Operation Christmas Child
2018 is our church’s 22nd year of participating in Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, which facilitates getting shoebox gifts, given along with the Gospel message, to children in hurting situations around the world. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered gift filled shoeboxes to children in over 150 different countries, going to approximately 100 countries each year. These children living in war torn areas, in poverty, surviving natural disasters, etc. often are receiving a gift for the first time in their lives. Through the gifts, prayers, service and support of all involved with Operation Christmas Child, these young lives and those around them are being transformed by the Good News of Jesus Christ.
WAYS TO BE INVOLVED:
- Pray. Prayer cards are available at church for specific ideas.
- Pack one or more shoeboxes at home. This is a great thing to do as a family with your children or grandchildren.
- Join us in our OCC Headquarters (Upper Level, NW Room) for scheduled Work Nights to help plan, collect items, wrap boxes, craft items, pack boxes, and more.
- Sponsor the shipping of shoeboxes ($9 each) and also The Greatest Journey ($6 each), which is a follow-up discipleship program offered to the children.
- Pick up OCC brochures and other information at church to explore available resources and other opportunities to help with Operation Christmas Child.
- Share brochures and information with your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and community groups.
Further tools and information for Operation Christmas Child are available online at samaritanspurse.org.
Locally you may call or text Helene Atkinson at 217.899.5210 or at [email protected] with questions, ideas, or for further information.
HOW TO PACK YOUR SHOEBOX
- Shoebox: Get a shoebox for a boy or girl (affix boy/girl label). Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). If you wish to wrap the box, the box and lid should be wrapped separately. Preprinted shoeboxes are available at church.
- Include a “Wow” Toy: Select a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal.
- Fill with Gifts: Add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.
- Pray: Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.
- Include $9 Donation: A donation of $9 per box is needed to transport your gift and deliver it into the hands of a child in need. Enclose your check or cash inside the lid of your box or give online at samaritanspurse.org to Follow Your Box and you will receive information about the destination of your shoebox.
- Bring to Petersburg United Methodist Church by November 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Start with a special toy that a child will cherish, like a doll, a deflated soccer ball with a pump, or a plush stuffed animal. Then fill the box completely, adding items like cars, musical instruments, puzzles, jump ropes, balls, etc.
School Supplies: pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, coloring books, etc.
Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, combs, other hair items, etc.
Personal Note and photo of you and your family/group. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write to you.
DO NOT INCLUDE used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, seeds, chocolate or food, liquids or lotions, medications, or vitamins, breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers, aerosol cans, etc.
2018 NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK
NOVEMBER 12-19, 2018
PETERSBURG UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
RELAY CENTER HOURS
Monday, Nov 12, 2018: 8 a.m. – noon
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018: 7 a.m. – noon, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018: 8 a.m. – noon
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018: 8 a.m. – noon, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov 16, 2018: 8 a.m. – noon
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018: 8 a.m. – noon
Sunday, Nov 18, 2018: noon – 2 p.m.
Monday, Nov 19, 2018: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Our church serves as a site for individuals and other churches and organizations to drop off their shoeboxes during these hours. Please share this information along with a brochure with others so they can join in with this project
OUR GOAL FOR 2018: 2,500 GIFT FILLED SHOEBOXES
OUR GOAL FOR 2017: 2,000; WE HAD 2,079! THE TOTAL INCLUDING OURS & THOSE FROM THE COLLECTION CENTER WAS 2,424!
Filled and Empty (for group packing) shoeboxes are being collected, as well as toys, stuffed animals, toothbrushes, soap and washcloths, and any other appropriate shoebox gifts.
Used t-shirts, discs (cd’s & dvd’s), crayons, plastic Easter eggs, plastic spoons, beads, crayons, empty pill bottles, fishing and sewing supplies (including fabric) are collected year round to upcycle into fun usable gifts.
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10:30 am - Trad./Contemporary
9:30 am - Summer Worship Only (through Sept. 2)
Thurs., Jan. 3 -- Trustees meet to hear Visionary Committee report, 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 6 -- Epiphany Sunday! Holy Communion served in both worship services, 8 & 10:30 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 8 -- Women's Bible Fellowship, 6:30 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 10 -- Sew & Sew's meet in sewing room, 9 a.m. UMW meets, 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 13 -- Second Sunday breakfast between worship services. Ad Board meets after late worship service.
Thurs., Jan. 15 -- Women's Bible Fellowship, 7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 30 -- Bucket Sunday!
Sun., Jan. 27 -- Fellowship following late service. Grand Oaks Subdivision meets in Fellowship Hall, 2 p.m.
Sun., Feb 3 -- Holy Communion served in both worship services, 8 & 10:30 a.m. Our district superintendent, the Rev. Sylvester Weatherall, preaches at the 10:30 service. Meal after late service, then congregational meeting.
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