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Christmas Giving

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you cam to visit me. . . . . The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"

Matthew 26:35-38; 40

Please explore the 3 Giving Options listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office at 637-4022

Option 1: Alternative Christmas Giving

What is Alternative Christmas Giving?

Alternative Christmas Giving accomplishes 3 things:

It honors a friend, relative, teacher, associate with a gift designated to a mission project or organization;

It helps people who are less fortunate in our community or the world;

It glorifies God!

Alternative Giving Gift Options 2015:

RCS Food Pantry

The Religious Community Services Food Pantry is stocked entirely by food drives and donations. Families may receive one week’s food for at-home preparation. The RCS Food Pantry continues to experience

increases in requests for services each year.

$5Feed a family of 2 for one (1) day from the Food

Pantry at RCS

$20Feed a family of 2 for five (5) days from the Food

Pantry at RCS

$50 Feed a family of 6 for five (5) days from the Food

Pantry at RCS

$100Feed a family of 6 for ten (10) days from the Food

Pantry at RCS

Backpack Blessings for Children

These food kits provide healthy food for children who

experience food insecurity in their homes on the weekends. This means there might be food, but then again, there might not be food or enough food. The items are kid friendly to open and require little or no preparation. BPB has supplied all

Craven County elementary schools for several years; this year the program was expanded to Jones and Pamlico counties, as well as expanded into the middle schools in all said counties.

$12Backpack Blessings for one month/one child

$25Backpack Blessings for two months/one child

How Do I Purchase Alternative Giving Gifts?

It’s so easy! Simply visit the Alternative Giving tables in the Courtyard or the Atrium on November 29, December 6, & December 13 to purchase the cards in the amounts that you wish. Then you will take your cards home, add special

messages if desired, address and mail them. Cards may also be purchased from the Church Office on the Ministry Center side of the street during the week until noon on Friday, December 18.

Your friends and family will be honored and excited to have such a great gift that holds such meaning and promise for others!

Option 2: The Giving Tree

Take a tag from the Giving Tree in the Narthex or the Atrium, purchase the gift listed, and return the gift and the tag to the tree. These gifts will be given to local school children who have been designated by the guidance counselors at three area schools — Ben D. Quinn Elementary, Bangert Elementary, and Trent Park Elementary. There are two tags for each child on the trees — a clothing item and a toy. This year Garber will sponsor 60 school children with 120 tags. Make a child’s Christmas special with this simple giving opportunity!

The Giving Tree Gifts are due Sunday, Dec. 13

Option 3: Christmas Memorials and/or Honorariums

Each year the church decorates with many live wreaths and other decorations to enhance our Advent and Christmas season worship. You may contribute to the expense of these beautiful decorations by giving in memory or honor of a loved one. A list of these remembrances/honorariums will be printed in the Cantata worship bulletins on Sunday, December 13.

Forms are available here:

Christmas Memorial/Honorarium Form

Deadline Sunday, Dec. 6

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