After more than 25 years at 13600 Van Dyke — the former Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church — Greater Shield of Faith Baptist Church is leaving the campus. The cost associated with the deteriorating condition of the building has made it impossible for Bishop Jennings and his congregation to remain there any longer. We … Continue Reading →

Treats 'n Trunks 2017

We’ll close out the summer at Fletcher Field with our 11th annual  Treats ‘n Trucks event on Sunday, Oct. 29. As usual, we’ll start to decorate our cars at about 1 p.m. and then begin passing out candy to the kids around 2. I’d love to reconnect with some familiar faces we haven’t seen in a while … Continue Reading →

The Wonder Years

Even now, I find it hard to believe that such an incredibly diverse, dedicated coalition could come together — both on the ground and virtually through social media — to do so much good in a community that many others left for dead. Heck, some of it doesn’t even seem possible or real anymore. But … Continue Reading →

Leaving home again?

It feels like just yesterday … except for the achy knees, growing bald spot atop my head and the wrinkles and age spots on my face. Those things and more tell the real story: It’s been 10 years since I revisited my childhood neighborhood and was told by a little voice inside my head to … Continue Reading →

Come see original Holy Name nativity scene

Shield of Faith Church, which now resides on the former Holy Name campus, has graciously agreed to open its doors on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. if you’d like to see the sanctuary decorated for Christmas … including the original Holy Name nativity scene that graced the front of the church … Continue Reading →

The 2016 events calendar

More information to come as spring approaches, but here’s the Fletcher Field events calendar we came up with during today’s meeting: — Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m.: Park cleanup. — Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m.: 10th annual Treats ‘n Trunks — Saturday, Nov. 19, at noon: Thanksgiving baskets giveaway — Saturday, Dec. 17, … Continue Reading →

9th annual Treats 'n Trunks

It’s been a crazy summer at Fletcher Field. For a moment, it actually looked like we might lose the old girl. But that all worked out for the best, and now we’re getting ready for our final event at the park this year. In less than three weeks — Sunday, Oct. 25 — we’ll hold … Continue Reading →

Grill thrill

The final piece of new equipment for the park was installed this week. Can’t wait to grill up some hot dogs for the kids during our Halloween event on Oct. 25.

Amazing Grace

A thank you from Imogene Johnson … How can I say thanks … to God our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for providing the children of the Fletcher Field community with upgraded and safe play equipment?  All honor, glory and praise to our God!!! As I watched 6-year-old Johnny and  7-year-old … Continue Reading →

What if?

Eight years ago, I was sent back to my childhood neighborhood to report on its condition, which led to this blog, an amazing coalition and a revitalized Fletcher Field. On that July morning of 2007, I met Leon, whose house sits just two doors down from where I grew up at 8271 Dobel. I now … Continue Reading →