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OCC Shoebox Gifts & Raffle Drawing Nov 15!

The annual OCC Shoebox Gift & raffle sales continue through Nov 15! On that Sunday, we’ll bless the boxes, load them up to be taken to the distribution center, then celebrate with a special party in the hall after worship. It’s not too late to pack some boxes and many are available. You may pick up your boxes on the display table and purchase raffle tickets to win two incredible baskets full of great items and gift cards valued together at $350! Tickets are $5 each/$20 for five tickets. The raffle supports the shipping cost of ALL our boxes! The raffle drawing is also Nov 15, at fellowship time. Please be present to win for this number drawing. Many thanks go to Joann Carlson as our OCC Shoebox Team Leader for this global outreach!

PLC Uganda Medical Mission in November

It is with disappointment that the decision has been made to postpone the Uganda mission once again. We have been in contact with the US Embassy in Uganda as well as our counterparts in country and all have agreed that we would immobilized upon our arrival. The Ministry of Health is not allowing any medical outreaches in the country due to the inability to control the mass gatherings that always occur at such outreaches. If we attempted such, we would be in violation of several current rules, subject to being arrested, and risk the future of Next Generation Ministry’s privilege of bringing medical teams to Uganda. At the forefront of all our efforts, is to always bring the peace and hope of Jesus, not chaos and hurt.

We will again wait and watch for the next opportunity to be sent. Thank you for all the daily and weekly prayers that have been sent heavenward on our behalf. In His Peace,

Maren Snyders

Sharing Tree for Safe Passage

This holiday season we are supporting our ministry partner, Safe Passage, a shelter for abused women and children with some extra love. About mid-Nov, you will see our white tree up in the entryway with labeled tags to take to provide gifts this Christmas for those living at the shelter. You may take one or more tags that describe the many needs, sizes, genders, that will serve a cross section of clients over time. Please return your gift(s) unwrapped with the tag attached. All gifts are to be returned by Sunday, Dec 6. A Thrivent Action Team card has been applied for to support this effort further with gift cards for families that often leave with only the clothes on their backs. Domestic abuse has risen since the on start of covid. In Sep alone, Safe Passage served an astounding 35 clients and the numbers continue to grow. Thank you to Annette Nolting, Development Director, for her assistance. Let’s empty that tree of tags! – Lynn Affeldt