Special Announcements

For more information on activities, job & intern opportunities, scholarships, offers & free services, check out our bulletin boards throughout the church. Submit information to gpbc@carolina.rr.com and all announcements by Monday to the Administrative Assistant, Gene Bennett and Church Secretary, Justina Smith.

 

View how to connect for ALL Online Worship

 
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.

 

At the church conference there was a presentation on WINDS. GPBC will launch on September 29th at 7:00 pm.  The WINDS program will cover a broad range of subjects from debt management to retirement planning, focused on teaching how to build generational wealth. This launch is open to all. Register now for the WINDS program.
 
GPBC Families & Youth, please take a moment to complete a Youth Ministry Family Survey by Sunday, October 11th.  The Youth Ministry Committee will use this information to plan upcoming activities and services for our youth. 
 
 
 
Virtual Fall Festival: GPBC Youth, Join the Youth Ministry Committee for a night of fun and  family fellowship!  On Saturday, October 31st, we will have a Virtual Fall Festival from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Join us for online entertainment and games.  Winners will be awarded prizes, and prizes will be delivered to winners’ homes or mailed.  Email ymc@greaterprovidence.org to register for this event by Sunday, October 25th.
 
 
The Usher Ministry is holding a Community Grocery Give-Away on October 10.The number of families that we will be able to serve will depend on the amount of donations we received. 
 
Walk to end Alzheimer’s Oct. 17, 2020. Donations can be made online at Walk2EndAlz web page. Look for “Barbara Ray” or team name “Luv 2 Remember” to donate. Interested in walking? Join virtually or in person. Contact Barbara Ray for details.
 
 

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. 

  • When: September 19th, October 17th, December 19th, January 2021 TBD
  • 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)
  • Who: GPBC Members
  • Registration closed on Monday, September 14th.
  • If you have any questions please contact Cheleta Caulton.
 

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. 

Did You Know? People who are in recovery may not be able to get the support they need because of social distancing for COVID-19. Also, access to health care may be limited in some locations, and people with substance use disorder (SUD) may not be able to get care when they need it. Learn more about the challenges of COVID-19 for people with addiction and substance use disorders (SUDs).
 
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. Additionally, if you volunteer
 
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.
 
 
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The North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy is hosting a free, one-day virtual academy on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 – 2:00.  The purpose of the event is to recognize Black Energy Awareness Month and provide college students the opportunity to increase their knowledge about the energy industry as well as equip the students with interviewing and networking skills.  Visit the website listed (CLICK) and register by October 5th if you are interested in participating.
 

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.
 

Race for the Cure Goes Virtual Oct 3. 2020

 

Race for the Cure 2020 Goes Virtual

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure can’t gather in person as we have traditionally, but the race will go on. June is Men’s Health Month. Do you know that men can be affected by breast cancer, too?  Learn more information on male breast cancer. Get inspired for the virtual 2020 Race for the Cure!
 
 
Exercise with Mitch – You are invited to exercise with Village Heartbeat trainer, Mitchell Smith, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Mr. Smith’s class can be accessed on Facebook by entering VHB Mitch in the search box. You may stand or sit while doing these classes. Come join us and stay healthy or get healthy during this period of social distancing.
 
 
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.
 
ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION: The State Board of Elections and N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles announced that they now offer online voter registration. If you are or ever have been a DMV customer with a N.C. driver’s license or DMV-issued ID, you may now check your registration status, register to vote, update your voter registration address, and change party affiliation online. If you do not have a valid NC Driver’s License or DMV-issued ID card, or you need to make a name change, you can download a voter registration application. Print, fill out, sign and mail the form to your County’s Board of Elections. This is a standalone FREE service that does not require you to complete a DMV transaction (such as license renewal) at the same time. If you do not receive your voter registration card within 2 weeks, go online to see if it was processed. If you have any questions contact your County’s Board of Elections.
 
 
Bereavement Announcements & Services
Lift these families up in prayer.
  • Mother Mary Cromedy transitioned to her heavenly home on 9/1. What a sweet servant of Jesus she was! Please pray for her son. Graveside services for Mother Cromedy:
    Friday, September 11, 2020, 3:00 PM at Sunset Memory Gardens, 8901 Lawyers Road.
    Click the link to the Obituary for Mary Alice Cromedy at Grier Funeral Service, Inc.
  • The Brother of Deacon Thurman Higgs passed on Saturday, August 29, 2020. A public viewing will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the funeral home. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with Words of Comfort by Reverend Elbert Heath. Services will be LIVE STREAM on our Hemby-Willoughby Facebook Page at 11:00 AM. https://www.facebook.com/willoughbyfuneralhomes/.  Services are entrusted to Hemby-Willoughby Mortuary, Inc., of Tarboro, NC.
  • Deacon Leroy Smith & Deaconess Hilda Smith are requesting prayer for their family as they grieve the unexpected death of her beloved sister, Mrs. Vernell Smith on Monday, 8/17. Sister Vernell Smith’s husband, Rev. Alexander Smith, is the brother of Deacon Leroy Smith. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
  • Please join in Praying for Bro. John Gordon and Family. John’s Mother Mrs. Mary Ethel Gordon, age 99 Passed on August 15, 2020. Here are the arrangements: Life Service is scheduled for Saturday August 22, at 11:00AM-Lane Town Hall, #7 Oneta Drive’ Lane, SC, 29564. Family visitation will be held on Friday August 21, 1:00-4:00PM @ Redmond- Richardson Funeral Home, Inc.