A few minutes before church began on Sunday, Atlas, a shy five-year old, came up to me with a stack of index cards in his hand. He was so proud to show them to me; red, orange, green and yellow crayon makes filled each card. His mom said that morning, he really wanted to bring an offering but didn’t have any money with him. So, in a stroke of kindergartener genius, he decided to make money. He was so excited as he showed them to me and placed them in our offering basket. The power of generosity was overwhelming; this child gave all he had, even that which he had created.
As we enter this first week of Advent, we start our journey of watching and waiting for Christ with incredible acts of generosity like the one Atlas made yesterday. Tuesday is national Giving Tuesday; following on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for us to experience the real power of this season—the power of solidarity, standing with those in need, and investing in life-saving and life-transforming work. This year, we have set a goal of $5,000 for Giving Tuesday. The first $2,500 we will give away in an act of love to the students at Philip Simmons High School who have outstanding lunch debts. That amount will clear their balances to zero and let families enter the new year with freedom. The rest that we raise we will invest in continuing and sustaining the vital work our community does every single day—work of living like Jesus in ways that are authentic, vulnerable, creative, beautiful and inclusive.
How to contribute on #GivingTuesday
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Advent from the Edges
On Sunday, we started our Advent from the Edges journey with the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth and recalled how God silenced the powerful and privileged to let the voices from the margins sing loudly. In case you missed it, you can catch our worship service here. On December 8, we will continue to listen to voices from the margins as we hear Mary’s song in the light of our world’s most pressing needs.
Carols and Cocoa
On Sunday, December 8 at 5 p.m., we’ll gather for Carols and Cocoa at the historic Keith School House at 1509 Clements Ferry Road. Bring your friends and family for this fun evening of singing your favorite carols, sipping from the hot chocolate bar, and creating keepsake ornaments. This event is free and open to all!
Atlas’s generosity is a shining example of what this holiday season means—acts of service, focused on giving, selfless and generous. Jesus came to us as a child, vulnerable and tender. Let your acts this week reflect the spirit of who God is in our lives and invite others to experience the joy that Jesus brings!
Peace be with you, friend,