Operation Christmas Child

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.

Venture is collecting shoeboxes now through November 19th.

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoeboxes and the Good News of God’s love.

How to Help

Pack a Gift

  1. Pick up labels and a shoebox at the Hub.
  2. Follow the directions on the label when filling your box.
  3. Bring your box back to Venture any Sunday through Nov 19.

The Gospel is included with each box. You’re not just giving gifts, but sharing Jesus’ good news with a child around the world. Make sure to pray for the child who will be receiving your box.


The Charlotte area has the privilege of hosting the largest processing center in the country, where the gifts are prepared for overseas shipments. Volunteers are used in almost every area of this process. Make a difference in the lives of children by volunteering with OCC.

  • Monday, November 27 from 9 am to 1 pm
  • Saturday, December 9 from 9 am to 3 pm

Contact Jane Stevens at 980-241-1387 or jbsvale@yahoo.com to reserve your spot.


12 Hours of Christmas

Help bring Christmas to local foster kids and families in need.

12 Hours of Christmas is collaboration between Least of These Gaston, Hope 4 Gaston and The Shelter of Gaston County to provide Christmas for children in foster/kinship care and families in need of assistance for the holiday.

Gifts are wrapped and delivered to the children at the event. There is a nativity scene, the Christmas story being read, games, and an area for children to pick out gifts for their parent or guardian. After gift-wrapping and playtime is done, everyone enjoys a family meal together. It’s a fun-filled magical day for the children to enjoy in a safe, happy place.

How to Help

Sponsor a Child

12 Hours is special because our sponsors do not purchase just one gift per child. They provide the entire wish list for a child (apx $125-150 per child). Families are encouraged to save these gifts for Christmas morning.

If you or your group would like to sponsor a child, please contact Selina Johnson at selina@lotcarolinas.com.

Volunteer on December 2nd, 2017.

This event takes approximately 400+ volunteers* to operate. We need YOUR help to pull this off! Click the button below to sign up or call 704-215-4344 to learn more.

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We need:

  • Guides for adults & children
  • Gift wrappers
  • Runners
  • Setup & tear down
  • Registration
  • Loaders & unloaders
  • Security
  • Parking attendants
  • Kitchen workers
  • Children’s workers**
  • and more.

*Please note, you must be 18+ to volunteer at this event!*

**Anyone signing up to work with children must have a background check and come by the LOT office to complete paperwork.

First Assembly of God
777 S Myrtle School Rd,
Gastonia, NC 28052


Prayer is the most important thing you can do for these children. Wrap them up in God’s love and pray that their needs are met.

About Least of These Carolinas

The mission of Least of These Carolinas is to identify and service the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children and their caregivers, with the primary focus on children in foster/kinship care.

Through a community effort of local churches, businesses, and caring citizens, applying the Biblical principle of helping those in need to glorify God.

Least of These Gaston, Inc. is a registered 501c3 organization. 46-2326191


Mentor a Child at Gaston County Schools

Make a difference in your community while encouraging a child to reach their full potential.

Spending just one hour a week with a child can help build self-esteem, provide positive role models, enhance communication skills, uncover hidden strengths and improve academic performance. A little bit of your time makes a huge impact.

This Sunday, Valerie Yatko will share how you can become a mentor with Gaston County Schools. To qualify, you just need to:

  • Register Online at GCS and Pass a Background Check
  • Attend a One-hour Training Session
  • Meet Up to One Hour Each Week with Your Assigned Student

The GCS mentoring program needs volunteers for all schools. For more information, please contact the GCS Partnership Office at 704-866-6329 or visit their website.

To learn more about the impact mentoring can have on a student, visit www.mentoring.org.

Free Flu Shots & Required Vaccines

Venture Church will hold an on-site flu and student required vaccine clinic on Saturday, September 16th from 1 to 3 pm.

  • Flu Shots
  • Required Vaccines
  • Blood Pressure Screenings

Insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare will be accepted and uninsured are free while supplies last. No appointment necessary.

We will also have free snacks, drinks and bounce houses for the little ones.

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VSM Summer Road Trips

Rock Your Summer

Venture Student Ministry has a ton of road trips to keep your adrenaline pumping all summer long.

