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Thanksgiving turned into Thanks for Giving

On behalf of Hope Chapel’s Staff, I wish each of you a very special Thanksgiving holiday. I think it is pretty neat that our culture still recognizes the rightness of being thankful, especially when you consider all we have to be thankful for, as we explored Sunday (http://www.hopechapelsterling.org/?sermons=dont-be-an-idiot-be-thankful). I think it is fitting that our thanks celebration includes the word giving, as it is one of the most appropriate reactions to being thankful. And as we turn the corner from our focus on thankfulness to the season where we celebrate God’s greatest gift, we are going to highlight Above & Beyond giving opportunities for the month of December. Here are several of the ways you can join with folks at Hope in giving this Christmas season.

A.  We are looking to assemble 150+ “Bags of Blessing” to give to the homeless in our region. It will work this way. During your general errand running, collect the contents appropriate for a man or woman, as listed below. Bring the contents in a plastic bag to church and put them in the designated area. We will then put them in a Cinch Backpack Bag and add a portion of Scripture to the contents and work with our regional partners to distribute them by Christmas.

– For a Woman: Hat, gloves, scarf, socks, toothbrush, tooth paste, hair brush, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and non-perishable food items like fiber or protein bars.

– For a Man: Hat, gloves, scarf, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, comb, pre-moistened washcloth, and non-perishable food items like fiber or protein bars.

(Please no gift cards as they tend to be sold off for 50% of the value).

 

B.  As a bigger group project, say for a Life Group, we are going to be looking to adopt up to 20 families to bless this Christmas. More details will be forthcoming in the first week of December.

C. You can provide a $25 or $50 gift card to a local grocery store (Hannaford, Market Basket, Walmart, etc.). These are directly distributed by us to families or channeled through the local Senior Center Director or School Principal. We will have a basket in the lobby alcove where you can place these.

D. A gift to International Missions. As a church, we join with a network of over 45,000 churches to pray for and raise resources for International Missions. We do so under the name of a pioneer female missionary to China, Lottie Moon. You will hear more about this during the service on December 4. We will begin receiving this offering the week of December 11. You can indicate how much you want to go to this offering on the Memo line on your check.

E. Scholarship for a Rwandan Pastor to attend high school. A full annual scholarship costs $350. You can provide a full scholarship or any portion of the full scholarship. Just put “Rwanda Scholarship” in the memo line on your check. The goal is to raise 20 scholarships.

 

Have a great day with family and see you Sunday.

 

Blessings,

Neal

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