Special Announcements

All church face-to-face activities are cancelled. Members can still watch services online and participate in ministry activities. Make online contributions through the Givelify app or through Online Giving. You can also mail your contributions as well.

View how to connect for ALL Online Worship

Submit information to gpbc@carolina.rr.com and all announcements by Monday to the Administrative Assistant, Gene Bennett and Church Secretary, Justina Smith.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS: A YouTube channel has been created especially for you! Yes, Greater Providence members ONLY. This channel will feature easy to follow chair yoga courses, taught by instructor, Debra McWhirter. For those of you that are not familiar with chair yoga, chair yoga is a gentle form of movement while sitting in a chair. This independent movement can improve your overall health while reducing stress! To have access to this channel please send your personal email address to Debra McWhirter.
 

Joy to the World Sing-off: The Youth Ministry Committee proudly announce the winners of the sing-off challenge.

A big THANK YOU to all who participated in the GPBC Joy to the World Sing-Off Challenge!
The winners are:  

Peggy Berry
Curtis Dean
Jimmy & Sharon Exum
Londyn Gordon-Artis
The Harris Family
Rev. Will Henderson
Peggy Horne
Sonja Jordan
Justina Smith & The McCray Family
The Thomas Family 

Click HERE to view the various renditions of Joy to the world.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks again for participating!
 
2020 GPBC Virtual Marriage Enrichment Class: Participants will engage in meaningful whole group and small group discussions via a Zoom platform led by the Caultons, Whiteheads, Royals, and Exums.  Teachers will be using the text entitled “Love to Stay: Sex, Grace and Commitment,” by Adam Hamilton. The author explores how, with the help of God, we can make love last. We welcome you whether you are newly engaged, newly married, or have been married for many years.
 

Connect to Marriage Enrichment class

  • When: January 30, 2021
  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00pm
  • Where: Zoom platform (all participants will need to have access to a computer and expected to have cameras on during sessions)
    • Meeting ID: 260 349 4730  Passcode: 987358
  • Who: GPBC Members
  • If you have any questions contact Cheleta Caulton
 
WINDS Financial Literacy Program: GPBC will begin the WINDS financial literacy education this month. The first six sessions are:
  1. Financial Psychology
  2. Budgeting
  3. Credit Profile
  4. Loans & Debt
  5. Risk Management
  6. Retirement Planning

Classes are limited to 95 students, so please register as soon as possible. Use this link: (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdu6vrDguE9IgJ5WYePp9oOTqT-5KJMxs) to register for the GPBC WINDS course. Classes are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays until March as follows: Jan 9 & 23, Feb 13 & 27 and Mar 13 & 27.

 

True Vine Ministry (TVM) shares information below from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). For many, shelter-in-place requirements are demanding on minds, bodies and spirits. Therefore, True Vine Ministries is providing a series of tips and resources intended to enhance physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

 
An Opportunity to Serve as Jesus Demonstrated
Greater Providence has a longstanding partnership with Willow Ridge Nursing Home located at 2040 Milton Road, next door to our campus. Many of the residents have had no personal visits or calls since the pandemic began. Most facilities restrict face-to-face visits for the residents’ safety. Many, including Willow Ridge permit visits where guests can greet, sing, wave or chat through windows. The human connection is vital to the well-being of many who are isolated because of the virus. Will you consider being a volunteer buddy for residents at Willow Ridge. If so, just call 866-567-1335; identify yourself as a Greater Providence member interested in volunteering to connect with residents.
 
Leadership for Women Ministry Book Discussion. Purchase the book, It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, by Sheila Walsh online via Amazon, Lifeway, ChristianBook.com or from your preferred merchant.  Click to enter women’s book discussion  Meeting ID: 853 8016 2392   Password: Women2day   Dial in:+1 646 558 8656 with ID 853 8016 2392 & password:415520774   If using a smart phone, simply click the following One Tap Mobile Number from your phone  +16465588656,,85380162392#,,,,0#,,415520774# 

 

HELPs Corps Update  Ten members of Greater Providence Baptist Church (GPBC) have formed a HELPs Corps to understand the coronavirus driven needs of church members in order to assist where possible. This group will prioritize our elderly and sick/shut in members who have no other means of assistance with critical activities. Examples include assistance with arranging delivery services for grocery/pharmacy pick-up, assistance with connecting through technology (i.e., Zoom, conference call; assistance connecting to available services/resources). This volunteer effort is not funded by GPBC and will not be able to provide financial assistance. All assistance will be provided using the public health guidelines for safety. If you are in quarantine, sick and/or experiencing any symptoms of the virus, make us aware when you reach out. Masks and social distancing will be required. If you have a need within the parameters identified, please email Jacqueline Waites Moss who will try to partner you with someone from the team who can assist.
 
