With the help of Arizona Southern Baptist churches and others, Arizona Baptist Children’s Services Community Resource Centers provided holiday food boxes and Thanksgiving dinners for thousands of needy families.

From November through December, Caring Ministries in Tucson distributed 1,000 holiday food boxes and turkeys, thanks to the help of many volunteers. With a churchwide effort, Sabino Road Baptist Church, Tucson, provided 100 food boxes to Caring Ministries and another 6 were distributed by the church. Tucson Mountain Baptist Church, Tucson, and First Southern Baptist Church, Tucson, paid Caring Ministries for 100 boxes each, which they distributed themselves.

On Turkey Day, Nov. 18, with help from more than 200 volunteers, Rio Vista Center in Phoenix, fed Thanksgiving dinner to 2,500 people and distributed 1,052 frozen turkeys and bags of food.

A team from Stone Ridge Church, Yuma, did yard cleanup and rebuilt a porch in the Sierra Pacific Manufactured Housing Community Oct. 7, and one of the church’s small groups provided lunch. The team plans to continue its “Stairway to Heaven” project, rebuilding stairs to mobile homes, at a later date.
The workday was part of a relationship Stone Ridge has had with the Sierra Pacific Community for at least five years. The church holds a weekly after-school kids club and occasional barbecues in the community and offers an adult small group in Spanish.

First Baptist Church, Fountain Hills, won the Best Church/Children Affiliation Float award in the Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade. The float was entitled “All Creatures Great and Small” and featured a Noah’s Ark theme.

“The crowds loved it and so did the judges,” said church member Cecil Yates.

Forty men from 25 churches attended a Simeon Trust Workshop on Biblical Exposition hosted by Church on Mill, Tempe, in October. The workshops, held throughout the world, help pastors and Bible teachers learn methods of expositional preaching, be encouraged through sitting under God’s Word and gather in small groups with the aim of sharpening each other’s teaching.