Experiencing Overflowing Joy In God’s Story, In Our Story: Advent – Alternative Gift-Giving

December 3rd is known as Giving Tuesday.  How can you give of your time, talents, and resources to make a difference in your community this Advent?  How can you spread overflowing joy?

Suggestions for Alternative Gift-Giving

Picture1Looking for a creative gift idea? Do you want to give a gift that makes a difference in our community and world?  Consider giving a donation in someone’s honor or to the glory of God by supporting a ministry through our local congregation and the UMC.  In light of our 2014 congregational focus, Seeing Christ Being Christ, an alternative gift allows gift givers & recipients to SEE CHRIST and BE CHRIST in our community and around the world all year long.  Certificates will be available for you to share with those you gift.  For example:  A gift has been given in your honor enabling 3 children to attend Faith UMC’s Camp Read-A-Lot literacy program.

Gift of $100 will pay for one week of meals for Faith’s Wednesday Night Faith Connection Dinner.
Gift of $5 will pay for one individual Wednesday Night meal.
Gift of $30 will help to pay for one child to attend Wednesday Night Faith Connections program for an entire season!
Gift of $25 will purchase one 3rd Grade Bible
Gift of $25 will pay for one child to attend VBS
Gift of $7 will pay for one VBS music DVD
Gift of $20 will pay for one child to attend Camp Read-A-Lot
Gift of $12.50 will pay for one child’s Sunday School materials for one quarter.
Gift of $50 will help to cover a child’s Sunday School materials for an entire year!
Gift of $25 will pay for one middle school student to participate in our summer middle school mission trip
Gift of $25, $50, $75, or $100 will go towards helping our senior high students serve those in need at Henderson Settlement for our high school mission trip.
Gift of $25, $50, $75, or $100 will help a child or youth attend Summer Camp
Gift of $25, $50, $75, or $100 will help to begin a new adult small group
Gift of $15 will cover the cost of an adult small group or Bible study resource
Gift of $10 will pay for fabric for a dignity gown for a breast cancer patient.
Gift of $5 will purchase fleece fabric to make scarves for Faith Kitchen.
Operation Christmas Child – $7.00 will pay for the shipping & distribution costs of 1 shoe
     box.  $20  will cover the costs of the contents of 1 shoe box
Gift of $5 or more will provide publication costs for Faith’s Living Faith ministry books.
Gift of $5 or more will provide publication costs for an Advent or Lent devotion book.
Gift of $25 will provide a gift card for those hungry in our community.
Gift of $25 will provide a gas gift card for those in need in our community.
Gift of $5, $10, $25, or $50 will help to provide outreach Bibles to put God’s Word in the hands of someone needing to hear the Good News!
Books, DVD’s, music CD’s for Faith’s Prayer Room or Library & Media Center
Children’s books for Camp Read-A-Lot
UMCOR Disaster Relief
Pennies for Paraguay
Camphor Mission, Liberia
Faith Kitchen
 

Check out this opportunity to double your gift to mission through the UMC Advance giving

give me a hope

give me a hope (Photo credit: Caucas’)

project. Make an online donation and it will be matched dollar for dollar up to the first $500,000 in gifts to The Advance. Giving Tuesday starts on December 3 at 12:00 a.m. EST and ends at 11:59 p.m. Go to www.umcmission.org/give.  Click here to learn more about the different projects that you can support:http://bit.ly/UMCgive

Click this link for additional resources and ways to experience Advent at Faith UMC:  http://faithum.weebly.com/advent.html

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Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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