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Christian Service Center Offers Summer

Breakfast/Lunch Backpack Program

SUMMER 2017

When school gets out for the summer most of us think about endless days of sun and beach. Unfortunately, some of our Pleasure Island children have worry about where are they going to get breakfast and lunch. To eliminate that worry from young minds, the Christian Service Center has a Summer Backpack Program for children at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Elementary schools. The Summer Backpack Program provides breakfast, lunch and two snacks for each day, five days a week. There are still openings available and any student who qualifies for subsidized breakfast and lunch is eligible.   To sign up, come by the Christian Service Center in Gulf Shores between 9 am – Noon, Monday – Friday. Backpacks will be available for pickup beginning May 30.

In its 26th year, the Christian Service Center is a “Hand Up” rather than a “Hand Out” agency. Clients are given immediate emergency aid as well as guidance on finding solutions to their problems. The CSC is a 100% volunteer agency funded by the churches of Pleasure Island, various community organizations, including the United Way of Baldwin County, and interested individuals. For more information please call the CSC at 251-968-5256 or visit www.cscgs.com.

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5th ANNUAL SNOW BIRD CHARITY

FEBRUARY 14, 2017

BOWLING TOURNAMENT

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WILDFLOWERS & FISHER’S RESTAURANT TOYS 4 TOTS

CHILDREN’S FUNDRAISER

CHRISTMAS 2016

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Santa and Scooter Fredrickson, Toys for Tots (above), pictured with Marines at Fisher’s Restaurant in Orange Beach and Terri Long and daughter Candance Duncan, Owners of Wildflowers.  Wildflowers/Fishers Toys 4 Children fundraiser was held Thursday, November 10.  The fourth annual event organized by Wildflowers owner Terri Long and daughter Candace was a huge success, helping  make it a very Merry Christmas for the children of families in need in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  Toys will be distributed through the Christian Service Center.

PUBLIX ORANGE BEACH DONATES 11 GROCERY BASKETS FULL OF BREAD AND PASTRIES TO CSC FOOD PANTRY ON THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING!

THANKSGIVING 2016

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Pictured above is Stan Moss, Christian Service Center Pantry Chair and Orange Beach Publix Manager, Keith Bass.

GULF SHORES ELEMENTARY FOOD DRIVE

NOVEMBER 2016

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FOOD DONATIONS FROM GUESTS AND EMPLOYEES

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SEPTEMBER 2016

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CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER

Our New Funding Raising – Special Event Co-Chairs

JUNE 2016

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CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER SPAGHETTI DINNER

FEBRUARY 2016

Christian Service Center volunteers working the Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.  Diners enjoying their meal, chefs in charge, super raffle volunteers,  tracking the salads, ticket sales and express deliver of entrees, showing just a few of all the volunteers involved.

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4th ANNUAL ALL STATE BOWLING TOURNAMENT

FEBRUARY 2016

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The 4th Annual Snowbird Bowling Tournament was hosted by Gulf Bowl to benefit the Christian Service Center. Sixty bowlers and untold spectators made this another successful event with revenue totaling $543. Snowbirds combined to make 15 teams of 4 to a team. Winners are shown holding dinner certificates from The Diner. The Christian Service Center offers assistance to qualified residents who need help with food, housing or counseling. For additional information call 251-968-5256 or go to www.cscgs.com.

Left to right: Mike Dykes, Anji Jeans, Jennifer Jackson (representing Christian Service Center), Tony Schwanda (Senior Bowler/organizer), Liz White and Ken White.

HOLY SPIRIT THRIFT SHOP DONATION

JANUARY 2016

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Holy Spirit Thrift Shop Spaghetti Dinner Sponsorship Donation.  Pictured are Alicia Gattenio, Thrift Shop Manager, Charlotte Corn, Fund Development for the Christian Service Center and Yvonne Jones, Thrift Shop Board Chair.

CSC SPAGHETTI DINER

FEBRUARY 2015

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Pictured making spaghetti sauce for the Christian Service Center’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner are (from left to right) Betty Patton, Ruth Marin, and Susan Coyne.

