- Phone: (318) 442-0754
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4540, Pineville, LA, 71361
Community Missions is so important to us at Philadelphia! Not only do we want to “Love God” and “Love Others”, but we also want to find compassionate ways to “Show Others, God’s Love”. Throughout the year, our church seeks to give opportunities to serve in our local community by giving you the possibility of serving through our Clean Up Crew, Blue Line Blessing, School Blessing Ministry, Sowing With Jesus, and other missions.
One successful community mission event to look for in every September is our “Love Out Loud” event. Through this event, we simply try to impact our community by showing the love of Jesus by serving others in some special way. Over the years we have blessed teachers in schools, first responders, surgery waiting rooms, had free car washes, windshield washes, or given away free donuts, loaves of bread, and bottled water. In 2021, our church blessed hundreds of nurses in our two main hospitals with beautiful gift baskets and gave away four bed and breakfast stays with dinner for two at a nice restaurant.
Why do we do this? It’s all about showing others God’s love.
Our first encounter was with a couple from Beaumont, who moved here because of Harvey. Their 21-year-old son is in ICU from seizures; they have no idea what the cause could be. They have been here over a week, so we prayed with them, and the father had begun crying. They were very grateful for the basket and prayer.
Jonathan, Ryan, Dylan and Delaney Guillot;
Andrew and Rory Decker
Two encounters stick out. The first was while we were waiting to get on the elevator to go back down to go to the NICU. A family came off the elevator and we asked if they had family in the ICU. Her mother had surgery in West Monroe and was transferred to Cabrini because of complications. We had the privilege of giving them a basket and praying with them for traveling grace and healing. They were visibly moved. The next had nothing to do with a basket but everything to do with our T-shirts. We took the kids to Wildwood Pizza for lunch. While eating a lady that worked there came to the table and mentioned our shirts. She has recently moved from Florida and all of her family still lives there. We prayed with her right then and there. She came back later and spoke of feeling a spiritual bond with us and thanked us for our prayer. We thanked her for the privilege of interceding for her and her family.
Sissy Franks, Erin, Grey, Addi, Hux and Jaxson Owen
Cooper and I went to the labor and delivery and gave one basket to the nurses station. They were very grateful and we talked about the new church and invited them to come to the revival this week. While we were at the nurses station I asked if any new mothers were there who were having a hard time or no family. They directed me to a lady named Erica who had an emergency c section last night to deliver a Boy and girl. She has been running fever though and has been unable to see her babies. While Cooper watched at the door I gave Ms. Erica the basket and explained who I was and why I was there. She was all alone and I could tell she appreciated a visitor. I asked if I could pray with her and she was moved to tears. After praying with her I told Erica I would add her and her two babies to our prayer list. They are in the NICU
Patrice and Cooper Spera