April 20, 2012 > Local church gives to needy families
Local church gives to needy families
By Dianne Smith
Photos By Christine Szeto and Steven Davis
Resonate Church turned two years old March 18, 2012 and decided to throw itself a party. Over 600 people came to the birthday bash Sunday morning at the Fremont Adult School in Fremont, the church's current location. Children frolicked in a giant jump house set up in the parking lot while Chef Brad Fuellenbach and his ministry team served breakfast and a lunch of homemade tacos. Fuellenbach is frequently seen cooking for worthy causes, from barbeques to banquets to private parties, and Resonate is grateful for his willingness to serve.
To further celebrate the milestone, the staff of Resonate wanted to help needy families in the community above and beyond the norm. The mission of Resonate Church is to be of service to the Tri-City area, showing the love of Christ in tangible ways. The organization calls itself a "church for the city" and hopes to reach un-churched and de-churched people with the redemption of Jesus Christ.
For two weeks the Spirit moved among Christian people, spurring a generosity that enabled the staff to accomplish their goal. Resources were donated by people inside and outside the church to provide computers, ipods, groceries, and five previously owned but very nice vehicles. Church members nominated individuals they personally knew to receive the items, and the giveaway occurred during both morning services.
One recipient was a single woman who had experienced a crisis pregnancy in 2011. Faced with difficult choices, she ultimately chose life for her child. She commutes to work on public transit, and her life has been more challenging with a baby in tow, but she doesn't regret her decision. She was grateful to learn that a person she didn't know wanted to give her an Acura worth $13,000.
Another couple was struggling because the father, the family breadwinner, had recently undergone brain surgery that was unsuccessful. His wife said she needed money to buy rice and beans, but Resonate was able to do more, due to the outpouring of donors. The couple was very happy to receive a $1,000 gift certificate for groceries. The day proved to be the biggest event so far in Resonate Church's brief history, but the body of believers expects their future to be even brighter.
The church meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Fremont Adult School, 4700 Calaveras Avenue, in the Irvington District of Fremont, and anyone is welcome to attend. Learn more online at www.resonatemovement.org.