Wow! The CPC congregation was “all in” in preparing 135 Christmas at Sea bags for international seafarers who visit the Port of Baltimore during this time of the year. Sixty-six bags were delivered last year.
The Mission Committee thanks all those who contributed to Christmas at Sea. During the Advent Gathering many members of the CPC community took part in assembling the bags with a warm hat, scarf, handwarmers, and a Baltimore souvenir. And eight families shopped for and completed their own bags beforehand. Finally, Christmas cards were added to each gift, having been signed by members of the congregation throughout November.
Most of the gifts were sponsored with donations from members and friends of CPC. In total, the Mission Committee raised $1,904 for this project. Bills for the purchases of the gift items are now being processed.
Mission members Linda Meyer and Brenda Logue made the delivery to the Baltimore International Seafarers Center on December 5. The Rev. Joshua Messick, Director, and John Thompson, Treasurer, welcomed the gifts with open arms – indicating they were just what they wanted and needed!
The Mission Committee is most grateful for all the participation in this year’s event – from generously donating, signing cards, assembling bags, and building your own. This annual project is a special one during the holiday season as we remember Lee Van Koten’s extensive work and dedication to the Seafarers Center.
On behalf of the Mission Committee,
Glenda Johnson & Brenda Logue