Thanksgiving Letter 2020

 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “Matthew 25:35-40 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Thanksgiving is the holiday to express our gratitude for our blessings and share generously with those in need. CCOT will be collecting food again this year for our mission partner, “Citizens Inn/Haven from Hunger”.

Because of COVID-19 there will be no truck in front of the church. Instead, between November 1 and 22 you can bring shopping bags with food and place them at the entrance to the office at Emerson Center. Members of BOMO will make sure they are stored inside. We have arranged with Citizens Inn for a safe pickup before worship on Sunday November 22nd.

Please fill your shopping bags with nutritious items for those experiencing food insecurity. Suggested items are rice and rice mixes, pastas boxes, stuffing, canned green beans, cranberry sauce, canned carrots, spices/seasonings, salt and pepper, flour, baking mixes, cornbread mix, vegetable oil, salad dressing, pudding mix, honey, peanut butter, canned stews, coffee, tea, canned yams, gravy packets, graham crackers, disinfectant wipes, dish soap, kitchen trash bags, laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, bars of soap, razors, feminine products, diapers, socks. For more information: The Executive Director of Citizens Inn, Corey Jackson, will update our congregation via Zoom on their efforts during a future worship service.

We have also designated Citizens Inn/Haven from Hunger as the recipient of our Thanksgiving offering; thus if you are unable to drop off food items, please contribute by mailing a check to the church office with the notation, “Thanksgiving Offering.”

 Citizens Inn/Haven from Hunger’s food pantry provides over 3,800 individuals with fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, and canned goods. Last year, they distributed over 1.7 million lbs. of food, and have been very active in alternative ways to provide food and services in response to COVID-19. Additional information about Citizens Inn and Haven from Hunger can be found at this link:

Please join the Board of Mission and Outreach in filling the pantry to overflowing for the upcoming holiday season.

The Board of Mission and Outreach

Pam Warren, Co-chair James Barnes John Burgess         

Jackie Cassiday Kathy Hartmann, Co-chair Joe Gibbons           

Charise Nulsen       

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