This holiday season, St. Mark will be a local collection point for Operation Christmas Child!
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a project that has been run for the past 25+ years by Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit international Christian relief organization. The concept is very simple, individuals or families pack a shoebox with items for either a boy or girl who is between the ages 2 and 14. Items may include new clothing or accessories, personal care items, school supplies, crafts and activities, or small toys. Before the box is sealed, OCC will add a booklet with the Gospel story.  The sender may include a personal note in the box. Collection week for filled shoeboxes will be November 16-23, 2020.  
The video with this article provides the devotion that Pastor Mark used to “reveal” our participation in Operation Christmas Child.  The devotion is based on the parable of “The Good Samaritan.”  He describes how our involvement in this project fulfills the Great Commission and the vision that St. Mark has to make caring connections in the community.    

This project is not just limited to St. Mark members, we would like to invite members of the community to join us!

Special Devotion & Prayer – 8/2O

Special Devotion & Prayer – 8/2O"Who is My Neighbor?" – Reveal of our 2O2O Christmas Project!As the hymn in this video states, "Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way" as we serve as a Northeast Ohio Operation Christmas Child collection point this year. We are honored to play a small role in taking the Gospel "to the ends of the earth". Please watch this important short video, share it, and tag a friend who might like to particpate. www.StMarkChester.orgPermission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License A-709823

Posted by St. Mark Lutheran Church on Thursday, August 20, 2020