Traditionally, the church has observed Christmas not as single day, but as the twelve-day season of Christmas. It begins at midnight on Christmas Day and continues until January 5, the eve of Epiphany. All too often, the only reminder in our culture of “Christmastide” is the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Once December 25 comes and goes, most of society is ready to move on (the stores are already decorated for Valentine’s Day!). *
We want to challenge you to Keep Christmas Well, by adopting “The Twelve Months of Christmas”. It will help you on your path toward Discipleship. Giving is a key component to grow as a Disciple of Jesus. Giving in love, time, money, and care is pleasing in God’s sight. “In this way we remember the Lord Jesus’ words: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” ()
On Christmas Eve, a special offering will be collected for the Life Experiences organization in Cary.
Life Experiences is a non-profit organization that offers a choice of satisfying work experiences for adults with varying disabilities, and at the same time allows those adults the self-esteem of earning a wage for their work. Life Experiences operates five small businesses which offer employment to adults with developmental disabilities while at the same time providing valuable services and products to the community.
In January, we’ll also have a collection for items they need for the wonderful work they do giving adults with disabilities a dignified way of living.
Genesis has wonderful missions that can keep you committed to give/serve, in the name of the Lord, for the whole year.
Choose to serve/give every month and grow as a disciple.
We invite you to check their website at: lifeexperiences.org
You may want to buy some of their baked goods for your Christmas table.
* Excerpt from “The Redemption of Scrooge” by Matt Rawle, Youth Study book.
35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (ESV)