First Church does Advent right!
• Meaningful seasonal worship highlighted with pageantry and amazing music by Choral Union and Adoramus
• Family fun in the way of Christmas Cheer, Youth Christmas Party, and the Polar Express Party
• Advent Bible Studies and the Advent Devotional for personal reflection
• Sanctuary and hallways decked out in holiday regalia
• Special symbols in the way of the Chrismon Tree and the labyrinth
• Six Christmas Eve candlelight services where we celebrate the awe-inspiring birth of the Christ child
I am sure that many of you have built family traditions around several of these special events.
Lots of planning is involved both on the part of clergy and staff, but it is really YOU, our members, who make it happen. This season of unbounded love and new beginnings is memorable because of your generosity of time and dollars. It is your gifts to the 2018 Ministry and Operating Fund that makes this month-long celebration possible. Thank you!
As we close in on the end of the year, I am happy to share that we are on track to finish the year financially sound, but your prayerful consideration is still needed to ensure that we successfully achieve our year-end monetary goal. Similar to other nonprofits and retail, First Church counts on December for being the strongest month for congregational giving. We are so grateful for our members who fulfill or even exceed their 2018 Commitments, for those who practice consistent giving, and for many who make additional year-end gifts to our ministry and operating fund as a way of honoring and celebrating our loving God who gives unconditionally.
Please be aware that there are several options for making year-end gifts. Along with checks, cash, and credit cards, we are also able to accept gifts of stock options or receive gifts in the way of an IRA or as a part of your Required Minimum Distribution or through a donor-advised fund. Please feel free to contact Larry Ammerman (firstname.lastname@example.org | 817-339-3884) if you are interested in making a gift in one of these ways.
I hope to see many of you in the days ahead so that I can personally wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you for your many gifts. But if our paths don’t cross, please know that I sincerely wish you and your family a magical Christmas and that your life in the upcoming new year be Christ-filled with peace, hope, joy, and love.
Director of Stewardship