Two sauces will be offered: vegetarian and meat and the spaghetti noodles are gluten free. The Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Tuesday, February 23 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Christian Service Center on 317 Dolphin Avenue or Gulf Shores United Methodist Church. Both locations are open from 9-noon, Monday-Friday. The Christian Service Center offers assistance to qualified residents who need help with food, housing or counseling.

SANTA’S ELVES

CHRISTMAS 2015

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Santa!s elves celebrate while distributing gift bags at Toyland.  This year the Center provided toys to 685 children in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan.

TURKEY GIVE OUT

THANKSGIVING 2015

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Santa’s helpers give out turkeys!

O’CHOPPERS IN ORANGE BEACH DONATION

CHRISTMAS 2015

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Just a few of the truckload of toys collected by O’Choppers in Orange Beach!

WILDFLOWER’S/FISHER’S FUNDRAISER FOR CSC

CHRISTMAS 2015

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Terri and Candace of Wildflower’s with some of the incredible 150+ gifts collected by Wildflowers as customers filled angel requests.  The Wildflowers/Fishers fundraiser for CSC was a huge success at $10,000! What a blessing to our Christmas Cheer program serving more than 600 children in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

MANE STOP HAIR SALON

CHRISTMAS 2015

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Mane Stop Hair Salon in Orange Beach provided free haircuts for the children of some CSC Clients on Saturday, Dec. 12 and 19.  They also provided angels to their customers and collected a mountain of gifts for Christmas Cheer.

GIFTS FOR CSC CHRISTMAS CHEER FROM MEMBERS OF SOUTH BALDWIN NEWCOMER’S

CHRISTMAS 2015

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One of many truckloads of food received during the Christmas Season. Thanks to all our schools and businesses for their food drives.

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A big thank you to GS Fire Dept. for their help with the Christmas Food Box give-out Dec. 15-16. The Center distributed 250 boxes with a turkey and all the fixings to prepare a Christmas dinner.

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ORANGE BEACH ELEMENTARY FOOD DRIVE CHALLENGE

THANKSGIVING 2015

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Orange Beach Marlin Ambassador Peer Helpers held an Auburn/Alabama food drive challenge November 16-20. Students, teachers, families and community members donated about 750 non-perishable food items. Both teams were strongly supported but when the count was made ALABAMA came out on top!!! Thank you to everyone for the generous donations. All items donated will go to the Christian Service Center, our local food bank site.

Pictured are Luke Smith, John Kellon Pope, Baylee Grace Taylor, Courtney Florzyk, Ava Tobiassen, Olivia Annan, Makenna Claypool, Sydney Barnett, Brooke Gober, Jud Keel.

SUSAN SHAW OF COMPASS MEDIA WITH A FEW OF THE TOYS THEY GAVE TO CSC

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THE CHURCH OF GOD WORLDWIDE ASSOCIATION – OCTOBER 2015

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Members of The Church of God Worldwide Association, (L-R) David Pierce, Jerry Walters, Jace Miller, Olivia Pierce, Stefanie Rochelle and Chris Rochette, who helped collect over three tons of contributions for the Christian Service Center during their recent meeting at the Orange Beach Events Center.

For the second year members of The Church of God Worldwide Association meeting at the Orange Beach Events Center have made a substantial contribution to the Christian Service Center Food Bank.

During their visit last October the Church of God members collected more than two tons of food, household supplies, hygiene items and baby needs for the CSC. This year the group set and exceeded a goal of collecting and contributing three tons, 6,000 pounds of goods to CSC. They also supplemented those contributions with monetary donations.

Volunteers at the Christian Service Center call the members of the Church of God group “Visiting Angels”. In accepting the donations to the food pantry, Janice Moss, Vice- President of the CSC said, “Our community has been richly blessed by the kindness of these members of The Church of God Association. CSC will use these goods to aid families in need in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan

The Christian Service Center provides assistance for qualified individuals needing food, housing and/or counseling. The entire staff is made up of qualified volunteers who donate their time and service. . For more information about the Christian Service Center, call 251-968-5256 or go to cscgs.com.

