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We are collecting new and gently-used blankets and sleeping bags for the Bobbitts' annual Cover the Homeless drive through Jan. 31.

WBC Book Group meets next on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 2 pm to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd...click here for the year's schedule of books.

The Forever Young afternoon Coffee@Panera is Thursday, Jan. 29, 2 pm.

Special speaker for worship Feb.1 will be Elizabeth Ameling, founder of Latisha's House, a Christian shelter for girls and women recovering from exploitation through sex trafficking...lunch and further conversation with Ms. Ameling will be offered by the Mission Council.

Food4Kids...Feb. 4 Fellowship Supper's guest speaker is Pam Frazier, director of the WJCC Schools' Erase the Need program, will speak...we donate nonperishable food items on the third Sunday of each month to support the Food4Kids Backpack program, providing weekend nutrition to needy school children.

Women for Missions invites all to its Feb. 11 meeting...the speaker will be United Way's executive director, Sharon Gibson-Ellis, on new programs to combat homelessness...10 am, Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the South Wing. Bring a friend!

Check the Recent Photos for the reception thanking Dr. Jim White for his service as interim pastor...Trunk-or-Treat photos...also, pics of our children & youth assembling HopeKits from your donations...our goal was 30, but you provided for 32 HopeKits for our friends in Haiti and Virginia!

Don't forget to place your spare change in the Pennies for Hospice containers in the Fellowship Lounge.

A powerful 4-minute video of Amanda Lewis's experiences in Ghana has been produced by the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. Click here to view the video in a new window.

Our local Jail Ministry, Williamsburg Walks the Talk, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of helping prepare inmates for release and return to life in the community. Could you volunteer as a mentor? Contact Jan Puffenberger or Jim Liddell for more information.

For more missions opportunities, click here.

Spanish Language Church A congregation sponsored by First Baptist Church of Newport News meets at WBC on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. For more information, contact Rev. Juan Garcia, 757-329-0992, or hispanic@fbcnn.org.

Food Needs in Our Community

The Missions Council sponsors two collections of food each month to help those in need in our community.

  • On the 1st Sunday of the month, non-perishable food donations are requested for FISH, our local food and clothing pantry. Need for food assistance has risen dramatically in the last year. January 2013 set a record high in requests for food at FISH, so your contributions are more important than ever. Go to http://williamsburgfish.weebly.com for more information on this community service.
  • Food collected on the 3rd Sunday is donated to the "Gym Bag Project," which provides food to middle and high school students from low income and homeless families. Items should be non-perishable and sized to fit in a gym bag.
  • If you are unable to be at church on collection Sundays, please know that your donations may be left in the Fellowship Lounge baskets at any time and will be much appreciated. For more information, click on "hands-on missions" at right.

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