Hiking Adventure

  • When: Friday, June 30th
  • Where: Art Loeb Trail – Near Asheville/Blue Ridge PWY
  • Time: Leave the Hub at 8 am, return by 5 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Bring: Full water bottle/sneakers/hiking shoes/sunscreen
  • Lunch: Bring a picnic lunch for the trail
  • INFO: We will hike 6 to 8 miles

SKI SPLASH at Lake Norman

  • When: Saturday, July 22nd
  • Where: Lake Norman
  • Time: Leave the Hub at 9:00 am, return by 6:30 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Bring: Friends! Swimwear (guys need trunks and shirt, ladies need board shorts and shirt), towels, and sunscreen
  • Food: FREE, grilling out for Lunch

Sky High Trampoline Park

  • When: Friday, August 4th
  • Where: 601 N Polk St, Pineville NC
  • Time: Leave the Hub at 9:00 am, return by 12:30 pm for lunch
  • Cost: $25 for 2 hours of FUN
  • Bring: Friends!
  • Food: FREE – we will have pizza and drinks at the Hub

You MUST have a waiver signed by your parents to attend. Download Waiver

Sliding Rock/Looking Glass Falls

  • When: Friday, August 25th
  • Where: Near Brevard, NC
  • Time: Leave the Hub at 9 am, return by 6 pm
  • Cost: $2 for park entry and money for lunch
  • Bring: Friends! Swimwear (guys need trunks and shirt, ladies need board shorts and shirt), towels, and sunscreen
  • Food: Fast food for lunch in Brevard

Any questions please contact Associate Pastor Chris Mintz at 704-813-6105 or by email.

Kidzone Fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese

Eat pizza, have a blast and support Venture’s Kidzone all at the same time!

Chuck E. Cheese’s Gastonia will donate 15% of sales from 3-9pm one Thursday each month. Proceeds will support Venture’s children’s ministry.

Next Event: Thursday, March 2nd

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2017 Fundraiser Nights

  • May 4th
  • June 1st
  • July 6th
  • August 3rd
  • September 7th
  • October 5th
  • November 2nd
  • December 7th

Sales include all food, merchandise, and token deals purchased at the register. Just notify the cashier that you’re participating in the event.

Visit www.chuckecheese.com for exclusive coupon deals to use on the night of the event.

Chuck E. Cheese’s
416 Cox Rd, Gastonia

Baby Bottle Fundraiser for Crisis Pregnancy Center

Help bring life to the unborn and hope to young women with nowhere else to turn. Our annual fundraiser for Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County (CPC) begins on Mother’s Day.

To participate, take home a baby bottle from the lobby, fill it with your loose change and return by Father’s Day, June 18th.

CPC is a nonprofit pro-life organization of committed Christians sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and actively helping women, men and families in crisis pregnancy situations. Please support the ministry with your change or dollars!

Learn more about this important ministry at cpcgaston.com.


Free Seminar: Students & Social Media

Beyond the Surface – A Conversation About Social Media

Social media is growing and changing so fast it blows right by our ability to critically evaluate and apply biblical standards. Guest speaker, Holly Myers, helps us navigate through the maze of modern technology in a safe, biblical way.

Parents and students, this is a conversation we all need to have.

  • When: Sunday May 21st, 2017 at 5 pm
  • Where: The Hub – 800 East Main St., Dallas
  • All Parents and Elementary, Middle and High School Students are encouraged to attend.

Holly Myers is a pastor’s wife, mom of two teen girls, church planter, speaker and ministry leader. She shares her story at conferences and events all over the United States as a Clayton King Ministries speaker. She and her husband, Richard, also lead Revolution Church in Gastonia, North Carolina where she serves as Founder and President of Unbound Ministries.

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Sponsored by Venture Student Ministry

800 E. Main St., Dallas, NC
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Revelation Preview & Baptisms

Venture Leadership Summit

Each quarter, Venture’s team of ministry volunteers meet together for food, encouragement and coaching. Anyone serving on or interested in joining a ministry team is invited.

This quarter’s Leadership Summit will feature water baptisms and a preview of the upcoming Revelation series.

  • When: Sunday, May 7th at 5:30pm
  • What: Free Dinner, Baptisms & Revelation Preview
  • Where: The Hub @ 800 E. Main St., Dallas

Childcare Provided


Hang out and eat pizza with your fellow volunteers. This is a perfect chance to get to know the folks you wish you had more time to talk with on Sunday mornings.

Water Baptisms

New believers will publicly acknowledge their faith by following Jesus’ example of baptism. If you’ve accept Christ as your savior and would like to be baptized, please contact Chris Mintz for details.

Revelation Series Preview

For most people, the Book of Revelation is a terrifying glimpse into the future. But, it’s also a powerful message of hope for those who believe. Pastor Austin will give a sneak peek into this new series which begins May 14th.

800 E. Main St., Dallas, NC
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