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Local Missions
Our missions ministry provides opportunities for members and attenders of Green Valley to be involved in our local community as well as globally through the IMB.  A few of the local areas that you can get involved in are highlighted below.  If you would like to be a part of the GVBC Missions Committee, please see Pam Penland for more details.
 
Ministries that our church and/or Connection Groups partner with throughout the year:
 
     Hillcrest Transitional Housing
     GVBC Clothing Give-Away
     SBC Missouri Disaster Relief (as needed)
     Habitat for Humanity (as needed)
     Community Missions Corporation – Haven House & Juda House
     Samaritan’s Purse (as needed)
     Hands of Hope Hospice
     Farmer Joe’s Community Garden
    
 
 
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Hillcrest Transitional Housing
    “a hand up…not a hand out”
 
Hillcrest is a transitional housing ministry providing a Christian environment that helps homeless families and youth become self-supporting, self-reliant contributors to society. 
 
Unlike many organizations whose focus is  one-time or emergency care, Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total life situation of the homeless families they serve; longer term transitional housing options may be available to clients with excessive barriers to housing.  Hillcrest also provides a transitional housing program for homeless teens and young adults, ages 16-20, who have an educational goal.  This unique program offers housing & supportive services for up to 24 months.
In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, adults are required by written agreement to find full-time employment, obey program guidelines and attend weekly volunteer-taught classes in life skills, employment, community living and budgeting.  Through a network of community supporters & funders, Hillcrest also may provide to clients in the transitional housing programs the following:  auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc.
 
In addition to the Hillcrest organization, GVBC missions also stocks the pantry for each “new” resident that comes through the GVBC apartment.  We also help the Hillcrest children with backpacks and school supplies in August when they’re heading back to school.
 
Green Valley maintains a “transitional” apartment for selected Hillcrest residents.  To find out ways you can help or become involved with this ministry, see Koelle Barbour or email:office@gvchurch.com.
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NEXT CLOTHING GIVE-AWAY – Saturday, July 15, 2017 – 8 – 10:00 AM – gym.
CLOTHING GIVE-AWAY  Join us monthly for our clothing give-away.Saturday, July 15, 2017  There are a variety of ways to help with the give-away! The CLOTHING GIVE-AWAY is held on the third Saturday of each month (exception Nov/Dec), from 8:00 – 10:00 AM, usually in the gymnasium.  The give-away is simply that, a give-away.  There is never a charge for any items.  We are here to bless families with needed necessities throughout the year.
 
We always welcome donations for the giveaway.  Donations are the life-line for this ministry to our community. Donated items are not limited to clothing only.  We also accept small household items including (but not limited to) kitchen items, books, movies, baby items, small furniture, craft supplies, etc.
 
Ways you can help:
     Monthly donations – we couldn’t do what we do without them!  Donations, large or small may be dropped off anytime between 8-4:30 PM during the week of the giveaway.
     Set-Up & Tear-Down – It takes a lot of work to set-up and tear-down for each give-away.  If you are available to help with either set-up or tear-down, please see Lois Bundy.
Missouri Disaster Relief – GVBC Team
 
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SBC Missouri Disaster Relief
 
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief responds to disasters across the US and around the world.  Reach people in need with practical help and the hope of the gospel. 
 
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WHOMEVER…
WHATEVER…
WHENEVER…
WHEREVER…
HOWEVER!
 
Disaster Relief is something we participate in several times throughout the year.  Several training sessions are offered throughout the year.
 
Becoming a disaster relief volunteer provides an excellent opportunity for hands on service to people in need.  Training is open to any member of a Southern Baptist Church who is at least 18 years of age.  Attending training does not obligate you to serve but is necessary before serving.  For more information: http://mobaptist.org/dr/
or see Laurie Huffman to find out how you can get involved.
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Evangelism

The Evangelism Ministry has several different activities you can join with us in sharing God’s love. 
 
One of our favorite, frequent activities is RAK (Random Acts of Kindness).  We send small teams around our city where we offer to perform small acts of service or offer a free token – showing God’s love to them.  We would love to have you join us in this mission too!  We go out to serve our community the last Wednesday of each month at 6:15 PM.  See Laurie Huffman for this outreach.
 
If you are interested in serving with our evangelism team to reach our city for Christ, please contact Jerald Holcomb at 816-262-6307 or you may email office@gvchurch.com.

Mission Trips

Green Valley is blessed to join the body of Christ globally to carry out our Lord’s Great Commission:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19,20 Each year, we try to send a team from Green Valley on a week long missions trip. 
 
In the past, we’ve taken trips to places like New Orleans, Mexico, Toronto, Toledo, Ohio and Denver, Colorado.  We’ve also been a part of teams traveling to Guatemala and Haiti.  Each trip is different and can involve various activities from construction work, Bible Clubs and street evangelism.
 
This year we worked a little closer to home.  We  participated in the SBC Crossover event and helped with a recent church plant in Wentzville, MO.  We sent a team down Friday, June 10, 2016 thru Sunday, June 12, 2016. 
If you are interested in being a part of our missions team and future trips, please contact Jerald Holcomb.
 
Our next Mission Trip will be to Toledo, Ohio, July 15-22.
 
 
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Block Party

GVBC’s Missions Committee hosts the annual Block Party each fall for the communities surrounding the Green Valley Church campus.  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this year’s block party a huge success!  We couldn’t do it without you!
 
We offer an afternoon of fun for local families, including:
   * Games
   * Clowning
   * Bounce Houses
   * Face Painting
   * Hobby Extravaganza
   * Food and much more!
 
If you are interested in serving alongside us as we reach our local neighborhoods, please see Pam Penland for more information.
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HAVEN House & JUDA House
 
Community Missions provides safe, affordable housing and supportive services for low and moderate income men with disabilities who have been chronically homeless.  To accomplish this, Community Missions owns and manages two apartment buildings –JUDA House and St. Joseph’s HAVEN House – providing housing to 34 men in 16 studio and 9 semi-private apartments.  St. Joseph’s Haven also incorporates a “Safe Haven” component into it’s repertoire of services, providing shelter for up to 7 additional men during crisis situations.
 
Several of GVBC Connection Classes prepare and serve a meal monthly, usually on the 4th Saturday, to the residents.  During the winter, when the cold weather shelter is open, we may serve 50-60 homeless men.  The rest of the year, it’s typically around 2-30.  Our group chooses the menu, provides and cooks all the food and then we serve them.  The residents help with clean-up duties.  We also have the opportunity to sit down and visit with them after everyone’s been fed. If you are interested in serving at the JUDA House or HAVEN House, please email office@gvchurch.com and we’ll connect you to the group.
 
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Farmer Joe’s Community Garden
 
Green Valley members have a community garden in St. Joseph, MO.  This is a local mission. We’ll be growing food and community while connecting to Jesus and others. 
 
Farmer Joe’s garden days are scheduled around the weather and other activities.  Please check the main calendar for our next scheduled work days.
Usually Wednesday evenings.
1416 S. 18th Street, St. Joseph, MO