Serve Near
Serve Near

Serve Near

God calls us to help our neighbor, and through our opportunities to Serve Near, we want to do just that. Many people in the surrounding communities, and even our own, desperately need the love of Christ. Serve with us in spreading the Gospel and necessary resources to the people in our own backyard.

Join us for one of our Serve Near opportunities below:

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    Christmas Shoebox Donations
    October 19 - November 10 | The Commons
    Bless a child in need this Christmas; no wrapping necessary!

    Christmas can be a challenging time for families in need, and pressing financial obligations often mean little or no money left over for children’s gifts. Join the Food Pantry Team in providing Christmas Shoeboxes to bless these precious children with presents. In many cases, the gift you donate or pack will be the only one a child receives.

    Donate a Christmas Gift Shoebox

    October 19 - November 10 (Note the earlier timeline this year!) | The Commons

    Pick up an empty shoebox in the Commons before or after worship services from October 19 - November 3 and fill it with gifts for a child.


    Suggested items include:

    • hat and gloves
    • socks
    • comb/hair pick
    • toothbrush/toothpaste
    • crayons
    • candy
    • small toys or stuffed animals
    • school or art supplies

    Please return filled, unwrapped and unsealed shoeboxes to the Commons by November 10 so they can be sorted and staged for our wrapping party! 


    Seasoned Shoebox Veteran? Note the changes for this year:

    • New Donation Dates

    • Please don't seal or wrap your donated boxes

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    Christmas Shoebox Wrapping Party
    Saturday, November 16 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall

    The Christ Church Food pantry team will be collecting 1000 gifts to distribute to children in our community through many of our domestic mission partners. What are we going to do with 1000 Christmas presents for kids? Wrap them!

    Bring your own tape, scissors and wrapping paper to Fellowship Hall for a fun-filled event for the whole family. Turning donated items into lovingly wrapped Christmas gifts is the perfect chance for children and adults alike to experience the joy of blessing others. You can't have a Christmas gift party without Christmas cookies and Christmas sweaters! We will supply the cookies, you come in your most outrageous Christmas outfit and you may just leave with a prize!

    Once wrapped by the Christ Church congregation, the gifts will be distributed to children ages 4-8 through the Christ Church Food Pantry and six other domestic mission partners.

    Make a difference in the life of a child this Christmas by packing a shoebox gift this Fall!

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921

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    Food Pantry: Winter Coat Drive
    Sunday, October 27 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Oak Brook | Room 251 | Door 16

    Food Pantry: Winter Coat Drive
    Sunday, October 27 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Oak Brook | Door 16

    Are your closets overstuffed? As winter draws near, a no-longer-used or outgrown coat can become a life-saving gift to a homeless person. Donate coats of all sizes to the Christ Church Food Pantry. Volunteers will be available to help unload clothing from your car at Door 16, the preschool entrance.

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921





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     Serve for Meals on Wheels at the annual Celebrity Chefs Brunch
    November 3 | Drury Lane | Shifts Available from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

    Back by popular demand, this event is the major fundraiser for Holiday Meals on Wheels, allowing the organization to provide healthy meals for nutritionally at-risk seniors after government funding was discontinued. There are a variety of volunteer jobs to choose from, including set-up, food and beverage service, help with raffles and tear-down.  

    This year's theme is Dress to Impress in your DERBY BEST as we RACE TO END HUNGER.  Volunteer in your finest hat or bow tie!  

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921

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    Food Pantry Event | Second Saturday of Every Month
    Wednesdays | 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. | Elmhurst
    Fridays | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Oak Brook Terrace 
    Saturdays | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Oak Brook Terrace 

    Please consider volunteering at the Salvation Army with the Christ Church food pantry team on any or all of the following pantry set up and distribution days.

    Please join us the second Saturday of every month at 1 S. 415 Summit Ave in Oak Brook Terrace from 8:00 - 12:00 p.m.. We will distribute food to guests, help carry groceries out to cars and  help clean up. 

    If you are not available on Saturday you can meet us the night before and help set up from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Oak Brook Terrace.  

    On the Wednesday before, we meet at Life Storage located at 953 S. State 83 (frontage road on the east) in Elmhurst from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. to load donations into our truck. 

    Register now and you will be contacted by a Food Pantry team leader to answer any questions you have about the time and date(s) that you are available. 

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921



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    Love Christian Clearinghouse 
    Call In Center Volunteers Needed  | 3 Hours a Week 
    Customize Hours to Your Own Schedule

    LOVE Christian Clearinghouse Call in Center Volunteers Needed!

    Listen to callers, complete an assessment form and share the LOVE of CHRIST over the phone!  This volunteer position also provides the opportunity to learn about area social services and agencies available to assist our callers.  

    Do you love helping people but are unable to travel? Volunteer with LOVE Christian Clearinghouse just three hours a week helping local families in need by listening to callers, completing anassessment form,  providing resource information and sharing the love of Christ over the phone. This weekly commitment gives you room to take time off for vacation and grandkids/childrens soccer practice!
    Training is provided.

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921

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    Disaster Relief | Samaritan's Purse | Multiple Locations 
    Tornado, Flood & Hurricane Response

    Samaritan’s Purse North American Ministries responds quickly when natural disasters strike, deploying an army of volunteers to come alongside homeowners and bring relief and compassion in Jesus’ Name. Samaritan’s Purse currently has response and rebuild projects underway way in 10 locations, from Michigan to Alaska — and they need your help. There is no cost to volunteer; you must simply provide your own transportation. Once you arrive to the worksite, food and lodging is provided free of charge.

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921