Christmas Eve Services

There will be two Christmas Eve Services (one at 6 PM and the other at 7 PM) this year in order to help with social distancing. There are sign-up sheets in the foyer for you to let us know which service you prefer. When the list gets to around 50 people we will close that service and encourage you to attend the other service. Thank you for understanding and may you have a Merry Christmas celebrating the greatest gift that was ever given.

You are welcome to sign up in person or you may call the office at 217.463.8024 to share your family name and the number that will be in attendance.

~ Kurt

Paris Community Prayer Service

Mark your calendars.  The 2020 Community Prayer Service will be held at First Christian Church on Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 a.m.  Come join other believers in prayer for our Community and Nation.

Operation Christmas Child

We will participate in Samaritan’s Purse again this year. Excitement is in the air for these children who know that they will be receiving a box from the United States-Paris, IL, Bell Ridge Christian Church. You too, can get excited by purchasing items for these boxes.
BRCC plans to send 125 this year. Below are the dates we have set for the collecting, packing and delivering boxes to the local distribution center in Marshall.

COLLECTING ITEMS begins Sunday, Nov 1 – Sat. Nov 13.
There will be table/s set up in the foyer for your contributions. We are asking that you bring things that will fit in a shoe box that are unbreakable, hygiene and school supplies – just think of items that you would give your children. Clothes, shoes & underwear are acceptable. Look for a WOW item for each box.
*Adult Sunday School classes will be donating: crayons, pencils & sharpers, notebooks, erasers, paint boxes, toothbrushes, soap, wash clothes, comb, brushes, and sunglasses.
NO candy or gum, No liquids, NO war related toys, NO medications, toothpaste, lotions, or damaged or used items.

PACKING 125 BOXES will be during the Sunday School hour on Nov. 15th. This year we will NOT be having any food or drinks during the boxing party. Masks may be worn, but not required, and there will be more room tables to accommodate the gifts.

You can also donate $9.00 for each box that we send for shipping and other project costs.

The most special thing you can do is pray for these children, items that are picked out with love, and all the work that goes into these boxes to better serve our Lord and His kingdom.

If you would like additional information, please contact Becky Bayes at 217.822.2658.

WOW! Gifts for All ages BOYS & GIRLS + other ideas

2-4 year olds
Stuffed animal-beanie baby
Dolls (consider including clothes with it)
Toy trucks, cars, tractors
Soccer balls – small, not inflated (include a manual pump)
Outfit of clothing to wear, underwear & socks
Adhesive band aids (colorful)
Chap stick – no medicated ones
Reusable plastic containers-cups, water bottles, blunt edge utensils
(consider filling the empty containers with hair ribbons, nail clippers, etc.)
Foam balls
Coloring books
Flip flops / Crocs / shoes
Play dough
Slinky

5-9 year olds consider all the above items
Back pack/totes/purse
Flashlight (with extra batteries)
Ruler/protractor
Markers, adhesive tape
Glue sticks –not liquid glue
Age appropriate jewelry
Hair ties, scrunchies, ribbons
Hats
Chalk board & chalk
Jump ropes
Small musical instruments
Binoculars
Frisbee

10-14 year olds consider all the above items
Brightly colored rope or twine-fishing kit
Garden tools
Kaleidoscope
Baseball & mitt
Tennis balls, hacky sacks, football
Playing cards
Sewing kits
Watch with solar battery operated

Blanketed by Love

The Compassionate Clothing Closet’s (CCC) annual blanket drive will begin tomorrow, October 1 and will conclude on October 31. Please consider donating a new or gently, used blanket to be given to our neighbors in need during the long, winter months. Donations can be brought to Bell Ridge or can be taken directly to the CCC location at 211 N Central Ave in Paris (Monday or Tuesday 12-2 p.m.) Blanket distribution will begin in November.

Faith in Action Week

One of the missions that we support is Faith in Action of Edgar County. The week of September 13-19, 2020 has been designated as Faith in Action week. During this time of celebration and gratitude they have specifically asked us to pray for:

Their organization
The care receivers
The care givers
The drivers
The ramp builders

Youth Silent Auction

Our Youth Silent Auction has begun. You are welcome to bid on all items through noon on Sunday, August 30. If you would like to participate but are not able to be in the church building during the month of August, please call the office for bidding information. We will be happy to send you pictures and add your name and monetary amount to the bid sheets. The list below is a summary of all auction items displayed in the hallway foyer.

Nail Kit, Hair Styler, Curling Iron
Small Glass Bowl; Gold Dish with Stand
Small Space Heater
Microwave
Two Matching Flower Arrangements in Vases
Creative Memories Accessory Bag; Wooden Stamps; Misc Greeting Cards
Pontoon Dinner Cruise at Mill Creek Lake
Mill Creek Meats $50 Gift Card
Soul Seekers Italian Feast
Ruth White’s Beauty Gift Set
Coach Purse
Large Stainless Steel Bowl; Punch Bowl Set
Toy Truck
Bible and Prayer Gift Set
The Cook’s Helper
Eight Dolls-top bidder picks two, the next highest bidder picks two and so on
Travel Pack Gift Set
Sock Slider and Two Weekly Pill Boxes
Longaberger Striped Pitcher
Big Display Calculator
“Outdoor Fun” Gift Basket
Two Umbrellas
Love and Joy Decorative Frames
Praying Gift Basket
Four Decorative Plates
PartyLite Gift Set
“Faith Can Move” Gift Set
Bicycle Puzzle, 1000 pieces
Treasure Box
Cactus Fountain
Taco Dinner Gift Set
Microwave Rice Cooker; Cutlery Tray; Swivel Board
Rose Ballet & Le Grand Ballet Decorative Frames
Health and Beauty Box
Panasonic TV, 32″ Flat Screen
Sylvania TV, 32″ Flat Screen
Free & Clear All Detergent, 195 oz; Oxi All Detergent, 195 oz
“Night Out” Gift Certificates to Texas Roadhouse and a Movie Theater
Dental Care Pack and a Certificate for one Dental Exam, one X-ray, one Cleaning with Dr. Blake in Paris

Rural King Church Week

The Rural King Church Week event ends this Saturday, August 15. If you have a RK receipt with a date from August 2-15, 2020 please bring it to the church office so that information can be entered online, or you can enter yourself by going to www.ruralking.com/churchweek. Ten percent of all approved receipts will be given to Bell Ridge.

To date, we have submitted 28 receipts for a total of $2639.10.  Thank you for supporting BRCC!

Projection Fund

We need to replace our projector in the auditorium.  The Board voted this past week to replace the projector and the computer that runs the projection equipment when we have funds available.  Estimates that we have received to accomplish this are around $10,000.  We have on hand $3,500.  If you wish to help with this expense, please designate your gift for the Projection Fund.  Thank you.

~ Kurt

Independence Day

We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year.  We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.