Sunday, December 09, 2018
A Season for Giving

A Season for Giving

Our tradition of giving at the holiday season.
It might seem early to be thinking about Christmas, but many UALC mission partners are hard at work planning for needed services during the holiday season. Please consider volunteering your time or donating items to the following:

Helping Appalachian Rural People H.A.R.P.

Helps to reestablish victims of natural disasters, poverty, and domestic violence/child abuse in Southeast Ohio and beyond.
Needs: Volunteers, winter accessories and toys for infants to 18-year-olds for annual Christmas for Kids event. This year, we are filling nearly 400 Christmas stockings, so there is a great need for items that are small in size, including toys, gift cards, jewelry, makeup and snacks. We are also collecting larger toys for the event.
Dates: Small items are being collected now for the packing party, Nov. 12, 9:30-11:30 am at Lytham Road. Larger items will be collected up until the Christmas for Kids event on Dec. 8.
Details and contact: Download the Stocking Ideas List and drop off items at Mill Run or Lytham Road by Nov. 11. Download the H.A.R.P. letter describing the need for the larger toys. Contact Becky Armstrong, and Becky Harrass,

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries - The Good Tidings Christmas and Coat Store

Parents facing suburban poverty purchase new Christmas toys for their children at a reduced cost in a dignity-filled model. New this year-new, winter coats will be available at the store.
Needs: New, unwrapped gifts for all ages under 18, gift wrapping materials and winter accessories (hats, scarves and gloves). Volunteers to work at the store.
Dates: The Good Tidings Christmas Store will be open Dec. 3-8, please make donations prior to this.
Details and contact: Download the Wish List and Giving Guide and drop off items by Nov. 29. Contact

Lutheran Social Services - The LSS Food Pantries

Serves people in need by offering a source of nourishment to families who are food insecure.
Needs: Volunteers at food pantries, non-perishable food items and cash donations collected during Thanksgiving services.
Dates: Volunteers and food are needed year-round. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be collected Sunday, Nov. 18 in the lobbies of Mill Run and Lytham Road.
(Please note for each dollar donated, over $5 of food can be purchased due to bulk buying.) Bring non-perishable food items to the Thanksgiving services on Nov. 21 and 22.
Details and contact: Tom Andres,

Operation Christmas Child® (OCC)

OCC delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, and other crises in more than 150 countries and territories.
Needs: Volunteers for collection week and donated packed shoeboxes.
Dates: National collection week is Nov. 12-19 at Mill Run. Collection times: Monday-Friday (Nov. 12-16) 4:00-7:30 pm, Saturday (Nov. 17) 9:30 am-Noon, Sunday (Nov. 18) 1:00-6:00 pm, Monday (Nov. 18) 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Details and contact: Visit the Operation Christmas Child national site here to find out how to pack a box and more about the ministry. Contact Keri Sutter,

Angel Tree®

This program of Prison Fellowship connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts.
Needs: Volunteers to purchase and deliver gifts and the Gospel to children in the name of their prisoner-parent.
Dates: Names of children and gift ideas will be available in the lobbies on Nov. 18 and 25 and Dec. 2. Delivery of gifts by Christmas.
Details and contact: Erika Mitiska,

Christmas for Internationals

This event is designed for International and American friends to join in fellowship to hear the story of the first Christmas, perhaps for the FIRST time. Bring a plate of finger food to share. Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30-9:00 pm at Mill Run. Register at Contact Dave Mann,, 614-451-3736.

Thanksgiving Service Offerings 

The offerings collected during services on Nov. 21 and 22 will be split between Samaritan’s Purse and Lutheran World Relief.

And Other Opportunities

Additional winter accessories are delivered through God’s Hygiene Help Center.

Watch for volunteer opportunities for Christmas for Internationals.
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