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 2. The chefs are excited about preparing and serving their soup specialties. Along with eating delicious soup, 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 50-60 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 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 24, 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 your community!
“Sing to the Lord, Praise His Name; Proclaim His Salvation Day after Day”
Every day we stand in awe of the mighty work that God is doing to build up His Kingdom. We have watched Him transform people’s lives, and we are thankful that He allows us the opportunity to watch Him do glorious things in the lives of those we serve. We continue to give God the Glory for the fruit blooming through the Educational and Discipleship classes and programs. Our hearts leap with joy when we see those come to faith in Jesus Christ. As one of the staff expressed the other day after the news of recent salvations at the Decatur Work Release Kairos #2, Back Yard Bible Club, the women’s Hispanic class, and classes at the Morgan County jail, “there are no words for what my heart feels right now.” It is so true. God has blessed us with many opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witness His saving grace.
We recently had the opportunity to participate with many others across this community in the Decatur Work Release Kairos #2, sharing the Gospel of Jesus with 21 male inmates over four days. Many of you prayed, baked cookies, participated in coordinating the meals, and so much more. At the end of the retreat, the leader asked the 21 male inmates three questions:
1) Why did you come to Kairos?
2) What did you find in here?
3) What will you leave with?
To hear so many share that they came broken, confused, curious, without Jesus; then to hear them say they found Agape Love, Healing, Jesus, and more. One young man shared that he came without Jesus, he found Jesus, and he was leaving with Jesus. Wow! Another saint added to the Kingdom. Within the same week, we had children pray to receive Christ through the Back Yard Bible Club after hearing the message of Jesus Christ and His love for them. Three women in Hilda’s Hispanic class prayed to receive Christ and kept texting her about their excitement in their new walk with Jesus and being overcome with His love. And to make the week even sweeter, we had the opportunity to participate in 8 baptisms (three men and five women) at the Morgan County Jail, either through salvation or re-dedication of their life with Christ. Our weeks are not always like this. We often move forward daily in planting, weeding, and other times watering the seeds of the Gospel. We don’t always get to witness the harvest of those seeds planted, but we rest in assurance that God will bring about a harvest. To God Be The Glory Great Things He Has Done (and continues to do).
Thank you for partnering with us in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those we serve. “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Is 52:7
The Road Less Traveled
Along with our Education & Discipleship classes, Children & Youth programs, food pantry, clothes closet, we have three transitional homes. Currently, one is filled with 4 awesome ladies who have been there between 3 months and over a year. Even though they 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 Home would be a safe environment where they could find help in achieving their goals. These women chose the road less traveled that leads towards a better life with Jesus at the center. They spend their days volunteering at the Center (one is on staff!), taking classes like Parenting and Breaking Free, Jobs Skill training in order to secure future employment, exercising, learning to balance priorities, and having quiet time to just be still. A very exciting part of the month is spending time with their children. Whether it is at church or Chuck E Cheese, the time spent with their precious ones is indescribable.
We are asked by many ladies for an application to our Transitional Home. When someone completes an application, a staff member will interview the applicant. A decision is made by staff if the person is a good fit for our program. All programs are different and may not be suitable for some people. A lot of prayer and discernment go into each decision. 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.
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.