Cotton’s Restaurant in Orange Beach Donation – September 2015

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The Christian Service Center recently received a grant from Cotton’s Restaurant. Pictured presenting the donation to CSC Coordinator Jennifer Jackson (center) are Cotton’s Restaurant owners Barbara Ybarra (left) and Jeffrey Ybarra (right).

The Christian Service Center also received grants from the Craft Family Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank during the past month.

In acknowledging the donations CSC Coordinator Jackson noted that donations and grants like those from Cotton’s, Wells Fargo, the Craft Family and other local businesses and individuals allow the Christian Service Center to provide assistance with housing, food and counseling to over 5,000 individuals or approximately 1,700 families in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach communities annually.

Christian Life Church Donation – September 2015

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Pastor Fred Franks (left) presents a check from Christian Life Church to Stan Moss, Food Pantry Chair at the Christian Service Center. This generous donation is a part of the church’s Mission giving. The Center is grateful for the funds which will be used to assist families in need in our communities.

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COOL CHANGE FISHING TRIP – OCTOBER 2015

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Pictured accepting the donation from last year’s Cool Change fishing trip are CSC Food Bank volunteer Stan Moss and Cool Change Captain Joe Nash.

Captain Joe Nash is once again offering a fishing trip aboard the Cool Change as a fundraiser for the Christian Service Center. The trip will depart from Zeke’s Marina at 7 A. M. on Friday, October 2. The cost is $125 per person with all the funds going to the Center to help families in need. Call 251-979-1812 for reservations.

The Christian Service Center provides assistance for qualified individuals and families needing help with food, housing and/or counseling. The entire staff is made up of individuals who volunteer their time and service. For additional information about the CSC go to www.cscgs.com or call 251-968-5256.

First Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School – June 2015

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Children attending Vacation Bible School at First Presbyterian Church this summer donated canned goods to the Christian Service Center carrying out the theme of Missions at Camp Discovery. Pictured above with members of the Vacation Bible School are the Reverend Steve Kurtz, pastor of First Presbyterian Church and VBS teachers.

The Christian Service Center provides assistance to those in need of food, housing and/or counseling in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach/Fort Morgan area. For more information call the CSC at 251-968-5256 or go to www.cscgs.com. For more information on First Presbyterian Church go to http://GulfShoresFirstPresbyterian.org.

Perdido Beach Resort Donates to Christian Service Center

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ORANGE BEACH, AL – (May 7, 2015) Pictured Above: Penny Groux, representing Perdido Beach Resort, is seen presenting a raffle item of a one night stay at the luxury resort and dinner for two in Voyagers restaurant to Joyce Pinnix (right) who held the winning raffle ticket. Pictured far left is Hope Becklund, Executive Board member of the Christian Service Center. Ms. Becklund said it is because of organizations that support the Center like Perdido Beach Resort that allows them to provide clients with critical assistance. Anyone interested in volunteering at the center or making donations may call 251-968-5256.

About the Perdido Beach Resort Hotel

Nestled on the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast, Perdido Beach Resort, a full-service hotel, is located directly on the expansive sugar-white beaches and emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel features 346 luxury guestrooms, each with a private balcony, 45,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space, multiple restaurants that include the award winning Voyagers Restaurant, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts and much more. The Perdido Beach Resort is within walking distance of shopping, dining and entertainment and located just two miles west of the Florida state line, about 45 minutes from Pensacola International Airport, or within a days drive from anywhere in the southeast. For more information or to make reservations, contact reservations at 800.634.8001 or visit www.perdidobeachresort.com.

Contributions Support CSC Summer Backpack Program – Summer 2015

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Cutline Pictured with donations to the Christian Service Center are (L-R) Jill Borden, Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, Linda Chappelle, CSC President and Sun Balgord, Girl Scout Troop #8290

The Christian Service Center recently received five grocery carts full of items to support its Summer Backpack Program from Girl Scout Troop #8290 of Gulf Shores. In addition The Ono Island Women’s Group donated $400 to the Summer Backpack Program and a grant from Walmart of Orange Beach provided $500.

