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First Annual #WeSERVE Turkey Giveaway

Dumfries, Virginia – At the first annual #WeSERVE Turkey Giveaway hosted by Praise Center Church Of God In Christ on November 22, 2016, hugs and "thank you's" overflowed in the town of Dumfries as families in need were blessed with free turkeys and boxes of food items.  "You don't know how much this was needed," said one young mother as eyes of her young boys enlarged upon seeing the big turkey and box of trimmings.  Family after family expressed this same sentiment as they flowed through the door, "This is really a blessing!"  Many were only expecting to receive a turkey, but left with so much more.

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#WeSERVE, a progressive Community Development Corporation of Praise Center Church and manages the Praise Food Pantry, with the support of the Capital Area Food Bank and the Woodbridge Walmart, distributed over 90 turkeys and food boxes to families from throughout Northern Virginia.  What began as a dream for Pastor Eugene C. McCown, Jr., during conversations in the Spring of 2016, came to fruition several months later with much prayer and planning. 

Prior to the giveaway, Praise Center Church provided coupons to Dumfries Elementary School, Graham Park Middle School, and the Prince William County's Juvenile Pre-Trial Supervision Program, to assure that those in need would receive the needed assistance.  "I won, I won," one young girl proclaimed as she entered in ecstaticly with her winning coupon.  Upon hearing the young girls excitement, others too display their winning tickets.

For the members of Praise Center Church, the distribution preparation began at the beginning of November as donations from Walmart were sorted, boxed and stored.  On the morning of the distribution, Pastor McCown and Missy Myrna Howard picked up the turkeys and donated carrots from the Capital Area Food Bank.  At Praise Center, members organized the lobby to handle the anticipated overflow, while also preparing prayer cards in case someone wanted to leave a prayer request.  Nearly an hour before the doors open, people representing every age, ethnicity and color began to line up at the church.  Before the doors were open, Pastor McCown prayed and thanked God for the opportunity to be able to serve those in need and be a blessing to the community. 

Everyone that came received a turkey with no questions asked, even those without coupons.  Praise Center offered a simple questionnaire to help #WeSERVE better understand how to meet the needs of those in the community.  In addition to the support from the Capital Area Food Band and Walmart, Pastor Bryan Jones of Victorious Overcomers Ministries COGIC and Pastor Quentin Battle Destiny Reachers COGIC attended and provided their support.

"This is real ministry and this is just the beginning," said Pastor McCown as he spoke with Pastor Jones and Pastor Battle at the conclusion of the giveaway.  "We have been called to serve," referencing the words of Jesus in Matthew 23:11 – "But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant."

The #WeSERVE Praise Pantry distributes free food and USDA every 1st Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

2016 Free Turkey Giveaway

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Dumfries, VirginiaWe SERVE and Praise Center Church Of God In Christ, Inc. will be hosting it's first Annual Turkey Giveaway on November 22, 2016 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  In partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, Praise Center will be handing out over 100 FREE turkeys to families in need in Dumfries and the surrounding Prince William County.  Please call 571.781.2722 to reserve your turkey TODAY!

We SERVE, a pending non-profit community development corporation, is the community outreach entity formed by Praise Center Church to manage the Praise Food Pantry and facilitate the Computer Learning Center at Praise Center.  We SERVE is committed to reducing the hunger map in Prince William County and provide resources for those that are less fortunate in Northern Virginia.

If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, please visit our Donation Page and click on the Givelify button.

Praise Pantry Ready To Serve!

Posted 9:28 AM ET, Saturday April 2, 2016

"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto
one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me
." Matthew 25:40

IMG_1728Dumfries, VA — After months of preparation, Praise Center's Mission Department is proud to announce the opening on the Praise Pantry on April 2, 2016, which will assist with reducing the hunger numbers in Dumfries and Triangle as we partner with the Capital Area Food Bank, Dumfries Elementary, and Triangle Elementary. 

"The school was amazed!  No one had come to the to offer a food program,"  Praise Pantry Director Myrna Howard said excitedly as she spoke to Pastor McCown.

The mission of The Praise Pantry is to reflect the love of Christ by reaching one family at a time . . . meeting the natural and spiritual needs of those in Dumfries and Triangle, and reducing the hunger footprint in Prince William County.  

 

 

Flint Water Crisis – Help Us Help Flint!

"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it
unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me
."  Matthew 25:40 KJV

Help Us Help Flint

Flint, Michigan, is suffering a major water crisis and Praise Center is partnering with Admin. Asst. Eric Lewis and Faith Temple Church Of God In Christ in Flint, MI to provide direct support to families in need.  The city's water supply is contaminated with toxic levels of lead, and residents are unable to drink the water that comes through their taps, nor are they able to use the water to bathe themselves.  Families are in need of ready-made milk, wipes, and other necessities to survive this crisis.

Join us to raise $1,000.  ALL proceeds will go to Faith Temple to support families in their congregration and community.  Donations are accepted online or by mail.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Give Online Mail Check To: Mail Check To:
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Attn: Flint Water Crisis
P. O. BOX 2733
Dumfries, VA 22026
Faith Temple COGIC
Attn: Flint Water Crisis
P. O. BOX 310141
Flint, MI 48531
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Update:

Our $500 donation was received.  Below is a photo of the purchased supplies and a message from Pastor Eric Lewis.

"Pastor Eric Lewis and Faith Temple Church Family in Flight, MI sends warm regards and sincere appreciation for your donation to our water crisis.  Thank you and God bless Pastor Eugene McCown and the Praise Center Church Family!" — Pastor Eric Lewis

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