Live Better. Together.

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, Square Foot Ministry and many other worthwhile organizations, and each ministry area provides opportunities for service throughout the year. 
Wells of Living Water
Through Advent Conspiracy 2017, Providence raised funds to dig wells in Africa. Children can go to school because they don’t have to walk for water, lives are saved from water-borne illness & families can grow crops to support themselves. To read about it, go to Water4 The church family raised $127,000–enough to dig 47 wells! 
Watch for information about Advent Conspiracy 2018, which kicks off October 14th! 
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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 backpacks, which each feed two-three 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.
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. 
Providence worked with several churches in our area to build two homes in Griffin for those in need. During IMPACT 2018 our Student Ministry worked on the homes and throughout the summer & fall work continued on the homes with the goal of getting families in these homes. The families moved into their homes Thanksgiving week–many thanks to all who worked or contributed financially to make this dream a reality for these families. For info about the 2019 home build, contact Jeff Williams for info.