Archive | November 2016

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

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Our church participated again this year in the Samaritans Purse’s Operation Christmas Child program.

Last year we sent 87 boxes and this year our church and Home school group sent 40 boxes.

Our goal last year was 90 and we came pretty close. This year we really did not have a goal and were able to send 40 boxes. Not bad.

Some families grabbed and filled their own boxes, some gave money for us to fill a box, and some family’s brought bulk items to add to boxes to fill them up.

We try to always include the basic toiletry items and grooming supplies plus some stationary supplies.

Here is a list of what we included in every box:

  • bar soap
  • candy that’s not chocolate
  • comb 
  • crayons
  • flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • notebook
  • pencil sharpener
  • pencils 
  • pens
  • scissors
  • small sewing kit
  • toothbrush 
  • toothpaste – travel size
  • t-shirts 
  • washcloth
  • socks
  • band-aids
  • cars
  • balls
  • fishing line

  • fishing hooks

  • glue sticks
  • glow sticks
  • solar calculators

There is also space for a WOW gift which included dolls, hammer, and four wheeler type cars.

Each box had to have a tag on it saying if the box was for a boy or a girl and the age range of the child the items were for.

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We secured them all with a rubber band and delivered them to the drop off location closest to us.

Next year we may do a few of these but most likely we will work on projects closer to home like a backpack ministry where we can help the local kids.

Have a great holiday.

 

Gruesome Hymns (jk)

Man, today in church we sang the most gruesome hymn. If someone had been in church for the first time and heard us sing that, pretty sure they would have thought it was some strange group of killers.This quote below is from the hymn we sang today and is titled “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood” by William Cowper.

“There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains…”

Seriously, what does a little kid think hearing his parents singing this in church? It does require some explanation. What about a stranger coming into the church for the first time? It’s disgusting and revolting to think about plunging myself into a flood of blood. This song kind of made me feel ill at the thought of these lyrics.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a Christian and I understand what the writer was getting at but really do we need to be so graphic? I personally have faith that Christ died on the cross for me and without His death I would have ended up in hell when I die due to my sins. I get it, BUT really?

This is just disgusting, here is another verse from that hymn.

“E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream thy flowing wounds supply…”

Here we go again with the blood flowing out but now its into a stream instead of a flood. Now Christ did die on a cross for my sins and for all those who accept him. BUT he was in human form, there is no way he had that much blood that when they pierced his side a stream would have blood came pouring out or a flood enough for me to bathe in came out of His body. It’s just gruesome to think of all that blood.

I am not usually a squeamish person but this is going too far.

It started me thinking of other songs we sing in church and what a newcomer to our church might think if we sang them. How about this one:

“Set Your church on fire…”2

This is from a song titled “Come, Set Your Rule” by Rend Collective Experiment

When my daughter heard this in church the first time she gave me the strangest look. I am just singing along not really thinking what she could be thinking and THEN I realize it sounds like we are thinking about committing arson! Woah, not as gruesome as the hymn today but surely people need to think before they start writing lyrics like this for a congregation to be singing. Think of the visitors. Jeez man.

How about this one:

“Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?…”3

This is from a song titled “Are You Washed in the Blood” by Alan Jackson

Here we are back to the washing in the blood. Now this is a very popular song and I totally get the meaning of the song but could we possibly think of another way to put this? Now I guess I will leave this topic alone as I know this last song is a very popular song with Christians and don’t want to  offend.

I just want to have us think for a few minutes about what we are singing and how others will view these songs when they hear them. Just food for thought if you will. Maybe when we sing a song like these the song leader could do a quick explanation of the meaning especially if there are visitors 🙂

I will leave you with this… ENJOY!!

 

1http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh622.sht
2http://rendcollective.com/wp-content/uploads/06/Build-Your-kingdom-here.pdf
3http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/alanjackson/areyouwashedintheblood.html