Mission Statement: To serve our neighbors in need with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and provide hope and healing through education and discipleship.
We have been talking with local restaurants about what soups they will be making for this year’s “Soup for Souls” on Thursday, March 1. The chefs are excited about preparing and serving their soup specialties. Along with eating delicious soup and desserts, you will have the opportunity to bid on some original artwork, pottery and gift items in the silent auction. We love to see so many individuals, restaurants, and companies support this great event. This year, all the proceeds will benefit our Education & Discipleship program, which is a huge expense throughout the year. We offer 45-50 classes and programs weekly and many of them use curriculum and books. We never want finances to be the excuse why someone will not attend a class or Bible study. So in that case, we give them the needed materials they need. Another aspect is our jail and prison ministry where we never ask the inmates to pay for their curriculum. It is important to us that we help those searching for hope and healing.
You can also help support this program by purchasing tickets online or at the Neighborhood Christian Center, Jimmy Smith Jewelers, and Kathleen’s Interior & Gifts and Elamar Skin Science. When you purchase your ticket(s) before February 23, you can come to the Center and paint a bowl or mug. Grab some friends or bring your children to come paint. If you don’t have time, you can always pick up a hand-painted bowl that night (while supplies last). We hope you can come and relax while enjoying soups from around our community!
Sharing the Gospel through Bible Studies and Classes
The Neighborhood Christian Center is thankful to offer classes on-site at the Center. People from all walks of life attend the Bible studies and Life Skill classes. It is a special time of fellowship and support as we grow together in our walk with the Lord and in relationship with one another. We have been blessed to be able to provide meals for these weekly classes through donor support and those who weekly help prepare meals. A special thank you to First Baptist Church (under Ann Allen’s leadership) for providing meals for the Tuesday Adult Bible Class for years. Bonnie Black adds a special bonus to those meals with her weekly homemade cakes. If you would like to prepare a meal, please contact us at the Center for more information. We are grateful for our staff and volunteers who help lead these weekly classes.
Colossians 3:16 ” Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom, teaching, and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Opening Doors to Second Chances
Along with our Education & Discipleship classes, Children & Youth programs, food pantry, and clothes closet, we have three transitional homes. One transitional home provides a temporary transitional bridge (30-90 days) for women who desire a sober and supportive environment to help continue long term sobriety. We currently have two residents in this home. Danielle has completed the program, transitioning out March 31. Paula will complete her 90-day program in March as well. They both are working full-time, volunteering at the Center, attending classes, active in a local church, and paired with mentors. Please join us in praying for these ladies as they transition to more independent living and also for the new ladies that God will bring to the women’s transitional home in the next few months.
Pam who recently completed the program in our women’s transitional home, recently moved to one of our other homes, allowing her more independent living. She continues to work toward regaining custody of her children and they are able to spend a lot of time with her as she steps back in the role of parenting. Pam is working full-time, attending the Center’s classes, and partnering with our program for accountability as she moves forward.
Bethany and her 3 children live in the Leadership home. This home offers a lot of independent living for this family and the opportunities to serve the community through ministering to other women and youth.
All programs are different and even though these ladies are at different stages of life, they all have one main goal, to follow Christ. To accomplish this, they decided that the Neighborhood Christian Center Transitional Homes Program would be a safe environment where they could find help in achieving their goals. God has a plan and we lean on His guidance for this ministry. We are excited to see these women grow in so many ways. Our hope and prayer is that when these ladies are ready, they will thrive outside of our cover and hold on to God’s promises for their life.
From Religion to Relationship
The Hispanic ministry at the NCC is thriving. There are many new faces who have joined one of the several Bible studies occurring on a weekly basis. One of the groups are reading “Seeking Him.” Last week in one of the classes, one lady shared that after starting this book, she could no longer go to church and just sit, listen, and wait until the next Sunday to do it all over again. She realized she knew religion but didn’t know about having a personal relationship with God. Then others spoke up and said that the relationship is something that was unknown to them. Through this study, they are learning about God’s true character and that just going to church on Sundays and being a good neighbor was not that same as seeking God in a deeper level.
Many lives have been transformed and restored by these classes. Some share about struggles and how God has helped them through some very tough times. By opening up, it gives hope to others who have come there looking for “something” and leaving with a new found hope in Christ.
WOW is one word to describe what God is doing through the classes at the NCC.
Stanley Steamer for cleaning our carpets
Foodland and its customers for restocking our food pantry
MCAOR for their generous financial donation for our Christmas Program and other ministries
Neighborhood Christian Center was awarded the Excellence in Community Service Award by the Huntsville Chapter of the daughters of the American Revolution. Tim and Pamela were grateful to accept this recognition on behalf of the Center!
Jeff Hodge live at The Brick
Bring items to fill Easter Baskets
We have a lot of opportunities if you or someone you know is interested in volunteering! We have a place for you to serve. Just a few examples are:
-helping with our Backyard Bible Club (at a Boys & Girls Club) after school one day a week
-teaching or just helping with a class in our jail ministry
-cooking for a class once a week, once a month, or even once a quarter
-AND so many more…Please contact us and we will find you a place to serve!
Donate to the Neighborhood Christian Center Just by Shopping!…
1. Go to https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
2. Click create a ‘New Account’ (if you don’t already have one)
3. Fill out the form and follow steps to verify your account
4. Sign in to your new account and click ‘community’
5. In the Alabama box click ‘enroll now’
6. Fill out the form with required information
7. Enter the NCC code: 102853 and select the NCC
8. Shop and Swipe!
If you don’t have a Kroger Plus card you can get one at any Kroger customer service desk.