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Stewardship Drive 2021

The 2020-2021 Stewardship drive is underway.

 

Please watch the videos below and read the text pieces as well, for the insight to the 2021 Stewardship Campaign,

Three Great Loves

 

 

Jerry Long introduces the campaign,  9/20/2020 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VY-nBNuYnysykyCg7pOOY7vtdXWupMv1/view?usp=sharing

Bob Boissy  ” Love of Creation”  9/27/2020  

There is a cosmic scale to this concept. Our thanks to God for thinking big. Our amazement at the endless diversity of living creatures and boundless space.
And there is a small and familiar scale. Our thanks for our fellow congregants who prepare food for social events and those in need. Our thanks to students who learn about homelessness and seek to curb it. Our thanks to those who create worship services that act as the waystations powering our own creative goodness in the world.
And in between the cosmic and the familiar scale lies all the creative opportunity we could want. God makes for us each new day and each new chance to bring something helpful into the world. Whatever work we choose, whatever direction we go, we have our abilities and the landscape before us as a magnificent gift that we must never take for granted. This is love of creation.
I will close with a portion of a poem by Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Winner, writer and poet who spent much time in Massachusetts and nearby Bennington, VT.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you
mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the
rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue
air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and
exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Melissa Boucher ” Love of Children” 10/04/2020

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
The OCC Sunday School partners with our parents, grandparents, and you all as members of this congregation to carry out Proverbs 22, verse 6. Our mission begins when the children are babies and toddlers, and ends when they graduate from the 8th grade. During these years, all this time, our students learn who God is, how they can have a relationship with Him, and finally how they can go out into our world as the hands and feet of Jesus.
Our OCC Sunday School training begins at a very young age. In our Nursery Program, babies and toddlers learn the words God and Love through repetitive play, songs, and very simple, hands-on activities. Our Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 2 students learn about the heroes of the Bible and how their actions were pleasing to God through stories, games, and arts & crafts. Children in our Grades 3-5 classroom learn that the Bible is their lifelong tool; how they can find comfort, direction, and wisdom inside its pages; and how to memorize verses to recall in times of need. Our pre-teens and teens are able to dig deeper into their Bibles, seeking guidance in navigating through worldly temptation, powerful emotions, and difficult choices.
Lastly, our Sunday School program trains the children in the importance of tradition, through our seasonal pageants, annual special events, and summer Vacation Bible School. Training up a child is not the job of one person. It takes the love, commitment, and talents of many people in that child’s life. That being said, all of these parts of the OCC’s Sunday School program would not be possible without volunteers and the generous financial gifts from our congregation through our annual Stewardship campaign. Thank you so much for your support.

Ned Ligon “Love of Neighbor”  10/11/2020
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DALgQbVRe2O1iLZxMkjV3e7mW3rc6GR9/view?usp=sharin