The Journey Outward – Advent 2015

Again this year, we celebrate The Journey Outward – not with midweek Advent services journey outward lo reswithin our walls, but with opportunities for individuals and families to “journey outward” and take part in short-term service projects that will impact our community and our world. In doing so we honor Jesus’ own words: The son of man came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

We invite you to step up, step out, and take The Journey Outward this Advent season with:

  • Operation Christmas Child – Shoe box gifts let children around the world who suffer at the hands of crushing poverty, war and natural disaster know they are loved.  Pick up your supplies now at church and bring your shoe box to Rejoice by Sunday, Nov 22nd.  Want to get more involved?  Volunteers are needed to staff our collection center during National Collection Week Nov 16-23 – sign up for a shift or two in the narthex!  Then join us after the 2nd service on Sunday the 22nd for our Packing Party as we prepare the shoe boxes for their journey overseas – this is a project for adults as well as kids of all ages, and lunch will be served.  High schoolers-it’s a great way to earn volunteer hours!  Sign up at church. Questions? Click here to contact OCC coordinator Heather Macklin.
  • Angel Tree – Angel Tree is an opportunity to serve our community by providing Christmas presents to needy children. Tags will be available Sunday, November 29th and gifts are due back to Rejoice by Sunday, Dec 13th.
  • Feed My Starving Children – Rejoice returns to Feed My Starving Children on Wednesday, December 2nd from 6:00-7:30 PM!  Join us for a deeply meaningful and fun service opportunity at the FMSC location in Aurora where we will pack life-saving meals sent to impoverished children in over 70 countries. Adults and children grades 3 and up are invited to participate. Sign up now at Rejoice.  Want to grab a spot for you and your family before they fill up?  Click here to send a message to the coordinators!