Ultrasound Initiative for Another Way Pregnancy Center

Council 600 teamed up with other councils to fund an ultrasound machine for Another Way Pregnancy Center.

Greg Harris and Oscar Mittelstaedt coordinated the effort of collecting funds and applying for matching funds from KofC Supreme organization to provide a new ultrasound machine to Another Way Pregnancy Center. We worked with Karen Jewell of AWPC and the Michigan State Culture of Life Director, Tim Donovan to define the need and request guidance. Livingston County Ultrasound Initiative and Knights of Columbus Councils St. Benedict 13485, St. Joseph in South Lyon 7586, Our Lady of Victory 14427, Holy Spirit 8500, St. Patrick 13319, and St. Williams 4064 joined the initiative and made contributions to achieve a goal of $23,250.

A demonstration of the ultrasound machine was provided on June 21 by Tom Baker of Samsung with Oscar Mittelstaedt present from council #600. The funds were all collected through the year and dispersed to AWPC along with a matching check from Supreme.

On Nov. 14, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held with officers from State, Local, and contributing councils. Pat and Christine Devine, Greg and Meghan Harris, and Oscar Mittelstaedt were present for the ceremony with Fr. Jason Brooks leading our prayers. The ribbon cutting made the state council news and the following link to the article written about it that was sent out to all Grand Knights in the State of Michigan:

Another Way Ultrasound Initiative

Another Way Ultrasound Initiative
Fr. Jason Brooks, LC blessing the ultrasound machine
Another Way Ultrasound Initiative
A cake to celebrate

2018 Prep Bowl at Ford Field

October 20 was the Prep Bowl and aside from the games themselves the KofC had a large role. As a major contributor to the Prep Bowl the KofC was given recognition on the field and on the megatron.  Each Knight in attendance was individually announced and walked onto midfield to gather together for the national anthem where the 4th degree provided an honor guard.

State council provided Council 600 with a table adjacent to their tables in the main concourse area where Paul Schmidt and Gerald Arter (Paul’s father-in-law and a 4th degree Knight from SC) put out one of our new council table cloths and the “Catholics Come Back to Mass” banner.  They handed out free Miraculous Medals, Rosaries, spiritual books/CD’s, and form 100’s. Many people walked by and curiously read the banner, but kept moving along.  Others ranging from faithful Catholics to Ford Field employees stopped by our booth for free Catholic stuff and spiritual conversation.  One Ford Field employee wanted to know how to join a church (she was baptized but never catechized).

Unfortunately, OLR’s football team wasn’t on the schedule so the recruiting we did mostly helped other KofC councils instead of our own.

KofC at 2018 Prep Bowl

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Seminarians

The Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sept. 30 was delicious success to raise funds for our Sacred Hearts seminarians. Our knights swarmed the social in their very keen KofC aprons. The funds received from the event totaled $1400 with $500 going to the seminarians.

We are blessed to be able to help our brothers in Christ on their journey to priesthood. Our Lady of Refuge’s transitional deacon, John Mckenzie, was one of the beneficiaries of the collected funds.

KofC Pancake Breakfast Seminarian Fundraiser

New Deck for the Brenner Family

New Deck for the Brenner Family

The Brenner family needed steps replaced off their door wall and Knights of Columbus Council 600 embraced the opportunity. We decided to build a deck rather than just steps to improve living conditions.

Tom Durkee got busy and put together a modest 6 X 5 ft plan with steps off the deck. Also, Kenny Ibrahim signed up to help and to bring in a friend, Peter, who needed community service hours. A win-win situation. Peter helped build the deck and even contributed some of his own money in addition to the labor required to build the deck. Kenny, a very adept handyman, wanted to add some steroids to the deck plan and it became a 12 X 12 ft. deck! That is one BIG thinking man! The Brenner kids got involved with Peter, Kenny, and the boss man, Tommy.

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