September News & Updates

News from Operation Christmas Child
Stefana’s Story
Twelve–year–old Stefana was thrilled when he opened his gift–filled box and found a new pair of shoes that fit him just right. The special present helped him see God’s love for him. Stefana and five other family members then began attending church. They all prayed to receive Christ as Savior and were recently baptized! “Stefana is a special boy,” his pastor said. “He loves learning God’s Word.” And it all started with a shoebox!

Giving with Gratitude  

$57 was collected in July to go toward the $9 donation requested for each shoebox to be used for shipping and ministry costs.  Thank you for GIVING WITH GRATITUDE!

Harvest Bazaar Save the date of September 18, 2021 for the Harvest Bazaar to benefit Operation Christmas Child.  

If you craft, sew, or build we welcome your donated items for the bazaar! There are a number of volunteer roles to be filled in order to execute the Harvest Bazaar in ways that will make our vendors and guests feel welcome.  Please consider filling one of the following roles.  You will find a sign-up sheet in the foyer to indicate your availability.  Thank you!

  • assist with set-up
  • serve as greeter
  • serve as floater
  • assist with clean-up

Jump Ropes You can be a part of providing a child with a fun gift.  During our work bees, we made t-shirt yarn which is ready to become jump ropes!  You will find a box in the foyer containing jump ropes that are ready to be braided. Grab a few to finish at home!

Getting Ready for Packing Parties If you did not deliver your pledged gifts to the church by September 1, please do so ASAP.  THANK YOU!

We are VERY close to having everything we need for our packing parties!  We need 41 more bars of soap. (No homemade soap, please, as it causes a problem in customs.)

Our First 2021 Packing Party

As we did last year with much success, we will have a series of smaller packing parties instead of one huge one.  The first will be on Saturday, September 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  in the fellowship hall.  Plan to come and go as your schedule allows.

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

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Join us for Coffee & Fellowship before and after Sunday worship. And you are invited to sign up to help.

Youth Education – starting September 12th10 a.m.. Classes PreK-Kindergarten, 1st-3rd, 4th-6th, and 7th-12thgrade. Masks will be required until community rates are lower. 

Nursery: help create a safe and comfortable place for families during worship- volunteer to be in the nursery! We need two people (unrelated) each Sunday to provide the space starting after the 2nd hymn until the last. 

To read scripture sign up on foyer the Table. 

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Directory UPDATE: available for three weeks, add or update your information in the copy of the directory on the Table. 

Four Courageous Conversations, aForum on Racism, at Our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic church, September 19th, 2- 4 p.m. (more info on the Table). 

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