October 28, 2014 | By Brian Claeys |
2 Service and Outreach Heifer Project International The Heifer Project International Living Gift Market is coming to Fellowship Hall November 16 and 23. This alternative holiday gift-giving “sells” chicks, bees, rabbits, llamas and heifers that will be provided to needy families throughout the world, helping reduce world hunger. Be part of the excitement in the upcoming Christmas season by honoring someone with gifts of love and hope for others. Honor cards are available at the churchofceduringthemonthsof November and December. If you are interested in helping at the table with this project, please contact Suzanne Cresswell 610-692- 8353. Shoebox Project Do you want to help make a child’s Christmas a whole lot of fun? Gather up school supplies like, pencils, markers and crayons, then add a washcloth, toothbrush and toothpaste. Now you add the fun part, like stuffed animals, puzzles, jumprope,ngerpuppetsandballs. Now you have all the ingredients for afunlledboxthatwilldelightachild in need. Put them all together in a shoebox and bring them to the church on November 2, 9, 16 or 23. Operation Christmas Child will distribute your box to over 130 different countries! Look for our table in Fellowship Hall for more details. Don’t have time to do a box? You can still help by donating such items as pencils, pens and notebooks. Maybe you have items like calculators with your company logo on them, you can donate them to Operation Christmas Child by bringing them to our table. Thank you for your support! Questions? Call Linda Haake at 610-430-1478. The Giving Tree The Giving Tree is a long-standing tradition at First Pres. On November 23and30,churchmemberswillnd trees in Fellowship Hall trimmed with ornaments that have names and gift requests of 400 clients of our local mission partners. Church members select one or more gift requests to provide needy neighbors with perhaps the only gift they will receive this season. Unwrapped, tagged gifts must be returned to collection boxes at the church no later than 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 7. Many people choose to answer the request of a needy child or adult in place of someone on their list who will receive many othergifts.Weneedvevolunteers to help sort and distribute the gifts from 11:30 to noon on November 30 and December 7. Youth volunteers encouraged! Please volunteer by contacting Suzanne Gabel (610-696- 0554) or Reid Willis (frwillis@gmail. com, 610-291-5867.) Christmas for Migrant Families For migrant workers and their families in Chester County, Christmas may be a time of loneliness and separation from their extended families in Mexico, Honduras or other Central American countries. The workers often have wives and children who are learning to cope with our culture, a new language and cold winters. In a small but important way, we can share our faith and our blessings with these workers. This program allows members of our church community to “adopt” a migrant worker and his family by providing them with Christmas gifts. Each year, several hundred fathers, mothers,andchildrenbenetfrom this program. Become a sponsor by contacting Anna Bentley (484-432-0742) or Debbie Shryock (610-524-0430) or come to Fellowship Hall November 2, 9 or 16 to sign up. You will receive a form containing the names of the recipients, their ages, and some of their needs and wants. Money contributions are welcome too, and will help buy gifts for unsponsored families. Or, help transport gifts and come to the Christmas party at the Migrant Ministry Center on December 14 when we will distribute gifts and get to know some of the families. We’ll share fellowship, cookies, Christmas carols, and the special joy of the season. Mission Market The Mission Market is a unique opportunity for church members to donate additional funds at Christmastime to our local mission partners. Members may select one mission for a donation or donate to multiple missions and only write one check (payable to the church). The church will send your donation to the targeted mission partner on your behalf, and you will receive a customized Christmas card, envelope and insert explaining the service of the mission partner for you to send family members and friends in lieu of a gift. Visit the table in Fellowship Hall on December 8 & 15 or contact Bob Smith (bob_p_smith@vanguard. com or 610-701-0347) for additional information.
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2 Membership Deaths The sympathy and prayers of the congregation are extended in the passing of Lee J. McFadden , Member of First Presbyterian Church October 24, 1982 to May 27, 2015; and Margaret L. Adam , Member of First Presbyterian Church November 24,