Earlier this year, our church began following after the call to be in the city for the city. For we are not called to be a body of believers concerned only with what happens within our walls. We are called to go beyond the walls into our communities and reach the lost and hurting for the Lord. We are called to do what Jesus would do in this city for the sake of this city.
But during Jesus' time on earth, he didn't limit himself to only doing ministry within his own community. His goal then and his goal now is to reach every nation, which is why we are going to focus on ministry in the city AND around the world. Each month for the remainder of the year, we are going to have one or two focused ministry opportunities that will impact the city and one that will impact the world. Find out how you can be the hands and feet of Jesus locally and globally below.
October & November
IN THE CITY
Hunger Hurts Thanksgiving Food Drive
Now more than ever, hunger is affecting families in our community. Before Covid, 10% of households in Raytown didn't have enough food. Now, as people are continuing to be financially impacted by the pandemic, that percentage is growing. Our Hope Network Food Pantry already regularly provides food and toiletries to families in our area, but we want to make sure these families have a great Thanksgiving with a festive meal and new toiletries so they feel their best. You can be part of impacting families through our Hunger Hurts Thanksgiving Food Drive. We'll provide a digital shopping list on Sunday, October 25, and all you have to do is purchase the items and bring them to the church on or before Sunday, November 1. Leave your bag behind your car in the church parking lot and volunteers will come around to collect them during the service. You can also drop off bags at the ROC during the week throughout the month of October. Find out more about the ministry of Hope Network at hopenetworkraytown.org.
Gifts of Hope Adoptions
Through Gifts of Hope, you can provide Christmas gifts for children in our community who otherwise have nothing to open on Christmas morning. From our Gifts of Hope tree, you can select a paper ornament to "adopt" a boy or girl from birth to 11 years old. Each child's ornament will list their gender, age, and some gift ideas based on their preferences and needs. Please consider adopting a child through Hope Network’s Gifts of Hope as an individual, with your family, or as a LifeGroup and enjoy blessing a child and family in need. Stop by the Gifts of Hope table in the lobby or contact Jenna Remack to sponsor a child. Adoptions end Sunday, November 29. All gifts will need to be delivered to the church on or before Tuesday, December 1.
AROUND THE WORLD
Operation Christmas Child Box Collection
Throughout October, we are partnering with Operation Christmas Child to provide gifts to children around the world, resulting in entire communities being reached with God's Word in more than 100 countries. Our goal is to fill 500 boxes. Here's how you can be part of sharing the gospel worldwide this October:
FILL A SHOEBOX
- Fill a shoebox. Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.
- Girl or boy? Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
- Fill with gifts. Select a medium to large "wow" item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.
- Pray. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.
- Follow your box label. Donate $9 online (click on Operation Christmas Child link below) and receive a label to follow your box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.
- Drop-off. Take your shoebox gift to the main lobby of either Connection Point Church campus. For a no-contact drop off, drop off your boxes at the ROC entrance between November 16-23.
- Pack a shoebox online. For a 100% contact-free experience, fill a shoebox online here.
If you'd like to join with the church to fill an additional 100 shoeboxes, consider making a financial donation or donating some of the items like deflated soccer balls & pumps, washcloths, bar soap, small reusable plastic cups, small toys for boys, small toys for girls, or arts & crafts supplies.
Operation Christmas Child Fundraiser
Did you know it costs $9 to ship each shoebox donated to Operation Christmas Child? The 1st-6th graders in MIDWEEK Kids are selling greeting cards throughout October to help offset this cost. The cards, which are leftover stock from the ROC Bookstore, will be in pre-bagged bundles of 5 cards for $5. Card categories available include birthday, family birthday, anniversary, assorted, encouragement, get well, sympathy, thank you, and wedding. You can purchase cards on Sundays before and after service at the Operation Christmas Child table in the lobby or at the reception desk during the week (Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm). If you don't want to purchase cards, you can still help offset the shipping cost by designating a gift to "Operation Christmas Child" when you give via envelope or online.
Operation Christmas Child Collection Site
Have you ever wondered how the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes get from our church to where they need to go? Well, churches and organizations from around the community take the boxes they've collected to an area collection site during collection week. We're the collection site for our area. Then collection sites transport boxes to the regional collection site. We're also the collection site for our region. After we collect all of the boxes from the whole region, the boxes get loaded into big trucks and move on to the next series of destination until they arrive in the hands of a child overseas. The area and regional collection week is November 16-23, and we need many volunteers to welcome and assist people as they come to drop off boxes from their church or organization. To volunteer for one of the shifts below, contact Carmen Kraus at email@example.com
- Monday, November 16 – 4:00-6:00pm
- Tuesday, November 17 – 4:00-6:00pm
- Wednesday, November 18 – 5:00-8:00pm
- Thursday, November 19 – 4:00-6:00pm
- Friday, November 20 – 4:00-6:00pm
- Saturday, November 21 – 9:00-11:00am
- Sunday, November 22 – 1:00-3:00pm
- Monday, November 23 – 9:00-11:00am
IN THE CITY
City Union Mission Christmas Meal
Our church family has the opportunity to provide another special meal for the men at the City Union Mission Men's Center - this time during the holiday season on Tuesday, December 22. Due to Covid, we are limited to 10 volunteers who can serve the meal and interact with the residents; however, you can still bless more than 200 men in our community by providing the funds for this special meal. We only need to raise $275. You may contribute by designating a gift to "City Union Mission - Christmas Meal" when you give by envelope or online. You may also give contributions directly to Carmen Kraus or to the receptionist at the Raytown Campus.
We are looking for 10 people to serve at City Union Mission, decorating the dining room, serving the meal, and resetting the room. To volunteer, contact Carmen Kraus by December 10.
As a special treat for these men, we're also putting together 200 gift bags with some necessities that will be a huge blessing to the men who are in the Christian Life Program as well as those who are staying at the Men's Center short term. We already have a brand new pair of socks for each bag, but we still need donations of travel size hygiene products (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, etc.). We also welcome $5 gift cards, watches, wallets, and other items that would bless a man going through a tough season. You can bring donations to the reception desk during the week or to the Connect Center at either campus on Sundays.
AROUND THE WORLD
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® is an annual offering collected by believers around the world to support international missions. The offering was officially named in 1918 by Woman’s Missionary Union in honor of the missionary to China who urged churches to start it and give sacrificially.
This offering is unique from other mission offerings in that 100% of gifts provide for missionaries all over the world. It is a valuable part of Southern Baptists' 175-year history of reaching the nations with the gospel and vital to reaching the vision of a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 7:9).
Our church's goal is to raise $25,000. If you'd like to go above and beyond your regular tithes and offerings to support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®, you may do so by envelope or online.