FBC Griffin supports a variety of ministries that serve the Griffin community. In the January 23 Mission Council meeting, these ministries reported on the work they had been doing in 2022. Here’s a brief summary of what your tithes and offerings contribute to the Griffin community.

Abundant Life Soup Kitchen: This ministry had to close during the power outage following the tornadoes, but they are back up and running. They deliver hot meals Monday through Thursday from noon to about 12:45pm and boxed sandwiches on Fridays.

Caregivers Clothes Closet: This ministry assisted 179 individuals between October 2022 and January 9 of this year.

Christmas Toy Shop: On December 5 & 6, 2022, our church provided a dignified shopping experience for 37 families (112 children ages 12 and under) needing some assistance in providing Christmas gifts for their children.

Community Garden: The fall garden was very productive and yielded broccoli, cauliflower, collards, cabbage, and Brussel sprouts that were delivered to the food pantry and soup kitchen. Anyone interested in helping rebuild some of the rotted garden beds before spring should contact Patrick Shepherd.

Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry: In the past quarter, the ministry has given out over 300,000 pounds of food to 10,000 families. They sent 6 truckloads to the emergency relief efforts.

Grace 127: The original mission of Grace 127 has shifted in the aftermath of Covid. The ministry supported 10 children in Honduras with a $300 gift. We delivered 50 “gotcha” bags to DFACS to distribute to kinship families. Four bags were given to children at the shelter for Christmas. Other bags were placed in the kitchen for emergency use.

Levite Team: The Levite Team worked 212 hours between October and December last year. Eleven volunteers served in various projects.

LifeSong Ministry: This ministry ran a fall session and graduated 5 students. They added 2 new coaches. They are currently preparing for their February session.

Missions Engagement: Our church responded to the disaster in a variety of ways. We passed out blankets, meals, volunteered at the distribution center, donated supplies, and more.

Mission support: The Ministry Center in Ahoskie, NC, now called the Gathering Place, houses the Christian Women’s Job Corps, a food pantry, a clothes closet, and a community room. This project exists within the Eastern North Carolina Poverty Network, with which the Anderson work. (We partner with the Andersons through CBF.) We recently sent $2,000 (alongside other churches’ support) that helped with the renovation making this space usable for the community. We hope to send a mission team in the future to help with continued improvements in this space.

Spalding Samaritans: During 2022, Spalding Samaritans assisted 298 families from the Spalding County community with $64,668.51 in utility assistance (an average of $217 per family).