Bags of Joy 2018

Joseph Hunter News

Spooky season is halfway over and November is right around the corner, which means three things:

  1. First, it means that flannel season is starting soon… or has already started if you agree with Matt Simpson’s claim in his most recent sermon. Regardless, break out those warmer than average flannel shirts and embrace the warmer than average fall time.
  2. Second, it means that Missions Sunday is coming up soon! Neat!
  3. Lastly, we get to embark on a tradition that has become a favorite here at Northstar, and if you haven’t already guessed what that is based on the article title, it is time for Bags of Joy again!

Bags of Joy is a ministry to reach children in Foster Care within Montgomery, Giles, and Pulaski Counties. Our hope is to show them the love of Christ by providing a bag of gifts for Christmas. This simple act is a way to show these children that the church cares about them. Last year we provided 150+ bags to children in Foster Care.

This ministry effort launches officially on our Missions Sunday (November 11) as members and guests at both our Blacksburg and Pulaski campuses pick up the red bags and then stuff them with goodies for Christmas for children in foster families. This year, you will be able to pick them up beginning Sunday, October 28. This practical expression of Jesus’ love is also a wonderful encouragement to foster parents during this season.

Bags of Joy not only provide items for youth at Christmas, but they also help provide for youth entering foster care throughout the year. Many of the youth in foster care enter placements with little belongings. Bags of Joy provide youth with necessities as well as comforting items.

If you’d like to know more, please contact Erica Thornton.