Giving Thanks

For the first time this Thanksgiving, my family and I were able to volunteer at the CCOC free Community Thanksgiving Dinner. My husband, kids and my parents all gathered at the CCOC on Thanksgiving mthansgiving 15 - 1 (1)orning to receive directions from Carlotta Eischens. First, volunteers introduced themselves and shared what brought them to the CCOC and what they were thankful for. Many people shared heartfelt stories of how and why they ended up volunteering at the CCOC that day.

After a word of prayer, volunteers set to work filling to-go boxes and packaging up boxes of dinners and desserts to be delivered.  My dad and I delivered to four homes in Olivia. Two of those households were receiving Thanksgiving Dinner from the CCOC for the first time. We visited and prayed together. It was such a privilege to visit these wonderful people and share a warm, homemade dinner with them.

When we returned to the CCOC, the room was filled with tables of people enjoying the food and visiting with each other. There were smiles and laughter all around. I watched my youngest son as he took orders, filled plates and brought drinks; I was so incredibly proud of him. My older son had gone with a friend to deliver meals to Renville (including 48 meals to the beet plant). He returned full of stories and eager to help in the kitchen.  Who knew they would both
find such joy in serving?

Towards the end of the day, our whole family sat down to eat with friends we had made while volunteering. We enjoyed the great food and company and we marveled at God’s amazing grace. It was obvious to us that God was at work in, amongst and through all the people sharing in Thanksgiving Dinner that day.

I am grateful for the ministry of the CCOC, the hard work of John and Carlotta Eischens, and all the people who came together to carry Christ to one another this Thanksgiving.

Sarah Hausken, CCOC Ministry Coordinator

After School and High School Hang Time Begin!

With the first week of school in the rear view mirror, the After School Program starts on Monday, September 11th! Exciting!

After School at the Center is for K-6 graders and starts at 3:15 pm and goes until 5:30pm If your child would like to sign up for After School at the Center please for a registration form.  Your child can give it to Linda Brown in the BOLD Elementary School office, or just bring it to the CCOC on their first day. The program is free, but everyone must register.


Giving Thanks Heading into Summer

DSC01593As the school year is coming to a close I give thanks for all the people who have made this school year at the CCOC such a success!  Our elementary school kids make each day brighter.  Our after school volunteers reflect the love of Christ in all they do. Our community guests share their expertise and passions with care and joy.  Our High School students bring energy, insight and laughter to High School Hang Time.  Our Youth Ministers who host High School Hang Time are genuine listeners and creative activity planners.  Our CCOC Board guides us with prayerful wisdom.  God is good and I give thanks!

DSC01554Since High School Hang Time has been so well received, we’re extending it into June.  Mondays in June from 3 – 5 pm youth going into 7th grade – completing 12 grade can come to the CCOC for devotions, activities, snacks and time with friends.

IMG_1477Mondays in July we’ll be starting Summer Stretch!  Youth going into grades 7 – 9 are invited to spend the day together serving, hanging out, and growing in faith.  Meet at the CCOC at 8:30.  We start with First Word, then go out and do service projects in the community.  We meet for lunch (bring a bag lunch) and then do fun, social activities in the afternoon.  This program is coordinated through the BOLD Area Ministerial.  We’re also looking for Sr. High and Adult leaders for a whole or 1/2 day.  Could God be calling you?  Cost is $10 for the whole month.  Registration is required.

Summer Stretch Flyer  Summer Stretch Registration 2014  Permission slip, summer stretch

Questions about Summer Stretch? Contact Sara McNamara 320-515-031 or Sarah Hausken 320-523-6318

Thank YOU, for all your prayers, donations and care!



Easter Egg Hunt and Free Pancake Breakfast!


You’re invited to the CCOC Easter Egg Hunt and Free Pancake Breakfast this Saturday at 9:00 am!
Easter Egg Hunt is for kids age 0-8 at Nester Park.
Breakfast is for all at Faith Methodist Church.
Everyone is welcome!

Reflecting on Thanksgiving and Looking to Chirstmas

IMG_0001 (Large) IMG_9969 (Large) IMG_9970 (Large) IMG_9973 (Large)Our CCOC Board President, Carlotta Eischens wrote this letter to the editor following the CCOC Thanksgiving Dinner.  We share it with you and invite you to the CCOC Christmas Dinner on December 25 from 11 am – 1 pm.


