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2017-08-09 / Front Page

Gods Country Cooperative Parish Purchases Pentland School Building


GCCP volunteers James Young, Michael Schrovin, Randy Hildebrant, and Matt Johnson, take time out for a photo opportunity. GCCP volunteers James Young, Michael Schrovin, Randy Hildebrant, and Matt Johnson, take time out for a photo opportunity. God’s Country Cooperative Parish (GCCP) finally has an office after dreaming of one for many years.

Two weeks ago the cooperative closed on the old Pentland School building next to the Tahquamenon Area School bus garage on M-123.

“This will become a central hub for all of our equipment and a place to put our programs together,” stated Randy Hildebrant. GCCP works with grant writers to draft and fund its projects.

Part of the group’s mission during the summer is to go into homes and do free rehab work for those who qualify.

“We work on projects with the hospital very closely,” Hildebrant continued, “such as for people who need a ramp so they can get back into their home when they’ve finished their treatment.”

GCCP’s new building also will be the site for food distribution during the holidays and a free clothing site for people in need.

“We’re also looking to venture into furniture for people who need it. We do not charge for any of our services,” said Hildebrant. “This is strictly through the United Methodist Church.”

Currently Hildebrant and volunteers are busy cleaning and refurbishing their new office. Along with the work inside, GCCP is planning to have a huge yard sale Saturday, September 16 both to move items found in the building it doesn’t need and hopefully receive some proceeds to keep on keeping on.

GCCP also would like to see the building become a meeting place for groups such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, sewing groups, etc.

“Our vision is to help the communities that God’s Country Cooperative Parish has been transforming for almost 40 years now,” explained Hildebrant. “We’re very pleased to be in the Newberry community, but we have six other churches that we aid and this building also will serve those communities.”

GCCP is made up of seven United Methodist Churches from around this area: Hulbert, Engadine, Paradise, Newberry, Grand Marais, McMillan and Germfask.

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