Thank you so much for your generosity in giving financially and materially to the Disaster Relief efforts of this church in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention. We have a great team of volunteers who are ready to mud out homes, cut up limbs, and offer prayer for those who are hurting. God has called us to serve as His hands and feet in a lost world, and I’m so thankful to serve with people who take that mandate so seriously. There is another ministry that we partner with that I wanted to make you aware of: Operation Christmas Child.
In the past, we have made boxes available for families to pack for needy children all over the world. These boxes are filled with toys, toothbrushes, washcloths, soap, and various other items that needy children do not have readily available. Those missionaries who take the boxes use them as a gift to then explain what Christmas is really about, a Savior! It’s a fantastic ministry and I’m very thankful for what they do.
This year, we will still have boxes available, but I would like to do something additional. November 19, we will have a church-wide fellowship meal. It will be potluck and I hope you will make every effort to be there. After the meal, we will pack shoe boxes together for Operation Christmas Child. I’d like us as a church family to be generous. I spoke with Donna, and we feel like the church can do 200 boxes if EVERYONE pitches in.
I’m going to place a signup in the lobby on the welcome desk. It will have spaces for you to volunteer to buy the various items we need. If 75 people are willing to spend $20, we can easily reach out 200 box goal. Some will give more and some may give less, but won’t you consider giving something? Additionally, Operation Christmas Child asks for a $7/box donation to cover shipping. That is $1400 in shipping costs. You may make a donation for Operation Christmas Child and we will apply it to that shipping donation.
God is good, and He has blessed us mightily. Please GIVE sacrificially to this worthy cause. You may signup starting Wednesday night and may start bringing your donations immediately. Also, candy and toothpaste are forbidden this year. Thank you so much for your help and prayers as we serve the Lord on mission.
This Sunday, we will study Genesis 27 and how Isaac stole Esau’s blessing.