SERVE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY

“Growing Out” In Service

Your life, work, relationships, family and talents are unique and we believe God has entrusted you with those things for His purposes. You have a unique opportunity to be His ambassador of hope, freedom and reconciliation right where you are. Consider yourself SENT by God into your daily conversations and activities, to proclaim His love.

InterVarsity Spring Work Day

InterVarsity’s Spring Work Day: Saturday, April 21st from 9am-1pm. Students love meeting local families, and we love ensuring them money will never be a reason they can’t come to conferences or missions trips! InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at CSU Chico & Butte College will be having a Spring Work Day to serve the community and to raise money for our student scholarship fund, sending college students to conferences held throughout the year and on summer mission projects. Hire a student to help with your spring cleaning, yard work, or other household jobs! Costs are on a donation basis. Please call Liz Thrasher Wheatley (530-521-7242) by Monday April 16 to specify the number of students desired.

Mother's Day Flower Cart

Join us on the patio on Sunday, May 13 to give the gift­ of flowers and support our local partner, the Jesus Center, and their employment initiative, Bloomin’ Hope, by purchasing a flower arrangement ($25 for a mixed bouquet or ½ dozen roses and $45 for a dozen roses).  Bloomin’ Hope is a non-profit business venture offering vocational training in the field of floristry. The project has been established to provide homeless women living in shelters the opportunity to learn all aspects of the floral industry including wholesale purchasing, retail sales and the business aspects of operating a small business.  Bloomin’ Hope operates a mobile Flower Cart that sells flowers in various locations in Chico.  The project provides an opportunity for participants to learn employable skills as well as empowering and inspiring women toward self-efficacy and self-sufficiency.  We, the women, who are currently experiencing homelessness and living at the Sabbath House or House of Hope, have created these lovely ‑flowers with care, love, and appreciation.  Our stories of homelessness range from domestic violence, abandonment, financial struggles, divorce, etc. These are our stories but our stories do not define us.  Bloomin’ Hope was designed to allow us to give back and be a part of our community, to be provided with creative therapy, along with allowing us the opportunity to learn a vocation, and to feel a sense of belonging and purpose. www.jesuscenter.org

Haiti Mission Boutique Sale

Haiti Boutique Sale

Come support our Haiti Mission Boutique Sale, held Saturday April 28 from 8-3 at 270 E. 4th Street in Downtown Chico. Early Shoppers, for a $5 fee, take advantage of a Early Sale and Silent Auction, held on Friday April 27 from 4-7pm. For items to be donated, please contact Lynn Koch at 893-9080 or Karla Albert at 345-7334

Our Local Mission Partners

Butte County Habitat For Humanity

Over one-third of Americans suffer from some sort of housing problem.  In Butte County, more than 21.5% of our population lives well below the federal poverty level.  Habitat for Humanity seeks to be a partner and catalyst in building communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.  Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.   Habitat brings people together not only as a way to deliver a product – improved housing – but as an essential process for building hope and belief that healthier communities are achievable and beneficial for all.  Habitat practices a philosophy of “a hand up, not a handout” and builds on existing community assets: financial, physical, natural, human, social, and spiritual.  Families applying for a new home build in partnership with Habitat and are carefully screened and selected.  Selection is based on their need for housing, their willingness to work alongside other volunteers throughout the building process and their ability to pay for their new home. Sweat equity, no-interest loans, and Habitat’s no-profit business model make the houses affordable and foster a sense of pride for homeowners. Website

Cast Hope

Cast Hope is an outdoor youth outreach program; we get kids outside with their mentors—sharing the love of God and His creation. Through guided fly fishing, camping, hiking, educational field trips, and workshops, these underprivileged/at-risk kids build relationships with strong, positive mentors, gain outdoor/fly fishing skills and knowledge, learn sustainable practices, and internalize positive personal values.  Website

Chico Food Project

The Chico Food Project is a fun and simple way to share food with the hungry in our community. We come to your doorstep 6 times per year to pick up your blue bag filled with non-perishables and leave you an empty bag for the next pickup. We are over 1,000 members strong and we collect more than 11,000 lbs. of food at each pickup. The food is given to the Chico Food Locker, the Jesus Center, the Salvation Army, Vectors For Veterans, Christbridge Ministries and St. Vincent De Paul. Website

Citrus Adopt-A-School MInistry

Bidwell Presbyterian is partnering with the teachers and students of Citrus School. The ministry is centered on giving hope to children by showing them God’s unconditional love and guiding them into becoming whole persons socially, intellectually and spiritually.

Service Opportunities:
Volunteer – If you want to be a regular volunteer at Citrus, opportunities include being a reading pal, or volunteering in the classroom, library, or with school maintenance. One-time/periodic opportunities are also available for school maintenance or to assist with hands-on science lessons, even if you don’t have a science background.

