Operation Christmas Child ®/ Shoebox Ministry

First Presbyterian Church will once again participate in Operation Christmas Child.  The project delivers not only the joy of what, for many kids, is their first gift ever, but also gives them a tangible expression of God’s love.  In addition, the boxes provide the opportunity for volunteers from churches around the world to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ as they distribute the gifts.

The shoeboxes are available at both the North and South sanctuary entrances as well as the downstairs foyer.  Inside each box should be a flyer that has suggestions on what and what NOT to include in your box.  The flyers also have a label where you should designate whether your box is intended for a boy or a girl, and the estimated age range.  Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.  You can also include a personal note and photo.  

Please include $9.00 for each box packed (some of the flyers are old and say $7.00 – please include $9.00).  This goes toward the cost of shipping and helps pay for evangelistic materials that are a part of the shoebox distribution.  Checks should be made out to First Presbyterian Church.  Return your packed, UNSEALED box, to one of the ushers on Sunday morning, or to the church office on any weekday.  The deadline is Sunday, November 15.  Our goal is 30 boxes.

Build a Box Online –  This year you can participate in Operation Christmas Child without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home by building a shoebox online!  Simply go to www.samaritanspurse.org and you can select items for your box. You will be asked for a $25 donation to cover the cost of the items, which you will need to pay online. If you choose to contribute in this way, please let Kim Albert know by sending a quick text (579-5011) or e-mail (kalbert@ntelos.net) so we can get an accurate count of boxes donated from our church.