It is that time of year again to begin planning our donations for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Since 2013, our congregation has participated by delivering over 100 boxes each year. Each box has been filled with a “wow” item—like a doll or soccer ball—and other fun toys as well as school supplies and hygiene items. Please see the insert for a list of suggested items. These boxes are delivered to children across the globe affected by life-changing crises. There are several ways to get involved; you can pick up a shoebox from the narthex and fill it yourself; purchase a packing slip online ($7/box) to accompany assembled boxes; volunteer your time to assemble the boxes; and most importantly, pray for the children who will receive our gifts. Donations need to be collected between now and November 10. You and your children are invited to be part of a group of volunteers who will gather in room 10 here at the church on Wednesday, November 11 at 10 a.m. to pack the boxes. Childcare will be available for very young children. These gifts can make a significant difference in the lives of children in need worldwide. Thank you for your help! Details can be found at samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child
NEW MEMBER INFO BREAKFAST
November 15th ~ 9:30 a.m.
Have you been thinking about joining First Pres? Do you just want more information about First Pres, because you aren’t quite ready to join? Then come to the New Member Information Breakfast on Sunday, November 15, at 9:30 a.m. in the Hoffman Great Room. We’ll enjoy a yummy continental breakfast and fun conversation. Bring your questions! For further information, please the church office at 734-1614.
Thursday, November 26th - 2 p.m.
All are invited!! Thanksgiving should be celebrated together! Do you know someone who would otherwise be alone this holiday, or is unable to cook for themselves? Don’t feel like cooking a full meal yourself? Please join us for a full, traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 26, at 2 p.m. in the Hoffman Great Room. The dinner will be hosted by the Hospitality
Committee, although there will be plenty of opportunities to assist with putting on this community event. There will be no charge, however, reservations are required by November 20. For reservations or to offer to help, call the church office at 734-1614.
Did you know that you can earn money for First Presbyterian Church just by shopping? Amazon.com has a program called Amazon Smile, which donates .5% of customers’ purchases to charitable organizations. It costs nothing to participate, and all you need to do is go to www.smile.amazon.com, select First Presbyterian Church of Elmira as your charity, and then shop away. Just be sure to always shop from the smile.amazon homepage. Refer to the church website for instructions as to how to sign up for Amazon Smile. Thank you for your support! Amazon_Smile_Sign_Up_Procedures.docx