Operation Christmas Child
The dates for collection this year are from the November 13th .to November 20th
Monday, November 13th – 1:00-4:00 pm, Tuesday, November 14th – 9:00-11:00 am
Wednesday, November 15th – 6:00-8:00 pm. Thursday, November 16th – 9:00-11:00 am
Friday, November 17th – 6:00-8:00 pm, Saturday, November 18th – 8:30-10:30 am
Sunday, November 19th – 12 Noon – 2:00 pm
Due to the tightening of customs regulations in many countries, candy and toothpaste can cause complications. These items will no longer be allowed in shoeboxes this year !!
A look at the calendar tells us that it is time to begin collecting items for our 2017 OCC Shoebox Ministry campaign, and to be reminded of how this simple ministry brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of children throughout the world. Our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive for the 2017
Again this year, there are a number of ways you can contribute. First and foremost, take home an empty shoebox ( available mid -October, or you can provide your own) and fill it with items that will bring hope and joy to a child. (Please see the list of things NOT to include – as it has changed this past year). Return them on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and as we gather to give God thanks for ALL that he has provided for us, we will bless them, pack them up, and then send them off to be processed and delivered.
Second, you can participate by helping to fill the bins located in the Social Hall, which will be then be used to pack shoeboxes by our youth. If you are unable to get out to go shopping, a monetary gift is a wonderful way to participate. Because it now costs $9.00 in postage to send each shoebox, you can help to defer this cost.
Just place your donation in the offering plate in an envelope marked OCC.
In addition to all the goodies each shoebox holds, a copy of The Greatest Journey is enclosed. Through the 12-lesson discipleship program, the children are invited to respond to the Gospel and learn how to share Jesus with others. This is most likely their first exposure to our savior, Jesus Christ. What a wonderful gift!
Please continue to hold this Mission program and all the children, and workers as well, in your prayers. The OCC Team members are available to answer any questions you may have.
Each shoe box also contains the message of Jesus in their native language. To learn more go to www.samaritan’spurse.org/occ. We recommend that you watch some of the videos to get a good understanding of the value of this ministry. God Bless You! We thank you and remain available to answer any questions or concerns you may have: John Orr, Diane Tobias, and Linda Leshko.