"But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?" 1 John 3:17
Throughout the year, Elim is intentional in reaching out to our neighbors, family and friends. Some of these programs include:
Vacation Bible School
Our largest and most exciting outreach effort is Family Vacation Bible School, which is held in July and has classes for all ages. Through songs, skits, Bible teaching, crafts and games, participants learn how to develop a relationshp with Jesus Christ and how to grow as Christians.
Boxes of Love
During the Thanksgiving season, Elim distributes Thanksgiving baskets to families in our area, in conjunction with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU).
Operation Christmas Child
In November, Elim members prepare shoe boxes filled with toiletries, school supplies, games and candy that are shipped to children in need in other countries around the world. This program is organized by Samaritan's Purse.
Harvest Fest and Trunk-or-Treat
During Halloween, Elim sponsors an alternative to the usual Halloween activities through its Harvest Fest celebration, which includes fun, games and lots of candy.
Additional Outreach Activities
Other outreaches have included a back-to-school rally/backpack giveaway and drives to collect coats, towels and toiletries to provide to organizations that serve people in need.