Dear Church Family,
Last year we began a new tradition here at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Instead of collecting an offering at Christmas to support the general operating fund of our church, we decided to give a Christmas gift to our community by supporting people and organizations that directly influence the lives of others in Lake Worth and Palm Beach County.
God’s goodness, your faithfulness and generosity throughout the year, and the careful stewardship of the resources entrusted to our church by our staff and volunteer leadership, allow us to look beyond ourselves to our community to see how we can join the work God is doing in Palm Beach County. Because we have covered our operation expenses for the year, we do not need to use our Christmas offering to “catch up” or balance our budget. Every penny of our offering will go outside our doors and into the community. Our goal for this offering is $3500.
We will be contributing to the following organizations:
We will again be participating in Adopt-a-Family’s Holiday Adopter Program. Adopt-a-Family is dedicated to restoring families in crisis to stability and self-sufficiency by providing access to all-encompassing services to families and their children. We will be supporting one of their families with food and gifts for Christmas.
Christians Reaching Out to Society is an organization in our community that reaches out to and advocates for the poor and marginalized in Palm Beach County. We will be helping them provide assistance during the Christmas Season.
Faustina has been a member of our church since she moved into our neighborhood almost five years ago. Faustina immigrated from Ghana over 30 years ago with her husband who came to the United States to attend graduate school. Once here, her husband divorced her and Faustina has spent the past decades earning a living with odd jobs and relying on the kindness of those she meets. Recent circumstances have brought her to the decision to return to her homeland. We will use part of our Christmas Offering this year to cover Faustina’s transportation costs and help her transition to her new life in Ghana.
The Women’s Circle
The Women’s Circle is an organization in Boynton Beach, FL that exists to help empower low-income women to realize their full potential to become all they can be and to gain financial stability by providing assistance with education and career development. Services include literacy, career development, and citizenship classes.
I cannot wait to see how God will provide for these needs through the generosity of First Congregational United Church of Christ. We will be receiving this offering through January 12, 2014. You can use the enclosed envelope to bring your gift to church or give online by going to www.fcclw.org/giving.
Rev. Jason Fairbanks, Pastor