Founded in 2002 in a closet at Feast of Victory Lutheran Church in Acme, ACTS began to grow, moving to a different Acme location in 2005 and then to our existing larger location in 2012.
Closet Beginnings Original Location Current Building
We have outgrown our existing building. To provide improved service and increased sales, ACTS needs more space and a complete redesign, especially of our Thrift Store and Receiving areas.
ACTS plans to enclose the existing courtyard of our U-shaped building to increase our available space, as shown below, adding 1,800 square feet for our Thrift Store and Receiving areas, plus repurposing some existing space to enlarge the Food Pantry area as well.
Building Front Showing Existing Courtyard
Remodeled Building Front Showing Enclosed Courtyard
Remodeled Building Inside
ACTS also plans to create a circular driveway around the entire building and construct a covered receiving area in the rear of the building.
John Murray has joined the ACTS Board. Here is some more info about him:
John Murray was born in Butler, Pa. He graduated from Kane Area High School in 1986 and started his college studies the following year. He left school to pursue his career in sales and worked in the food industry with Nabisco Biscuit Company from 1989-2007. From 2007-2009 he worked for Snyder’s of Hanover as a route owner. In 2009 he returned to school to finish a degree in Liberal Arts with concentration in Music from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2009. The following year he started his higher education at Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2015 he graduated with his Master of Divinity and moved to Kalkaska, Michigan.
John is presently the Pastor of Kalkaska United Methodist Church.
When he is not working, he likes spending time with his wife Linn and dog Zeek. They enjoy doing things in the outdoors, hiking, bird watching, and outdoor photography. John also loves to read and has frequented the shelves at our facility on a regular basis. Spending time with his family and friends is a high priority in his life. He also enjoys working at the Lake Louise Methodist Camp once a year, serving as a counselor for high school students. And at times you can even catch him watching his favorite sport hockey and his favorite team the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is honored to be on the board at this time.
Welcome, Pastor John!
Acme Twp Meijer has partnered with ACTS Pantry for the Holiday Simply Give campaign. The campaign runs from Sunday, November 5 through Saturday, December 30, 2017.
Acme Twp Meijer customers have the opportunity to purchase "Simply Give" cards for $10 each; the $10 donation is charged to the customers sale and appears on their receipt as Food Pantry Food. The Simply Give card can be scanned multiple times for multiples of $10. Meijer will match all donations given at the Acme Twp Meijer and forward food-only gift cards to ACTS Pantry. So a $10 donation becomes $20.
Special note: Double Match Days take place from Friday, December 8 through Saturday, December 9. Meijer will double their match on those days. In this case a $10 donation becomes $30.
The sole purpose of Meijer in the Simply Give program is to help their food pantry partners feed the growing number of hungry families in the communities they serve.
ACTS has a supply of the cards and there will be a display rack at the end of each check out.
Because ACTS has an important need for more space, the Board is developing plans to enclose the courtyard of its existing U-shaped building. More info soon....
Matt Mabey, ACTS Thrift Store Manager, writes:
With new management for the thrift store, here are a few thoughts about ACTS moving forward:
All monies not used for operations continue to provide free food, clothing, furniture and household items to hundreds of families a year. Anyone showing financial need can use this continuing ministry of ACTS.
95% or more of items donated have had no price changes. This includes all clothing, media, simple household, inexpensive electronics, toys, games, children's apparatus and many other items.
Because thrift stores are now visited by middle and upper income individuals and families, as well as by resellers, ACTS has made pricing adjustments to antiques and collectibles, and to some items of finer quality.
ACTS management welcomes dialogue regarding pricing and all other aspects of our ministry. Call or stop by to start a dialogue that will improve the quality of our ministry.
Via its Community Caring Fund, Cherryland Electric Cooperative recently gave ACTS $2,000 to help us feed people in need. This program allows customers to round up their bills. The extra money goes into the Community Caring fund for donation to local charities. Thank you Cherryland Electric Cooperative and CEC customers for this generous donation.
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Acme Christian Thrift Store & Food Pantry
8925 M72 East
Williamsburg, Michigan 49690
996 Garfield Woods Dr. Ste. A
Traverse City MI 49686-5159