To the Editor:

Sincere gratitude to the nearly 100 volunteers who helped make the CCOC’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner a pleasure to be a part of.

From food donations, pie baking, potato peeling, turkey preparation, serving, delivering, cooking and clean up, our appreciated to you all for your part in such a team-effort, awesome community outreach event.

With your help we were able to serve 320 individuals in Renville and Redwood County. One hundred thirty meals were delivered to those who could not join us at the CCOC.

God was honored by your efforts on behalf of the CCOC.

Carlotta Eischens, Dinner Coordinator and CCOC President


Free Community Thanksgiving Meal

You’re invited to participate in the Christian Community Outreach Center’s Thanksgiving Dinner.  Please join us on Thanksgiving Day from 11 am to 1 pm.  If you know someone who would aGive-thanksppreciate having a meal delivered to their home please contact contact Carlotta Eischens. 320-523-5061 or 320-905 8690.  If you’d like to donate food, money or your time, please contact Carlotta as well.  We give thanks to God in all things!

Fall is here!


Fall is here and we’ve begun school year programming at the CCOC!

In September we welcomed over 50 elementary school kids to After School at the Center.  It’s a great place for kids to get a snack, socialize with friends and caring adults, do homework, hear from a community guest and learn about God’s love.

New this year is High School Hang Time. We’re going back to our roots!  Every Monday that school is in session 7- 12 graders can come to the CCOC from 6 – 7:30 for supper, time with friends and caring adults, a devotion and activities.  It’s a pretty chill time and we hope to see lots of kids check it out.


What comes first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, the chicken!

Yes, next week the chicken comes first! You’re invited to two tasty meals at the Christian Community Outreach Center! The first raises funds for kids programs in Renville County.  The second, celebrates Easter with your community.
Olivia Kiwanis’  Be A Winner Chicken Dinner
Thursday, March 21, 4:30 – 7:30 pm at the Christian Community Outreach Center in Olivia
• Fried Chicken, Baked Potato, Coleslaw, Green Beans, Roll, Cake, & Beverage – Free will donation
• Silent Auction
• Live Entertainment
Proceeds will go toward the CCOC After School Program, Mention Works II / Circle Kinship, Renville County Back-the Pack, Olivia Kiwanis.
It’s about serving kids!
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 23, 9:00 am
Ages 0-12 – Bring your families!
Due to the time of the year, we’ll be holding this entire event at the Christian Community Outreach Center
✦ Easter Message
Free Pancake Breakfast with Sausage, Orange Juice and Coffee
✦ Easter Treat Bags for the Kids
Questions?  Call Sarah 523-6318 ,

Last Minute Christmas Gift?

Do you need a last minute Christmas gift?  How about buying a stadium chair from the CCOC?  They’re really nice.  They keep you warm on bleachers outdoors, and support your back indoors and out.  Cost is $20 and thanks to RC Hospital and Clinics and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the entire $20 goes to the ministry of the CCOC!  You can pick one up at the CCOC or Master’s Coffee Shop.

After School at the Center is in Full Swing!

After School at the Center began again on September 10.  We welcomed 49 elementary school kids and 13 teen and adult leaders.  Students come to the CCOC for a healthy snack, Bible story videos, small groups, study skills and enrichment.  Kids have been enjoying their time at the Center while learning about the love of God and working for school success.

I am more than thrilled with the amount of teen and adult leaders who want to volunteer at the CCOC.  It was my goal to have one leader for every 5 youth.  In the first weeks of programming we’ve had ratios even better than that.  Having so many leaders brings incredible benefits to the kids and leaders.  Kids receive personal attention with their homework and mentors who really have the time an energy to give them quality care.  Leaders find it more fulfilling to nurture a handful of kids rather than a large table full.  I am so thankful for the way God is moving people in our community to care for kids.

But volunteering with kids after school isn’t the only way you can help.  You can pray for us! You can sign up to bring snack when your congregation takes a month to do that. You can donate items or money.  I’m especially in need of a new or used cd player. We’ve been using music to signal transitions in our time together. But there are other needs as well (click here to see more). I’m also looking for people to mop and clean window on Thursdays at 6:00.  The kids do most of the cleaning at the center, but those are two things that are tough for the kids to do.

I thank God for this ministry and for leading it forward.