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.

GPBC Christian Life

 

 

 

Please join the GPBC Christian Life Enrichment Ministry with your favorite cup of coffee or tea Saturday, August 21 for one hour beginning at 2 p.m. You are invited to share concerns and feelings about current events in our world. This will be an environment of support and encouragement. The session will be facilitated by Brother John Gordon of GPBC’s True Vine Ministry. The virtual event will take place via Zoom using the following credentials:
Meeting ID 869-2147-2051 Passcode 672653
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Pastor Announces Retirement
Our dear pastor, Dr. Fred Gibson, has announced that he will retire effective August 31, 2021. Pastor Gibson’s leadership will be sorely missed and the church family acknowledges the wonderful support of Leading Lady Gibson, not only in her support of Pastor Gibson, but also for her ministry work. Pastor has request that the July 25 Pastoral Anniversary celebration be set aside as a day of reflection of their 40 years of ministry and service at Greater Providence, but hold all tangible gifts for his August retirement.
 
 
Church Conference
Mark your calendar for our next church conference on Aug 14, 2021 at 11:30 am. More information TBA.
 
 

First Responders Sponsor Health Symposium

First Responders Ministry presents the Greater Providence Baptist Church Virtual Health Symposium. The symposium will be held on Saturday 7/31/21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Speakers, health trivia, and prizes will be included in the information filled day. Please join us! Register for the Health Symposium. The event will occur on Zoom using the credentials:

Meeting ID: 897 8374 0518 Passcode: 107935
One tap mobile +13017158592,,89783740518#,,,,*107935#

 

 

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Ushers Plan School Supply Drive

The Greater Providence ushers are planning a community service event to benefit students in schools near our campus. This event supports students in the following schools: KIPP Charlotte, Devonshire Elementary, Cochrane Collegiate Academy and Briarwood Academy.

Greater Providence members are invited to participate in a drive-through collection day on our campus from 2:00-4:00 on Saturday 7/17, 7/31 &/or 8/7. The goal is to ensure that students in our community have the supplies needed for a successful school year.

Please bring school supplies including pencils, notebook paper, composition books, pens, folders, masks, hand sanitizer and earbuds. Thank you for sharing your resources to help students have a great start to the 21-22 academic year.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: GET MOVING – Family Life Center
  • Line Dancing 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Monday and Friday
  • Yoga 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Friday

 

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
 
 
Bereavement Announcements & Services
Lift these families up in prayer.
 
  • Deaconess Lynn Dula whose nephew by marriage, Rodney Oden, died on July 16.
  • GPBC member Brother Vodrey Miller transitioned June 17, 2021 in Staten Island, NY. A graveside service was held Saturday, 6/26 at Massillon Cemetery with Edwin Barnes Funeral or Barnes Funeral Service officiating. Vodrey loved our church family and remained committed to our ministry even after relocating from Charlotte to Staten Island. Please keep his family in prayer.
  • Sister Victoria Thomas requests prayer for her family as they mourn the death of her stepson, Amos Togar, who transitioned Tuesday, 7/6/21.
  • Sister Melissa Davis, a Greater Providence member, and cousin of member Sister Catherine Huntley transitioned to be with the Lord Monday, 6/28/21. Please pray for the Davis and Huntley family; Melissa and Catherine grew up as sisters. Sister Davis’s memorial service will be at Macedonia Baptist Church Thursday, 7/8/21 at noon. Alexander Funeral Home, 1424 Statesville Avenue in Charlotte is serving the family.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

FOOD GIVEAWAY
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Community Services Bureau in partnership with Hickory Grove Baptist Church is sponsoring a free food distribution Wednesday, July 14 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at 1243 West Blvd.
 

FREE FUN FOR TEENS at the Simmons YMCA on FRIDAY Nights this summer! Teens 13-18 can hang out at the Y from 8-11pm for free dinner, entertainment, swimming, prizes and much more! No need to register, just come out for the fun! Food will be provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill, Chick-fil-A, JJ’s Red Hot Food Truck, Pizza and Chipotle. The YMCA Level Up Friday Night program is also happening at Keith Family YMCA, McCrorey YMCA and Stratford Richardson YMCA. Learn more about the YMCA program for Teens.

 
COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS
Visit the Mecklenburg County COVID site for answers to all your questions related to vaccination clinics, current local infection rates, symptoms and more. If you are homebound, you may be eligible to receive the vaccine at home.
 

FEMA Funeral Reimbursement Program
FEMA is launching a funeral reimbursement program this month. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. FEMA is reimbursing up to $7,000.00 for COVID-19 funerals. Please keep funeral documentation. For additional details, visit the FEMA website.

Community Culinary School of Charlotte Offers FREE Training
CCSC’s Workforce Training program is a creative solution to the interwoven problems of unemployment, hunger and homelessness. We address the root cause of poverty rather than symptoms – unemployment. We do more than hand someone a fish – we teach students how to clean, cook and sell fish! We provide paths to careers in the food service industry for adults whose barriers include: lack of skills, incarceration, addiction, homelessness, and Veterans’ re-integration issues. CCSC’s overarching program goal is for graduates to move from dependency to self-sufficiency through stable employment. Visit the CCSC website to learn how this program may help you to become gainfully employed.
 
NC Advance Directives
As much as you may want to avoid thinking about it, unless Jesus raptures His Church soon, you will die. You will likely have healthcare needs to be addressed before your death. Now is the time to think about and tell your loved ones your desires for medical decisions that may need to be made on your behalf. Atrium Health is sponsoring virtual workshops on Advance Directives. DON’T PUT THIS OFF!! Talking about death doesn’t make it happen. It will happen whether you talk about it or not. Learn more about Atrium’s Advance Directives…
 
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. Visit CAF’s website for information.
 
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.