Current Local Missions Project(s): CHRISTMAS OUTREACH
MAIL CHRISTMAS CARDS TO OUR MISSIONARIES by November 15. Missionaries’ mailing addresses can be found on the church website or in the International Missions brochure in the office.
ROSES CREEK | Adopt a Roses Creek family and help make Christmas brighter for them! The Woodland Community, also known as “Roses Creek”, is a Community Land Trust of 400 acres in the coal mining area of Clearfork Valley, located at the base of the Cumberland Mountains in northeast Tennessee. The nonprofit trust owns the land and leases it for a nominal fee to individuals who own the buildings on the land. As the home is truly their own, it provides the homeowners with the same permanence and security as a conventional buyer, and they can use the land in the same way as any homeowner. Each year, members and friends of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian “adopt” families from the Roses Creek Community by shopping from a list submitted by the family of specific needs. Others make a monetary donation toward the purchase of items such as country hams, and, on a day before Christmas, we load trucks, cars, and suvs, and drive to Clearfield, Tennessee to deliver the gifts. While this community needs our help every year, this year has been especially hard for them. Would you prayerfully consider adopting a family? Please contact Jennifer White at 865-363-9684 or mailto:email@example.com for more information or to adopt a family. The collection deadline for gifts is December 8; we will deliver the gifts to Roses Creek on Sunday, December 10 (immediately following the 11:00 service).
THRIVE PAPERMILL celebrates CHRISTMAS MORNING with their students with the story of Jesus’ birth and gift giving. They gather each class for a special time to read about the Christmas story and the gift of Jesus from Scripture, and then give gifts to their students that they can unwrap together. Their hope in giving these gifts to students is that they would feel known and loved, and also that they would understand that God is a God who loves to give good gifts to His children. The ministry needs our help buying these individualized gifts for 30 students! They have created cards with each student’s photo, name, grade, as well as a “want” and “need” item for each child. Gifts are around $25 per item, so it will be roughly a total of $50 per child. These cards will be available for pick-up on Sunday mornings, beginning November 19th, in the church narthex. Gifts need to be returned to SHPC by December 4th. More details will be available closer to the event or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
POND GAP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL has a HOLIDAY STORE where the students can shop for their parents and other special adults in their lives. Items needed are home decor, picture frames, Christmas items, playing cards, fragrances, jewelry, hats, scarfs, etc. Items can be new or gently used. They also need donations of wrapping paper and gift bags. Items can be left in the box marked for Pond Gap in the back of Barron Hall until December 11th.
FISH Christmas Cards | Give the best gift of all by helping to end hunger in our area! Each $5 card feeds a family of 4 for 3 days. The cards will be available in the church office after Thanksgiving. Contact Becky Guyton at 865-522-9804 or mailto:email@example.com for information.
Other ministries we are actively involved with:
Boy Scouts of America
Our congregation has supported scouting for about 40 years and continues to be the charter organization for Cub Scout Pack 39, which is part of the BSA. Various Scout troops also meet at SHPC. For more information, visit their website at Pack39.net.