I hope that all of you are staying warm and dry in this blustery weather! It has been a while since I have given you all an update and I wanted to share just a handful of things going on. It is always so awe-inspiring to witness the many ways in which you all serve our community and I pray that if you have the opportunity to reach out and touch the lives of others you do.
It has been a rainy year, which impacted our garden project in some ways, but Jen DePuydt-Saari and Laura Huff have been wonderful in connecting with the families and working with the challenges that came their way. The Garden is now at the end of the season with one last scheduled event. The Garden families and leaders will be turning the beds in preparation for winter and ending with a potluck and time of fellowship. Despite the difficulties of a cold and rainy season, the Garden has been blessed with dedicated leaders and opportunities for fellowship, which we pray will continue to grow in the future.
Operation Christmas Child
As many of you have read in the bulletin or seen the table, Operation Christmas Child is in full swing. Denise & Sam Coates are spearheading the project again this year and have set a goal this year to fill 250 boxes and raise $2000. The funds raised go towards both deferring the cost of shipping and also to fund the bible study program that goes along with each box. Last year we surpassed the 150 box goal with 211 boxes being returned and sent off. We were also able to raise $1485 to support the program. The Coates will continue to distribute boxes in the Narthex on Sundays, but if you have questions before then, send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to return the filled boxes is Sunday, November 12th, but can be returned prior to then. If you aren’t familiar with the program, I would recommend checking it out: Operation Christmas Child.
There are several projects in the planning process currently and I hope to continue to update you as details come to light. If you are interested in volunteering or leading a project send me an email at email@example.com.