OCC Final slide 2021

Operation Christmas Child provides local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children with the Good News of Jesus Christ. OCC ships these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease.

Beginning Sunday, October 24, you can visit the ministry table in the north foyer for more information, and pick up a box or two to fill! Please return filled boxes by Nov. 14. For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit their website at: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/.

Also, save the dates for your opportunity to serve at our Community Drop-Site during the week of November 15-22, as well as helping at our packing party on November 20. Look for more details coming soon! 

STARS Book Club 2021 resized

Volunteer with Stars Book Clubs! Book Clubs are a collaboration of volunteers from more than 30 churches in Waco who are loving their neighbors by meeting weekly with small groups of students to talk and read together at lunch. With as little as a 30-minute Book Club over lunch once a week, you can build a friendship with kids and give them the crucial support they need to make it in school and in life. Did you know that reading on grade level in 3rd grade makes someone up to eight times more likely to graduate from high school? Loving your neighbor could be as simple as sharing your lunch with a third-grader!

  • thirty minutes, once a week
  • any weekday
  • any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

You may click the link below to go directly to the Stars Volunteer Application. For more information, please email our Fellowship Stars Volunteer Coordinator, Esmerelda Hudson, at ehudson917@gmail.com.

BENEVOLENCE FUND

The Fellowship Benevolence Fund exists to provide for those in our church and surrounding community. Your financial donation to the Benevolence Fund will go to support these outreach initiatives. You can give online through CCB designating your contribution to “Benevolence”, or mail in a check made out to “FellowshIp Bible Church” marking “Benevolence” on the memo line. Any amount given is appreciated and all contributions are tax deductible. Currently, in response to the pandemic, we have prayerfully reached out to our local partners and are intentionally supporting these important opportunities, as well as responding to individual requests sent to our church’s H.E.L.P. Team:

 

Hunger Free MISD (Midway Independent School District) sends backpacks full of nutritional food home with food insecure students over weekends and holiday breaks throughout the school year. There are currently 150-170 families receiving food for their children for weekends. During this COVID-19 crisis, the Hunger Relief Fund is also providing 2 meals per day (breakfast and lunch), Monday-Friday, for any child in need, regardless of whether they are enrolled in a Midway school. The amount of $5.00 per day will feed a child two meals. Our support along with other community partners will position Hunger Free MISD to continue serving families while schools are closed.

 

MENTORING

You can make an impact locally by providing encouragement to a child through Fellowship’s mentoring program. Mentors are currently serving just down the street from the church at River Valley Intermediate School. Could you volunteer one hour per week to help encourage a child? For more information, email ryan.mccreery@fellowshipwaco.org.

 

OUTREACH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Fellowship Bible Church is privileged to partner in ministry with Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas. Care Net serves new and expectant mothers and their children with support services, along with a 28 bed facility with extended stay accommodations for those facing homelessness. The primary services provided by Care Net are pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, case management, parenting and life-skills classes, baby/maternity supplies, and housing during and after pregnancy. Care Net services are free of charge, thanks to donations from the community. Care Net serves over 3,000 women a year, of all ages, races and of all socio-economic backgrounds.

Fellowship is working to provide meals for the 12 women and their children (5 toddlers and several babies) who currently live in the Care Net Guesthouse. A donation of $100 provides a meal for all the Guesthouse residents during the Shelter in Place order. We are also helping with hard-to-find supplies needed for the babies at the Guesthouse, including diapers, wipes and formula.

To find out more about opportunities to serve with Care Net, email ryan.mccreery@fellowshipwaco.org.

 


Mission Waco provides Christian-based, holistic, relationship-based programs that empower the poor and marginalized. They seek to mobilize middle-class Americans to become more compassionately involved among the poor and seek ways to overcome the systemic issues of social injustice which oppress the poor and marginalized. Fellowship enjoys partnering with Mission Waco periodically to help serve those in need in the Waco area.