Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

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November 11th

1:00pm at

                                     Calvary Bible Church


Doors Open at 1:00pm -  Come One, Come All!  Everyone is Welcome!  There is a task for anyone, any age who would like to participate!

What is this ministry?

The Operation Christmas Child (OCC) ministry collects shoe boxes filled with gifts and delivers them to children in need, literally, around the world,  Every one of these shoe box gifts is an opportunity for the Gospel to be shared.  In the hands of local churches around the world, it is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship.  Many shoe box recipients also enroll in our 12-lesson followup program, "The Greatest Journey".  Through this program they learn to follow Christ and share Him with others.

You can be a part of this world-wide ministry to grow the Kingdom of God even in places where the Gospel has never been heard.

Ideas for items to donate for inside a gift shoe box:

stickers, small puzzle, lego, pens, pencils, sharpeners, crayons, markers, paper, small cars/trucks, balls, doll, kazoo, harmonica, yo-yo, jump rope, toothbrush (no toothpaste though), comb/brush, tshirt, socks, flip flops, ball cap, sunglasses, hair accessories, etc...

This Is How You Can Participate:

  • Pack A Shoebox: Bring the items you have purchased and join with the group and pack your shoe box(es) together.  You can also help pack shoe boxes with the items that have been donated. It is great fun!
  • Drop Off Gifts:  If you have purchased items and would like our team to pack a box for you, or if you have just a few items to donate....stop by and drop them off.
  • Sponsor a Shoe Box:  The cost for each shoe box to be shipped and cover project costs associated with the wide scope of this ministry is $9.00 per shoe box.
  • Prayer:  Pray for the children who will receive the shoe box gift; for the OCC ministry; for our local team organizing the collection event.
  • Volunteer during the week of November 13th:  Calvary will be open to receive shoe boxes from other churches during the week of November 13th; talk to Mary Shields about volunteering.

Did you know that Calvary is the Southern and Western Vermont collection hub for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes. We will collect more than 5,000 shoeboxes next week.

Collection days are Monday, November 13 - Monday, November 20th.  Churches and people from all over these areas will be dropping off their boxes to Calvary and we then ship them to the National location in Boone, So. Carolina.

The following items should NOT be included in shoe boxes:

Food items, candy/chocolate, toothpaste, used or damaged items, war-themed items (toy guns, knives, military figurines), seeds, liquids, lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items, glass containers or aerosol cans.

Neighbor REACH is this Saturday, April 29!

neighbor reach

We are part of a group called REACH (Rutland Evangelical Assoc. of Churches). We participate in an annual day of service across Rutland county involving over 400 volunteers! Why? To bridge the gap between our churches and the community. We desire to affect change by making connections and serving the needs of those around us, and we can't wait to see what God's going to do this weekend!

Parents' Night Out... a.k.a. Kids' Night of Fun!

Parents' Night Out was Sunday, April 9 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. We had a staff of qualified adult volunteers and teen helpers to care for children so that parents had 3 uninterrupted hours of time by themselves!!! A Date Night? Finish a project? All ages were welcome, and it was amazing to see what a success this was... both from the parents' AND kids' points of view! Check out some of the great pics...

And here's a wonderful email from one of the parents... we're so glad we were able to do this, and can't wait for the next time!

Dear Calvary Bible Church,

 Thank you for the gift of parents night out. It was a practical application of Biblical truth and ministry. It is hard for me to fully express how great a gift it was. To spend a few hours of uninterrupted time with my wife was a great joy and blessing. Sadly I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun with her as these times are few and far between. We found ourselves remembering who we are and what we mean to each other. These important details are easily lost in the business and chaos of day to day life. Please extend our heart felt thanks to all involved and let them know what a great impact it had on our relationship.

Harvest Fest!

Games, candy, costumes, and fellowship! Many thanks to all the volunteers who came together to help us provide this wonderful alternative on October 31!

CBC is proud to be a drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child!

The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.

In 2016, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 12 million children. More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, with more than 150,000 of those in the United States, are involved in collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts.

Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoeboxes with a “wow” item—like a doll or soccer ball—and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement. During National Collection Week (Nov. 14 – 21) Samaritan’s Purse collects the gift-filled shoeboxes at more than 4,000 drop-off sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

CBC is the Southern Vermont collection center for OCC, and we are looking forward to both our church packing party on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1pm, as well as the week following, as we see shoeboxes packed with love arriving from all over southern Vermont!

Drop-Off Hours:


Mon Nov 14 2016: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tue Nov 15 2016: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wed Nov 16 2016: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Thu Nov 17 2016: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Fri Nov 18 2016: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sat Nov 19 2016: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Sun Nov 20 2016: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mon Nov 21 2016: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.