Awana Update for Oct 5

Thanks for all the CEREAL! We collected almost 40 boxes for KGBC’s Food Pantry last week.

This Week’s THEME: Jersey Night!
Wear your favorite Jersey this week! Any Jersey will be fine. No need to wear your uniforms this week – but don’t forget to wear tennis shoes!

Reminder: We are changing the entry door! Enter through the Preschool Welcome Center (on the same side of the building) for check in.

Operation Inasmuch is coming soon! Start looking for old crayons… we are collecting them to send to The Crayon Initiative and they will recycle them into new ones and donate them back to schools, hospitals, arts programs and other organizations invested in our children. I know you all have bits and pieces of used crayons laying around so don’t throw them away – we’ll take them!

We hope you will make plans to join us on Saturday, October 21. We have a wide variety of projects that we’ll be working on that day and we’d love to have you. Listed below is a description of projects and the sign up sheets are located next to the AWANA Check-in so check your calendar and sign up on Sunday. We also have mission projects for the kids so don’t forget to sign them up too!

Blessings,
Ellie

OIAM Teams:

*Bakers Team: Those who love to bake can prepare cookies and brownies to be mailed to college students, and delivered on October 20th to local police and fire stations in our community. Please bake ahead of time, bring the items on that Saturday, and then serve on another team during OIAM.

*Bingo at Luther Manor: This team will visit a local facility and host BINGO for the residents. We are also requesting donations for BINGO prizes (like small or large packs of Kleenex, lotions, dish soap, hand towels, even toilet paper).

*Collection Team: Sorting outer wear, children’s books, toys and all clothing & household items.

*First Responders: This team will pack and deliver baked goods to local police and fire stations in our community.

*Food Bank Food Drive: This team will collect and sort items for our local food bank to help those who are struggling with hunger in our region.

*Home Repair and Maintenance Projects: Builders and those handy with tools can make a difference by helping with small jobs around the home for needy people in our community. An urgent request is for local projects. Send your suggestions by October 8, by dropping a note in the OIAM projects box in the foyer.

*Judeo-Christian Outreach Center: This team will work in various areas at Union Mission in Norfolk. Service opportunities are: painting, cleaning, etc.

*King’s Stitchers: Experienced crocheters and knitters can come to the church and make items needed for oncology hats which can be completed within an hour or so. Approximately 80 layettes were made prior to OIAM to give to the Baptist Baby Boutique and Keim Pregnancy Center.

*Military Letters: This team will write letters to deployed military personnel, to offer God’s love and encouragement to our heroes serving away from home and family. Letters can be written ahead of time and brought to the church that Saturday, and then you may serve on another team during OIAM. An extremely important component of this team is getting names and addresses of deployed members whom we can serve.

*Nursing Home Ministry: This team will visit nursing homes and bring a ray of sunshine into the lives of the residents and guests while offering greeting cards, stuffed animals, jewelry and puzzle books to the residents.

*Oil Changes: This team will perform free oil changes for single moms, spouses of deployed military, or senior adults in need. Everyone can help us find those who may benefit from this service.

*Prayer Team: This team prays for the teams at church then goes to all the home and mission sites and prayers for them as well.

*Rise Against Hunger: This team will sort, assemble and get ready to ship meals for those in need. We are partnering with Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) for this event.

*Sewing CHKD Surgery Bears: This team will make bears for children undergoing surgery at CHKD.

*Union Mission: This team will work in various areas at Union Mission in Norfolk. Service opportunities are: building a room, painting, cleaning, various projects, etc.

*Working Women’s Wardrobe via JCOC: This team will collect and sort clothing that is intended to help women and men seeking jobs dress for success.

*Yard Work Projects: Complete tasks such as raking leaves, weed eating, maybe tree trimming or brush removal, etc. Usually not mowing.