Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, as a whole, donates to various charities regularly. These organizations include: Some Other Place, The American Red Cross, Spindletop Little League, Jefferson County Foster Parent Association and NAACP. Additionally, several ministries give back to the community individually as follows:
1. Buckner’s Shoe Drive
2. Henry’s Place – Toiletries
3. Fletcher Elementary School – Underwear and Socks
4. Salvation Army – Christmas Gifts for children
5. Give to a Needy Family for Christmas
6. Nursing Home/Home Visit
1. Participate in City Wide Youth Revival
2. Ushers Workshop
Our workshop that we have in April is given for ushers across our community. We usually invite about 20-24 churches; however, any usher is welcome to attend. We belong to the CityWide Usher’s Union, so whenever there is a need for us to usher for funerals at other churches, City Wide Revivals or City Wide Youth Revivals, we respond and have always had good representation from our church.
We give four $50.00 gift cards at Christmas to families that have a need.
THE MEN OF INTEGRITY
1. Youth Outings and trips—Professional Baseball Games.
2. Evangelism Outing – visit local Nursing Homes and donate personal items to the residents.
3. Participate in the annual Thanksgiving Basket Donations hosted annually by the Greeters’ Ministry.
THE SENIOR CITIZENS’ MINISTRY
Sponsors the “Hands of Grace Giveaway” annually. This is an event whereas clothes and shoes for the family, and household items are given away. It is open to the public—no one is turned away.
Each year, the Greeters Ministry acquires a list of families in the community that are in need of a Thanksgiving Basket. At least one month prior to Thanksgiving, announcements are made asking the congregation for food and monetary donations for the baskets. The week before Thanksgiving, the Greeters assemble the baskets for delivery, based on items and monies they have received as donations. The baskets are then hand-delivered to the families that have been chosen. The coordinator of the families always sends the church a Thank You letter, but it also has individual thanks from the recipients, giving a little more detail about their circumstances. Most of all, they express how much of a blessing the basket has been to their family.
SUNDAY SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
Each year, the week following the last week of school, we have Vacation Bible School, which lasts Monday through Friday. It is 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily and is open to the entire community—you do not have to be a member of Ebenezer to participate; and it is for people of all ages who have a desire to grow spiritually in a relaxed environment. There are classes for everyone from toddler on up!