Operation Christmas Child

OCC2Once again, we have the opportunity to participate in Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.  The area box drop-off location is our gym at FPC. 


  • Monday, Nov 15th thru Friday, Nov 19th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, Nov 20th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, Nov 21st from Noon - 5:00 PM

Shoeboxes: Choose Boy or Girl and age groups 2-4; 5-9 or 10-14.  Label boxes accordingly.  Include items that children will immediately embrace such as:

  • Toys: cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Non-liquid hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.  NO TOOTHPASTE PLEASE.
  • Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • Please do not include these items: candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or other food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

Postage money: $9.00 per box for shipping.
For more information check out: www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child
Shoebox Dedication: Sunday, November 14th, during the worship service.

Volunteers will be needed Monday the 15th thru Sunday the 21st to receive and pack the boxes.  All help will be greatly appreciated!  Please call the church office at 270.821.6420 to volunteer.

Books Needed

paperback books


The ladies at the Hopkins County Jail are requesting nonfiction Christian literature.  Since my supply has dwindled, I am looking for donations.  All books must be paperback.  The ladies especially appreciate Joyce Meyer and Lysa TerKeurst, or books dealing with addiction, forgiveness and self worth.  If you have books to donate, please drop them off at the church office or give them to Peggy on Sunday.  Thank you!


Hopkins County Jail Ministry

jail ministry


After 16 months without services, the Hopkins County Jail will begin having Worship services starting Sunday, July 18th.  Pete will have services Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, so he can continue with his elder duties during the weekdays and on Sunday mornings.  Peggy will have services Sunday evening and either Wednesday or Thursday evening.  We would appreciate your prayers for God’s ministry at the Hopkins County Jail.  If you feel God’s call to partner with Him in the women’s ministry at the jail, please contact Peggy.


Peanut Butter Ministry

peanut butter


Peanut butter is not only good on sandwiches and chocolate bars and crackers and a million other things, it's good for you!  Peanut butter is a great source of protein, so our Mission and Outreach Committee has promised to deliver a ton of peanut butter to the Christian Food Bank of Hopkins County each month (just kidding).  There is a basket in the narthex for individual jars, but if you need a forklift to unload your donation, you should probably call ahead.  The CFB will take either smooth or crunchy, and they're not picky about the brand.  We hope you'll join us in this ministry!


Hopkins County Christian Food Bank



Thank you for your support of the Christian Food Bank.  During 2020, CFB provided food assistance for 8,649 families for a total of 26,462 individuals.  CFB assists over 600 families each month.  Every person who registers to receive food is offered prayer.  Presently, various members of FPC help with everything from supplying plastic bags, toilet paper and household items to picking up food and registering families.  If you would like to become involved in this ministry, please contact Peggy Phelan.


Mahr Center Outreach

kent wellsThe Mission and Outreach Committee has selected the Mahr Cancer Center at Baptist Health Madisonville to be our mission partner for the next year.  The Mahr Center is a blessing for our small community, providing services that are generally found only in larger cities.  Here's a list of items they need for sharing with their patients:

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner (small)
  • Soap (small)
  • Lotion (small)
  • Chap Stick
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste (for dry mouths)
  • Mouthwash (for dry mouths)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Gift cards to local restaurants—in $10.00 amounts; also gas cards in $10.00 amounts and local grocery store gift cards in $10.00 increments
  • Blankets
  • Puzzle Books
  • Journals
  • Pens
  • Gum
  • Hard candy
  • Mints
  • Individual snack cakes
  • Individual bags of chips/pretzels
  • Nabs (surely you know what Nabs are)

This is a long list, but they will appreciate anything we can send.  There will be a basket in the narthex to collect items, or you can give them to Susie Jackson.  Thank you so much for all your help and support!

Pray for the Gartrells



Gordon and Dorothy Gartrell are PC(USA) Missionaries in Brazil.  Gordon was previously a pastor in Central City and still has several ties to this area.  Please pray for their ministry in Brazil.  Click here to learn more about their mission.



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