Union Church donates $8,700 to ‘By the Book’ ed program

Members of Union Church recently presented a check for $8,700.75 to Associated Churches for their “By the Book” program. The money received was from the annual fish fry held at Union Church on Nov. 2. Celebrating the occasion are (front row) Bekah Bates; (middle row from left) Erika James, Danielle Gonser, Nancy Beaver and Wes Hotchkiss; and (back row from left) Nathan Williams, Will Hotchkiss, Bobby Schultz, Isaac Eckert, Jamie Hotchkiss and Jack Braden.
Members of Union Church recently presented a check for $8,700.75 to Associated Churches for their “By the Book” program. The money received was from the annual fish fry held at Union Church on Nov. 2. Celebrating the occasion are (front row) Bekah Bates; (middle row from left) Erika James, Danielle Gonser, Nancy Beaver and Wes Hotchkiss; and (back row from left) Nathan Williams, Will Hotchkiss, Bobby Schultz, Isaac Eckert, Jamie Hotchkiss and Jack Braden. Photo provided.

The Associated Chur-ches “By the Book” Weekday Religious Education program recently received a check from Union Church for $8,700.75. The money received was from the annual fish fry held at Union Church on Nov. 2, to help fund the program along with a matching gift from an anonymous donor. The church served 1,024 individuals during the evening.

“We would like to thank the entire community for the overwhelming support of the ‘By the Book’ Weekday Religious Education program,” stated Dave Stamper of Union Church. “Without the help of the community and the many volunteers this would not be attainable.”

“By The Book” classes meet once each week, for 32 weeks, in trailers located near each of the seven Huntington County elementary schools. The classes are open to all third and fourth grade students with parental consent. This year, 88 percent of all third and fourth-grade students attended the classes.

Dave and Sue Stamper organized the fish fry and recruited volunteers ranging in age from 6 to more than 90 years of age. Volunteers including the teachers were responsible for set up, tear down, breading fish, serving, cleaning tables, posting advertisements, making desserts, collecting money and cooking. “By the Book” also had a display for viewing at this year’s fry.

The teachers of “By the Book” this year include Debbie Hersey, Kathie Mower, director, and Stephanie Thompson. Third-graders will receive hardcover Bibles from the proceeds of the donations.
The last class for 2017 was on Friday, Dec. 8. Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 8.

Any questions regarding the program and donations can be directed to Nancy Beaver, president, at 672-2229 or the Associated Churches of Huntington County, PO Box 344, Huntington, IN 46750.