Please Fill a Shoe Box for Operation Christmas Child

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,…for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

“Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love.”

The outreach committee is providing an opportunity for “Christmas in August” through giving for Operation Christmas Child. Bethany has participated for several years in Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, founded by Franklin Graham, son of Dr. Billy Graham.

The project collects shoe boxes filled with simple gifts and delivers them to children in need around the world. In 2006, Bethany collected 84 of the 7.6 million shoe boxes that were delivered to approximately 100 countries. The outreach committee set Bethany’s goal for this year at 80 shoe boxes, the same as for 2006.

Bethany always has given generously to outreach projects like Operation Christmas Child. Perhaps that is why Bethany is the recipient of generous gifts after the fire that destroyed the sanctuary building. But while Bethany lost a building, there are many in much worse need, including children, for whom these shoe boxes will provide a sign that we care about them. Please fill a shoe box this month.

The outreach committee wishes you Merry Christmas in August.

We Want to Know Your Hopes and Dreams for Bethany’s New Building

Dear Church Family,

As we begin our journey to rebuild it is important that we stay in contact with one another and with our Lord through prayer and sharing. Clear communication is a key to our successful rebuilding efforts. We want everyone to be heard so that the common good of God’s church is enhanced by all of us feeling a part of the exciting times upon which we now embark.

We need to hear from everyone: Tell us what you would like to see in Bethany’s new church building. We invite you to share your dreams and visions concerning our new building by writing your thoughts down and sending them to us as soon as possible.

Please bring your thoughts to the church office, where there is a box provided to deposit them, place them in the offering tray during worship at Camp Caroline, mail them, or e-mail them to

“Now to Him by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” —Ephesians 3:20-21.

Chris Watson, Chairman
Official Board

Gary H. Edge