Operation Christmas Child

OCC2Once again, we have the opportunity to participate in Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.  The area box drop-off location is our gym at FPC. 

COLLECTION TIMES:

  • Monday, Nov 18th thru Friday, Nov 22nd from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, Nov 23rd from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, Nov 24th from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Monday, Nov 25th 8:00 AM Boxes will be loaded on outgoing truck 

Shoeboxes: Choose Boy or Girl and age groups 2-4; 5-9 or 10-14.  Label boxes accordingly.  Include items that children will immediately embrace such as:

  • Toys: cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.  NO TOOTHPASTE PLEASE.
  • Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • Please do not include these items: candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

Postage money: $9.00 per box for shipping.
For more information check out: www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child
Shoebox Dedication: Sunday, November 24th, during the worship service.

Volunteers will be needed Monday the 18th thru Sunday the 24th to receive and box the boxes, and on Monday the 25th to load the truck.  If you can help, it will be greatly appreciated.  Please call the church office at 270.821.6420

Hopkins County Christian Food Bank

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Thank you for your support of the Christian Food Bank.  During 2018, CFB provided food assistance for 14,598 families for a total of 40,324 individuals.  CFB assists an average of 1,217 families each month.  Every person who registers to receive food is offered prayer.  Presently, various members of FPC help with everything from supplying plastic bags, toilet paper and household items to picking up food and registering families.  If you would like to become involved in this ministry, please contact Peggy Phelan.

 

Mahr Center Outreach

kent wellsThe Mission and Outreach Committee has selected the Mahr Cancer Center at Baptist Health Madisonville to be our mission partner for the next year.  The Mahr Center is a blessing for our small community, providing services that are generally found only in larger cities.  Here's a list of items they need for sharing with their patients:

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner (small)
  • Soap (small)
  • Lotion (small)
  • Chap Stick
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste (for dry mouths)
  • Mouthwash (for dry mouths)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Gift cards to local restaurants—in $10.00 amounts; also gas cards in $10.00 amounts and local grocery store gift cards in $10.00 increments
  • Blankets
  • Puzzle Books
  • Journals
  • Pens
  • Gum
  • Hard candy
  • Mints
  • Individual snack cakes
  • Individual bags of chips/pretzels
  • Nabs (surely you know what Nabs are)

This is a long list, but they will appreciate anything we can send.  There will be a basket in the narthex to collect items, or you can give them to Susie Jackson.  Thank you so much for all your help and support!

Pray for the Gartrells

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Gordon and Dorothy Gartrell are PC(USA) Missionaries in Brazil.  Gordon was previously a pastor in Central City and still has several ties to this area.  Please pray for their ministry in Brazil.  Click here to learn more about their mission.

 

 

Backpack Blessings

backpackJesus answered and said to them, "You give them something to eat,"  Mark 6:37.  This verse is from a devotional I read recently and it seemed to be a great message to kick off our "Backpack Blessings" ministry.  The devotional went on to say that Jesus uses those words with us too.   A need presents itself in the lives of those around us and He asks us to get involved.   He already knows how He will accomplish His work through us.   God wants us to be His instruments and He will supply what we need.

Once again we have an opportunity to be His instruments and make a difference in the lives of some of the children in our community.   If you feel led to pick up an extra item or two from the grocery, we will give them something to eat!  Once again, thank you for your generous donations in the past and for the wonderful response we had donating school supplies!  Mission and Outreach Committee

BREAKFAST ITEMS:  Instant oatmeal, individual cereal boxes, Pop Tarts Cereal bars, Granola Bar Trail mix packages, packaged muffins

LUNCH & DINNER ITEMS:  Mac & Cheese singles, chicken salad & tuna kits, ramen noodles, vienna sausage, individual cans of soup, Spaghetti O's, Beanee Weenie, Chef Boyardee pastas, beef stew, chili

SNACKS:  Fruit cups, popcorn, Jif to go cups, packaged Rice Crispy Treats, cookies/animal crackers, Jello Pudding cups, peanut butter and crackers, individual packages of dried fruit, Fruit Snack Roll-ups, Gummy Snacks, single bags of chips & pretzels

DRINKS:  Kool Aid, Capri Sun, single serve juices