October is World Hunger Month. Our WMU is collecting donations throughout the month. Look for the large black pot in the fellowhip hall on Wednesday nights to make your donation.
Samaritans Purse ~ Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is in full swing again this year. Specially designed shoe boxes marked boy or girl are available in the sanctuary foyer. Enclosed in each box you'll find an envelope in which to place $9 for shipping ( checks should be payable to Samaritans Purse) and a list of do's and don'ts for packing your box. If you have any questions please contact Vicki Campbell or Trish Johnson.
Veteran's Homeless Shelter
Until November 10th, our WMU is collecting New Colored Towels and Wash Cloths for Liberation veteran Services. Please drop them off in the boxes provided in the main vestibule. Liberation is located on Hull Street in Richmond and offers homeless veterans the care, resources and stability needed to rebuild their lives.
Care Bags for Liberty Dialysis Center
Our WMU would like to ask for your help in creating 200 "Care Bags" for the Liberty Dialysis Center in Petersburg. The bags will be given to patients who spend up to 4 hours a day, 3 days a week at the Dialysis Center. We would like to help in making the patient's time there as comfortable as possible. Please help us by placing the following items in the boxes in the vestibule:
Small packs of tissues
Small tubes of lotion
Puzzle books (crosswords, suduko)
Hard candy - mints, fruity flavors
Crackers - no cheese Low salt Popcorn/pretzels
Vanilla cookies (small packs)
Notes of encouragement
Hatian Medical Clinic
Jenny Jenkins of Petersburg is serving as a missionary to Haiti where she is working to build a medical clinic. She has all of the necessary permits and is trying to raise $44,000 needed to cover construction costs. The Oakland WMU is currently accepting donations for this much needed medical facility. To contribute, please make your check payable to OBC with a notation of "Haiti Medical Clinic" or if you prefer you can send your donation directly to: Mountain Clinic Project. #86153 Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) P O Box 102972 Atlanta, GA. 30368-2972
Hope Center of Petersburg
Lunches are being served daily at the Hope Center in Petersburg (operated by Downtown Churches United). They have a need for donations of food, money, and volunteers to serve the lunches. Volunteers from OBC help regularly, but more are needed. If you're interested in helping out please contact: Downtown Churches United at (804)722-0321. Linda Ruffin is the Lunch coordinator. More info is available at dcuhopecenter.org
Spokes Bicycle Ministry
Throughout the year we collect bicycles in any condition to be used in our spokes ministry. Bicycles are refurbished to like new condition to be distributed to children in need at Christmas time. If a bicycle is not in good enough shape to be refurbished we'd love to have it anyway as we may be able to use some of the parts on other bicycles. Please leave bicycle donations behind the church and contack Keith Frazier or Charles Dunn if you have any questions.
Pregnancy Support Center of the Tri-Cities, Inc
The Pregnancy Support Center of the Tri-Cities is an avenue for those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy regardless of race or social status to experience the love and care of Jesus. They provide many services for clients to educate them and help them get back on their feet. Services include pregnancy tests, peer councuiling, material needs, parenting classes and much more. As a non-profit organization these services are made possible by donations from churches and individuals in the community. Please prayerfully consider how God can use your help in the coming year. Some of the ways you can help include:
Get involved in one of their fund raising events
Host a baby shower
Pray for this life saving ministry.
For more information go to www.pregnancytricities.org or call (804)861-5517