Celebrating the Season That is Christmas by Giving Back

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You’ve trimmed the tree, decorated those halls, mailed the annual holiday card, and are probably finishing up shopping and wrapping (some of you may be starting that process). Tis the season!

Everyone tends to grab a hold of that as the definition of Christmas. Come on. You know that’s the first thing you think of (or maybe it’s the second. I’ll give you that.). And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it either. There is MUCH fun to be had when decorating and shopping, and even in addressing those Christmas cards. There are soirees to attend and special holiday performances too! Let’s face it, this is the season that brings many a smile to our faces, right? And boy, do we LOVE to smile!

But, let’s not forget why this season exists – the birth of Christ.

“For unto us a child is born. For unto us a son is given and his name shall be called – Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!”

HE is the reason for the season and the First Baptist Church of Garner is holding an amazing program appropriately titled “The Amazing Story of Christmas” filled with equally amazing music bringing the story of Christmas alive in a wonderfully amazing way (how many times can I say “amazing”?).

FBC Garner Amazing Christmas Story

Courtesy of FBC Garner official website.

I follow Beth Hunnicutt, Worship Leader of First Baptist Church Garner, on Twitter (You should too. She’s just amazing. Really.) and she sent word that the church was performing this weekend. I couldn’t make the performances scheduled for Sunday, but I do plan to attend the one on Wednesday, December 5th @ 6:30pm. Not only do I want to see this program, but I also intend to contribute to Community of Hope Ministries too. In fact, at each performance that’s what they are asking for – contributions to this wonderful organization.

Community of Hope was founded by Garner resident and one of THE most amazing ladies I personally know – Amy White. Born out of need to service the community in such a way that would touch the lives of children and families that would have otherwise gone untouched, Amy created this program that encompasses a food pantry, after school tutoring, summer camps, a carpentry program for those that need the extra assistance, and a myriad of other services. You can read more about Amy and her quest in a recent Wake Forest Magazine article.

The thing is – this is a season of GIVING as much as it is of all the other “stuff”. While the other stuff is fun and puts you in a joyful spirit and all (which is GOOD, don’t get me wrong), it’s also a good time to remember that there are many less fortunate that need our help in whatever way we can give. I know our local food bank is holding their annual Holiday Meals campaign too and our local grocer – Lowes Foods – is also hosting a “Friends Feeding Friends” campaign. Of course, there are many other orgs needing assistance this season too.

Reach out.

Reach out to help those less fortunate, will you?

I hope to see many of my Garner friends at the Wednesday evening performance of “The Amazing Story of Christmas” at First Baptist Garner. Bring a few canned goods while you’re at it too. Community of Hope will appreciate it and I guarantee helping others while listening to the Christmas story will only put a smile on your face.

And if I don’t see you at FBC Garner on Wednesday, I hope I’ve at least given you something to think about. There are so many in need, some of which might be in your own neighborhood and you don’t even know it. I hope I’ve given you inspiration to make a difference no matter the donation because EVERY little bit helps!

May you experience this Christmas season with all the joy it brings to you and your family and may God BLESS you abundantly as we roll into 2013.

Merry Christmas!

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