Christmas Eve Offering will go to Mission Shares

Every year we give our Christmas Eve offerings to Mission.  Our offering this year will go to our Mission Shares.  All United Methodist churches promise to give first to our Mission Shares.  Because we do, we have a large, strong, and vital global presence around the world.

Mission Shares supports things like Africa University, Mission trips, Congregational Development Event and much more.  Every year we have increased the Christmas Eve giving.

Christmas Pageant versus 5 Golden Rings

What an unusual December we are experiencing!  Still, Christ is with us no matter the weather.  We have had an incredible year full of mission, service and sharing Christ’s warm transforming love.

It will be fun to welcome everyone to enjoy the pageant in the true Christmas Season.  The carol is correct that there are 12 days of Christmas, starting with Christmas day Dec 25th and ending with Jan 5th.  So our Pageant will be our gift on the 5th day of Christmas Sunday Dec. 29th.  Who needs 5 golden rings anyway?  A pageant is much better!

Grace and Peace,  Pastor Kim

Christmas – Changing lives: ours and others

Here’s how you are changing lives:

“A note to express our sincere gratitude to all who helped put together the two wonderful Thanksgiving meals. Thanks to Shirley Parfitt for coordinating. …Words cannot express what your congregation’s generosity means to the families who would otherwise have nothing.”  – Middlebury office of Vermont’s  Department of Children and Families

I am grateful for the snow blanket. It is both beautiful and practical.  Our dormant plants and bushes will do better with a snow blanket to keep their “feet” protected from wind and the harshest temperatures.

Can Christmas be both beautiful and practical too?  The decorations, the Christmas story, and the music bless us.  The message is hugely practical.  We matter deeply to a God who comes to dwell in our midst and walk beside us no matter what we face.

$6.5 million for Mission on Giving Tuesday

Typhoon imageThanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, the first ever UMC #GivingTuesday on Dec. 3 generated a record $6.5 million! The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, which matched the first $500,000 received, reported that nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts through The Advance to mission and ministries. The agency’s previous one-day online giving record was $492,882 set on Jan. 14, 2010, shortly after the Haiti earthquake. All of this money went 100% directly to the mission programs honored.

This is just one of the ways our church members are helping the true Christmas season and spirit to thrive. We are part of a huge number of churches and people sharing Christ’s warm transforming love. Rejoice!

Grace and Peace, Kim