This is why we do what we do

This is why we do what we do.

“After one distribution event in Lithuania, one young woman came up to us and told us that she had received a shoebox in the same place ten years ago. She hardly could hold her tears back because the event and the shoebox she received at that time made a great impact in her life. Her parents would not allow her to go to church, but she would read the booklet ‘The Greatest Gift of All’ and pray to Jesus. This year she came to the OCC event with her child and decided to join the local church.”

We will be collecting school supplies and personal items such as soap, washcloths, toothbrush & toothpaste during the month of  September.

We will use these donations to create 75 extra shoeboxes.

Last year you stepped up when you were challenged and we did 50 plus.  I know we can meet and surpass this goal.   There are large Samaritan’s Purse cartons in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall for your donations.

So let’s start shopping and help change a child’s life.

Putting Feet to Operation Christmas Child

by Debbie Vanaman

Your feet are needed – actually it’s the shoeboxes that I need.

While you’re doing your summer cleaning or if you purchased any summer shoes and have the empty shoeboxes, please bring them to the church office.

We’re going to have the youth wrap them and we’ll be filling them later in the year.  So clean out those closets and help spread the name of Jesus to children around the world through shoeboxes.

Also hit the back to school sales in August for school supplies.                                                     

Look for more details in the August bulletin.

It’s Never too Early

Even though the temperatures are at last climbing into the 80’s and spring has finally arrived, it’s never too early to start thinking about Operation Christmas Child and shoeboxes.  You can get some great bargains in the summer and just tuck them away until you pack your box.

As always this program goes year-round with distribution of shoeboxes around the world. Please keep this program in your prayers as it continues to reach out and touch young lives with the message of Jesus Christ through the power of a simple shoebox.  By the way, ladies when you buy those summer sandals, don’t throw away the shoebox.  Bring it to church and leave it in the church office.   We will be using it this fall.