Christmas Shoe Boxes Collection: Ends November 21st (a.m.)

shoeboxpicERCC is participating in “Operation Christmas Child” which is sponsored by the international relief fund Samaritan’s Purse.  To make the local dropoff date, we need your shoe boxes, wrapped and filled with toys dropped off in the ERCC lobby not later than:  Sunday Morning, November 21st

You can use a regular shoe box, a plastic box, or one of the free red & green plastic boxes located in the church lobby.  If you have any questions, contact Wendy Gideon (email her HERE).

How to Pack a Shoebox

  1. Shoeboxpre-printed-shoebox

    Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.

  2. Boy or Girl

    Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.

  3. Fill With Gifts

    Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions).

  4. Include $9 Donation Per Box

    Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $9 for each gift you prepare. You can give online to discover the destination of your box! Or, you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation.
    Note: “Follow Your Box” is only available through online giving.

  5. Pray

    Ask God to use your gifts to show His love to the child who will receive your shoebox.

  6. Drop Off

    Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to ERCC not-later-than Sunday Morning, November 21st.


Gift Suggestions


  • Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
  • Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
  • Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

If you have any questions, contact Wendy Gideon (email her HERE).  Merry Christmas!

Baby Olivares Arrives!

Benjamin Olivares has a new baby sister! Bailey Olivia Olivares, weighing 8 pounds and 7 ounces was born on November 15th to our Youth Minister Derrick and his wife Evelyn. Everyone is doing fine and should be home with the baby in a few days.

We’re celebrating by having a “virtual baby shower” for the family by providing them with gift cards for Walmart or Amazon to help with diapers and other necessities. The gift cards will be presented on Sunday, December 5th during the 10 am worship service. If you’d like to donate a gift card, provide it to Linda or Mark Wright before then.

Congratulations Derrick, Evelyn, Benjamin, and Bailey!

Fall Festival – October 31st

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

ERCC is hosting this Fall Festival event as an alternative to Halloween. This is an opportunity to reach out to our community and show the love of Christ in Evers Road Christian Church style.

We will be hosting the Fall Festival in our parking lot. We’ll have a LARGE inflatable obstacle course, several carnival style games with candy prizes, and an outdoor movie. Kids are welcome to wear “appropriate” costumes.

Many volunteers are needed to help with this event, so please help!

We will also need donations for this community event:

  • Candy, lots of candy! Please only donate candy that won’t melt and is individually packaged and sealed.
  • Extra-Large Ice Chests
  • Pop up Canopy Tents

If you can help:

  • by donating any needed items
  • want to volunteer
  • or have any questions

please contact our youth minister, Derrick Olivares.

You can email Derrick HERE.

New Sunday Evening Study

During our 6:00 pm Sunday meetings, we are going through a 3-part series featuring the former atheist, Lee Strobel.

Part 1 is the Case for Christ.

Part 2 is the Case for Faith.

Part 3 is the Case for a Creator.

In these DVDs, Strobel explains his own journey from atheism to faith in Christ. During each session we will watch about 30 minutes of Strobel’s videos and then discuss it together for the remainder of the hour. Join us at 6 pm on Sunday evenings, starting October 3rd. This is a great opportunity to invite an unbeliever. 


New Sunday School Class for Women

During the Sunday morning Bible Study (Sunday School), Millie Borelli is teaching a Sunday School class which is open for all adult women.  The theme is “Unshakable Hope”.  The class meets 9:00 – 9: 45 am in a Fellowship Hall room.


Jane Montez is beginning a Zumba class in the fellowship hall on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. This is a great opportunity to get some exercise in a Christian environment with Christian music and fellowship. We want this to be an outreach to the community as well. There will be a small charge of $3.00 per session. More specific details will be published in the church bulletin.

New Outreach: Middle School Bible Study

Please pray for our Youth Minister Derrick Olivares and his ministry with the youth. ERCC will begin hosting a weekly Bible study for Neff Middle School students in September. Derrick’s connection with Youth-For-Christ is what brought this ministry to ERCC. The Bible study will be held in our fellowship hall on Mondays from approximately 3 – 5 pm.

We praise God for this outreach!

Fall Kick-Off on September 26th

Join us for breakfast at 9 am in the fellowship hall. We plan to promote and introduce our Sunday School teachers. Then in our 10am adult worship service we’ll enjoy an amazing guest choir. Pastor Wright will begin a new sermon series – “Faith in Jesus.”  We want to make this an outreach for people who need the Lord and who need to get back to church.

Please be thinking of who you can invite for this special Sunday!