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. 
Wells of Living Water
 
 
As part of Advent Conspiracy we are raising funds to dig wells in Africa. When children don't have to walk for water they can go to school, lives are saved when dirty water isn't used for drinking & cooking, and families can support themselves with extra crops to sell when water for irrigation is nearby. To read about it, go to Water4 
You can scroll down to "Wells of Living Water-Providence UMC," to give or click here to give. Thank you!
Thank you to all those who brought shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child--you have shared Christ's love with a child who may not know Him!
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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 16 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 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.