What is Season of Compassion?

Celebration Baptist Church continues to grow and serve the needs of hundreds during this time of year with our Season of Compassion. During the last six weeks of the year we focus on reflecting the love we have received from God to those who are in greater need in our community. We believe that “from everyone who has been given much, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48b) We have been blessed with so much in Christ and our desire is to honor Him as we reach out in our community.

As this traditional time of family gatherings and the celebration of Christ’s birth approaches, it is our prayer that God would move you to intentionally engage in one area of service as the Lord provides. Season of Compassion is about us serving faithfully as a church family in the name of Jesus. There are several opportunities to volunteer and serve through the Season of Compassion with your family and/or Group outlined in the following pages. These include: Family Night of Thanksgiving, Gifts for Kids, Family to Family, Women’s Brunch, A Senior Living Christmas, and The Star Project.

Often times, when we look at the needs around us, it can feel overwhelming. We don’t have the time and resources to meet them all and our hearts can end up feeling burdened. That feeling may hit you looking at the many opportunities available through the Season of Compassion. Every part is exciting and we feel the pull to participate in all areas, but no one has the time or resources. As you read through, please pray that God will lead you to the area that fits your family or Group’s ability.

Season of Compassion moves us to break the cultural cycle of thinking and giving to ourselves and opens the door for us to bless so many more. Love was born at Christmas and when Christ came in our hearts; now we as a church can give back and share that love in tangible and significant ways.
Two babies in foster care with the gifts they received from the Celebration family as part of Gifts for Kids in 2018.

Family Night of Thanksgiving

November 24, 6:00pm

The holiday season starts with Thanksgiving on everyone’s minds.

On Sunday, November 24 at 6:00pm, everyone is invited to a special family-oriented service of prayer, worship and giving together at our annual Family Night of Thanksgiving.

That afternoon, before the service, Thanksgiving meals will be delivered to over 150 families in need.

This is a great opportunity for families and Bible study groups to serve together and meet a timely need in the lives of so many. 250 meals represents over 1250 people eating and enjoying a meal during the Thanksgiving season. Sign up on the runway today.
At a Glance

  • Ministry Partner: Leon & Gadsden County Schools & other local organizations. 
  • What: Provide Thanksgiving Dinner for a family in need. 
  • Financial Commitment: Approximately $20. 
  • Time Commitment: 1 hour for shopping and/or delivery. 
  • Learn more on the runway: November 3, 10, and 17. 

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 email Becca at bnorell@icelebration.org. 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 15.3 oz
  • Cranberry Sauce- 1 can 14 oz
  • Hawaii Sweet Rolls- 1 pack 12 oz

Bring your food to church on November 24 and drop off in front of the Broom Tree Cafe between 9:00am and 12:30pm.

Due to limited storage at the church, please do not drop your food off early.

Gifts for Kids

Gifts for Kids is an opportunity to bring a little bit of happiness to a child in need. You get to pick a tag with a gift description for a child (several price ranges available). You then purchase the requested gift, wrap it and return it to Celebration. The gifts are then distributed to the families, letting these children experience a Christmas gift that they would not otherwise- all done in the name of Christ!

One More Child, jails in a couple  of counties and other organizations have given us a list of 325 children that are waiting for us as a church to give and bless. Sign up today on the runway and help a child better understand the true reason for the season.
At a Glance

  • Ministry Partner: Florida Baptist Children’s Home/One More Child and local sheriff departments.
  • What: Provide Christmas gifts for a child in foster care or a child with a parent in prison.
  • Financial Commitment: Gifts available from $10-$45.
  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Learn more on the runway: Pick up a gift tag on the runway November 10 and 17. Return gifts by December 1.

Family to Family

Family to Family is working with our partner, Sister Tatty, and a team to provide support and encouragement to refugee families in Tallahassee through the holiday season. Our goal this year is not only to provide these families with a Christmas, but also to develop lasting relationships.

This provides Celebration a wonderful opportunity to express Christ’s love to these families through encouragement, counsel and support. Sign up on the runway today. You will have the opportunity to be trained and connected to a family.
At a Glance

  • Ministry Partner: Church planting partner, Tatty Etefwork Yadete.
  • What: Provide Christmas gifts, other physical needs, and support to reach long-term goals (training provided) for a refugee family in Tallahassee.
  • Financial Commitment: potential to exceed $1000 depending on the family’s needs.
  • Time Commitment: Training session December 8, 12:30pm.  2-6 hours to meet Christmas needs. Potential for a year-round commitment to mentor and support.
  • Learn more on the runway: November 17 & 24 and December 1.

A Senior Living Christmas

A Senior Living Christmas is an intentional ministry to four local senior living facilities. Each Sunday after church a team will be heading out to bring Christmas cheer, love and hope to those who live in these communities.

Each team ideally would have members from all the different age groups representing Jesus and Celebration.

The teams will be hosting a Christmas gathering with songs, a Christmas message and snacks… making memories with those who live isolated in these communities.
At a Glance

  • Ministry Partner: Local senior living facilities.
  • What: Host a Christmas gathering with songs, a message and snacks on December 1, 8, 15, and 22.
  • Financial Commitment: None
  • Time Commitment: 2-3 hours
  • Learn more on the runway:  November 10, 17 & 24.

Women's Christmas Brunch

At a Glance

  • Ministry Partner: A Women’s Pregnancy Center and Making Miracles Group Home
  • What:  A time to connect with other women.
  • 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.
  • Learn more on the runway: Tickets on sale starting November 10.
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, A Women’s Pregnancy Center and Making Miracles Group Home.

This year’s Women’s Christmas Brunch will be Saturday, December 14. The doors will open at 10:00am. Bring a brunch dish to share. Childcare is available with a reservation. This year’s speaker is Sue Donaldson, a nationally known author and speaker on Biblical hospitality.

The Star Project

The Star Project this year involves us partnering with 3 local churches to resource and help them with a critical project in the new year that will move them forward in their outreach and church growth.

New Destiny Community Church– Pastor Salem and his church in Quincy are looking at a couple of significant events that will assist them in their growth. One, is a new community event called Christmas on the Court. We will be assisting with volunteers and needed resources for the event. In the spring and summer New Destiny is looking at beginning a literacy program in their community. Our resourcing and help will bless many with new skills and opportunities.

Celebration en Español– Pastor John Lizarazo and his team are looking at carrying out a large evangelistic Hispanic community event in downtown Quincy for the new year. This event will continue to bless the Hispanic community and open doors to invite them to regular worship services in the spring.

Congolese Refugee Church– 
There are about 80 Congolese Swahili speaking believers attending services and Bible studies each week. In order to serve them better, Celebration is looking at adopting the neediest families and assisting Sister Tatty in her ministry to them. From help with tutoring to transport/logistics this community needs a lot of love and compassion.