Experience God's Love, Grow as Disciples, Serve Our Community

 
In his first message as our Senior Pastor, Herb asked, "Do We Really Want to Be Great?" The answer to that question is "YES!" because we are all great when we serve others in His name. We encourage families to find a way to serve individually and together. Providence supports the Midwest Food Bank, the Real Life Center, AV Pride and many other worthwhile organizations, and each ministry area provides opportunities for service throughout the year. 
When children are removed from their homes by the Department of Family and Children’s Services, they are confused and often at the lowest time of their lives. If that’s not hard enough, 90% of them arrive into the foster care system with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. They deserve to feel & look like the best child they can be. Providence collected new children's underwear & socks that were delivered to Bloom on March 15. 
 
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Operation Christmas Child
 
188 Shoeboxes were delivered to the collection center on November 14th. Many thanks to all who brought them! 
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Be a Santa To a Senior
Each year the church collects Christmas gifts for the senior citizens in our community with limited financial resources who are in need of basic items. Questions about this ministry? BASTAS
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Backpack Ministry Family Service Opportunity 
  Children who receive free meals at school take home a backpack of food so they do not go hungry over the weekend. Each week Providence small groups and families are filling 11 backpacks, which each feed two children. This is a wonderful, tangible teaching opportunity so our children understand that even in "the Bubble," there are other children who need their help.
Non-perishable food items help us fill the pantry, which will be used as needed: canned meat & pasta; dry pasta & canned pasta sauce; plastic jars of peanut butter & jelly; tortillas; cans of refried & black beans; graham crackers, apples & oranges, pudding cups, applesauce, granola bars, cereal, oatmeal & grits. Please email Leslie  if you are interested.
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Providence sponsored a team in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, October 1st. The 2017 walk is Oct. 7th. 
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Fayette Samaritans
Bring non-perishable items for the Fayette Samaritans' Food Pantry to the Missions Box by the back lobby of the main building. Ongoing needs:
canned goods, cereals, peanut butter & jellies, soap, toothpaste, deodorant,
pasta & pasta sauces, soup, oatmeal, soap,potatoes, shampoo, diapers, dish crackers, oatmeal,Mac & Cheese. August & February are our special push months!
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The Real Life Center gives help and hope to families in our community needing support. Donations of food and clothing are always needed, as is help in organizing donations. 
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Families and individuals can go to Midwest Food Bank to help get food ready for distribution to agencies or to help put large quantities into smaller family-sized packages.Due to the large number of agencies waiting to be served, the MFB is raising funds for a warehouse expansion.