Outreach Projects

Race for Grace

Shirt pickup will be 12-7 on November 24,25,and 27 at Grace
Race times can be logged at  Race for Grace 5k

 

Imagine a little boy opening a gift of things he can’t even imagine. Add into that the joy of learning that there is someone that loves him, so much that He would give His life for him. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Operation Christmas Child boxes give us an opportunity to reach out to children in a way that would not be possible otherwise.  The boxes begin as a way of getting  the child’s attention and then while he is listening they are provided a book that explains who Jesus is and to share the Gospel with them.

This small shoe box full of little gifts along with the booklet full of the teachings of Jesus Christ gives children something deeper than physical help.  It is a blessing to see the powerful change in their hearts.

Grace Church’s goal is to put together 50 boxes this year. The deadline is Nov. 8  to get them to the church.  If you are unable to shop and put together a box, financial donations are gratefully accepted as well.

Please pray for this important demonstration of how God’s love can change the world, one child at a time.

How to pack a box —

1 – Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container.  We have a limited amount of Operation Christmas Child boxes that you can use.  If you use your own box, you can wrap the box (but do the lid separately).  Wrapping is not required.  Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.

2 – Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.  Mark the correct age category on the label and tape the label to the top of the box.  The labels are found in the brochure available from the church or on line at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Pack_A_Shoe_Box/

3 – Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child.

4 – Please donate $9 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs.  You can give online by using the EZGIVE option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note ‘OCC’ on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside the box.  If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.

If you are not into shopping these days, Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity to build the box for you. Here is the information to do that: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/?utm_source=buildonline&utm_medium=direct&ver=1.2