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Tree of Angels - December
"In 1991, the Tree of Angels was initiated in Austin, Texas by Verna Lee, Executive Advisor of People Against Violent Crime, to recognize that the holiday season is a difficult time for victims and their families. This special event in December honors surviving victims of violent crime and victims' families by making it possible for loved ones to bring an Angel to place on a special Christmas tree. It is our hope that the Tree of Angels allows us to remember, include, and support victims of crime. These innocent victims are a part of our lives and a part of the community. Since its inception, the Tree of Angels has become a memorable tradition observed in many Texas communities." http://www.peopleagainstviolentcrime.org
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Usually held the second weekend in Advent. Follow us on Facebook or visit here for more information.
Live Nativity has been a growing tradition in the life of the church and our neighborhood. The nativity is presented in one show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., we offer cookies and hot chocolate and plenty of time to pet the animals (goats, cow, donkey, and maybe a camel) and fellowship.
During the show, the scripture stories of Christ's birth are read, the characters come out and the scene comes alive, you'll be asked to join in some traditional carols. Once all the characters are present, there is a brief meditation and time to take pictures and live in the moment. The characters will exit and the show concludes. The show lasts about 40-45 minutes. People may drive by to view the scene; however, getting out and experiencing this inspirational event is strongly suggested.
Community members are welcome to participate in the pageant (look for announcements on Facebook). There is no cost or obligation to attend; however, canned foods and warm gently-used clothing donations are welcome. All donations will go to the Center of Life.
Community involvement is encouraged.
The Christmas Brunch for the Homeless and Lonely began in 2017 to remind us of what Christmas is truly about - God coming to heal the sick, feed the hungry, set free the captives, and gather the lonely and outcast. We want to reinforce Christ's teaching by sharing Christ's love through a meal and fellowship. Open to anyone.
Our menu includes a variety of breakfast casseroles, fresh fruit, orange juice, milk, and coffee. Those who dine in can eat as much as they want. We also pass out stockings filled with toiletries, socks, washcloths, fresh apples and oranges, and hard candy.
The Grief Support Ministry began in 2016 and has been successful in helping individuals navigate their grief. Pastor Brian facilitates this group with compassion and active listening. If individual counseling is needed, an assessment of your needs will be made and appropriate referrals will be offered. This is not a faith-based program; however, we will encourage people to speak about their faith as one of many coping tools.
Want to start a new group? Contact us. We try to host the group at the local library to offer a more neutral space.
Since 2016, after we moved our food pantry to Center of Life, we have provided assistance through the Center and other organizations which help the working poor and homeless.
We provide a hot lunch for those who hunger on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Donations and volunteers for this project are welcome.
Pastor Brian sits on the Center of Life Board and is excited to serve the community of Mineral Wells.
Pastor Brian also sits on the Advisory Board for the Public Library and is excited to promote opputnuinty through the gift of literacy and equitable access to the entire public.
Chamber of Commerce Community Events
We adopted Palo Pinto Elementary School to support the staff, teachers, and students. We donate teacher supplies twice a year to help offset out-of-pocket expenses for teachers. We also answer the call to assist the PTO for any programs and projects where they may need additional hands (i.e. teacher's appreciation week lunch and volunteer help at their fall festival fundraiser). Other projects may arise as we build our relationship with them.
Pastor Brian is a member of the Pastors for Texas Children. PTC advocates for public education through faith and political advocacy.
Our emergency funds are extremely limited. Needs are high in Mineral Wells.
Pastor's Fund Policy
The Pastor's Fund policy establishes guidelines to evaluate, assist, and follow up with individuals and families in emergency situations:
- eviction notices, heating/cooling bills, food shortages, and temporary shelter (in extreme weather events)
All requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis following established protocols.
Funds will only be distributed if funds exist in the Pastor's Fund.
Assistance may only be given if the individual or family has been denied funds by the Center of Life or other helping agencies (please call other agencies first - we will need their name and number to verify).
Bills, rent, and shelter needs are paid directly to the company. Grocery assistance will be given in a prepaid card, or a preselected menu will be purchased for the requestor.
We do not assist with gasoline, prescription drugs, medical expenses, cable/internet bills, or telephone bills.