The ladies of the Lois Mattox Bible Class are involved in many mission activities including the following and would appreciate you assistance if you can help in any way: * Weekly card ministry to let folks know that we are praying for them! If you have a need or problem these ladies will pray for God's help and share your grief or joys! * Collecting used postage stamps (every kind except American Flags) Stamps are mailed to a Veterans Group and do not use Flag Stamps as they are not always properly displayed on the stamp! Please give stamps torn off of envelopes to anyone in the Lois Mattox class. * Collection of tabs from pop-top cans. Always remove these from your soda cans, put them in small zip-lock bags and give them to a class member for a mission project. * Collection of the fronts of greeting cards. The card fronts can not have any hand writing on either side. We share these with a children's hospital as well as with a jail ministry! Please share your used cards with us! * Some of our ladies are involved with the "back door "ministry to homeless and needy individuals in Petersburg. We can use all types of hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, combs, wash cloths, soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes, deodorant, tissues, lotion and hand wipes. Small sizes are appreciated as these people have to carry most of the items with them. * Our group visits several nursing homes every month. If you have a friend or family member that would like a friendly visitor from time to time give us their name!
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. Thanks to everyone who packed a shoebox for Samaritan's Purse. We received over 100 shoeboxes!
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