Experiencing Overflowing Joy in God’s Story, In Our Story: Acts of Grace Advent 2013

ACTS OF GRACE

Bible heartThe theme for our church this year is Acts of Grace.  As the year comes to an end, think of an act of grace that you can do as a reminder that God is always with us—guiding and directing our lives.  Jesus came into the world to serve.  Go and do likewise.

~ Get to know your mailman, newspaper carrier, bus driver, hair stylist, teacher, waitress, or others who provide service to you throughout the year. Do something special for them to  express your appreciation (bake them cookies or bread, write them a note of encouragement, etc).

~ Create a family night basket complete with ingredients for homemade pizza, popcorn, candy, video rental gift cards, coloring book & crayons, a family devotional, etc. Give it to a single parent family.

~ Offer to wrap gifts, babysit, or provide a meal for an overworked and tired parent.

~ Invite 3 people from your neighborhood or extended family to church during Advent and on Christmas Eve.

~ Visit someone from your congregation who is unable to come to church or someone you  haven’t seen in church recently. Pray for them.

~ Scrape the snow off a co-workers car.  Shovel your neighbor’s driveway or sidewalk!

~ Mug someone. Buy some inexpensive mugs and fill them with hot chocolate packets and inspirational notes. Leave them on the desks of co-workers or businesses you visit during Advent and Christmas.

~ Make a commitment to practice welcoming others on Sunday morning. Introduce someone you know to someone they may not yet know.

photo (34)~ Give an alternative gift in honor of someone this year.  Make a donation to a mission project or charity that is important to them. Consider supporting a ministry through our local congregation or the UMC. Click this link for some suggestions: http://faithum.weebly.com/alternative-giving.html

~ Consider how you might cut back on the amount of time you spend decorating, shopping, and baking for the holidays. Use the extra time to practice random acts of kindness and spread joy and love to others. Be Christ in the world!

~ Write letters or send a care package to someone serving in the military, in a nursing home, or in prison.

~ Give an equal amount of what you spend on Christmas gifts for family and friends to outreach ministries & missions that serve the poor in spirit and those in need.

~ Go caroling! Join us on December 18 to carol in Faith UMC’s neighborhood. Go out into the community and meet people you don’t know—don’t  just visit people from your congregation. Make it an outreach project! Hand out colorful brochures or flyers with basic church information (location, web URL, etc.).

~ Give the gift of your presence to someone who may be alone or hurting this Christmas.  Do the same for those closest to you!

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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