News & Events – October 24, 2021


PLEDGE SUNDAY
Sunday, November 20 is Pledge Sunday where you will be able to pledge your church offering for 2022 this Sunday. Jackson Church sincerely appreciates all the donations and commitment to the ministry of Jesus Christ from each member! Let’s pledge towards the budget so we can continue to fuel the ministry as we continue to love as we been loved by God and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


SUNDAY SCHOOL
Every Sunday from 10a-11a
Classes starting September 12 for Nursery – 8th grade.

Volunteer to help with Sunday School
Make a difference in the life of a child! God might be calling you to be a teach or assistant this coming school year starting September 12. We are looking for a Junior High School Teacher and several Sunday School Classroom Assistants. The curriculum is easy to teach and provided.

HELP OUT IN OTHER WAYS
Commit to pray for the children and teachers of Sunday School.


ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Tuesdays from 6:30pm-8pm adult Bible Study will be studying the book of Mark. This class will begin offered only Zoom and not in-person at the church.


MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST
Every Wednesday morning at 8am at the Mug Rack.


WOMEN”S PRAYER AND BOOK STUDY
Wednesday morning at 9:30am on Zoom only.


COVID-19 UPDATE
Due to the changes in CDC guidance and NJ regulations based on science and the vaccination rate, our procedures at church continue to change. For more information found here.


WORSHIP TEAM REHEARSALS
Sundays following worship at 11:00am
If you like to play an instrument, sing, or want to learn come out and check out our new format and leader, Eric Drew.


CFF – Christian Friends Forever (Special Needs Ministry)
1st and 2nd Mondays of each month starting September 12th.

Mission and Other Activities


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country.

In more than 100 receiving countries, shoebox gifts are used by local Christians as a strategy for evangelism, discipleship, and the multiplication of believers and churches in their communities. More important than the items inside the shoebox, the gifts are an opportunity to share God’s love—and the Good News of Jesus Christ—with children in need. Local Christians who know the culture and language best are given effective resources in their own language and a solid Biblical foundation so that they can communicate the Gospel within their own communities through shoebox outreach events and The Greatest Journey discipleship program.

In the 11 countries where shoebox gifts are packed, Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for participants to be a part of fulfilling the Great Commission. Jesus said “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). In this church-to-church ministry model, churches who pack shoebox gifts partner with local churches around the world as they share God’s love with children in need and provide follow-up discipleship through The Greatest Journey.

Packing Shoeboxes at home:
1 Find a Shoebox
Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately. You can use your own shoeboxes or order our colorful preprinted ones, available in both corrugated cardboard and plastic. These sturdy options hold up well and can be lasting gifts in themselves for children to store cherished items.

2 Get Your Label
Visit our Label Options page to find out whether an adhesive or printable label is best for you. Whichever you choose, use the label to indicate on your shoebox whether it was packed for a boy or girl and which age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.

3 Fill with Gifts
Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Don’t forget to also include a personal note and photo—sometimes these are the child’s favorite things to receive!

4 Pray
Most importantly, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) for the child who will receive your shoebox gift.
Please also pray for:
Their family to also be receptive to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The pastor of the church who delivers your shoebox gift.
Their community to be transformed by the Gospel.

5 Donate $9 Per Shoebox:
A donation of $9 per box is critical to cover shipping and other project costs. For easiest processing, you can give online through our Label Options or Ways to Give pages, or by mailing a check in the postage-paid envelope available in our print brochure. If you use an online option on the Labels page, you can Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your gift.

6 Drop Off
Take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, Nov. 15–22, 2021.

Mark your calendar for the Packing Party at Jackson Church on Saturday, November 6th at 6:30pm.


THANKSGIVING BASKETS
We have members and friends of our church who need a little help to have a nice dinner at Thanksgiving. We have four families in need. We have a sign-up sheet with a list of items needed in the church and here on the website. If you can provide one or more of these items to fill the basket with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, please bring them to the church. If you know of someone else in need, please request assistance through the church office or call Eileen 732-905-2893. All items will be due on or before Nov. 14, 2021. Items needed are: stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, and pancake mix. $20 gift cards for the turkeys.


FOOD PANTRY
We keep a small supply of emergency non-perishable food items for anyone in need.  At the present time we need pasta sauce, cheerios, corn flakes, canned green beans, carrots, corn, Jello, coffee, tomato soup, grape jelly, mustard, mayonnaise, canola oil, cake mix, and pancake syrup. All contributions are appreciated.  Anyone in need please call the church office. 


GRIEF SHARE PROGRAM
This 13-week program is a Bible-based program with direction and purpose and that is to comfort and support those who have lost loved ones as they walk through the journey of grief. It is a place where people find healing and hope. Our next program starts October 29, 2021 online on Zoom.  Day and Time:  Fridays from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. To register go to www.griefshare.org and put Jackson Methodist Church, New Jersey in the search box.  


VOLUNTEER
Do you want to serve in an area that makes a lasting difference on someone’s life and the life of our community? We are looking for people with a heart for service to help with our Sunday School and on Sunday mornings during worship. Also we are looking for caring people to help with our Grief Share Program, as well as, checking in on some of our members who are not able to get out to church. Email Pastor Joe at [email protected] if you are interested.


CLOTHING DONATIONS
We are partnering with AMVETS to collect clothing and raise funds. The bin is located in the back of our parking lot. Acceptable items include: all types of clothing, adult or children’s, bedding, draperies, curtains, linens, and books. All donations are to be placed in the bin, please do not leave anything outside the bin.


DeBows Food Pantry
By appointment only — call 732-928-4475 in advance

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