Our Missions Continue…in Different Ways
October 12, 2020

by Edna DeFord and Beth Cunningham

note - this article will appear in the November edition of the PebbleCreek Post.

Our Pebble Creek Community Church has faced many challenges this year by not being able to worship in the Eagle’s Nest Ballroom but we have kept busy finding different ways to support all of our sponsored missions.

Once again, we are going to partner with Samaritan’s Purse to fill and collect Operation Christmas Child shoe-sized boxes for disadvantaged children in 110 countries throughout the world and on American Indian Reservations. Those wishing to participate can obtain the official 
decorated shoe boxes from Edna DeFord (15081 W. Fairmount Avenue in Eagle’s Nest) and Barbara Cahall (4086 N. 161st Ave. in Tuscany).










Participants are then asked to fill their shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and/or small articles of clothing and return them before the Saturday, November 21st deadline to the homes noted above between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of obtaining and filling shoe boxes, checks may be sent to the PCCC Treasurer, Syd Mersereau (15180 W. Avalon Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85395) designated for OCC Shoe Boxes or you can fill a shoe box online for $25.00 @ https://build-a-shoebox.samaritanspurse.org/view/2c387d25-7013-4268-9111-1882dec61962 .

Closer to home, we continue to help with the Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank Holiday Food Distribution where big changes have been made due to the virus restrictions. On November 24th, 450 families will receive their Thanksgiving food baskets via a drive thru pickup in the Compass Church parking lot. On December 19th, 800 families will be able to obtain their Christmas dinner basket plus toys for their children also via a drive thru pickup in the Palm Valley Church parking lot.

Groups can collect food items and take them directly to Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank, 405 E. Harrison Drive in Avondale or checks can be sent to Agua Fria at P.O. Box 845, Avondale, AZ 85323 to help purchase food for the baskets. A $35.00 check will provide a holiday dinner for a family of four.

We pray that our PebbleCreek Community will be generous this year, as in the past, and provide the means for the Agua Fria Food Bank to brighten the holidays for those less fortunate. Volunteers are needed to help with these activities and if you wish to lend a helping hand, please contact Phylice Walton here in PebbleCreek at 623-535-7556 for more information.

Pebble Creek Community Church is a non-denominational Christian church. During our COVID shut-down of Eagle’s Nest Ballroom, we welcome you to join us in Worship each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. on our church website at

Pastor Bob Ripley also posts his “Words of Encouragement” devotionals on our website each Tuesday and Thursday.