February (2022) News & Updates

Youth Education – 10 a.m. Classes PreK-Kindergarten, 1st-3rd, 4th-6th, and 7th-12th grade. Masks worn. Will not meet 2/20, 27

Adult Education: New 6-week session starting March 6th. Sundays, 10 a.m. Reading Scripture & Authority- Questions and Issues (or some such).  

Ushering: Would you like to help welcome people to worship? There is room to help on Sunday mornings. Come a few minutes early to open things up, welcome people and other fun things.  If you want to know more, see Pastor Jeff or a member of Consistory. 

2021 Financial Summary

Budget: $127,488
Income: $133,915.15
Total Budget Expenses: $139,110.79
does not include the three large capital projects: new roof, front drive paving, and door access system.

January Financial Summary

Income
Plate Receipts & Donations $10,629.00
Building Use $325.00 
Total $10,954.00

Expenses 
Payroll $8,653.39
Missions $50.00
Building & Grounds $1,088.26
Utilities $540.76
Worship & Fellowship $583.03
Total $10,915.44
Net $38.56

Other Set Asides 
Bequest for Sanctuary & Memorial Fund $25,100.00 
Sunday School Offering $29.00

Building Open: Doors are open 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. If you need to get in afterhours, contact Pastor Jeff. 

Worship Committee Meeting: 2/9, 7 p.m. at Joan Youman’s house. 

Consistory Meeting Thursday, 2/10, 6:30 pm. 

News from Operation Christmas Child

2021 Global Collection of Shoeboxes:  Praise God for 10,505,155 Gospel Opportunities!

Shoeboxes Change Lives in Honduras

The shoeboxes we packed last fall have been sent to Honduras.  It is our prayer that the gifts will meet some of the children’s needs and wants and will be an encouragement to them to know more about the Greatest Gift of All – Jesus!  The following is Yuri’s story and how a simple gift touched her life.  

Yuri Lopez grew up in 14 different orphanages in Honduras, after being separated from her family when she was 2 years old. Her life seemed hopeless. But when she was 6, Yuri received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift and “experienced hope for the very first time,” she said.

“Everything in my shoebox was special,” Yuri said. “But the most important thing was the picture and note from the little girl who sent that shoebox to me. Her note said, ‘Jesus loves you and I love you too.’ At that moment it made a big impact on me, and it continued to for many years.”

In fact, seven years later, Yuri took out the note the girl put in the shoebox and read it again when she questioned whether God really cared for her—and it made her realize that He did love her. “That day I embraced God’s love and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior,” she said.

Shoebox Goals for 2022

  • Each year we set a goal of reaching one more child with a shoebox gift and the opportunity to hear about God’s immeasurable love for him/her.  This year we hope to fill 307 shoeboxes at our packing parties.
  • As you saw in Yuri’s story above, a simple note included in a shoebox carries great meaning.  Let’s see that we put one in every shoebox this year!
  • WOW gifts are larger, durable items that will long serve as reminders of our love and God’s for the child who receives them.  Let’s strive to purchase or make a variety of quality WOW gifts this year!

February Gift Suggestions

  • Purchase toothbrushes or make a donation toward the bulk purchase of toothbrushes. 
  • Purchase or make a WOW gift such as:  soccer ball and pump, pillow case dress, doll, car or truck…..  Look for clearance items for good deals!  Not sure what to buy?  Use these two criteria:

Does it fit in a shoebox along with other gifts?

Would my child/grandchild/niece/nephew like to have it?

  • Purchase small to medium sized stuffed animals on clearance after Valentine’s Day.

Giving with Gratitude  

$27 was collected in January to go toward the $9 donation requested for each shoebox to be used for shipping and ministry costs.  Thank you for GIVING WITH GRATITUDE!  If you wish to join this effort, collection containers for coins are by the offering plate.

OCC Crafting Day – Feb. 14 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  in the Fellowship Hall

We will work on our love notes.  Bring colored pencils if you have them.

Thank you for supporting Operation Christmas Childwith your prayers, resources, and talents!

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