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There are many different opportunities to serve the Lord in our community this season. FBCW has several Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions where we reach out to those who are in need of more than just food and clothing, but for the love of a Savior as well.  If you are like many people who feel blessed and are looking to “give back” in practical ways, you will want to sign up and take part in one of our Thanksgiving events, Christmas store or Warming Center.

Saturday, November 23rd, FBCW will open up its doors for the Annual HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner. This is the 13th year the church has provided free Thanksgiving meals to the community. Over 100 struggling families will have a homemade Thanksgiving meal to sit down to together, thanks to the volunteers from FBCW and the No Hunger Holiday program. HOPE Pantry volunteers and Student ministries offer hospitality to the clients from the Pantry by serving them dinner and waiting on them throughout the evening.

On Tuesday evening, November 26th, FBCW will hand out uncooked packaged dinners that includes a frozen turkey and all the side items for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  Clients will move from one station to the next collecting items needed to prepare their own Thanksgiving Dinner at home with their family, while also hearing about and witnessing the love of our Savior through His servants who work this event.

The Annual Christmas Store will be held in December. Please consider donating unwrapped, new, toy items or $10.00 gift cards for teens. This fun program allows children in need to receive gifts while having the opportunity to walk with a shopper to share the real “Reason for The Season”.

These outreach events serve more than just addressing hunger in the community; volunteers say that they hope to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to those in need. The church feels called to feed the hungry, and pray for everyone who comes to get the free items.

These events remind those who volunteer, that as a community, they are all one. It’s always important to remember that God has been good to them and blessed them which allows them to be a blessing to someone else.

WINTER is almost here…Please consider volunteering 8:30pm-7:30am for our community EMERGENCY WARMING CENTER to give a rest to homeless folks on extremely cold nights.

Contact Kathy Thompson at 636-332-5127 ext.222 or the Community homeless hotline number #636-395-0492 for information on the Warming Center. 

 

 

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This past October, we once again had our Man-Up Retreat. During this event middle school-aged guys and their father figures, are invited to spend their weekend together having fun and studying biblical manhood. It’s always a blast and all usually leave exhausted! During this year’s main session, we looked at the story of Theodore Roosevelt traveling down the River of Doubt in South America. The purpose of digging into this perilous journey was to look into how a believer should approach and trek through challenges. Each of the students was asked about one of the most challenging things they’ve ever been through. The answers were what you would expect from guys that have only had 11-13 years of life experience.  There were a few sincere answers—like a challenging season in school, and some silly ones—like making their bed. After these answers, we asked the men that were present. Then the answers were from a much more wise perspective and were able to set up the next question—What was it like to make it through those challenges? We talked about strength gained, lessons learned, and how relationships with God were shaped. As we sat around the fire we were all able to listen to these stories and experiences and gain for ourselves the wisdom that they earned. The Bible instructs us to lead, grow, and invest in others. Sharing our stories is an invaluable way of building up others around us and glorifying what God has done for us.

What is the most challenging thing you’ve ever been through?

Whatever it is, you made it through and you grew. The lessons we learn through life have been valuable to us, but there is a value that we may not have fully realized. We all have stories to share that can be a blessing, an encouragement, a warning, a moment of insight to others around us. You’ve seen God work in your life through many challenges, and we have many younger people in our church who could gain so much from what you can share.

I’d encourage you to think about how God has brought you to where you are today. Think about those around you who may be just approaching their most difficult seasons and think about how you can build them up.

A big part of “manning up” (or “womanning up” depending on who’s reading) is to be able to face a challenge—or a trial—and be able to “count it as joy.” With this, we can help bring others along.

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