Church in the Pines is involved in a number of ways in the community and we are wide open to developing more avenues of local service. Many of these grew out of individual people getting a dream or a Small Group working together to make a difference in other’s lives.
One Small Group went to a local Food Pantry and asked “how can we help?” Food-of-the-Month was born. The local food pantry gave them a list of the top foods needed and then every month one of the foods is collected by everyone at Church in the Pines and then delivered.
During a recent Christmas season one of our people wanted to do more for this same Food Pantry and so in talking to them she found out what dry goods items were needed by clients. Then she enlisted the church to collect those items in December, back packs were made, and then they were filled with toothpaste, deodorant, tissues, and many other needed things. Over 100 bags were filled and gifted to the clients. This ministry has now expanded to collections year round and over 150 school backpacks filled with school supplies are handed out in August as well as the December project. What a blessing!
Angel Tree has been a service project for years where Christmas gifts are given to local children whose mother or father is in prison. Dozens of gifts are given by people of CIP each December and then members and friends deliver them to the local families. This is a national ministry of Prison Fellowship and there is plenty of room for involvement.
Quite a number of seniors meet weekly to knit & crochet items for local nursing homes and other local organizations.
A new ministry is the Rise and Shine Club. Once per month a group of CIPers head to a local apartment complex and conduct a kid’s club. Through games, crafts, and character building skills the love of God is demonstrated.
And there is more to come. The sky is the limit when you put your love for Jesus on the line to make a difference in others lives.