Here are some details for our major opportunities to give and serve during Advent. These things are near and dear to our hearts as a church, and Advent is the ideal time for us to dig more deeply into the relationships He has given us. While each of us will have our own unique ways to celebrate Advent in the coming weeks, we hope you will prayerfully consider joining in on these as well. To sign up for these events or ask questions, email email@example.com.
CHRISTMAS PARTY at MAISON DES AMI
Saturday, December 14th @ 11am-2pm
Maison des Ami
1050 Convention Street, BR
Maison des Ami provides housing to homeless men and women who have chronic mental illnesses, and several of the residents are regulars with us on Sunday nights. We will join them for a potluck lunch, where we will not only get to bring food and gifts (more details to come on these) but will also have a chance to spend time with the residents. This is one of the most incredible things we do all year, and you won’t want to miss it! We will definitely need you to sign up and commit this year because we are handling all of the food and need to make sure we have everything covered. Please email in as soon as possible.
GIFTS FOR WOMEN and CHILDREN
December 7th, 9am-11:30am
Bishop Ott Shelter for Women and Children
1623 Convention Street, BR
On the morning of the 7th, we will spend time with the women and the kids, helping them get ready for Christmas. The kids will make presents for their mothers, and the moms will have a chance to go shopping and pick out gifts for their kids. We will need help coming up with a creative gift idea for the kids to make, folks to go shopping with the ladies, and plenty of volunteers to make this all happen.
BREAKFAST on the LEVEE
Sunday, December 1st @ 8:15am
Sunday, December 15th @ 8:15am
Expressway Park, corner of Myrtle Avenue and South 10th Street
A group from The Ring cooks and serves breakfast every other Sunday morning at Expressway Park, providing food for the homeless community and others that may need a hot meal. More important than the food, the goal is to build relationships with this community offer them a glimpse into the heart and mind of Christ, which is the hope of the entire world. At this time of year, many of the homeless community are separated from their families, so it will be a tremendous opportunity to love them well and treat them as family.
HOPE OF LIFE OFFERING
Each year we challenge one another to set aside portions of our Advent/Christmas budgets and give toward something that looks like Jesus, since Advent is all about Him. This year our offering will go to a special fund for our children’s home in Kolkata, India. Hope of Life is a home for children rescued from a life of homelessness, sexual abuse, gang exploitation, and extreme poverty. The kids are offered a place to live, solid meals, an education, structure, discipline, and most importantly a chance to be discipled in the ways of Jesus. It is estimated that over 200 kids live at the train station in Kolkata, and hundreds more live in the slums, but currently there are only enough resources to provide space for 15 kids. So this special fund will be for purchasing land, upon which a bigger facility can be built, so that more kids can be rescued. The money we collect during advent will build on what was collected last year, and we will follow the Lord forward in this endeavor. Please be prayerful about your spending this year, and see how God would have you be a part of caring for these precious ones. The offering will be formally taken up during our gathering on the 22nd, but if you can’t be there that night feel free to give on a regular Sunday night or mail it in (please indicate that it’s for the Hope of Life offering).