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Operation Christmas Child Hosts Survivor of Rwandan Genocide

Alex Nsengimana, who long ago was a recipient of an Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoebox, will speak at First Baptist Church – Ferguson, 333 N. Florissant Road, April 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Nsengimana grew up in Rwanda and experienced first-hand the horrors of his nation’s genocide. In 1994 he witnessed the murder of his grandmother and uncle. He escaped to an orphanage, where he received a shoebox gift from OCC. He recalls being so excited to have something of his very own.

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Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, April 7

   Blood Pressure Clinic at St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St., at 10:15 a.m. RSVP to 314-838-3877.

Friday, April 8

   Tai Chi for Seniors at St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St., at 10 a.m. Free. Reduce stress, strengthen joints and develop balance and coordination. RSVP to 314-838-3877.

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John Knox ‘Tea for TEAM’ Features Author Elaine Viets

A ‘Tea for TEAM’ will feature mystery writer Elaine Viets on May 5 at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 13200 New Halls Ferry Road. Viets will be speaking and signing her newest Dead-End Job mystery, The Art of Murder. The event is sponsored, by Presbyterian Women of John Knox.

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Thursday, March 17

   Blood Pressure Clinic at St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St., at 10:15 a.m. RSVP to 314-838-3877.

   Flower Valley Quilting Guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 123 Carson Road, Ferguson.

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Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 10

   Artful Askers: A Workshop for Nonprofit Fundraising at Pallottine Renewal Center, 15270 Old Halls Ferry Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join nationally known fund development trainer Bob Vickers for a 1-day workshop on how to build relationships with funders, resources and donors to empower a faith-based or community organization. Cost is $75, including meal and materials. (Overnight accommodations available.)  For more information call 314-837-7100 or visit pallottinerenewal.org.

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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign Begins in Florissant Next Week

Shoeboxes Are Packed For Kids Around the World

Florissant families, churches and groups are not waiting until Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude. Instead, they are giving back by lovingly packing gifts of joy for children around the world living in extreme poverty or affected by war, disease and natural disaster. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

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