Local students enjoy giving back to community


Carolina Regan, from left, adult sponsor Janet Regan, Brian Regan, Emily Padgett and Quentin Woodrum. (Photo by Mark Johnson)

Friday night: A night many students reserve for dates, dances and parties. However, for the students of Faith Community Church, Friday night is also a time of working to support those in need.

For one Friday a month through June 8, the Faith Community Church student ministry will work with Ginger’s Café to sponsor the Friday Night Dinners fundraiser. Partial proceeds will help to fund the student ministry’s annual service project. Each summer, several students participate in a volunteer project to help those who have been affected by tragedy and disaster. These young people have taken major steps to help their community on both a local and national level.

Last summer, 10 students traveled to New Orleans to assist a couple severely affected by Hurricane Katrina. The student ministry worked to paint the outside of the couple’s home, create some landscaping and constructed a wooden deck for the couple’s backyard.

“Their story was very compelling,” said student volunteer Quentin Woodrum. “They (the couple) talked a great deal about how their faith had carried them through.”

In addition to the summer mission trips, the students also participate in local charity events around Indiana, such as Coats for Kids. In the summer, the student ministry plans to visit South Carolina to assist a community been plagued by economic hardships and unemployment.

The remaining Friday Night Dinners are scheduled for April 13, May 11 and June 8 at Ginger’s Café at 1804 Conner St., Noblesville. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information about the Faith Community Church’s student ministry, visit www.faithcomm.com. For more information on Ginger’s Café, call 727-6846.