Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Worthy of Your Attention, Your Time and Your Money

Our Sanctuary Choir stands before our gathered congregation every week through the year, save a few breaks, and inspires us in worship. They are prepared and they sing with joy. I can testify that they have fun while they do it, too. This week they move beyond the single anthem to lead us through the story of Christmas with the Cantata, All is Well. Based upon scripture and our own remembrances of the story, you will not want to miss this gracious act of worship.

During the season of giving we turn our attention to ways we can directly help three of our key partners in ministry through our Helping Our Neighbors at Christmas Offering. This was a great success last year and we can do it again. Our Missions Committee has set goals to support Open Door ($2,000), the Wynnton Neighborhood Network ($1,000) and Brown Bag of Columbus ($1,000). The total received will be shared among them. If you feel led to give beyond your regular contribution to Epworth, consider supporting this opportunity. Donations can be made in honor or memory of loved ones or you can receive a certificate to give directly as a gift at Christmas.

Epworth Christmas Parties have long been a great tradition of for families to celebrate the season. This year's Birthday Party for Jesus keeps the tradition going while pointing the direction of our celebration on the very reason for the season. In addition to the food (bring $1 to eat all you want), songs, reading the Christmas story, and fun, the kids are also collecting money to help purchase a gift for a village in need of help farming. The proceeds will go towards a farm animal they choose. Everyone is invited to attend on Wednesday, December 19 at 6:00 PM.

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