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. -- Matthew 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. Individual and families can sign up in-person on Sundays in McFarland Hall or on-line through SignUpGenius.

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2017 Christmas Benevolence Schedule

Saturday, December 2
Box Transfer and Clothing "Store" Setup 
Multi-Purpose Room  8:00 a.m.
Pizza Lunch 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, December 3
New gifts clothing are due.

Monday, December 4
Clothing Selection in Multi-Purpose Room 1 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Clothing & Gift Wrapping in Common Room 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Necessities Sorting in PW Room (230) 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Box Packing in Mission Suite 1 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Child Care by Appointment

Tuesday, December 5
Clothing Selection in Multi-Purpose Room 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 - 4 p.m.
Clothing & Gift Wrapping in Common Room 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Necessities Sorting in PW Room (230) 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Box Packing in Mission Suite 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 - 4 p.m.
Lunch 12 noon
Child Care by Appointment

Wednesday, December 6
Clothing Selection in Multi-Purpose Room 1 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Clothing & Gift Wrapping in Common Room 1 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Necessities Sorting in PW Room (230) 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Box Packing in Mission Suite 1 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Child Care by Appointment

Thursday, December 7
Clothing Selection in Multi-Purpose Room 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Necessities Sorting in PW Room (230) 3 - 7 p.m.
Box Packing in Mission Suite 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Child Care by Appointment

Friday, December 8
Clothing Selection in Multi-Purpose Room 9 a.m. - 12 noon, 1 - 4 p.m.
Clothing & Gift Wrapping in Common Room 9 a.m. - 12 noon, 1 - 4 p.m.
Box Packing in Mission Suite 9 a.m. - 12 noon, 1 - 4 p.m.
Child Care by Appointment
Lunch at Noon

Saturday, December 9
Clothing Selection 9:00 a.m. – Noon, Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Box Packing in Mission Suite 9:00 a.m. – Noon, Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Child Care by Appointment
Advent Party 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 10
Ham Drop-Off before each service

Monday, December 11
Clothing Tear-down Multi-Purpose Room 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, December 12
Gift Wrapping Common Room 9 a.m. - noon
Box Moving Multi-Purpose Room 12 - 2 p.m.
Food Unloading and Set Up 9 a.m. - noon, noon-3 p.m.
Lunch at noon

Wednesday, December 13
Food Selection 12 - 2 p.m.
Child Care by Appointment

Thursday, December 14
Food Selection 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Child Care by Appointment

Saturday, December 16
DELIVERY DAY
Unload freezer 6:30 a.m.
Loaders report at 8 a.m.
Deliveries 9 – 11 a.m.
Chili/Hot Dog Lunch 11 a.m.– 1 p.m.

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