The body of Christ is made up of His believers, so it makes sense that our number one goal is to care for one another. Our mission as the church is to love our communities, but it’s not always easy to figure out how we can best serve each other well. That is why Arapaho Road is so proud of those who lead our holiday service opportunities each year. This 2016 holiday season, we saw members of the church band together for the Awana Thanksgiving Food Pantry, the Thanksgiving dinner for IL Texas Students, the Winter Coats & Blessings for Hickman Elementary, and Operation Christmas Child.
Susan Ward loading up her car with coats for the students.
Susan Ward, a member of AR who helped organize the Winter Coats & Blessings for Hickman Elementary drive, said, “I love that our church has adopted this school not only at Christmas time but throughout the year, providing volunteers for programs like Dads Make A Difference, Donuts for Dad, the book fair, Muffins for Mom, etc.”
Hickman Elementary is a small school that has a number of students who are foster children or from single parent homes. The church set out to collect 60 donated coats, with 44 coats of specific sizes for children in need at Hickman. By the end of November this year, we were able to receive and deliver 55 coats, 20 gift cards for shoes, and $362 to bless the teachers pouring into these students. The next opportunity to serve with Hickman will be this January 13th with Donuts for Dad!
Students collecting cans for the Awana food pantry.
It seems giving is a universal joy. The church family was able to partner with the nonprofit Operation Christmas Child to deliver 118 shoeboxes to children across the globe–chock-full of toys! Also, the dinner for IL Texas students allowed AR to serve 32 international students who had to celebrate the holiday season without their families (or, for some, celebrate their first EVER Thanksgiving meal!), and the Awana food pantry blessed 25 families in our community.
Needless to say, we were busy this holiday season.
As the Bible tells us in 1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” Let us be stewards of God’s grace together!