Compassion Makes Plans For Thanksgiving Service, Meal

Client Information Protected – Michael Cole, owner of Secure Shred of Batesville, volunteered his company’s services to shred ten years of old documents from Water Valley’s Compassion Ministries. Having the documents shredded guarantees that no client information is compromised. – Photos by Jack Gurner

Carroll Crenshaw of Compassion Ministries and Cole load paper to be shredded.

The shredding operation takes place inside a truck allowing for on site record destruction.

By Carroll Crenshaw
Compassion Ministry Publicity Chairman


WATER VALLEY –   Compassion Ministries will have their annual Community Thanksgiving Worship Service Wednesday, November 21, beginning at 7 p.m., in Water Valley First Baptist Church.
    Rev. Raymond Aven will moderate the event and Rev. Albert Maples, pastor of Springdale Family Worship Center, will deliver the sermon. Congregational and special singing will be provided by First Baptist Church. An offering will be received to help defray the costs of the Thanksgiving dinner.
    Thanksgiving dinner will be provided by Compassion Ministries and served at First Baptist Church on Thanksgiving Day from 10:30-11:30 a.m. All members of the community are invited to partake of this very special meal. Carry-out meals will be available.
    Compassion Ministries has been assisting families and individuals in our area for over thirteen years. Numerous area churches support this ministry with their finances and volunteer labor.
    The following is a listing of the churches and the Compassion Ministries board member from the respective church: First Baptist, Danny Forsyth; First United Methodist, Robbie Parsons; Woodland Hills Baptist, Margie Pilcher; Bethel Baptist, Jim Ward; O’Tuckolofa Baptist, Rev. Dan Dickerson; Sylva Rena Baptist, Lane True; First Presbyterian, Clay Ashford; Adonai, Rev. Roger Howell; and Springdale Family Worship Center, Carroll Crenshaw.
    The board members listed above function as a very dedicated body under the leadership of ministry president, Rev. Raymond Aven.
    In addition to the financial support of the above churches, Compassion Ministries is blessed with the continuing support of Reedy Acres Foundation, Carothers Charity Foundation, Borg-Warner Corporation, Mech-anics Bank, Water Valley Lions Club, and other generous individuals.
    As in past years the needs in our community are greater at this time of year. Any and all assistance is needed and appreciated. Anyone who wishes to contribute to this ministry may do so by mailing a check made to Compassion Food Ministries, Inc., to our treasurer, Mrs. Margie Pilcher, 22 CR 389, Water Valley, MS 38965.
    Compassion Ministries is a 501(c)3 corporation and all contributions are fully tax exempt.

Compassion Expresses Gratitude For Volunteers

By Carroll Crenshaw
Publicity Director


WATER VALLEY – The directors of Compassion Food Ministries wish to thank the volunteers from Woodland Hills Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church, Sylva Rena Baptist Church, and First Presbyterian Church for packing food boxes in September and October. We are so thankful for the financial support and the volunteer labor that allows us to assist families and individuals with their food needs.
    As stated in our last note of appreciation, food availability from USDA has been sharply reduced. In fact, we were not able to secure any food from USDA last month. This required that we purchase all food that was distributed to our clients.
    All who wish to do so may make financial contributions to Compassion Food Ministries by mailing a check, made out to Compassion Food Mini-stries, Inc., to Compassion Ministries, 22 CR 389, Water Valley, MS 38965.
    A special “Thank You” to Michael Cole, owner of Secure Shred, LLC of Bates-ville.
    Mr. Cole met me at the Compassion Ministries facility last Thursday and shredded ten years of old documents. This was a great service to our ministry and we are most grateful.

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