Holiday Impact 2020

Every November our church family rallies around the Holiday Impact campaign to bless people in our community and around the world. We're currently involved with these opportunities to give back and make an impact:

 

GIVING TREE
Starting November 8
This year our Giving Tree has options for people gathering in the building and those watching online! Learn more about giving options and the ministries we're supporting below.

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Collection Week: November 16 - 23
It's time to pack those shoeboxes! Pick up a box at the Connect Table on Sunday (or use your own!) and pack it full of gifts for children in need around the world. Bring prepared boxes to the Connect Table any Sunday before November 23! Learn more and get the suggested packing list. 

DOWNTOWN BREAKFAST
November 29
Every Sunday morning, those who are struggling financially or are homeless are able to enjoy a free breakfast at City Life Church in downtown Wichita. Several churches participate to make this happen throughout the year, and it's our turn to serve! Sign up to donate food or help serve the meal that morning.

BIG OFFERING
November 22
Every year around Thanksgiving we give away 100% of one of our Sunday morning offerings. This year's offering will be divided up to support three ministry partners: Operation Christmas Child, River of Life Ministries, and Hope Is Alive. Join us in-person or online the first three weeks of November to hear specifics of how our gifts will support these ministries.  

There are three ways to give to the Big Offering:

1) Give online and choose "Big Offering" from the drop-down menu. 
2) Write a check, specify "Big Offering" in the memo line, and mail it to First MB Church (8000 W 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67205).
3) Place your gift in the offering boxes in the Worship Center on Sunday, November 22. All offerings (cash or check) given that day on site will go to the Big Offering!

 


 

GIVING TREE

 

ENDERS ELEMENTARY FAMILIES (GRAB AN ORNAMENT IN-PERSON)
We have recently establised a relationship with Enders Leadership and Community Service Magnet, a USD 259 school with several lower income families. Their district gave us the names and some information about some families who could use some help this holiday season. Visit the Giving Tree in the lobby to choose an ornament and purchase the items for these families. (You'll bring the items back to First MB.)

YOUTH HORIZONS GIFTS (GRAB AN ORNAMENT IN-PERSON)
Each year we have the opportunity to help make Christmas special for children in the Youth Horizons mentoring program by giving Christmas gifts. This year we have 10 children waiting to be sponsored, and their profile ornaments are on the Giving Tree. Each profile includes the child's name, age, photo, and a list of things they are hoping to get for Christmas. After you select the child and purchase the gifts, you'll wrap them and bring them to First MB and they will be taken over to the Youth Horizon's office on November 30.

OAKLAWN TURKEY DINNERS (ONLINE DONATIONS)
For several years now we have partnered with our sister church, Lighthouse Community Church, to provide turkey dinners for lower-income families living in the Oaklawn neighborhood of south Wichita. This year Lighthouse is taking care of the distribution, but your donations will be a blessing to these families! Give now (select Turkey Dinners from the dropdown menu)

LIGHTHOUSE TOY SALE (ONLINE DONATIONS)
Another way we partner with Lighthouse is to purchase Christmas gifts for kids of various ages. We donate the gifts to Lighthouse, and then they sell these toys to low-income families in Oaklawn at a very reduced price. This allows parents to have the dignity of purchasing their own gifts, while also allowing them to afford things they otherwise wouldn't be able to. Our student ministry will take the donated funds and purchase gifts on your behalf. Give now (select Lighthouse Church Toy Sale from the dropdown menu)