Give – The Bobcat Den is stocked by our church and the children spend Power Paws (vouchers) they earn for being responsible, respectful and safe. School supplies, bikes, holiday items, books, knickknacks, gently used clothing, jewelry, etc. are always welcome.

For more information on how you can help the children at Citrus School, contact Pam Wear at pamwear3@att.net.

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InterVarsity

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s (IVCF) vision is: To see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed. Here in Chico we have both a traditional and international student chapter at Chico State. For many International students while they come to learn abuot America, they are never invited into American homes. Many of them are curious about Jesus. Through IVCF, we give them opportunities to see Jesus for themselves through Bible studies and relationships with American students and host families.  Email  |  Website

Jesus Center

The Jesus Center has been at the core of those in need in Chico. The Center has been working to serve the poor for over 30 years, serving well over 100,000 meals a year and providing many essential services. Services include shelter for women and children: The Sabbath House and House of Hope a transitional housing program. The Center has a Resource Center offering many helps, which include phone and mail service, assistance with rehabilitation, housing as well as work experience programs, including the downtown Clean Up Brigade. Additionally, the Jesus Center Community Farm which exists to provide work experience. The Center offers daily bible studies and breakfast and worship service on Sundays. Annual events supporting the work of the Jesus Center include Heroes for teh Homeless in the spring and Run for Food on Thanksgiving Day. The Center is located at 1297 park Ave. in Chico, for more information call 345-2640 or email us.  Website

Orchard Church

Over the past several years BPC has developed a relationship with Orchard Church.  This church has a heart for Jesus and a dream to build a church that serves the community in practical and tangible ways.  Each Christmas Orchard Church reaches out to over 100 families in need by providing Christmas gifts and dinners.  Website

Run For Food

Run for Food began in 2006 when a group of Chico families and businesses saw the amazing impact the Jesus Center has by providing food and services to those in need in Chico. Knowing the Jesus Center is funded solely by community support, they came together to organize the Thanksgiving Day run/walk benefiting the Jesus Center.

Since its inception, the event has continued to grow. In 2016, over 5,000 participants, 83 businesses, and 200 volunteers came together to help raise funds for the Jesus Center and its exciting new programs. The Jesus Center provides two meals a day, six days a week, shelter for women and children, a resource center open to anyone seeking help to find housing, work, and a new start. In short, the Jesus Center offers hope. website

Senior Home Maintenance

The Bidwell Presbyterian church Senior Home Maintenance Ministry has been caring for people who need assistance due to aging, widowhood, disability, or illness since 2005. Our mission is to demonstrate God’s love by being in relationship with others and by doing the work to repair, refresh, and revive their homes and yards. tythresher@comcast.net

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides a variety of assistance programs to the needy here in Chico and around the world. A few of the programs offered locally include the George Walker Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, a Prescription Drug Assistance program, and Holiday Gift Baskets to low-income families. BPC has partnered with the local Salvation Army for many years to prepare and serve Sunday evening dinners to those in need of a warm meal.  Your gifts will directly benefit local programs.

Service Opportunities:

Salvation Army’s new building will be focusing heavily on families and low-income, working individuals struggling to make ends meet.  They currently have a list of programs and needs that they’d like to build upon (and even possibly explore) with BPC.  These include the following:

They are looking for individuals interested in “teaching” a class, series or skill set to individuals struggling to move past their circumstances (i.e. currently they provide financial planning classes and healthy cooking classes).  They’d like to see this grow as a crucial preventative model for those living paycheck to paycheck.

  • Tuesday is Food Box Packing Day. They always need help sorting food and making food boxes for clients (all clients are processed through casework and they’re able to keep track of their services received).
  • Sorting and packing emergency food packages throughout the Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Seasonal Events/Opportunities:

  • Thanksgiving Day Meal Nov. 22nd(Servers, set-up and clean up)
  • Santa Shuffle 5k/1 mile Fun Run/Walk event: Food & beverage serving, set and breakdown of event
  • Volunteer bell ringers for December – How fun would it be to hang out downtown with your buddies for a day, providing a needed service and seeing friends! BPC groups could compete against each other for fun to see who can raise the most money.

For more information, contact Sue and Greg Grimm at g.grimm@sbcglobal.net  Website

Torres Shelter

Members of Bidwell Presbyterian’s congregation have sponsored and served a dinner at the Torres Shelter once a month for over over 14 years.  The Torres Community Shelter is a large 120-bed homeless shelter in Chico, CA that serves men, women, and families with children. In addition to providing overnight shelter, showers, and an evening meal, we strive to help people improve their circumstances…find jobs, housing, and many other things vital to getting back on their feet.  Website

Young Life and Young Lives

Young Life is an outreach ministry to adolescents who are unchurched and disinterested in Christ.  The approach is similar to the one Jesus took; we build relationships with adolescents and share with them our life and who Jesus is in terms they can understand and appreciate. Website