(written Sat. 23 Jan. 2010) I participated in the dedication of the new MBK SAM bus today. It marks a special accomplishment for the group, but especially for Rev. Baum who has spearheaded the effort, including forming a separate 501(c)3 organization and overseeing the procuring of needed grants from the Office of Aging. Rev. Baum received recognition from the Chamber of Commerce. Two sisters from the Catholic churches, and the pastor of the UM church in Bridgeport were also participating as was the mayor of Minoa. We took lots of pictures, gathered in the church sanctuary for prayers of dedication and presentations, fellowshipped, toured the bus, and took a short ride. Channel 10 covered the event. (http://news10now.com/cny-news-1013-content/494059/dedication-ceremony-held-for-senior-bus-service)
The main purpose of the bus is to provide transportation to seniors for doctor’s appointments, shopping, etc. since our area is no longer to be served by city buses. Without it some residents would have to shell out for substantial cab fares. I believe it will be a helpful practical ministry in our area. Service began this past week. Riders are asked for a small donation for each round trip.
Over the next several weeks, the bus will visit participating churches on Sunday morning. It is to visit our church Jan. 31.