The donated items from Girl Scout Troop #8290 were raised through a Fun Run organized by the Girl Scouts and the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.

The CSC Summer Backpack Program provides easy to prepare food for breakfast, lunch and two snakes for five days a week for the ten summer weeks to qualified children. These are children who receive breakfast and lunch through school programs during the school year.

The Christian Service Center was organized by the Pleasure Island Ministerial Association over 25 years ago. It provides help to qualified individuals in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach/ Fort Morgan area who need assistance with food, housing, and/or counseling. For more information about the Christian Service Center, call 251-968-5256 or visit its web site at www.cscgs.com.

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE AWARDS $1,000 TO CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER

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Pictured above: Chris Basile, Managing Partner of the Longhorn Steakhouse in Gulf Shores presents a check for $1,000 to the Christian Service Center from Longhorn Steakhouse and the Darden Restaurant Community Grants program to CSC President Linda Chappell.

The Christian Service Center recently received a grant of $1,000 from Longhorn Steakhouse in Gulf Shores. The grant was part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from Darden Restaurants Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The annual grants program empowers each of the Longhorn Steakhouse locations to make a $1,000 donation to support local community programs. In addition to the award, Longhorn Steaks has been an active in-kind sponsor of the annual CSC Spaghetti Dinner held each February.

Accepting the grant, Christian Service Center President Linda Chappell said, “It is the support of local businesses such as Longhorn and our volunteers that allows us to continue to provide assistance to qualified individuals on Pleasure Island needing help with food, housing and/or counseling.”

The Christian Service was organized by the Pleasure Island Ministerial Association. The entire staff is made up of volunteers who donate their time and service. For more information about the Christian Service Center, call 251-968-5256 or visit their web site at www.cscgs.com.

GRAND KNIGHT OF THE ST. THOMAS BY THE SEA COUNCIL – MARCH 2015

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The Knights of Columbus St. Thomas By The Sea Council recently contributed $2,500 to the Christian Service Center. The money was raised at an elegant Wine Pairing Dinner at Ginny Lane Bar & Grill at The Wharf March 7, 2015.

Pictured above presenting the check to Christian Service Center is President Linda Chappelle (center) and (right) Steve Nelson, Event Chairman and (left) Bill Chambers, Grand Knight of the St. Thomas By the Sea Council.

The Knights of the Columbus extend their thanks to the community for their support of this event and to hosts Ginny and Lane Gilbert.

The Christian Service Center provides assistance to qualified Gulf Shores/Orange Beach/Fort Morgan residents needing help with food, housing and/or counseling. The Center is located at 317 Dolphin Avenue in Gulf Shores and is open from 9 a.m. to Noon Monday through Friday.

For additional information about the Christian Service Center call 251-968-5256 or go to www.cscgs.com

SNOWBIRD BOWLING TEAM DONATION – FEBRUARY 2015

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Donation from Snowbird Bowling Team: Pictured above from left to right, Larry Ranshaw, Diane Ranshaw; Christian Service Center director Linda Chappelle accepting the check for $627.00; Ron Homer, missing from winning team was John Johnson, and tournament director Tony Schwanda.

ORANGE BEACH LIONS CLUB DONATION – JANUARY 2015

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The Orange Beach Lions Club recently contributed $500 to the Christian Service Center. Pictured accepting the contribution is Jennifer Jackson, Center Coordinator (on the left) with Iris Ethridge (on the right), representing the Orange Beach Lions Club.

The Christian Service Center was organized by the Pleasure Island Ministerial Association and provides services to qualified residents in need of assistance with food, housing and/or counseling. The Center is located at 317 Dolphin Avenue in Gulf Shores and is open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

For additional information, to volunteer or make donations to the Christian Service Center, call 251-968-5256 or go to www.cscgs.com.

 


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