September and October
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes! (Samaritan Purse's)
What is It: Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are vicô€†Å¸ms of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son. Pastors around the world host shoebox distributions where Christ is not know, and invite them to follow Him.
What You Can Do: Pick up a shoebox at APC, and fill it with gifts (and written prayers!) for either a girl or boy, ages 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Shoeboxes should have a rubber band placed around the outside to hold it closed, and gender and age range noted on the outside. All filled shoe boxes (and $9 shipping donations) are due by November 4.
More information: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation‐christmas‐child
November and December
Angel Tree Christmas (Prison Fellowship)
What is It: Prison Fellowship believes that every person is made in the image of God, and that no one is beyond His reach. That means there is hope for restoration and healing for prisoners, their families, victims, and all those who have been impacted by crime. Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts.
What You Can Do: Our church has been registered with Angel Tree Christmas: for 25 children, representing each day of December until the night of Jesus’birth. Choose a name, along with a gift suggestion, from the Angel Tree display set up in the church. It is requested that each gift is worth at least $15. Then, purchase, wrap and deliver a gift for each child on behalf of his or her incarcerated parent—and in the process, share Christ’s love. If you cannot deliver a gift, let an Elder know and they will help find someone to complete this mission.
More information: https://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/angel-tree/