What is Season of Compassion?

Season of Compassion is Celebration’s annual holiday-season community service and outreach ministry. Through this annual effort, we work to meet the needs of hundreds of individuals and families in the Tallahassee community. We do this through various projects of giving and service.

God met humanity’s greatest need in generously giving His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, as a ransom for sin, for all those who would believe and trust in His birth, life, and finished work on the cross and resurrection. As followers of Christ, we seek to model God’s generosity in our lives by giving of our time and resources that others may know the love of Christ at Christmas.

Please prayerfully consider how you, your family, or your group may be involved in each of the projects:
Celebration’s Benevolence Ministry works year-round to meet the physical needs of local families. By giving rental/mortgage assistance, paying utility bills, providing food and more, the team shares the love of Jesus in a tangible way with those in need.

 During Season of Compassion we collect a special offering to fund our Benevolence Ministry. 100% of the gifts made to the Season of Compassion Special Offering will be used to meet these needs and share the gospel of Christ with people in crisis.

Family Night of Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 20
5:30pm- S'mores
6:00pm- Outdoor Family Worship Service

How to Serve

Packers will be needed to prepare boxes following the Family Night of Thanksgiving service. We will also need a limited number of drivers to deliver meals on Monday, November 21. Sign up using the link below.

The Shopping List

Lose your shopping list or forget it at home? Here is what we need. Sign up to shop on the runway or online. Please purchase the quantities and sizes listed.
  • Yams/Sweet Potatoes in syrup- 2 cans 15 or 16oz
  • Green Beans- 2 cans 14.5 oz
  • Chicken Broth- 1 carton 32 oz
  • Turkey Gravy- 1 jar 12oz
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup- 1 can 10.5oz
  • French’s Fried Onions- 1 container 2.8 oz
  • Bag of Stuffing Mix- 1 bag with herbs & seasonings
  • Box of Mashed Potatoes- 1 box 26.2 oz
  • Cranberry Sauce- 1 can 14 oz
  • Hawaii Sweet Rolls- 1 pack 12 oz
Bring your food to church on November 20 and drop off in front of the gym starting at 5pm. Due to limited storage at the church, please do not drop your food off early.
On Sunday, November 20 at 6:00pm, everyone is invited to a special family-oriented evening of prayer, worship, and giving at our annual Family Night of Thanksgiving. We’ll gather outside and start our evening roasting s’mores! We will also share in a time of prayer and worship.

As part of Family Night of Thanksgiving, we will be providing 500 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. After the service, volunteers will pack the food into boxes for delivery by local law enforcement officers on Monday.

This is a great opportunity for families and Bible study groups to serve together and meet a timely need.

At a Glance

Family Night of Thanksgiving Service
November 20, S’mores at 5:30pm
Service at 6:00pm

  • Ministry Partner: Multiple ministry partners in Leon, Wakulla, & Gadsden Counties.
  • What: Provide Thanksgiving Dinner for a family in need.
  • Financial Commitment: Approximately $25.
  • Time Commitment: 1 hour for shopping.
  • When: Shopping list pickup on October 30, November 6, & 13. Grocery drop-off November 20 before Family Night of Thanksgiving Service. Volunteers will be needed to help pack boxes following the service and delivery on November 21.

Gifts for Kids

How to Serve

Save the Date
December 20, 2022, 4:00-7:00pm
Christmas Party and Gift Distribution with Leon County
Details and sign-ups available soon!
Gifts for Kids is an opportunity to bring a bit of happiness to a child- all in the name of Christ!

This year we are partnering with the Leon, Wakulla, Franklin, and Gadsden County to help incarcerated parents and their children keep their family bonds strong while they are apart. Close family ties can help reduce recidivism and break the cycle of incarceration within a family. We are seeking to provide gifts to 200 children this year.

Your generosity can help a child better understand the true reason for the season and help maintain an important family bond during difficult times.

At a Glance

  • Ministry Partner: Leon, Wakulla, Franklin & Gadsden County Sheriff’s Offices.
  • What: Provide Christmas gifts for children with an incarcerated parent.
  • Financial Commitment: Gifts available from $20-50.
  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • When: Pick up a gift tag on the runway November 13, 20, & 27. Return gifts by December 11.

Women's Christmas Brunch

Saturday, December 10
Doors open at 10:00am

Our annual Women’s Christmas Brunch has become one of the highlights of the year for our Women’s Ministry. It’s a chance for women to slow down during this busy season and connect with each other.

It’s also a time for us to celebrate the work of our ministry partners, The Humble House and Making Miracles Group Home.
The Humble House serves women and their families affected by additction and Making Miracles works to provide women and their families a way out of homelessness.

This year’s Women’s Christmas Brunch will be Saturday, December 10. The doors will open at 10:00am and the event will begin at 10:30am. Childcare is available with a reservation.

At a Glance

  • Ministry Partner: The Humble House and Making Miracles Group Home
  • What:  A time to connect with other women and hear powerful stories of life-change.
  • Financial Commitment: $5/Ticket
  • Time Commitment: Doors open at 10:00am, event begins at 10:30am. Table hosts can come the evening before to decorate their tables.
  • When: Tickets on sale starting November 12. The deadline to reserve childcare is December 4.

The Star Project

This year to celebrate our 40th anniversary Celebration launched the 40 | 40 campaign to plant 40 churches and send 40 people into full-time missions and ministry.

One of our partners is Pastor Joshua Hargis and Elyria Baptist Church in Elyria, OH, a part of SEND Cleveland through the North American Mission Board. We are working to provide manpower and financial support as they seek to revitalize their church.

We are building teams now to travel to Ohio in 2023 to help with cleaning, repairing, painting, and other physical labor tasks in their buildings.

At a Glance

  • Ministry Partner: Elyria Baptist Church and SEND Cleveland through the North American Mission Board.
  • What: Provide teams to clean, repair, paint, and other physical labor tasks.
  • Financial Commitment: Trip costs TBD
  • Time Commitment: 1 week
  • When: To sign up or learn more, contact Missions Pastor, Scott Carter, at scarter@icelebration.org or visit our Missions Page.