OCCS News and Announcements
November 20, 2019
November Hymn: God, Be Merciful to Me
Verse: "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me." Psalm 51:1-2
Thanksgiving Chapel
There will be a Thanksgiving chapel on Wednesday, November 27 at 8:30 a.m. The 1st and 6th grade students are in charge of this chapel. Everyone is invited to attend this time of worship and thanksgiving.
From the Chapel Committee
This year, instead of collecting money or food items at Thanksgiving, we will be doing collections during the Christmas and Easter seasons. Please look for more information to come!
NICSTO Donations - Urgent Need
You may have heard about our need for additional NICSTO contributions for the upcoming calendar year. We have 75 families that depend on this aid to lower their cost of tuition due to their income level. Each year we help these families budget out their tuition payments based on the contributions that we get from donors. If we do not receive these contributions, we will be forced to add hundreds of dollars on to the tuition statements for each of these families.

Anyone who contributes will receive a 65% tax credit up to the total amount of Iowa income tax that he/she pays. For example, if you donate $2,000 to NICSTO, your state income tax liability will be reduced by $1300 while NICSTO uses your contribution to help qualified students attend a Christian school. Our school still needs close to $160,000 before the end of the year. We encourage you to participate. It’s a win-win situation, for those who give and to those who receive! What a privilege to be able to use some of our state tax dollars for non-public education! You may also donate non-cash items such as grain, stocks and securities. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Kramer at Unity 737-4114 (NICSTO Treasurer) or Mr. Alons at 737-2274 or stop by the school office. The donation forms are also available on the school website under "About Us", "Support Us", then "NICSTO Contribution Form."

If you plan on donating, we need to know by December 1st for us to be able to distribute funds to our families for this coming spring semester. Donations are due by December 31.
On-Line Shopping
OCCS is signed up for parents/constituents to do online Amazon shopping through AmazonSmile. The name is listed as: “Orange City Society for Christian Instruction.” The funds earned from this foundation will be used by the Technology Department. The bottom link will take you right to the sign in page for OCCS. You can still use your TRIP certificates when shopping through AmazonSmile. If you have a current Amazon account, you can use that information to log in.

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-0776438