Christmas time is here again!

Around this time each year, things seem to get a little brighter and a little more joyful. This is also the time to look back on the hope, joy and peace that came into the world with the birth of Jesus. As schedules start to get filled with Christmas parties and other holiday get-togethers, we encourage you to pause and reach out to those around you. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, just a simple gesture to share the love and joy of Jesus.

Check out five practical ways to reach out this holiday season:
  • 1. Invite family and friends to the upcoming Christmas play. A Christmas Carol Retold illustrates the Gospel in a fun and unique way, and it is great for the whole family. The play is free and childcare is provided for birth – kindergarten. Invitations are available at the Info Desk for you to hand out. You can also invite people through social media with one of these two graphics.
  • 2. Take your neighbors a holiday treat. Nothing says Merry Christmas like some red and green cookies. Get the kids involved, bake some cookies and tell your neighbors how thankful you are for them with a Christmas treat. Need an easy recipe? Here’s a great one.
  • 3. Go Christmas caroling. Sure this sounds a little old-school, but everyone enjoys Christmas tunes. Whether in your neighborhood, at an elderly-care facility or a local hospital, this is a great way for the whole family to spread some holiday cheer.
  • 4. Donate a gift to a local organization. Project Angel Tree collects gifts for children whose parents are unable to be with them this Christmas. You can pick up a name and gift idea from the tree at Richland Mall. Gifts can be dropped off during regular mall hours now – December 19th. For more information, check out the Project Angel Tree website.
  • 5. Invite people to our Christmas Eve services. Did you know people are more likely to attend church around Christmas time than almost any other time of the year? We encourage you to invite others to join us in celebrating the birth of our Savior this season. We will have Christmas Eve services on Saturday, December 24th, at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Childcare will be available. Invitations will be available at the Info Desk in the coming weeks.