Tuesday, November 18, 2014


A small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors, and plant new churches what goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. Be a part of changing lives through the power of simple gift.

How to Pack a Shoebox
  • 1. Shoebox: Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.

  • 2. Boy or Girl: Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Use the appropriate boy/girl label and tape it to the top of the box. 

    3. Fill the Box with Gifts: Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Include $7 Donation Per Box to help cover shipping and other costs.

  • 4. You can give online to discover the destination of your box. Or, you can write a check to Samaritans Purse (note OCCon the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox.
  • 5.  Remember to Pray for the children who will receive your
    shoebox gifts.

  • 6. Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to GBF on Wednesday evening, November 19

    For gift suggestions and other information, go to http://goo.gl/jk0qSF.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November Theme: GRATITUDE

Have you ever been watching a sporting event where one of the teams played like they were falling apart at the seams? The team is a complete mess until finally the coach calls it: “Time out!” He brings the team in, takes a moment to regroup. He adjusts and recalibrates to get his team ready get back on the field and face their opponent. 

The same goes for life. 

It’s not a quick change. It may even happen so gradually over time that you hardly know it’s happening. Then one day you realize that everyone is grumpy, complaining about every little thing. 

The kids who were once happy and played together are now bickering and nagging each other over nothing. 

Something is off. Something is broken. Everyone needs a time out. 

There are just some things that need an adjustment. 

Take the idea of GRATITUDE, for example.

If we never take the time to acknowledge what God has done in our lives or how others have helped us, we may develop an unhealthy ego or a growing frustration with the people around us. We might become bitter and complain about everything little thing. 

That’s why we’re taking this month to talk about what it means to take show GRATITUDE: letting others know how they’ve helped you. 

This month, let’s think about how:
(1) God is at work in our lives even though we may not understand.
(2) Our response of gratitude shows that we trust God in all circumstances.

Take time out to let others know you see how they’ve helped you and show your---GRATITUDE.

  • WEEK ONE: Thank You x Infinity (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

  • WEEK TWO: Return of the Leper (Luke 17:11-19)

  • WEEK THREE: Sour Grapes (Matthew 20:1-15)

  • WEEK FOUR: Once, Twice, Three Times to Celebrate (Exodus 23:14-19)

  • WEEK FIVE: Credit Where Credit is Due (Romans 16:1-19)