LaBelle Haven has always been committed to serving others through practical ways. To highlight some of the projects we have declared 2021 as the "Year of Service"
LaBelle Haven is a regional drop-off site for North Mississippi. Last year we collected about 700 shoeboxes. We would like to gather items for these shoeboxes throughout the year. As you are out shopping, you can check clearance aisles and discount bins for items to fill shoeboxes. From toys and school supplies to hygiene items, there are so many things that are great for shoeboxes. We will have a large box wrapped with Christmas paper in the office to receive these items. Most importantly, we need you to pray. Pray for the children who receive these items, as well as the volunteers who collect, sort and help distribute these boxes.
Below is a PDF of Shoebox Gift Suggestions to help guide you on what to purchase.
Each January we collect cans of soup leading up to Super Bowl Sunday for the Olive Branch Food Pantry. Most food pantries are hit hard around the holidays and need tot restock desperately. You can bring in cans of soup and place them on the table by the office entrance. If you prefer we have placed a cart underneath the North awning for a no contact solutions Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. For more information on how you can help serve please call the church office 662-893-2273
LaBelle Haven has been serving the Memphis Union Mission for many years now in various ways. We provide a meal for them every 3rd Sunday of the month, chapel services, and donations. This month our focus will be on collecting new packages of Knee-High Socks for the men. This is a practical way of showing the love of Jesus while providing a physical need. We have bins set up through out the atrium to place your socks in or you can drop them off at the church office.
Our LaBelle Kids Easter Egg Hunt is one of our community outreach events. We invite people from the community to bring their children for a time of fun, games and hunting Easter eggs. While they are here, we have the opportunity to invite them back for Easter morning service. In order for this event to be a success, we need MANY plastic eggs and lots of candy to fill these eggs. In addition to that, we will need volunteers for this event to help with games. Pray about how God can use you to help minister to the community.
In 2020, LaBelle Haven voted to support a new church launch in Fort Worth, Texas. Matt Kendrick is the lead pastor. LaBelle Haven supports Redemption City Church (RCC) with about $1,000 a month. We have made a three-year commitment to RCC.
Since August, the leadership of RCC has been having gatherings to grow their core and promote the church. On Easter, April 4, the church will officially launch.
We had 8 – 10 of our people travel to Fort Worth for the weekend to support the launch. LaBelle Haven covered the hotel and travel expense.
Our people that helped RCC will be in Fort Worth Friday, April 2 – Monday, April 5.
They went door to door with invites to the Easter Celebration, evangelism in high-foot traffic areas, they also helped set up for and attend the worship services.
Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. They distribute shoeboxes filled with toys to children in need around the world. After the children receive the shoeboxes, they are introduced to “The Greatest Journey”, a follow-up discipleship course to show them how they can follow Christ and share Him with others. For more information about Operation Christmas Child, you can check out www.samaritanspurse.org/occ
For a list of item suggestions, you can visit our website at www.labellehaven.org/ministries/service-projects
Some suggested items include:
Crayons coloring books
Dolls stuffed animals
Flip flops socks
Toothbrush hair brush
Wash cloth bouncy balls
One of the many goals we have for 2021 is the desire to help our community during a Natural Disaster. One of the best ways we know how to help is to feed people. We are currently raising money to retro-fit a trailer that can be used to store food and equipment in order to provide a large amount of meals. LaBelle will receive training and certification from the Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief Team. This will allows us to go into areas that have been impacted by a Natural Disaster. We will have dates and more information coming soon.
We have a great opportunity to provide food for needy students in our area. More info coming soon.
In August we are collecting school supplies to help our teachers meet the needs of their classroom. Most teachers have to pay out of their own pockets for supplies. This is a simple project that makes a huge impact. Our teachers will also fill out a “Wish List” for their classrooms and we will ask our LaBelle family to adopt one of these teachers. This would be a great project for a Sunday School Class, a family, or maybe even your place of work to help show them that we truly do LOVE GOD…LOVE PEOPLE.
Here a few items that teachers need the most.
Clorox Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Kleenex, #2 Pencils, Cap Erasers, 1 Subject Notebooks, Composition Book, Notebook Paper, Expo Markers, and any STEM Toys. You can bring in your school supplies and place them in the BIG BLUE BUCKETS or drop them off by the office.
The Deadline for Operation Christmas Child boxes is getting close. Now is the time to focus on collecting items for the boxes. You can either pack your own boxes or purchase items to donate to the church and our LaBelle Kids will pack the boxes. You can find a list of appropriate items on our website. School supplies on clearance should be easy to find this month. Other items needed are toys, clothes, stuffed animals. Items can be brought to the church and placed in the Christmas wrapped box.
In October we have a church wide Trunk-or-Treat night for our LaBelle Kids. In order for this to be a successful event, we need lots of candy. The blue buckets will be out in the atrium to collect individually wrapped candy. We will need volunteers to help with games and other tasks. We also need people who are willing to open up their trunks, decorated or not, and hand out candy to children. You can contact Renea in the church office if you are willing to help.
More info coming soon.