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.
The First Responders Ministry would like to thank all of the donors for YOUR part in helping us EXCEED our fundraising goal. We were able to contribute $625 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Your efforts to meet the needs of the community are greatly appreciated!
 
Grief and Recovery will meet on December 5, 2020 at 11:00 am. Please use Dial in number 605 472 5712. Access code 431060#
This will conclude our sessions for this year.
 
Sunday School literature (books and CDs) will be distributed Thursday, December 3, between 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 5, between 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. in the lower fellowship hall. Ring the doorbell located on the upper left side of the door for entry.
 
Help Us Get Ready for 2021!
Greater Providence, we will enter 2021 very shortly if the Lord permits. Please assist GPBC staff’s preparations for an accurate and comprehensive membership roll. A vital component of our church directory, the roll is critical to our efforts to contact members when needed. We urge each member to review your name, address, home phone and cell phone numbers; submit corrections, revisions and/or additions no later than noon Friday, December 4.  Visit the Resources page to update your contact info online.
 
Joy to the World Sing-off: The Youth Ministry Committee would like to encourage you to spread some joy and holiday cheer by participating in our Joy to the World Sing-off Challenge. You can do this by recording a solo, family, and/or a ministry rendition of “Joy to the World.”
 1.Go to Flipgrid.com
 2.Click Enter a Join Code
 3.Type d1f1d2bc
 4.Click Record a Response
 5. Or use your phone to scan this QR code
 

At the end of your recording, challenge another person, family, or ministry to participate. Participants will be entered into a drawing for various gift cards, and winners will be announced in January. Gift cards will be delivered or mailed.

Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing to celebrate the coming of Savior!

 
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: 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)
    • Meeting ID: 260 349 4730  Passcode: 987358
  • Who: GPBC Members
  • If you have any questions 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.
 
Bereavement Announcements & Services
Lift these families up in prayer.
 
  • Brother Thomas and Sister Joyce Isom ask for prayer as their family mourns the death of her mother, Barbara Smith, also a GPBC member. Visitation for Sister Smith will be Thursday, 11/19 at Boston-Roseboro’s Mortuary at 4300 Statesville Rd in Charlotte from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In response to COVID-19, a private funeral will occur Friday, 11/20 at 1:30 p.m. at Greater Providence. Please pray for the Isom and Smith family.
  • Sister Evelyn Costen is requesting prayer for her family. Her brother, Eric Arthur Boykin, Jr., MAJ USAF RET., passed away unexpectedly on November 12. He lived in Huntsville, AL. A graveside memorial service is scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2020 11:00 a.m. in Ozark, Alabama. Scott’s Chapel Hill Mortuary, 814 Headland Avenue in Dothan, AL 36303 is serving the family. Phone for the mortuary is 334-677-7200.
 
 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 
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.