If your mailbox is typical, it will soon be crammed with mailers from various organizations asking you to make year-end gifts. The same will be true of your e-mailbox. The truth of the matter is that there are lots of opportunities during November and December at Niles Discovery Church to give a little extra to different causes. Here’s a list of what to expect in the coming weeks.
- Every month Niles Discovery Church has a Special Offering on the second Sunday of the month. In November, the Special Offering will be for our church’s participation in Abode Services Home Warming Program. The Ministry of Social Concerns Team has picked Puente de la Costa del Sur for the December Special Offering. More information about the Puente offering will be in the December edition of The Bell.
- From November 5 to December 3, the Ministry of Social Concerns will sponsor a Holiday Food Gift Bag drive (instead of the traditional Turkey Drive). This change has been made because Tri-City no longer is able to furnish turkeys for all their clients. We will be purchasing items for the residents of Laguna Commons, an affordable housing site sponsored by Abode which gives priority to Veterans and their families. Laguna Commons is one of the locations the Food Van visits, staffed by the Niles Discovery Church Mobile Food Van volunteers. Look for a “Holiday Food Bags” display board in the Fellowship Hall and offering envelopes in the sanctuary chairs. More information will be available on the church egroup and by request from Ministry of Social Concern Team members. Judy Zlatnik chairs this effort.
- Thanksgiving Sunday will be celebrated on November 26, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The Ministry of Spiritual Life Team invites you to bring fresh produce to create a Harvest Communion Table. This fresh produce will be taken to Tri-City Volunteers after the worship service for them to distribute through their food bank.
Ministry of Social Concerns Team invites you to help stuff Stockings for the Puente Posada and Christmas party for the children of immigrant families on the south San Mateo coast. Puente’s specific requests for this year will be posted on-line and in the fellowship hall as soon as the Ministry of Social Concerns receives them. Look for the photos posted on the display board in the fellowship hall and in on-line bulletins. Carol Easter leads this project.
- About a dozen church members create Gift Baskets for Seniors selected by the City of Fremont senior social workers. We receive a wish list from the senior and assemble a gift bag or basket to brighten the holidays of frail and needy seniors. Those of us who have participated find this a particularly heartwarming way to celebrate the season! John Smith will chair the effort.
- The Ministry of Christian Education Team will organize a contingent from our church to help out with the Tri-City Volunteers’ annual Toy Party in December. Watch the December edition of The Bell for more information.
Not everyone can do everything, but we sure hope you will find a few ways to spread the joy of the season to more people. Thank you for your generosity.