Christmas Offering

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see– I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:10-11

The Lord’s message of “do not be afraid” or “fear not” appears over 250 times throughout scripture! There is no darkness, fear, doubt, division, persecution, oppression, and hate that God cannot overcome. Do not be afraid and do not give up hope, especially in these times of pandemic. The divisions and pain that exist in our world can either paralyze us or ignite us to proclaim the good news that God is here and at work in ways that we cannot begin to imagine. Nothing can destroy or kill that hope; we know this through the resurrection of Jesus. The world needs hope and the incarnational birth of Jesus is an outward and visible sign of God bringing that hope into the world in a very tangible and everlasting way. To proclaim that hope is our call through our words and actions; we are to be God’s messengers who shine light into the darkness; the light of love and mercy.

Our call is to keep at the mission and ministry before us: to gather to say our prayers, break bread, and glorify God, and to continue feeding, healing, forgiving, welcoming the stranger and outcast, and loving the people we encounter both here and in all places. Through the St. John’s Nursery School and the Christian Formation Programs, St. John’s continues to form children of ages four years old through high school. We continue to feed the hungry through participating in the weekly food distribution through the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force and the Coalition for Community. During the past seven months we distributed over 10,000 bags to students eligible for free and reduced breakfast and lunch. Through the Easter Appeal 2020 we have been able to contribute funds to the Community Resource Center to provide rent and utility relief and help with people finding safe temporary housing. We have also provided grocery gift cards to the social workers in the Mamaroneck School District so that immediate food relief can be offered while families connect with the Hunger Task Force and CRC. We have also been blessed to have the capacity to open our tents and several inside spaces for outside groups to meet which otherwise would not be an option during these times.

This year we are beginning the tradition of a Christmas Offering. This is to be an expression of gratitude, over and above the other ways you give to our church. These offerings will make a difference in our ability to be a resource of hope and healing. I pray you will give out of thanksgiving for the birth of Christ and the promise that Christ is with us, Emmanuel, in our hearts and in how we live our lives.

We are blessed in so many ways as a church and school community. God calls us to go and be blessings in the world. Wake up each day and be thankful for the presence of Christ in your life and in the lives of those around you. Arrive on Christmas morning ready to behold Christ in your heart and in your life today and every day. The message of Christmas is that God is alive and at work in the world, in us, with us, and around us! Alleluia!

Peace,

Rev. Lisa

To make a Christmas Offering, please complete the form below. If you prefer, you may donate by check made payable to St. John’s Church with “Christmas Offering” in the memo, and return the check to the Parish Office. Thank you!

 

Christmas Offering Online Donation Form

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