Christmas around the Neighborhood Christian Center was a busy, but Blessed time. This year, 93 children were served through the Christmas Family Sponsorship Program and 546 children through the Christmas Toy Store where we gave away more than 12,000 toys and gift items, serving more than 300 families during Christmas. Volunteers of all ages came from all over to prepare and work the Toy Store. Because of the generosity of so many individuals, families, churches, businesses and organizations, there were lots of smiling faces on Christmas Day. Along with all the toys, gift items, and financial donations given, we are thankful for the 180 new bikes given by people across our city to make Christmas morning special for so many.
Thank you for making Christmas special for the men, women and children that are served through the various programs we offer to the community. Children in the Back Yard Bible Clubs were able to shop and wrap gifts for their parents, make canvas bags and decorate Christmas cookies. Many of you provided Christmas meals and desserts for our classes on-site at the Neighborhood Christian Center and in the jails and prison. We could have never served the number of children and families that we did without this community’s help and for that we are grateful!
THANKSGIVING DAY 2014
Thank you to those who made Thanksgiving Day special for those in need of food and fellowship. Through a community-wide effort; volunteers decorated tables, made placemats, prepped and cooked a Thanksgiving Meal at Austinville UMC and St. Luke’s UMC that served people across this community. On Thanksgiving Day, hosted at Austinville UMC, more than 200 volunteers (from over 20 churches) showed up to deliver and serve approximately 990 meals to those in need throughout this community. We are beyond blessed to have such a generous and loving community who so graciously comes together as “One in the Body of Christ” to serve those in need during the Holidays, which can be a sad time for so many. St. Andrews Presbyterian Church provided all the Thanksgiving ingredients for 20 households so they could cook for their own families on Thanksgiving Day and St. Luke’s UMC provided a community lunch to the families in the Sunset Housing area before Thanksgiving. To God Be The Glory, Great Things He Hath Done.
Matthew 25:36-40—”For I was hungry and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me” …….. And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”