Serve the World: Christmas Offering – Pt. 4
I propose that we “DO” Christmas different this year. Rather than buying into the frantic, crazy, stressful, non-stop month of parties, shopping, & trying to make sure that our friends, families, & kids have lots of “stuff” to do & presents to open – let’s just SLOW DOWN! RELAX! And ENJOY what this season is really about. As my daughter Brianna says, “Christmas is about 3 things: 1) Celebrating Jesus, 2) Spending time with family, & 3) Helping those in need!” DANG! I love that girl! THAT pretty much sums it up!
BTW: That’s a lot of what our December message series “I Hate the Holidays” is all about! (Um – I am Clark Griswald & I LOVE Christmas – but there are a LOT of things I don’t like about the Holidays) This series is about getting away from all the trappings of this season which make it not so jolly – but rather to narrow our focus on the few things which make this season joyful, & which truly make it that most wonderful time of year. Don’t miss this series each Sunday in December & on Christmas Eve.
This “Serve the World: Christmas Offering” is ALL about Brianna’s #3 – Helping those in need. I ask that you join us in helping in providing food, immunizations, medical care, mosquito nets, Bibles, & the love of Jesus Christ in parts of the world where the average family lives on less than $2 a day. For the month of December please pray about & consider making a special donation to this offering, which we pray will fund our work in the Philippines, Haiti, & other local & global mission work for 2011. Our goal is to raise $20,000. (This is above & beyond the approx. $30,000 it takes to run our church & preschool each month) This is also a rather modest amount considering the incredible amount of work we do with this & that this is what we raised 2 years ago with a lot less people at Eagle Pointe.
Please join us in praying that God will FAR surpass our goal! Please pray about cutting back on the “stuff” of Christmas – give your best gift to Jesus this Christmas – & help us truly “Serve the World” in Jesus’ name in 2011!
ALSO – in order to help our high school & middle school students participate in this – we have ordered bunch of “Serve the World” gel wrist bands. Our students will sell these for $5 each to friends, family, neighbors, & other students at school – who do not attend Eagle Pointe – in order to raise money for our Serve the World Christmas offering. Our high school & middle school ministries are having a competition to see who can raise the most money. Please encourage your student to be at their student life group each week & to participate in this competition. What a fun way to get them involved in Serving the World & helping “the least of these” in Jesus’ name this Christmas.
Lastly, I hope & pray that you will help us make this a Christmas to remember!
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