By DAVID SWEARINGEN
STEPHENVILLE (October 8, 2016) – The congregation at the First Christian Church of Stephenville was awarded with an appreciation sculpture by Samaritan’s Purse TX/LA Regional Manager, Priscilla Oglevie. Ms. Oglevie covers a large area which includes much of Texas and Louisiana with her home office in Hurst.
Oglevie came to Stephenville to make the presentation because the church has been the Operation Christmas Child Relay Center for Erath County for the past 15 years. The FCC church members are very excited about this responsibility/opportunity and they plan on serving as the Relay Center for many years to come.
Operation Christmas Child is a huge project of Samaritan’s Purse which is done in the fall of each year. The Relay Center, First Christian Church or (FCC), serves as the collection point for all of Erath County. Gift-filled shoe boxes which are collected all over the county by loving, caring people and churches, are brought to FCC and later taken to a larger consolidation center and then to one of several distribution centers all over the country.
These boxes full of toys (and hygiene items, school supplies, and possibly a photo from the sender and an encouraging note) are delivered to needy children all over the world. One of the most popular items worldwide is a soccer ball. They can be sent deflated to fit in the shoebox but be sure to include a small hand pump if you decide to go this route.
To learn more about how individuals, businesses, and churches can participate in this wonderful project by going to samaritanspurse.org/occ
To participate in this awesome project, all of the gift shoe boxes must be brought to the First Christian Church located at 450 W. Tarleton in Stephenville during the week of November 14 – 21. The absolute cut-off time is at 11 a.m. on Monday morning (Nov. 21).
This must be done to allow time for the packages to begin their long journeys all over the world. Of course, it is recommended to drop boxes off at the church sometime earlier than Nov. 21. The church office will be open to accept deliveries beginning on November 14.
Feel free to call the church office to arrange a delivery time or to ask any questions at 254-965-4878.