FIRST-CLASS MAIL HIGHLIGHTS:
- Letters (1 oz.) – 3-cent increase to 49 cents.
- Letters additional ounces — 1-cent increase to 21 cents
- Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
- Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents
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Antioch Baptist Church packed 133 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The youth and children visited their shut-ins and took them Christmas Cards and sang Christmas Carols. The middle and high school youth held their Christmas Party.
Ashland, First Baptist held a blood drive; and hosted the OK Chorale Christmas Concert. The Preschool held a Christmas Craft Party. The men held a breakfast with Marvin Thomas, BRIDGES Ministry to Haiti as their speaker. The youth held their Christmas Party with a White Elephant Christmas exchange, and delivered Adopt-a-Family gifts.
Broadus Memorial Baptist Church packed 164 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; and held a “FUN!Saturday Christmas Workshop” for babies and children through the fifth grade which gave the parents a morning free. The youth held their Christmas Party with a tacky, ugly sweater contest.
Colosse Baptist Church Secret Pals held their Christmas Dinner at Lowery’s. The Young@ Heart attended Glorious Nights at the West End Assembly of God; and went on a Christmas Lights Tour. The youth held their Angel Tree Shopping, Wrapping and Party; and sponsored a church-wide Christmas Caroling.
Cool Spring Baptist Church packed 561 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Corinth Baptist Church packed 127 show boxes for Operation Christmas Child; and held a FamilyLife Weekend for couples. Young at Heart Seniors filled Christmas bags for 30 veterans at Eastern State Hospital.
Emmaus Baptist Church mailed 75 “shoe boxes” to residents of Lee County, VA containing Christmas gifts for 209 children; held a “Silent Auction” for International Missions; went Christmas Caroling; and delivered 10 Sunshine baskets for their shut-ins.
Fort Lee Baptist Church packed 1,436 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The children and their families held a Christmas Party. The youth held their Christmas Party; and hosted a child care service for parents to have a “date night” or to finish last-minute Christmas shopping.
Four Mile Creek Baptist Church packed 225 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and collected over $900 to ship them. The men held their Third Annual Story Night. The ladies held their “Ladies Night Out Annual Trip” to Williamsburg and visited the Yankee Candle Factory and had lunch at Carrabas.
Hardy Central Baptist Church packed 105 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The Preschool Classes through Grade 4 Sunday School Classes held their Christmas Parties, had lunch with their parents and then had a visit from Santa. The Jam and Jelly group sold close to 500 quarts of brunswick stew, helped fill bags for “Stop Hunger Now” helped fill the shoe boxes; decorated the new fellowship hall Christmas tree and then went to CICI’s for pizza.
Hillcrest Baptist Church packed 319 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Several members attended Glorious Nights at West End Assembly of God.
Hopeful Baptist Church children and youth made cards, ornaments and baked cookies to hand out while Christmas Caroling.
Hunton Baptist Church packed 257 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child; collected over 100 coats during their annual Coat Drive; and held “Breakfast with Santa” to raise funds for the Preschool and Children’s Ministry. The youth held a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser Pre-Cantata Dinner; held their Youth Christmas Party, and traveled to Liberty University for WinterFest.
Legacy Fellowship International will hold a Prayer and Worship service January 17 and 18 at 6:00 p.m. They invite everyone to come join them in the prayer room as they pray in worship, intercession, creativity and song.
Mechanicsville Baptist Church packed 270 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The Middle School youth held their Christmas Party; and the High School youth held their Christmas Party.
Mount Olivet Baptist Church packed 440 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child; went Christmas Caroling to the shut-ins; and held a Living Nativity. The youth held “Shadow Worship” presentations; held a “Mini-Retreat” with bowling, and then prepared and delivered goody bags for their shut-ins and then a progressive dinner followed. The “Young at Heart” traveled to the Riverside Dinner theater and saw “White Christmas”.
New Bethesda Baptist Church packed 665 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child; collected 24,703 shoe boxes at the collection center for Operation Christmas Child; held a homemade cookie auction for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering; and held a “Family Night Celebration” following the “Hanging of the Green” service. The CA’s presented a Puppet Show, “Lottie Moon, My Story”; and went Christmas Caroling at Heritage Green.
New Life Baptist Church youth held a soup/chili fundraiser.
North Run Baptist Church Men of Faith held “The Manger Build” for the men and their children to be able to build life-size mangers.
The IRS just announced its standard mileage rates for 2014.
The new rates will be a slight decrease — a half cent — from the 2013 rates for business, medical and moving expenses.
Effective January 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a vehicle such as a car, van, SUV or pickup will be:
- 56 cents per mile for business miles driven
- 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
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