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The Results Are In for 2016 Operation Christmas Child!


Timberline Church finished packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child on November 21st, and the results are in. Wow, have we got some good news for you!

Last year we filled 1100 worldwide Gospel Opportunities (otherwise known as shoeboxes) through OCC, so we decided to set our sights high and shoot for 1200 gifts this year.

As a result of your efforts, Timberline gave with open hands and loving hearts as we more than fulfilled our hopes for the year. We sent 1,284 boxes from our Fort Collins campus and 269 boxes in Windsor.

Timberline, you donated over 1400 shoeboxes worldwide to children in need of God’s love!

But wait! That’s not all. Timberline’s reach went even further since we were also a district collection center for Operation Christmas Child.

Over 20,000 boxes from 8 relay centers throughout Northern Colorado went through the collection centers. Using 50 volunteers—including some employees from Otterbox—we filled 3 ¼ semi-trucks with boxes headed to Denver’s regional office.

What a joy to have the means to give. What a great heart you all have demonstrated at Timberline this year. Imagine the smiles and the hope you have sent throughout the world because of your work.

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” –Mark 16:15

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, go to: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Operation Christmas Child is Here!


Get ready to pack those shoeboxes because Operation Christmas Child has already begun at Timberline.

How can you help?

First, look for tables with the red and green shoeboxes posted throughout the church. Pack your shoebox with gifts for either a boy or a girl ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Include a $7 fee to help transport your gift to a child in need throughout the entire world. If you pay on-line (https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box/), you can follow your box all the way to its recipient. Pray that God can use your gift to touch the chosen child in a special way. (If you don’t have one of the special shoeboxes, find one of your own and perhaps wrap it with festive paper.)


Next, drop off your filled shoebox the week of November 14-21. There will be collection tables at all Timberline services the weekend of the 19th/20th.

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We could also use some help on November 19th & 20th to help load cartons during the late afternoon and evening. We also need help on the 21st from 2-5 pm to finalize the shoebox collections. If you can’t do any of those dates, contact Donna at dhaggard@timberlinechurch.org for other volunteer options for this massive and impactfull work.

Last year, Timberline filled 1100 shoeboxes—or Gospel Opportunities—for 1100 children worldwide. This year, we would love to top that record with 1200.

For more information, go to: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Could You Pack a Shoebox and Change a Life?

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It’s that time of year again when the Timberline Church family packs shoeboxes with a variety of toys, schools supplies, and hygiene items. While pre-printed boxes and informational flyers were handed out during weekend services, any shoebox will serve the purpose and many buy plastic shoeboxes that can become a valuable family resource later. Shoeboxes will be collected in the mall during the weekend services on November 7th and 8th and November 14th and 15th.

Need an overview or reminder? Find a shoebox. Decide on the gender and age range of the individual. Find a key gift and then fill around it with other smaller items. Pray for the child to be open to receive the gospel message that will be shared when the box is delivered. Donate to cover shipping costs and print a label if you want to receive notification of where your box is going. And then drop off the filled shoebox at Timberline Church. For more information and ideas about what to pack in a shoebox as well as links to print labels, see the Samaritan’s Purse Website.


It’s Shoebox Time!


What can you do with the box your new shoes came in? Fill it with special gifts for a child and open their heart to the love of Christ through Operation Christmas Child.

How can you participate? Find a box. Decide on a boy or a girl and pick an age range. Fill it with appropriate gifts like toothpaste, school supplies, hard candy, toys, and socks. Donate $7.00 to cover the overseas shipping. Pray for the child and then drop if off at Timberline Church before November 24.

For detailed information and ideas on how to pack a shoebox (or two or ten!), visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/. You can also find labels, pay online in order to follow-your-shoebox delivery, read stories about changed communities, and watch several fun videos.

Christmas In a Shoebox With Operation Christmas Child

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While the first Christmas gift was placed in a manger, millions of children have received the message of Christmas in a shoebox thanks to Operation Christmas Child.

Every year, countless volunteers across the world fill shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and hard candy for boys or girls ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. The boxes are then brought to regional collection centers (like Timberline Church) and packed into large cartons that will eventually be shipped to countries around the world. In partnership with local churches and ministries, children will receive gift-filled shoeboxes and participate in a 12-week discipleship program called The Greatest Journey where they learn more Jesus and God’s gift of salvation. At the conclusion of the program, each child is given a Bible of their own.

How can you get involved?

  1. Visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoebox-with-uncle-si/ for more information on how to pack a shoebox (and while there, watch a video of Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si packing a few boxes of his own or other videos!) Then go shopping.
  2. If you pay online the suggested $7.00 donation to cover international shipping, print out the barcode label and tape it to the lid of your box. When the box gets shipped, you will get an email message letting you know what country it went to.
  3. Bring your filled boxes to Timberline Church during the next two weekends (November 9/10 and November 16/17) and drop them off at the table in the mall.
  4. If you don’t have time to shop, you can still go online and build a virtual shoebox, make an online donation toward shipping costs for other boxes, or drop off a check at the table in the mall.
  5. Volunteer to help with the collection center from November 18 to 25. They especially need men and muscles to load the big cartons in the evenings and on the 25th. If interested, call Donna at 482-4387 x 138.

Last year, 18,000 shoeboxes were collected from the Northern Colorado region. This year, with many participating churches impacted by September’s flood and damaged roads, organizers are still hoping for a giant outpouring of love for children around the world.

The Power of a Shoebox

A simple gift-packed shoebox can change a life forever.

Vladimir “Ted” Foreman grew up in an orphanage in Russia and received such a shoebox at the age of nine. He will be sharing his life-changing story as part of the Operation Christmas Child kickoff meeting on September 16, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Arts Center at Timberline Church. In his own words ─ “I want to give children the same hope I received when I got a shoebox and heard about Jesus.” Members of area churches will be also be in attendance as they prepare to launch the 2012 collection season.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, has distributed almost 100 million shoeboxes since 1993. Their mission is to demonstrate God’s love in tangible ways to needy children around the world. Each year, thousands of volunteers pray, pack, collect, process, ship, and distribute shoeboxes filled with small toys, school supplies, hygiene products, and other items. While destination countries vary each year, in 2011 shoeboxes were distributed in almost 100 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Central America, and South America. Where appropriate, local churches and ministry leaders provide a creative Gospel presentation and give children a copy of The Greatest Gift of All booklet in their own language.

With all the back-to-school sales, now would be a good time to stock up on crayons, markers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, solar calculators, and paper to include in shoeboxes later this fall. Plan now to attend the Operation Christmas Child kickoff meeting on September 16th and learn how you can get involved to publicize and collect filled shoeboxes.

You can be a part of changing the life of a precious child.