Mission Statement: To serve our neighbors in need with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and provide hope and healing through education and discipleship.
For I was Hungry…
Matthew reminds us in the 35th chapter of his gospel that the things we do for the least of these, we do unto Jesus. This Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to serve the least of these in your community. Many churches, families and individuals come together to deliver homemade, traditional Thanksgiving lunches on Thanksgiving morning. What a blessing! Many families we have talked to has made this ministry a tradition for their family. And what a great reminder to children that Thanksgiving is more than eating a whole lot of food and spending time with family. It’s about being grateful for what God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives as well as being mindful of those who need some extra help and love on this holiday.
So, what’s the plan? Before you gather around the table for lunch on Thanksgiving Day, bring the family to Austinville United Methodist Church (908 Lamar St SW, Decatur, AL 35601) and deliver meals to families in need. Arrive at 9am for a brief prayer service and instructions, and then off you go to a few houses to spread some joy and the love of Jesus. If you are not able to deliver on Thanksgiving morning, bake some desserts and bring them to Austinville UMC on Wednesday, November 23.
After the line dwindles and all the take-out meals are in route, we are able to offer a hot, homemade, Thanksgiving meal to anyone in the community who shows up at Austinville at lunchtime. Through our jail ministry, we also have the opportunity to serve some men from the Morgan County Jail on site at the church and then take meals into the jail to the women. We are so blessed to be able to partner with so many volunteers from more than 26 churches in our community!
Christmas Party for our BYBC boys and girls:
December 4, 5, & 7
We need volunteers to help with 3 parties for children from our Backyard Bible Clubs to “shop” for a gift for their parents/guardians. Along with volunteers, we need gift items for adults like lotions, socks, small tool kits, picture frames, mugs, or anything small you would like from your child. Please drop off any donations by November 30. Monetary donations accepted.
Jeff Hodge, Live at The Brick
Mark your calendar!! Jeff Hodge is performing at The Brick on November 30 and asking for everyone to bring a new toy to donate to the NCC Toy Store. AND, all his tips will go towards the Toy Store to make sure children in our community will have smiles on their faces Christmas morning. So come eat and enjoy some incredible music all for a great cause!
A note from Brian Cook:
The role that the ministry of The Neighborhood Christian Center serves in our community is absolutely tremendous. I am so thankful we have such a meaningful opportunity for our families and churches to come together and engage our neighbors with the love of Jesus Christ. Personally, the NCC has been important to me and my family since it was established in Decatur in 1994. My grandfather, John Cook Sr., served on the original board for ten years helping to get it off the ground, and my grandmother, Jo Cook, has truly enjoyed being personally involved since 2011 with the Morgan County Jail ministry. Looking back over the years it’s exciting to see how God has blessed the ministry. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the ministry on the board since 2008 and while I am now rolling off as my work and family responsibilities have really increased, I am excited to see the future God has for the NCC and our community.
We would like to take a moment to thank Brian Cook for his many years of faithful service on the Neighborhood Christian Center Board. As his responsibilities have increased and rotates off the board, we have been blessed by his guidance, wisdom, and support as the NCC serves our neighbors in need with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Neighborhood Christian Center’s Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program
Interested in helping a struggling family for Christmas? It is hard to believe but Christmas is almost here, and it is time for us to begin pairing families who are in need of Christmas assistance. If you, your club, business or church group would like to sponsor a family this Christmas season, simply complete and return the form below in the enclosed envelope. In a few weeks you will receive detailed information on the family chosen for you or you may come to the Center and choose your own family from our list of families needing assistance. If you have any questions, please call the Neighborhood Christian Center at (256) 351-7633 or email email@example.com. Click here to complete form.
Urgent Need: New & Gently Used Toys
The “Christmas Toy & Gift Store” is in its 23nd year of existence. You can help by dropping off donations by Tuesday, December 12th.
-teen girl and boy items, new and used
-puzzles (less than 300 pieces)
-monetary donations that will be used to purchase toys
If you would like to volunteer at the Christmas Store, please call us at 256.351.7633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Toy & Gift Stores will be on December 14, 15, and 16.
thru Dec: Need sponsors for Christmas pairings, new and gently used toys, games and gift items for children birth to seniors in high school (especially teens, gift cards are great if you can’t think of age appropriate items)
November 21-23: Need volunteers for food prep & deliveries, desserts, and financial donations for Thanksgiving Meal
December 4,5 & 7: Need volunteers to help with 3 parties for children from our Backyard Bible Clubs to “shop” for a gift for their parents/guardians…also any gift items or financial donations to help would be great!
December 14-16: Need volunteers for Christmas toy store
It is hard to believe that fall is almost here and with that — Thanksgiving and Christmas. As these Holidays approach, you will be hearing about opportunities where you can serve those who are in need.
So check for up-dates:
- Facebook (Neighborhood Christian Center of Alabama),
- Web page
- E-newsletter (sign up to receive this monthly newsletter by emailing email@example.com
- call us at 256.351.7633…we would love for you to be involved.
Please look around for items to put in our Christmas baskets…smaller toys, cars and trucks, dolls/barbies, themed items (Mickey Mouse, princess, sports) and don’t forget items for our teen 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.