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Seafarers International House Would you like to bring joy to seafarers who will not be home with their families for Christmas? The Seafarers International House port chaplains deliver satchels filled with gifts to the seafarers they meet in port in the weeks prior to Christmas. Later, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, when the ship is in the middle of the ocean, the captain will hold a celebration, and all the crew will open their satchels, each containing:

  • One sweatshirt — hooded or unhooded (size L-XL),
  • Three pairs of socks — thermal or white gym,
  • One casual pullover T-shirt (size M-L),
  • One knit winter cap,
  • One can of nuts or bar of chocolate, and
  • A Christmas card from you.

What might otherwise have been another lonely night at sea becomes instead a joyous occasion, not only because of the beautiful gifts, but because strangers ashore have taken the time to share the spirit of Christmas with these seafarers.

10 Bags to hold the gifts are available at the back of the church.  The list of what to include is inside the bag.  Still want more information?  Contact Chris Roehrer, (212) 677-4800 (ext. 1203)

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Daily Bible Verse

  • 1 Samuel 5:1-12

    ​The inhabitants of Gath replied, "Let the ark of God be moved on to us." So they moved the ark of the God of Israel to Gath. 9But after they had brought it to Gath, the hand of the LORD was against the city, causing a very great panic; he struck the inhabitants of the city, both young and old, so that tumors broke out on them.

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