Christmas Benevolence

Living Our Faith

I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me…Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me. -- Mark 25:35-36, 40

Christmas Benevolence is one of the oldest mission traditions of Second Presbyterian Church. It is a church-wide project sponsored by the Deacons. Christmas Benevolence carries the Good News in the form of practical help to families in our community in need of assistance. It provides Bibles, food, clothing, personal items and gifts. It brings Christian love, encouragement and support to people identified by social service agencies. Those who have volunteered and served throughout the years have received in return the joy of knowing that they have been, for a little while, the hands and feet of Christ.

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Christmas Benevolence requires the support of many volunteers. With approximately 800 volunteer slots, there is literally a volunteer opportunity for everyone. Volunteer sign up begins November 6 and lasts through December 4. Individual and families can sign up in-person on Sundays in McFarland Hall or on-line through SignUpGenius beginning in November.

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2016 Christmas Benevolence Schedule

Saturday, December 3
Set Up Day and Box Moving
Multi-Purpose Room  9:00 a.m.
Pizza Lunch 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, December 4

New gifts & Clothe-A-Child items are due

Monday, December 5
Clothing Selection in Multi-Purpose Room 1-4 pm and 6-8:30 pm
Gift Wrapping in Common Room 1-4 pm and 6-8:30 pm
New Clothing in PW Room (230) 1-4 pm and 6-8:30 pm
Box Packing in Mission Suite 1-4 pm and 6-8:30 pm
Child Care by Appointment

Tuesday, December 6
Clothing Selection in Multi-Purpose Room 9 am-12 noon and 1 pm-4 pm
Gift Wrapping in Common Room 9 am-12 noon
New Clothing in PW Room (230) 9 am-12 noon and 1 pm-4 pm
Box Packing in Mission Suite 9 am-12 noon and 1 pm-4 pm
Lunch 12 noon
Child Care by Appointment

Wednesday, December 7
Clothing Selection in Multi-Purpose Room 1-4 pm and 6-8:30 pm
Gift Wrapping in Common Room 1-4 pm and 6-8:30 pm
New Clothing in PW Room (230) 1-4 pm and 6-8:30 pm
Box Packing in Mission Suite 1-4 pm and 6-8:30 pm
Child care by appointment

Thursday, December 8
Clothing Selection in Multi-Purpose Room 6-8:30 pm
New Clothing in PW Room (230) 6-8:30 pm
Box Packing in Mission Suite 6-8:30 pm
Child care by appointment

Friday, December 9
Clothing Selection in Multi-Purpose Room 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm, 6-8:30 pm
Gift Wrapping in Common Room 9 am-12 noon
New Clothing in PW Room (230) 9 am-12 noon and 1 pm-4 pm
Box Packing in Mission Suite 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm, 6-8:30 pm
Child care by appointment
Lunch at Noon

Saturday, December 10
Clothing Selection 9:00 am – Noon, Noon – 2:30 pm
Box Packing in Mission Suite 9:00 am – Noon, Noon – 2:30 pm
New Clothing in PW Room (230) 9:00 am – Noon, Noon – 2:30 pm
Child care by appointment
Kids Party
Lunch 11:30 – 1:00

Sunday, December 11
Ham Drop-Off before each service

Monday, December 12
Pack up Multi-Purpose Room 9 am-noon
New Clothing PW Room (230) 9 am-noon
Set Up Multi-Purpose Room for Food Delivery 7-8 pm

Tuesday, December 13
New Clothing in PW Room (203) 9 am-noon
Gift Wrapping I Common Room 9 am-noon
Food Unloading and Set Up 9 am-noon, noon-3 pm
Lunch at noon

Wednesday, December 14
Food Selection 6-8:30 pm
Child Care by appointment
Supper at 5 pm

Thursday, December 15
Food Selection 6-8:30 pm
Child care by appointment
Supper at 5 pm

Friday, December 16
CB deacons complete boxing tasks, Help set up for Delivery Day

Saturday, December 17
DELIVERY DAY
Unload freezer 6:30 am
Coordinators’ meeting at 8 am
Deliveries 9 – 11 am
Chili/Hot Dog Lunch 11 am – 1 pm

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