“What goes in is FUN! What comes out is ETERNAL!”
Let the fun begin!!
Operation Christmas Child “fever” is spreading early this year. Folks are already asking questions about what goes in the shoeboxes as they are shopping early and even “year-round” with an eye out for bargains!
In case you’re not already familiar with Operation Christmas Child, it is a unique project organized by Samaritan’s Purse that delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to hurting children around the world, sharing God’s love in a tangible way. Before receiving their shoeboxes, the Gospel message is shared with them and many take this message home to their family and friends.
Last year, for every 100 shoeboxes collected, 18 children accepted Jesus as their Savior. Last year over 10.6 million shoeboxes were collected and over 2 million children accepted Jesus as their Savior. What an eternal impact!
Something NEW this year: our pre-printed shoeboxes are slightly larger and corrugated. Therefore, deflated soccer balls and other “wow” gifts fit more easily into the boxes. Feel free to use your own shoeboxes and decorate them if you would like – just wrap the top separately from the bottom.
Remember to keep the age groupings in mind as you shop:
Boy or Girl, Ages 2 - 4, 5 – 9 or 10 – 14.
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by Christian author, C.S. Lewis, and is considered a classic of children's literature. Having sold over 100 million copies in 41 languages, it has been adapted several times, complete or in-part, for radio, television, stage, and cinema. The most recent film adaption of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, based on the 2nd book of the series, was the third most popular film in the U.S. in 2005.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tells the story of 4 children who, while playing hide and seek, find a wardrobe which leads to the enchanted land of Narnia. Through their journey, they learn that Narnia is trapped in winter and ruled by the evil White Witch whom they must defeat. Defeating evil will fulfil an ancient prophecy, and in turn, return Aslan (the Christ-figure) as the rightful leader of the throne. A classic story of good vs. evil, it affirms the Christian Gospel and the positive values of the Christian ethic, redemption through love.
We are pleased to announce that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be Fairmount’s next major production, to be presented on the Worship Center stage the first two weekends of December, 2019. Information will be available in a few weeks regarding auditions for roles in the play, which will be held in early June. Be thinking now of who you want to invite to the enchanted land of Narnia!