Hope is something we all need more than ever.

That’s the gift that Christ brings as we celebrate Christmas each year. But His coming happens in unexpected ways and that has been the message of our Unexpected Christmas. Sharing Christ’s love and grace, unconditionally with those who are most in need of that love and message in our community. Imagine the look of our neighbors at Frontier Care and Rehab facility as they receive a much-needed gift, which is too difficult to afford, from a complete stranger.

These neighbors who have been isolated for most of the year are reminded that they are not forgotten. Imagine the laughter, smiles and tears of joy that your gift can bring. Or the teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School who has been struggling with anxiety, doing things in different ways, face covered with a mask, who opens a gift from our church family that says to them, “what you do matters, you are important and loved”. Or imagine the family that has been struggling with how to make ends meet receiving a box or two of food; or the child who receives a gift from their incarcerated parent; or the child who is in foster care receiving an extra gift of love. Imagine the joy those gifts of grace bring to their lives.

We don’t have to imagine, because we have seen the faces, the tears, the hugs, the delight, and the wonderment. We have seen lives be totally changed. Persons who were closed off to God and the church, have become open to God’s love. People who have struggled with “do I matter,” have realized God has not forgotten them. Staff at those facilities know that what they do is important to the kingdom of God and that someone noticed. All of this is unexpected, and all of this is what you can be part of this Christmas. Write a new story and join us this Christmas in making a difference that changes the world. Check out more details and how you can be a part here…

Hope is something we all need more than ever.

That’s the gift that Christ brings as we celebrate Christmas each year. But His coming happens in unexpected ways and that has been the message of our Unexpected Christmas. Sharing Christ’s love and grace, unconditionally with those who are most in need of that love and message in our community. Imagine the look of our neighbors at Frontier Care and Rehab facility as they receive a much-needed gift, which is too difficult to afford, from a complete stranger.

These neighbors who have been isolated for most of the year are reminded that they are not forgotten. Imagine the laughter, smiles and tears of joy that your gift can bring. Or the teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School who has been struggling with anxiety, doing things in different ways, face covered with a mask, who opens a gift from our church family that says to them, “what you do matters, you are important and loved”. Or imagine the family that has been struggling with how to make ends meet receiving a box or two of food; or the child who receives a gift from their incarcerated parent; or the child who is in foster care receiving an extra gift of love. Imagine the joy those gifts of grace bring to their lives.

We don’t have to imagine, because we have seen the faces, the tears, the hugs, the delight, and the wonderment. We have seen lives be totally changed. Persons who were closed off to God and the church, have become open to God’s love. People who have struggled with “do I matter,” have realized God has not forgotten them. Staff at those facilities know that what they do is important to the kingdom of God and that someone noticed. All of this is unexpected, and all of this is what you can be part of this Christmas. Write a new story and join us this Christmas in making a difference that changes the world. Check out more details and how you can be a part here…

Give your Christmas away this year by picking up a tag at COS that supports our mission partners by providing a specifically requested gift like the ones noted below:

  • Sponsoring a $40.00 Food Box for a Family in Need at one of our partner schools (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Donate a specific gift in support of the faculty and staff at Hollenbeck Middle School. (In-Person)
  • Donate a specific gift for a foster child at Youth In Need (In-Person)
  • Sponsoring a $25.00 gift card for Angel Tree which provides a gift for a child whose parent(s) are incarcerated in a Missouri prison (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Donate a specific gift for Angel Tree which provides a gift for a child whose parent(s) are incarcerated in a Missouri prison (In-Person)
  • Sponsor a gift for one of our COS Silver Stars providing an extra gift of love and care to someone who is alone this Christmas (In-person or virtual)
  • Donate a specific gift for one of our Neighbors at Frontier Health and Rehab or Villages of Saint Peter’s Memory Care. (In-person)
  • Sponsor a gift for one of our neighbors at Watermark or Fairwinds Senior Living (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Donate a variety of specific items to help keep our neighbors in need warm this winter
  • Donate financially to Unexpected Christmas by bridging the gap to meet the truly unexpected needs this season. (In-Person or Virtual)

Give your Christmas away this year by picking up a tag at COS that supports our mission partners by providing a specifically requested gift like the ones noted below:

  • Sponsoring a $40.00 Food Box for a Family in Need at one of our partner schools (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Donate a specific gift in support of the faculty and staff at Hollenbeck Middle School. (In-Person)
  • Donate a specific gift for a foster child at Youth In Need (In-Person)
  • Sponsoring a $25.00 gift card for Angel Tree which provides a gift for a child whose parent(s) are incarcerated in a Missouri prison (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Donate a specific gift for Angel Tree which provides a gift for a child whose parent(s) are incarcerated in a Missouri prison (In-Person)
  • Sponsor a gift for one of our COS Silver Stars providing an extra gift of love and care to someone who is alone this Christmas (In-person or virtual)
  • Donate a specific gift for one of our Neighbors at Frontier Health and Rehab or Villages of Saint Peter’s Memory Care. (In-person)
  • Sponsor a gift for one of our neighbors at Watermark or Fairwinds Senior Living (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Donate a variety of specific items to help keep our neighbors in need warm this winter
  • Donate financially to Unexpected Christmas by bridging the gap to meet the truly unexpected needs this season. (In-Person or Virtual)

Here’s How you can be a part!

For In-Person gifts, come to one of the Unexpected Christmas pick up times in the church lobby or the available curbside time. I can’t stress enough the importance of coming this weekend to help us get a jump start on meeting the needs that are in our community. Not only might you need extra time to get things together, we are needing extra time to make sure every need is met. On our pick up days listed below, you can pick up as many tags as you would like. The tags will be on a table for you to pick the tag of your choice, or a tag can even be brought directly to your car.

Pick Up Times in the lobby are:
Saturdays, Nov. 20 & 27 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sundays, Nov. 21 & 28 8:30 am – Noon
Special curbside pickup opportunity – Sunday, Nov. 21 Noon – 2 pm
 
The gifts can be returned in the lobby during the following times:
Saturdays, Nov. 27 & Dec. 4 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sundays, Nov. 28 & Dec. 5 8:30 am – Noon

For virtual gifts, you can either pick up tags and pay by returning the tag with the donation or you can go to the COS Website or App and click on the give button. Select Unexpected Christmas, and enter into the memo line the specific Unexpected Christmas project you are giving toward.

For more information, be sure to contact our Missions Director, Denise Spalding.