewis Avenue

Sunlight danced on the leaves while music stirred a sighing breeze, time seemed to stop for awhile as neighbors eased into languid conversation and lilting laughter. Lewis Avenue was the gathering place Saturday evening in what was the first block party for this tight-knit community.

As part of the event, a proclamation on behalf of Brooks Hawley and the City of Batavia was presented to both Stephen and Mike Rosenbeck of Lewis Avenue for their ongoing efforts of keeping the neighborhood together.

“Stephen and Mike have provided outstanding public service, selfless acts of charity, compassion and genuine concern for their fellow Batavians,” Hawley said upon presentation of the Good Neighbor Recognition Certificate.

Leanna DiRisio, community organizer with Vibrant Batavia, partnered with Paul and Bridget Ohlson of Care-a-Van Ministries to make the block party a community event.

“Our mission is to bring communities together and open lines of communication,” DiRisio said. 

“We’re building friendships,” Ohlson said. “Some residents may not know each other so this is a way to bridge people together.”

“When we first moved in,” James Bellamy said. “The Ohlsons came over with a cake and introduced themselves. That’s the kind of welcome that brings people together.”

Bellamy moved to Lewis Avenue in May 2009 from Kent County, England. He and his wife, Kathryn (Katie), moved stateside to be closer to Katie’s family, who live in the Batavia area.

“This is the first street party that I’ve been to since I was a kid,” Bellamy said. “My first ever street party was for the (50th anniversary of the) coronation of the Queen.”

There are many services a city has to offer and DiRisio’s job is to inform people of those services to help make the connection for better relations.

While melodies of the band The Old Hippies played in the background, children played in the street and drew pictures with sidewalk chalk as their adult counterparts reacquainted themselves with their neighbors.

“This is our ministry. This is our city,” Ohlson said.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Care-A-Van Ministries Free Community Cookouts

post by Michele Lawson in Care-A-Van Ministries, community, cookouts, food, meals

Care-A-Van Ministries has been holding a free community cookout every Thursday night at Austin Park since mid-May and the response by the community has been tremendous. On average, the ministry serves between 350 – 450 meals per event to local community members, seniors from Washington Towers, and families who are enjoying the spray park.

But the event is not only about the food! It is about sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those in the community through uplifting music from the all-volunteer Care-A-Van worship team, inspirational words of encouragement from Pastors from various churches and denominations in our local community, and the commitment of local organizations such as the Salvation Army, Total Freedom, Truth Ministries, Living Waters Apostolic Ministries, P.C. Publications, Fidelis Care, GCASA, Mothers Supporting Children and Families, and many others in joining together to meet the needs of their community members.

Ride to Recovery, an organization devoted to reaching youth in need through biking events and activities, provides free bike repairs on Thursday nights. A favorite with the kids is the YMCA and Eagle Fountain Fellowship’s Care-A-Van kids which provides a bounce house, children’s messages, and activities during the evenings activities. Volunteers provide face painting, caricature drawings, and many other activities for the children in attendance.

Anthony “Smokie” LoCastro has brought a large donation of rain boots to the park which has provided free footwear for several hundred individuals within our community.

Most importantly, Care-A-Van wishes to thank all their committed, consistent, and faithful volunteers, because without them we couldn’t put on these cookouts week after week.

We encourage any organization, church, or agency to come out on Thursday night and join in this exciting outreach to our community members.

For more information you can contact Paul Ohlson at 343-0328, see us on Facebook, visit our website at cavministries.org, or email us at [email protected].

Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 11:15 am

St Joseph's Parade

post by Julia Ferrini in batavia, blue skies, community, Lawn Fete, parade, people, St Joseph, sunny

Feel free to visit my gallery at

http://studio16productions.webstarts.com/index.html for more Parade pictures

 

 

 

Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

St Joseph's Parade

post by Julia Ferrini in batavia, blue skies, community, Lawn Fete, parade, people, St Joseph, sunny
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