November – Operation Christmas Child
This November, our church will be focusing our efforts on supporting Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse as a church-wide service opportunity.
Pre-printed donation shoe boxes have been purchased by the church and will be handed out on Sunday, October 28 for you to fill. It is our hope and prayer that each person will grab at least one shoebox to fill. Our goal is to donate 250 shoeboxes this Christmas season!
Please turn in your filled shoes boxes (unwrapped) by Sunday, November 18. Filled shoeboxes can be dropped off in the Worship Center lobby as well as the church office between October 28 and November 18. We ask that you please do not turn in shoeboxes directly to the collection centers since the church staff will drop off all the shoeboxes together after service on Sunday, November 18.
How do I pack a shoebox?
Click here for the exact steps on how to pack a shoebox. Please do not forget to label if the box is for a boy or girl and what age the box is for (2–4, 5–9, or 10–14).
Can I track where my shoebox ends up?
This is completely optional – but if you wish to follow your shoebox and help alleviate the cost of shipping the box, you can purchase a $9 label online to see where the box ends up blessing a child. Click here to purchase the label. This label will need to be printed by you and affixed to the shoebox before turning into church.
December – Bell Ringing & Local Homeless Shelter
For the month of December, we will be focusing on two local efforts.
Salvation Army Kettle Bell Ringing
The bell-ringing season actually starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30/hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries, or shelter an individual for a night. There is an IMMEDIATE and GREAT need for bell ringers. Click HERE to sign up and help serve. If you have specific questions around bell ringing, please email Paul Tokar.
Local Homeless Shelter – Sunnyvale, CA
We are finalizing opportunities to serve at a local homeless shelter and will communicate the date and volunteer opportunities ASAP once we finalize with our contacts.
For any questions about these above service opportunities, please contact Vivian Yasutake.