Sheltering Tree raises much-needed funds to help homeless

Elks Exalted Ruler Ralph Dodge presents a $1,500 check to Susan Bickings, Sheltering Tree director (right) and Vicky LeTellier, board member.
The Sheltering Tree, Flagler County’s only cold weather shelter, held its second annual fundraiser on March 4.

The sold-out “Have a Heart for the Homeless” dinner/dance raised $10,984 to support the shelter in its efforts for the homeless. 

Ticket sales, raffles and a $1,500 donation from Palm Coast Elks Lodge 2709, as well as donations from attendees, helped the shelter exceed the goal of $10,000. 

Raffles included a three-day, two-night ocean-view suite package at the Hammock Beach Resort. The resort donated the prize. Fine jewelry from Greg Lynn Jeweler also was raffled. Entertainment was provided gratis by Palm Coast entertainers Tony T. and Debby Owen.

Housed in church
The fundraiser featured a special video to illuminate success stories about the shelter and provide critical information on the homeless in Flagler County – their daily challenges – and how the shelter is helping.  

The Sheltering Tree has provided the homeless with food and cold-weather shelter since 2008. 

Located at Bunnell’s First United Methodist Church, the shelter provides basic needs to the homeless, including food, tents, sleeping bags, and clothing, while helping them make a transition to permanent, affordable housing, and preventing at-risk individuals from becoming homeless. 

Staffed solely by volunteers, the shelter offers transporting services and support to reunite individuals with their families and assistance in sustaining employment opportunities.

 Financial donations are needed to offset the expenses of operating the shelter, which include rent, insurance, food, cots, linens and towels, laundry service, clothing and necessary toiletries for individuals and families.
The Sheltering Tree is a 501(c)(3) charity and is operated by the Flagler County Family Assistance Center, Inc.

Catholic evangelist coming March 15
Are you caught up in life? Are you seeing who is with you on this journey? Are you too busy to give God a few extra hours so He can change your life forever?

Richard Lane
The Lenten Parish Mission of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church will present the Eternal Word Television Network’s (EWTN) personality and internationally renowned Catholic evangelist Richard Lane.

According to the release, the mission is an excellent way to enliven many parishioners who continue to suffer from the aridity of parish life. The mission will breathe new life and excitement into the community of believers.

Evangelist Lane has been the headliner for “Catholic Answers Live,” “Ave Maria Radio,” “Relevant Radio,” “Our Sunday Visitor,” “The National Catholic Reporter,” as well as other media presentations.

Morehouse grad
Evangelist Lane is a Morehouse alumnus and one of the most sought-after Catholic speakers. He focuses on reconciliation to bring healing to the lost and those fallen away from the church.

Hear Evangelist Lane preach “From Dust to Glory, the Emmaus Road Experience” come March 15 at the AM session at 9:15 or the PM session at 7.

Bring a Bible and a notepad.

A soup supper will be served at 6 p.m.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church is at 4600 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast. The phone number is 386-445-2246.

Carl Jones schedules campaign kick off
Dr. Myra Valentine, Dr. Pamela Smith and the Flagler County Democratic Party are thrilled that Carl Jones will kick off his Flagler County School Board campaign in District 2.

Dr. Valentine is Mr. Jones’ campaign manager.

Jones, a retired law enforcement security specialist, also is retired as a U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant.
He stands upon burning the “Busy B’s:” Bullying, Bad Grades, Bad Behavior and Boredom.

His other platforms involve educational excellence in a safe environment: safe and secure schools, empowered and respected students, quality teachers, and a curriculum of meeting the students’ needs.

The “Meet the Candidate Campaign Kick Off” has been set for March 19, 6 p.m., at the VFW, 47 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.

The campaign website is

First Church’s Easter events start March 25
The Easter events for the First Church of Palm Coast have been scheduled:

Palm Sunday, March 25, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services

Maundy Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m., “The Last Supper” with preaching by the Rev. Dr. E. J. Parker, pastor of Hurst Chapel A.M.E. Church, Riviera Beach.

A Seder meal will follow in the church’s educational complex.

Good Friday, March 30, noon to 3 p.m. Sermonic presentations by various preachers proclaiming the “Seven Last Utterances of Christ.”

Easter Sunrise Service, Sunday, April 1, 6 a.m. Pastor Gillard S. Glover will preach. He also will preach at the 10:30 a.m. Resurrection Sunday Celebration.

The Sunrise Service will be followed by an Easter breakfast.

First Church, at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, can be reached at 386-446-5759.

‘Motown Madness’set for April 7
An “Evening of Motown Madness” will showcase a benefit for the George Washington Carver Community Center.
That’s April 7, 6 to 10 p.m. at the center, 201 Drain Street East, Bunnell.

Nate & Company will bring energetic, musical lyrics for the dinner and dancing.

The $50 ticket price will benefit the accomplishments of the George Washington Carver Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization designated to fundraise the George Washington Carver Community Center.

The center weaves live athletic tournaments, job fairs and readiness programs; life skills workshops, mentoring, tutoring and after-school programs; GED preparation, college admissions assistance, internet access, and the “Road to Success” initiatives.

To obtain tickets and further details, contact Dr. Betty Despenza Green at, or call her at 386-237-2382.

As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.

Birthday wishes to Ron Ambrose, March 16; Maxine Hicks, Devin Price, Patrice Henderson, March 17; Myles Baker, March 18; Reggie Pincham, March 19; and Christopher W. Robinson, March 21.



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