Donuts with Dad

As part of our +1 local initiative at Hickory Grove elementary school, Michelle Jones, Richard Contreras, Kyle Scarlett, Arnold Kessler, and Mike Williams took part in their donuts with dads program this past Thursday morning.  Our objectives with this partnership have been to engage the immediate community around Main Campus with the sole purposes of building relationships, sharing Christ, and making disciples.  Donuts with Dad allowed us the opportunity to have positive interaction with the administration of HGES and to meet literally hundreds of father figures in the community in which our main campus sits.  God is also opening up other doors for the Gospel over at HGES as several of their families are now coming to our Wednesday night ESL classes, several of our staff our working one on one to reach specific students through their Reading Buddies program, accepting weekly prayer requests from their staff members, promoting HGBC programs such as Fall Festival and HG sports seasons, and more!  We are truly excited about our past , present, and future opportunities to engage the families and staff over at Hickory Grove Elementary school.

Report: +1 Initiative: Charlotte, June 2, 2012

Hickory Grove impacted our community this weekend through the +1 Initiative Local Missions Day. About 200 volunteers reached out in six areas of service. Here is a report and gallery from this weekend:

Royal Oaks  – 30 volunteers worked hard outside trimming shrubs, planting flowers and weeding the flower bed by the bus lot. They also painted the teacher’s lounge and distributed food from the Latin American Food Pantry.

Hearts and Hammers Project – 40 volunteers completed two projects while washing windows and doing light yard work.

Jackson Park – 55 volunteers mowed, mulched, graded the grounds and cleaned the inside of campus to prepare for camp.

CUP Ministry  – 35 volunteers worked both inside and outside by sorting clothing, packing food, and doing general cleaning inside while others completed yard work of weeding flower beds, mowing grass, etc.

Hickory Grove Elementary School  – 27 volunteers pulled weeds, mended fence, sprayed insecticide, mulched and cleaned up the landscaping.

HGES Book Drive – 11 volunteers sorted and boxed books that were donated by HGBC and shelved books for the library.

+1 Initiative: Charlotte, June 2

See updates to event details below:

+1 Initiative: Charlotte returns June 2! We need volunteers in the following areas. To serve in one of the following opportunities,  call the Missions Office to register by May 25 at 704-531-4028.

Royal Oaks –North Campus Area

  • Trim Shrubs, weed beds, plant flowers in bed by bus lot and edge.
  • Paint small teacher’s lounge
  • 15 volunteers needed
  • 8AM-2PM

Latin American Food Pantry- North Campus Area

  • Distribute 50-100 bags of food at Royal Oaks Elementary School as Outreach for North Campus
  • 5 volunteers needed
  • 8AM-2PM

Hearts and Hammers Project

  • Priming and Painting
  • 20 volunteers needed
  • 8 AM-Noon
  • Meet at H&H Bldg at Main Campus 7:30 AM
  • Shuttle to site offered
  • High School students needed

Jackson Park

  • Cut grass and prepare 11 acres of grounds/soccer field
  • General light inside cleaning of campus to prepare for camp
  • 20 volunteers needed
  • 8 AM-Noon

CUP Ministry

  • Sort clothing, pack food, and general cleaning inside
  • Yard work of weeding flower beds, mowing grass, etc.
  • 7 more volunteer spots available
  • 9:00-Noon

Urban Restoration

  • Hand paint large bus including graffiti style scriptures inside bus
  • Assist at carnival booths-face paint, monitor bounce house, cotton candy & hotdog stands
  • Spots filled
  • 8:00-Noon

Hickory Grove Elementary School

  • Pull weeds, mend fence, spray, mulch and touch up landscaping
  • Spots filled
  • 8:00 AM-Noon

Book Drive

  • Sort, box and deliver books to Hickory Grove Elementary
  • Drop Prek-3rd grade level books in the drop box in the gathering place at Main campus.
  • Spots filled – Books still needed
  • 8:00-Noon

The +1 Missions Challenge is designed to engage every member of Hickory Grove more practically and more purposefully in the mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Guatemala Construction Team departs on Sunday

The Guatemala Construction Mission Team will be departing early this Sunday morning, May 6.  When Pastor Clint is preaching his first message of Sunday morning, we will be in the air headed to Guatemala to work with the community of La Barranquilla in Guatemala City.   The church commissioned the team Wednesday, April 25, and the team has been working to pull together all the supplies for the trip.  Through the generous donations of the church body, we have been able to gather 8 cases of supplies(clothing, shoes, and other sundry items) to distribute through Bobby and Willene Byrd to the members of the community.

The team members are: Rex Backes, Bruce Craig, Tim Feeney, Ron King, Kris Koziarz, Brian McCandless, Mike Pondo, and Mike Williams.

Please pray for us as we travel, and check back for updates regularly!

Report: “Spring Fling” night at Hickory Grove Elementary School

On Friday night, April 27,  about 20 Hickory Grove members and staff had a great opportunity to engage our local community in a +1 outreach initiative with Hickory Grove Elementary School.

We partook in their annual Friday night community “Spring Fling” as a follow-up to our April 21 school beautification day.  We brought several games for the kids to play and were able to raise money for the school.

During our time there, we were able to interact with MANY community families and engage them in conversation about Vacation Bible School and Hickory Grove Baptist Church.  We passed out free candy, water, popsicles, and hundreds of VBS flyers.  God has given us a great opportunity and open door at Hickory Grove Elementary School. We look forward to continuing this intentional partnership for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the days ahead.

Reaching Through Teaching

English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language create many opportunities for building relationships and presenting cultural material that can bring about a better understanding. Students around the world are becoming more aware of the global community through music, movies , TV and the Internet. These images do not reflect our culture as a whole.

Have you thought about sharing the love of Christ through teaching? Teaching English can be done in different settings such as classroom teaching, cooking classes, business seminars, sports, VBS and many other programs. Programs opportunities range from serving 2 weeks to 2 years. There are training opportunities scheduled in Charlotte, NC for spring 2012 such as Orientation , EFL and ESL Classes. For more information on how to GO, please email

Report: +1 Initiative: Charlotte – Local Missions Day and Disaster Relief Training

Hickory Grove impacted our community this weekend through the +1 Initiative Local Missions Day and Disaster Relief Training. Over 100 volunteers reached out in five areas of service. Here is a report and gallery from this weekend:

Lois Lodge – 18 volunteers assisted at the Walk-a Thon for the Maternity Home. The praise team One Voice entertained while the others assisted with a bake sale, manned a bouncy house for kids and walked.

Hickory Grove Elementary School – 40 volunteers assisted with  installing mulch, pine needles, flowers, trimmed shrubs, repair fencing, picnic tables, and garden boxes to beautify the grounds.

Car Care – 7 men volunteered at the Car Care Ministry and repaired 18 cars of single moms. The Gospel was shared twice and 1 accepted Christ!

Clothes Closet  – 10 volunteers assisted with the clothes closet and 35 people from the community visited the “closet”.

Disaster Relief – 30 volunteers from Hickory Grove were trained in administration, recovery, medical and feeding to be prepared for disaster relief.

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