PCOC BLOOD DRIVE - GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE THIS CHRISTMAS
The Disciple Bible Study Group is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Sunday, December 6th 9:00 am to 2:00 pm In the Gathering Space on the lower level
We recognize that there is a great need for blood, especially at this time of year, and we feel our church family would like to participate in this worthy event!
Facts & Tips: Every 2 seconds someone, somewhere – needs blood. The entire process to donate blood will take about an hour, but if you fill out a “Rapid Pass” it will speed up the process. You will be giving less than a pint of blood, and the actual donation takes only 8-10 minutes. Dress casual with short sleeves under your layers.
You can sign up Sunday at church or online at www.redcrossblood.org using the sponsor code: PCC. A unit of blood has a 44 day shelf life from the day of donation – that would get us through the Christmas/New Year’s holidays. We hope to have 40 donors. Give something that means something this Christmas – donate blood.
FAMILY NIGHT AT OMAHA STREET SCHOOL
On December 10th, Presbyterian Church of the Cross will host a Family Night at Omaha Street School for the students and their families. As in past years, we will be helping the families build gingerbread houses. You can help, by donating items for decorating the gingerbread houses. The types of items needed are listed below. Please place any of these items in the Omaha Street School Donation Bin outside the church office by Sunday, December 6th.
(any of the following)
14-15 oz boxes of graham crackers
boxes of frosted mini wheats
Brachs Holiday Mix
small candy canes
small round pretzels
small stick pretzels
Starlight mints-red and green
GIVE TO CHILDREN THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON
The Mission Committee is providing two opportunities to give to children in need this Christmas season. Please consider supporting these missions which our church supports:
The first opportunity is our Giving Tree, located in the narthex, decorated by our Junior High youth with red and green paper angel ornaments. Heartland Hope Mission, our food pantry recipient, has requested that our church provide gifts to benefit local children in need between the ages of 11 – 14. Please take home an angel ornament from the tree, purchase a new gift, and return it to the church, unwrapped, and place it in the big Christmas wrapped box located in the North lobby by noon Sunday, December 13th. A list of gift suggestions is printed on a label attached to the paper angel ornaments. These gifts will be available to families shopping for their children while attending a Christmas celebration sponsored by Heartland Hope Mission at 2021 ‘U’ Street in South Omaha on Saturday, December 19th.
The second giving opportunity is the Alternative Giving Tree, which will be located on a table in the North lobby outside of the offices. On a beautiful hand-made wooden Christmas tree will be placed tags with the names of 2 local and 1 international missions our church currently supports - Siena-Francis House, The Omaha Street School, and our Russian Mission Partnership. Please take a tag from the tree and place a donation with the tag in the envelope provided. This giving opportunity will be available in the north lobby throughout December.
FAMILY MISSION OPPORTUNITY
Save the Date! Membership & Mission committees are teaming up to honor and thank local fire and police departments for their service and dedication. Families and individuals of all ages (yes, bring those little ones!) are invited to join us in Fellowship Hall on Saturday morning, January 30th at 10:00 a.m. We will be creating thank you cards as well as baking goodies to deliver to a local fire and police station. If you can’t attend, but would still like to contribute by donating baked goods that would be appreciated as well. More information will be coming soon. Please contact Amy Miller (402-290-6526) with questions.