Special Missions to FBC at Savoy
Operation Christmas Child (OCC)
The Power of a Simple Gift. OCC brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has packed, shipped, and delivered more than 61 million shoe boxes across the globe. People of all ages can be involved in this simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ.
Visit their website at samaritanspurse.org
Staff from Empty Tomb contacts churches who deliver a one-week supply of groceries to needy families. Our Team Leader has a list of delivery teams and a schedule. The team picks up the food that has been donated by the congregation, and supplements it from designated grocers in the community with the funds that are donated by the congregation. They deliver the groceries to the appropriate family.
We are expanding the reach of our Food Pantry by supporting the local School PTA Feeding Our Kids program, which provides children, who may not have access to food at home with a backpack of food to eat during the weekend.
Want to help by donating needed food items? A complete list of needed items is posted at the church. Just bring any of those items to the Information Desk or the church office.
American Baptist Missions’ Love Gift
Look for the Love Gift table in The Crossing (gym) every Sunday morning. American Baptist women show their thankfulness for God’s blessings through a simple offering called Love Gift. This offering supports the full range of American Baptist missions in this country and around the world. Over $1 million is raised among American Baptist Churches for American Baptist Missions through “Love Gift.” It is a gift of love for others, by sharing the good news in Jesus Christ and ministering in his name.
Church World Service Kits
Church World Service Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to people in need around the world. The contents of each Kit have been selected with care to make them as useful as possible, wherever and whenever they are sent. Examples of Kits include: School Kits, Hygiene Kits, Baby Kits, and Emergency Clean-up Buckets.
Kits may be sent to Church World Service all year. Your continuing support of this program is very important and helps to ensure Kits are available for immediate response after a disaster in another part of the world or here in the U.S.
Blankets+, a part of Church World Service, is a special mission opportunity that can involve all ages. Some 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. hold Blankets+ events, providing funds to help people in need around the world, including the U.S. For over 60 years, Church World Service has worked in partnership with local communities to identify their needs and access the resources they need to build the foundation for a more viable future, including:
- Blankets, tents, food and other emergency supplies in the wake of a disaster
- Tools and seeds for refugees returning home to replant their fields
- Wells for families living in drought prone areas to provide clean, safe water to drink and to irrigate crops and gardens
- Literacy training and microcredit for women struggling to realize their potential.