Faith Lutheran Church, Murphys CA
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse. We honor Jesus, the Christmas Child, by reaching out to children around the world. He said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations." (Matthew 28:19) How do we do this? We pack simple gifts into shoe boxes and pray for each box to bring God's message to hurting children living in terrible conditions around the world.
These shoe boxes are collected in November, then shipped to destinations overseas where people are living in refugee camps, natural disasters, extreme poverty, orphanages. Our boxes leave California by ocean liner, then travel over land by many modes of transport: canoe, camel, bicycle, donkey, or dogsled across mountain, desert, swamp, river, tundra or more.
After the excitement of the shoe box gift, each child is invited to a discipleship program to learn the Word of God, and learn to read their own Bible in their own language.
In Jesus' words, "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name, welcomes me." (Matthew 18:5)
Calaveras CROP Walk
Each autumn, Faith Lutheran joins with other Calaveras County churches and service organizations in the CROP Hunger Walk to support Church World Service.
Murphys Senior Center, Food Pantry, and Thrift Store
Faith Lutheran is a partner with the Murphys Senior Center and Thrift Store on our campus, as well as housing the Murphys Food Pantry.
Homelessness Task Force
Faith Lutheran participates in the Calaveras County Homelessness Task Force, and stocks a cabinet of supplies that might be needed by those who lack shelter.