Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Giving Opportunites

Don't forget that this is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child by Samaratain's Purse!  Even if you did not get to take a box to a church's "shoebox parade" this Sunday, you can still drop them off throughout the week to be delivered.  Remember, you can always give up a few coffees, a few minutes shorter shower a night, a little less tv electricity, or less driving around using gas (and many, many ways to save yourself money) to spend on a child who has never gotten a Christmas present, and may never experience this kind of joy otherwise.  We get so tickeled when we receive gifts that we expect year after year.  Imagine how these kids will feel receiving their first (or best) gift yet, along with the message of Christ's love for them.
"...remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:  'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"  Acts 20:35
"...for God loves a cheerful giver."  2 Corinthians 9:7
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."  2 Corinthians 9:8
This is another thing that I am super pumped about.  Last December, our youth group started a new way to encourage raising money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  We called it the "Latte Moon Coffee Station.  The youth volunteered to sell and serve coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider along with all the condiments during the Sunday School time, with the money going to the offering.  We had a blast and raised so much money! This year we are also selling these tumblers pictured above.  I am definately getting one for me, too!