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Serving Our Church
One of the ways God cares for his children is by calling churches to minister to the needs of congregations. In times of grief, need, pain, or fear the Providence family, led by our deacons and staff, are proactive in ministering to the needs of one another. Whether it is meals for the families of those who have had a new baby, visitation of those in the hospital, or prayers on behalf of those with unspoken needs, we at Providence are there to help.
Deacons are at the heart of serving in the Providence community. The Presbyterian Book of Order says that “…deacons minister to those who are in need, to the sick, the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith.”
- The Congregational Life & Fellowship Committee provides opportunities for congregational fellowship, such as the church-wide picnic, and assists with other events as requested, such as the Upward Basketball end-of-season Celebration.
- The Membership Committee reaches out to those interested in church membership and offers Prospective Member Classes. The committee also contacts longtime members who have not been active recently to express care and concern on behalf of the church.
- The Pastoral Care Committee reaches out in Christian love to the congregation in times of sadness and joy. Through notes, visits, meals and telephone calls, the committee offers support to Providence members and friends.
PC(USA) Giving Opportunities
CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING – Good News of Great Joy!
A Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s, the Christmas Joy Offering is one of the four special offerings throughout the year designated by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to provide congregations direct ways of supporting specific causes that help those in need. The receipts from the Christmas Joy Offering are shared equally with the Board of Pensions for assistance programs and at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges to support student scholarships.
Board of Pensions: This program offers income supplements to retired church workers and their surviving spouses to raise incomes to the level where these retirees can live modestly and continue to maintain their independence, plus Shared Grants and Emergency Assistance to help with medical and/or dental expenses not covered by the Benefits Plan.
Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges: The Presbyterian Church has long promoted education through establishing and supporting racial ethnic schools and colleges. Our Christmas Joy Offering funds provide scholarships to deserving students as well as help with basic operating costs at these six schools, where leaders are being developed and enabling students to discover and pursue professional goals: Barber-Scotia College/Concord, NC; Cook Native American Ministries/Tempe, AZ; Knoxville College/Knoxville, TN; Menaul School/Albuquerque, NM; Presbyterian Pan American School, Kingsville, TX; and Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL.
For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.Luke 22:27