Everyone’s invited and encouraged to participate in Family Missions Day on Saturday, November 15. We will be helping with the World Relief Thanksgiving Festival at the World Relief Clubhouse at LaDera Palms Apartments (4500 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, 76119) from 11:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We will be helping with games, a bounce house, crafts, passing out food baskets, and sharing with them about our Thanksgiving traditions. They need help with their festival where they will serve about 200-300 refugees.
We need a lot of volunteers of all ages for this event. If you can engage with us in this mission, please bring $10 each to help World Relief offset the cost of the bounce houses. If you cannot participate directly with us that day, you can still provide the missional gesture of a monetary donation, and those are appreciated. Please make checks payable to Arborlawn with “Family Missions Day” in the memo line.
Please contact Donna Crawford if you want to help on November 15 so we can plan for a pizza lunch at 11:30 and to ensure we have enough volunteers. Parents bring your entire family and volunteer to work a game together or come with a group of friends. Plan to carpool because parking will be limited.
Here's the schedule for the day: 11:15-11:30 a.m., volunteers arrive to eat pizza; 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., volunteers set up their assigned station; 12:00 p.m., Festival Begins; 2:00 p.m., Thanksgiving skit; 2:15 p.m., Festival continues and parents can pick up food baskets from clubhouse; 3:00 p.m., Festival ends and volunteers help clean up.
The World Relief organization requests the following dress code for the event: Please dress modestly. No shorts, no tank tops, no low cut shirts, and pants must be down to at least your knee. Closed toe shoes are also preferable. Please help us respect the dress code of the organizers!
Look for a box outside the Family Life Center for where we are seeking donations of the following items: big bags of rice, bags of beans, cans of corn, tomato paste, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, salt and pepper. We will use these items to begin putting together Thanksgiving Food Baskets for this event. The refugees are from all over the world and are not familiar with our traditional Thanksgiving foods, so the World Relief organization puts together baskets of things with which the refugees are more familiar.
Saturday December 13: Kids’ Missions Event
On Saturday December 13 after Breakfast with Santa until 2:30 p.m. all children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to stay to help with packing Snack Sacks and providing a special treat for Christmas. (Parents, hopefully this will give you a little free time during this busy month. And, if you have infants through preschool kids, they are welcome to stay after Breakfast With Santa in our nursery from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) The Family Missions Day kids will pack Snacks Sacks, have lunch, play some games, and watch a movie. Youth, we need you to volunteer to help with this event and you will get service hours!
REGISTRATION DETAILS: Please note registration is required for both the Kids’ Missions Event and the Nursery. Registration for both will close on Wednesday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m.
KIDS’ MISSIONS EVENT (Kindergarten through 5th Grade): Cost is $10 per child to cover lunch. Register here for Kids’ Missions Event.
NURSERY DURING MISSIONS EVENT (Infants through PreK): Cost is $30 per child. Please pack a lunch for each child you bring to the nursery. Register here for Nursery.
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