To Our Friends at The Gathering and Beyond,
Last night in our study I talked about the danger of pride. But there is one way in which it’s right to be proud. We should be proud that we belong to Christ and thankful for the good things He’s done through us by His Spirit.
So I came away from last night’s shoebox packing party proud and thankful to call you my brothers and sisters in Christ. I don’t want to give away any secrets prematurely, but I know we collected more than 100 shoeboxes, and I’m pretty sure we set a new record for the number we packed- an amazing total given the size of our group. God bless you for your generosity and hard work, especially Sharon and Scott Milner who took the lead again this year. How would we have done it without you and your plan for collecting gifts all year long!
I came away from last night’s meeting so happy, and I’m still thrilled about it today. For anyone who wants to make sure we set a new record for our giving this year, Sharon isn’t turning in the shoeboxes until a week from today. So you still have time to drop off a few more. And for those of you don’t attend The Gathering, but are involved in Operation Christmas Child, God bless you for taking part in it. Last year Samaritan’s Purse passed the amazing mark of 100 million shoeboxes distributed to children in need around the world! And with each shoebox comes the opportunity to learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ. What a fantastic ministry! So, if you haven’t had a chance to pack a shoebox of gifts yet this year, you still have a week before Collection Day.
To learn more about Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse (its supporting agency led by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son), or how to pack a shoebox, or where to drop it off, just click this link t their website – Operation Christmas Child
. There you can all the information you need and more.
For even more inspiration and a heart-touching example of how God answers prayer, take time to read this short 1-page story that Jackie Wattnem shared with our group a week ago. It brought tears to all of our eyes. All you have to do is click this link – White Socks
– and you can read it or download it.
Finally, to all our veterans, our heartfelt thanks and respect for the service you’ve provided for us your fellow countrymen. May God bless each one of you for the sacrifices you have made. “No greater love has a man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” – Jesus Christ.
We love you guys!
Gary and Cheryl
P.S. Don’t forget our Thanksgiving Festival this coming Sunday at the Shelton Civic Center – setup at 1:00 pm, drop off food at 2:30 pm, doors open officially at 3:00 pm, dinner begins at 3:30 pm with live entertainment to follow, and cleanup at the end. If you haven’t signed up to attend or volunteered to bring a dish to share with others, contact Marty Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner and program are free of charge.