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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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WOW.......15 years ago today the HOPE outreach program of First Baptist Wentzville opened their doors to serve food to our hungry neighbors. In the first month, May 2004, we gave 100 bags of food to 30 families, and all with 185 volunteer hours to "set up shop" from the team.

Today, fifteen years later, we are serving over 5,000 people annually, 500 families per month. We have seen many trends through the seasons; the difficult year of 2011, with being top 10 in the Nation in unemployment, we were serving double the amount of families compared to now with the many jobs in our "General Motors" community.

We have seen many broken families over the years that received many prayers and hugs of encouragement; we have also seen many with injuries and disabilities, cancer and medical issues. Many folks with confessed substance abuse that overcame. Including the man that received the "lecture" from me when he was drinking alcohol in the church parking lot while waiting for his Thanksgiving meal.... (The following week he apologized to me. Since then, we have had a great friendship and I am happy to share he is "alcohol free” years later.)

So many wonderful relationships built within the HOPE community, as well as, in the HOPE family. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to be a part of this outreach, even though you all have taken away my many jobs of cleaning, data entry, lifting heavy boxes, late hours of work, giving Saturdays, and begging people for money...LOL

I love this community, our Church, our administration team, and all of YOU ... thank you for the great years of service!

Kathy :)

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