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Church celebration being planned

FLINT TWP. — Glad Tidings Tabernacle Pentecostal Church, 4475 S. Linden Road, is planning a celebration to burn its mortgage and install a new pastor at 11 a.m. July 15.

Pastor Brian Oswald, who came to the church from Missouri in April, will be formerly installed. The Bishop of Michigan will attend the service to conduct the installation and deliver a message about the church’s mission, Oswald said.

The symbolic mortgage burning will celebrate the church becoming debt free. The church was established in 1936 and moved to its current location 10 years ago.

A special dinner will follow the service. The public is invited.

The church has about 150 members. Oswald said one reason he moved here with his wife and two children was to get involved in turning around our city.

Hard times brought on by a recession has increased the need to reach out to the less fortunate, he said. — R.S.

Flint Twp. police to host disaster loan reps

FLINT TWP. — The township Police Department will host representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance during its 10- day day stay in Genesee County to take loan applications from people with damages from record flooding in early May.

An SBA arriving next week will work out of the police departments community room from, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 10-19, said Police Chief George Sippert, who is coordinating arrangements with county emergency management coordinator Jennifer Boyer.

The temporary disaster recovery center will offer one-on-one assistance and is the result of a successful request for disaster loan assistance announced last week by Gov. Rick Snyder.

SBA’s disaster assistance program provides low-interest loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed, according to a press release from Snyder’s office last week.

Sippert said more information abut the application process will soon be publicized by Boyer’s office, which is responsible for disaster management and planning in Genesee County. — R.S.

Last day to register for primary

FLINT TWP. — The township clerk’s office has issued a notice July 9 is the last day to register to vote in the Aug. 7 State Primary Election. Township Clerk Kim Courts also announced that absentee ballots are now available at the township office during regular office hours Monday through Thursday. — R.S.

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