ROGERS CITY – When God blesses you, it’s your turn to bless others.
That’s part of the reason Renewed Blessings Resale Shop has given back to 15 Rogers City churches and three parish schools. This is the second year that the resale store has shared its monetary blessings with churches and Christian schools in the area.
The non-profit resale store receives new or lightly used donations of household goods, shoes, accessories and furniture. The only item they don’t accept is clothing. Based on last year’s sales, the store has accumulated enough funds to distribute a generous amount evenly among churches and schools.
The recipients are grateful for the generosity of owners Dianne and Larry Darga. The non-profit resale store, located at 1092 W. Third St., is run entirely by volunteers. The Board of Directors and volunteers work hard to ensure its growth and success.
âRenewed Blessings has supported so many of our outreach events in the church with their donations,â said Reverend Karen Zurakowski of Westminster Presbyterian Church. “The fact that they have devoted all this time and talent to giving back to this community through the churches means the world to me and our congregation, and, I’m sure, to all of these congregations.”
Money has proven to be useful for many practical uses, especially during the pandemic.
âLast year we used the money to connect the internet at Belknap Church,â said Reverend Paul Boerger, pastor of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Belknap, a rural area in the southwest. of Rogers City. “And, this year, we’ll probably do the same – do it again.”
He explained that the internet allowed them to get their services online during the pandemic, so they could reach more people even when their doors were closed.
Boerger added that he enjoys shopping at the store.
âI come here two or three times a month, just to look around,â he said. âIt’s a beautiful store. And they do a great job fixing everything, making it look pretty. “
He said having Renewed Blessings in Rogers City benefits the whole community.
âIt means a lot,â Boerger said. âEven outside the community, when they come here to visit, they come to take a look around them. “
Dianne Darga said they gave all churches an address in Rogers City.
âWe want to share with them again because our success has just been overwhelming,â said Darga. âGod has guided and directed us. He leads us. We have “God winks” all the time. We’ll say, âOh boy do we need desksâ and in a week we’ll have seven desks on the floor. It’s just phenomenal.
Darga said that whenever they have a need, God satisfies it for them, and more.
âHe gives us more,â she said.
She did not disclose the amount of money donated to each church and school, but the same amount was distributed to each organization. She said especially during the pandemic, churches still have expenses to pay even if their buildings are empty.
âWe just give them a check when we can give them a check,â she said. She and her sister Leeny Ries opened the store in June 2020, after their husbands told them, âNo more yard sales.
âI wouldn’t be able to do this without her and my husband,â Darga said of her sister. âIt’s a big job. He put on weight faster than expected. “
She said her pastor, Reverend Derek Riddle, told her, âFind something you’re good at and do it for the Lord.
So she did. She and her sister were good at garage sales, so here they are, selling a wide variety of items that have all been cleaned, sanitized, polished, repaired or whatever it takes to make them look almost new to present to customers. On the ground.
The store’s motto is âDiverse in Faith, United in Missionâ, representing the unity and bond of Christianity, regardless of denomination.
âThe idea is that the Christian community, regardless of faith, work together for one cause,â said Darga.
She said reaching out to young people is the key to continuing with a strong faith community.
âIf we don’t keep them in the church, there won’t be a church,â Darga said.