2018 was our second year providing meals to the homebound members of our community. Our youth worked hard preparing meals of turkey, rolls, green beans, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie for our deliveries.
Much thanks to all of the adult workers that helped make this possible. Cathy Helfer for working hard in the kitchen and preparing desserts, Jon Hetzel for driving our youth to the deliveries, and all of those workers at Sinclair’s Bakery that cooked the turkey for us which saved us a lot of time!
This year we were able to have four different teams go out into the community and deliver meals as well as spend some time talking to the individuals we delivered to. I think the youth did a great job this year and I look forward to increasing those that we are able to bless next year!
If you would like to help support this mission, be sure to check out our Mission Of The Month list or our Noisy Offering list for how to support us financially or e-mail the church at email@example.com for ways to get involved delivering meals, preparing desserts, or adding a name to our list for receiving a meal. Thank you for your support!
Two years ago on super Bowl Sunday, I stood before the church congregation and read the miracle of the 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. With support from the Missions Board, I explained the need for a continuous program that would provide food for the hungry in our community.
That was the beginning of our Feed 5000 mission.
We began with the simple plan of purchasing the best sale items of the week with money donated by the church. Over time, with the guidance from the local Salvation Army, this has changed to 4 weekly lists of food to donate:
Canned Fruit and Vegetables
Meals In A Can
I am proud to announce that with your generous donations of money and food, we have reached over 10,000 items! These donations have been picked up weekly by Julie Goheen from the Salvation Army and Larry Muntz with the Jersey Township food pantry.
Matthew 14:15-16: As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food. Jesus replied “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
~Cathy Helfer and the Board of Missions~
There, you’ll get great information on how to pack your box, gift suggestions, and you can even print out tracking tickets for your shoeboxes.
25 Years of Operation Christmas Child!
This is the 25th year for OPC so let’s make it one to remember. Here’s a short video on how this program is transforming lives not just for this world, but for the world to come:
How To Pack Your Box:
Decide if you’ll be purchasing gifts for a boy or a girl. Then choose an age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-15. Samaritan’s Purse recommends including one medium to large-sized “wow” item such as an inflatable soccer ball and pump or a doll/stuffed animal and then filling the rest of the box with smaller items like crayons, school supplies, and hygiene items.
When you’ve got everything packed, just return your box to church with money for shipping and we’ll be sure to get it sent out.
If you didn’t get time to fill your shoebox, no problem. Our youth will spend some time during their group meetings on Sunday, November 4th to fill any boxes that need it.
We have begun to collect candy for this year’s Trunk or Treat. You can drop off your goodies in the orange tub by the Youth Board in the atrium. This will be our 15th year, so let’s make it one to remember!
There are a lot of ways to get involved this year. As mentioned above, you can donate candy. You can also sign up to be a door-greeter, help with set-up and clean-up, or help pass out candy to Trick-or-Treaters in your very own booth! Put on a costume or just decorate your area and have fun with members of our community. Let’s show them how much we care.
If you need some ideas for your booth, check out these pictures from years past.
To sign up as a volunteer for this year’s Trunk or Treat, please use the form below or contact the office. Thank you!
On Saturday Oct. 27th, we’ll have a weenie roast/haunted farm trip for both Jr. and Sr. High youth. Meet at the church at 5pm and then we’ll head out to Louie and Rachel’s house for a weenie roast. When it gets dark, we’ll head across the street to ‘R’ Acres Haunted Farm.
If you don’t like haunted houses/farms, no problem! You can stay at the weenie roast while the rest of us get scared. You may even hear our screams. Seriously, it’s loud out there.
We’ll have soda and hot dogs, plus things for S’mores, but I encourage you all to bring your favorite chips or cookies.
We’ll need plenty of chaperones for this trip–a few for the weenie roast and some for the haunted farm. If you’d like to volunteer for one or the other, please let me know. Thanks all! Sign up below or on our facebook page.