 
Bereavement Announcements & Services
Lift these families up in prayer.
 
  • Prayer is requested for Sister Claudia Sullivan in the passing of her mother, Mrs. Flora Mae Brown. Mrs. Brown resided in Dorchester, Mass. and she was 99 years old at the time of her passing today.
  • Sis. Wandy Cody is requesting pray as her family mourns the death of her brother Danny T. Curry of Jacksonville, FL. He passed on Thursday, January 7 after suffering a stroke.
  • Brother Earl Rogers requests prayer for his family as they mourn the death of his brother Charles Rogers of Suffolk, VA. He died January 7 of COVID-19 complications. Additionally, prayer is requested for Mr. Rogers’ widow, Rachel, is continues her battle against COVID-19 in ICU.
  • Sister Ola McCoy requests prayer for her family as they mourn the loss of her brother, Robert Lewis Douglas. Visitation is Monday, January 11 at noon at Kings Funeral Home, 4000 Beatties Ford Rd. A graveside service for Mr. Douglas will be Tuesday, January 12, at noon at York Memorial Park, 5150 South Tryon St.
  • Sister Wanda Cody is grieving the loss of her brother, Danny T. Curry of Jacksonville, FL who died January 7 as the result of a stroke.
  • Please pray for Sis. Bennie Thomas and Family as they mourn the passing of her Sister Equilla Love on December 28th in Syracuse, NY. Homegoing services are incomplete at this time.
 
 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Vaccinations

Senior adults may use this vaccine registration link to create an account and schedule a vaccination at Bojangles Coliseum. Individuals in the 1B category (75+) are eligible to participate in the process at this time. Telephone number is 980-314-9400.

Governor Cooper Announces New Rent and Utility Assistance Program
Applications are being accepted for the N.C. Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program which will assist eligible low- and moderate-income renters experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Renters who need rent or utility assistance can apply for the HOPE program online. Applicants who cannot access the online application can call 2-1-1 Monday-Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. for assistance.
 

Charlotte Area Fund (CAF) Offers Help
The Charlotte Area Fund offers a wide array of support and resources in the areas of education, mental health, finances and career development. The most recently announced opportunity is classes for Fiber Optic/Broadband jobs. The six-week program will prepare candidates for jobs with a $42,000 entry level salary. Visit CAF’s website for information on the classes which are 11/2/2020 – 12/3/2020.


Samaritan’s Purse Has Job Openings
Operation Christmas Child has a number of seasonal job opportunities that will run mid-November to mid-December. Visit Samaritan’s Purse website for additional information.

Department of Social Services (DSS) Offers Vital Support to Seniors (60+)

  • Transportation to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry for seniors in need of food is available.  A partnership between DSS and Loaves & Fishes provides short-term food assistance. Call 980-314-6468 for additional information.
  • Masks and gloves will be available for seniors who need these items in an effort to stay safe during the CoVid pandemic. Please contact Ms. Yvonne Brown via email at Yvonne.Brown@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or by phone at 980-314-7018 to request masks or gloves.
  • Fans will be distributed to seniors through DSS’s collaboration with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. If you need a fan or know other seniors who do, contact (980) 314-1049 to get detailed information about getting a free fan.
 
North Carolina Homeowners Alliance
Individuals who need assistance with mortgage guidance, resources and support may find helpful information at the NC Homeowners Alliance website. Information is available regarding your rights as a mortgage holder, including key terms with which you should be familiar. Protect yourself against scams and scare tactics. NEVER pay for mortgage relief. Avoid anything that sounds too easy such as guaranteed approval or no income checkLearn more about the NC Homeowners Alliance.
 
COVID-19 Resources
 
Virtual Career Training – Goodwill University is still offering free career development opportunities but they are now entirely online! While professional growth has always been vital for workplace success, the growing coronavirus pandemic makes it more important than ever. Practice social distancing and stay at home while taking one of their many online classes and workshops.