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.
 

Attention Ladies: The Leadership for Women Ministry invites all women to attend its Women’s Spring Institute. This annual event will be held virtually via Zoom & Facebook Live on Thursday, March 25 & Friday, March 26 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dynamic Impact Speakers Group, LLC (Sis. Karen Hodge Thomas & Sis. Vicki Hodge Lynch) will facilitate the sessions entitled “Answering God’s Call” with Micah 6:8 as the foundational scripture.
You must register in advance for this meeting. Questions or items that you would like to have addressed during the sessions can be submitted to HodgeSisters@hodgesisters.com. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. PLEASE do not share your registration link. It is unique to you; each woman must complete her own registration. If assistance is needed with registration, contact Karen Thomas.
 

GPBC Marriage Enrichment
Engaged and married couples are invited to join the next session March 20 from 10 a.m. – noon. Participants will engage in meaningful whole group and small group discussions via Zoom. Couples are asked to join with video on and to jointly use one device. Deacon and Deaconess Nowlin will facilitate the discussion based on the book 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. Contact Cheleta Caulton with questions. Join the Marriage Enrichment Meeting Meeting ID: 260 349 4730; passcode 987358

 

Girl Scout Cookie Time!

Greater Providence, it’s time to support our Girl Scout Troop 21 during its annual cookie fundraiser. Contact Sister Katrina Chandler or Sister Debbie Jackson to purchase directly or order online! Stock up now; most cookies freeze well.
 
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! View the Yoga Videos at your convenience and subscribe to get an update of the latest releases.
 
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. Register for WINDS Financial Literacy to participate. 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.
 
 

 

 
Bereavement Announcements & Services
Lift these families up in prayer.
 
  • Sister Theritha Duren lost her daughter, Pamela Duren Tuesday 2/16. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
  • Greater Providence lost one of our ministers, Rev. Virginia Henderson, Monday, 2/15.

    Dr. Virginia Henderson’s funeral is 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 27, at Enloe Mortuary 231 North Lafayette St. in Shelby, NC 28150. Contact the funeral home by phone at 704-487-9598 or 704-487-9599. Fax 704-487-1504.

  • Members who are grieving the recent loss of loved ones include Sister Phyllis Worthy (mother, Marie Smarr); Sheryl Best (mother, Geneva Hedgepeth); Sister Daisy Faison (son, Charles Faison); Deacon David Hughes (brother, George Hughes); and Sister Brinda Locke (uncle, Adolph Brown).
  • 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.
 
 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Financial Opportunities from RH Boyd Endowment
Applications are now open for the R.H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund! This is an exciting opportunity for college students looking to continue their education or churches and organizations looking to finance projects or programs. Interested students, churches, and organizations can apply online. View the full list of requirements and terms. But don’t wait – the application deadline is March 31, 2021.

Scholarship Opportunity
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Queen City Metropolitan Chapter is currently accepting applications for scholarships. Visit the National Coalition of 100 Black Women website to apply. High School Deadline: March 14, 2021; Adult Deadline: May 7, 2021

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…
 
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.

 
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.