I don’t know if it sneaks up on you like it sneaks up on me but, “Wow, Christmas is Coming!” I just can’t seem to push Christmas plans early enough into the calendar to get ahead of it. It really does land on the same date every year too!
One of the great things about the season is that there are all kinds of opportunities to do good things for others. Peter said of Jesus that, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38). Lots of the good we do is certainly not on this scale, (though we are seeking to redeem some of the elements of the cultural rhythms of this season for God). We want, however, to “do good” where we can. With that in mind, here are some opportunities:
Working backwards from “the day” (and by the way, you can plan to spend Christmas Day with your family - no Sunday services on December 25), we are having two identical Christmas Eve services on December 23 and 24. They are both at 7 p.m. and are definitely something to invite your family, neighbours and friends to participate in! As noted in the papyrus communication tool that we hand out each Sunday, we will need extra volunteers those nights in Welcome! Ministries
if you are available to help.
Another way to “do good” is by participating in “If They Were Mine." We're joining up with CHIPROM in Nigeria and Freedom House in Haiti to provide Christmas gifts for children in these orphanages. Our Harvest young adults are leading the charge so you can stop by to see them at the booth in the lobby with your donation, ($40/basket), to bless these children this Christmas. All your donations will be used to purchase gifts in country and take care of practical needs for those less fortunate. Rally around this campaign and show the love of Christ!
A cool thing would be to support our Awana clubs with their “Baskets of Joy” silent auction, (also raising money for the Children of Promise orphanage in Nigeria and the Freedom House orphanages in Haiti), on Wednesday December 14 at TCS from 6:30-8 p.m. Bid for amazing baskets assembled by our kids and families. Winners will be announced at 8 p.m. and will go home with their basket – which you could also use to bless others!!
There will also be refreshments available in the foyer to enjoy during the bidding wars! (Please RSVP to Amy at
if you’re planning to attend the silent auction).
Maybe you are part of our ministry through small groups helping out some of our own families, along with our HOPE fund. Some small groups join together in other initiatives also and I know there are lots more opportunities besides. This season, let’s do good where we can, as God leads each of us. Let’s also remember the other part of what Peter said, “And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:42-43). Now that’s a gift!