CALLING ALL BAKERS AND SHOPPERS! We are in the process of preparing for the Thurston County Jail’s 2018 Christmas Program. As in past years, we are again appealing to the Thurston County Churches to contribute homemade cookies and new plain white socks.
Last year we ministered to almost 1,500 inmates in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Cowlitz county jails. We would like to do the same this year. To accomplish this we will need to collect 1,200 dozen cookies and 2,000 pair of socks.
COOKIES AND SOCKS WILL BE COLLECTED BETWEEN DECEMBER 10TH - 21ST
• Please bring your donations to the church no later than December 21ST •
Please have the cookies in non-returnable containers. They should be cookies, not brownies or bars. It is better if they aren’t too sticky or crumbly (so they don’t fall apart or stick to the other cookies when they are packaged). Please mark all containers of socks and cookies with “For Thurston County Jail Ministry”.
Former inmates will assemble the inmate gifts in plastic sandwich bags holding six cookies, a Christmas tract sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, a 2019 calendar card with a scripture on the front, and a little note saying, “Cookies baked with love by Thurston County churches”, and on the back of the note is the verse John 3:16. The socks and Gideon pocket new testament will be distributed at the jails with the gift, by correctional officers.
If you are unable to participate in the cookie and sock drive, please consider a donation to offset the costs of the Christmas gospel tracts, packaging supplies, and fuel. Please make checks payable to: Prisoner Outlook Development, PO Box 14213, Tumwater, WA, 98512
Thank you and bless you for sharing God’s love with those who are otherwise unable to eat Christmas goodies, and receive gifts on our Savior’s birthday.
Yours in Christ,
Chaplain Art Brown
Thurston County Correction Facility
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For more info, visit the Emmaus House page.
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For more info, visit the ABWM page.
Each year 4 major Mission Outreach offerings are taken:
Retired Ministers and Missionaries
One Great Hour of Sharing
America for Christ
The World Fellowship Offering
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Having witnessed first hand, the sexual tourism industry, Mylinda now works to prevent and eradicate this modern day slave trade. She travels extensively throughout Latin America.
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This is a community enhanced ministry, supported by a wide range of churches, service clubs and individuals. Table Grace has served the "least-of-these" in our community for over 20 years.
If you are interested in helping as a volunteer, please contact Pastor Mark or Freda Spaulding, Table Grace's Volunteer Coordinator.
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Over the last 4 years, they have made 6000 caps for new born babies.
For more information, contact Sarah Waterhouse or Patti Lehman.
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Each team visits the jail once a quarter, meeting 4 times within a 2 week period. Meetings include Bible Study, prayer, music, devotions and testimonies.
A volunteer jail chaplain supports the team when they visit. Volunteers receive training and orientation prior to participation.
For more information, contact John Nunneh.