For the third year, Cherry Point United Methodist Church in Havelock hosted a Summer Café for the community. The program is one piece of our approach to meeting the C4C (Congregations 4 Children) Challenge of the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church. As in years past, our work was made possible by the grace of God and many partners from across the county.

We would like to thank members of The Harold H. Bate Foundation, The Carolina East Foundation, The Duke Endowment, The Havelock Rotary, The Havelock Civitans and many other countless volunteers who helped us through their financial contributions to serve children and families in our community.

Through their donations we were able to serve over 2,500 meals, distribute nearly 500 books for summer reading and provide 200 book bags full of school supplies to area children. Our mission continues throughout the school year as we partner with our adopted school to send home weekend nutritional support bags.

This year, we would also like to thank WCHS English Teacher Shelby Smith, who volunteered her time to lead a summer book club for participants. The selected book was “The One and Only Ivan.” Participants received their own copy of the book, met weekly for group activities and then ended the summer with a trip to the N.C. Zoo.

Programs like the CPUMC Summer Café are made possible because of amazing volunteers who shop for groceries, show up to prepare meals, build relationships and serve as the hands and feet of Christ here in our community. We are so thankful to each and every person who helped in any way this summer.

Glory to God for sending us so many people committed to serving the needs of children and families struggling with poverty in our neighborhoods! Please contact the church if you would like to become involved.

Kim Rice Smith, CPUMC Summer Café Program Facilitator