You can bless those less fortunate during the Christmas season
During December we meet on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm for an Advent Servant Event, a simple project to share some much needed love at Christmas time. You are welcome to join us in assembling these projects ... or just in collecting items. Please drop your items at the church anytime prior to the assembly date.
Wednesday, December 5 - Christmas stockings for the children served by Ruth and Naomi's Street Ministry through their Family Feast dinners and other family programs. We are collecting small toys, warm toques and gloves for children and young teens.
Wednesday, December 12 - We are packing up plates of your Christmas baking to share a little love with some special seniors in our community and our neighbors at The Village supportive housing facility next door. Please no nuts in your baking.
Wednesday, December 19 - Warm feet for the street! We will be supporting the work of Cyrus Center Youth Shelter and outreach program by collecting toques, warm socks and gloves which the Centre will distribute throughout the winter to youth in need.
You can bless your neighbors in your own community - any time of the year
Through our partnership with other organizations in downtown Chilliwack you can make life a little easier for struggling individuals and families.
One of our local projects this year is to collect items on a "shopping list" given to us by Cyrus Center, the youth shelter and outreach program in downtown Chilliwack. Cyrus Center provides shelter and an opportunity for youth to begin the journey to stable housing and a productive future. Your gifts can be brought to the church at any time during office hours or on Sundays. You may also support this work financially by donating to our "Local Relief Fund."
We are currently collecting the following items for Cyrus Center:
In provide ongoing support for the work of Most Ministries, an international organization that provides eyeglass clinics in some of the poorest areas of Central America. We are collecting used eyeglasses that will be distributed at Christian eyeglass clinics. Your old glasses can give the precious gift of sight to someone desperately in need of this practical help. Bring your used eyeglass - prescription or non-prescription to the church any Sunday (or any day the office is open). We will make sure that your gift is put to good use. During the season of Lent we will also be making Gospel bracelets and finger puppets for Most Ministries missionaries to use in their clinics.
Concordia Lutheran Mission Society has adopted some exciting Mission Projects for 2016. You can be assured that 100% of your donation goes to the project you choose to support. For more details or donation options go to www.concordiamissions.org Our congregation's project in 2017 will be to support the work of CLMS missionaries in Costa Rica. We have committed to raise $2,000 to assist their work this year which includes a child feeding program in Cartago, Costa Rica.
Concordia Lutheran Mission Society (CLMS) is an independent mission society, chartered under the Corporations Act of Manitoba and registered as a charitable organization with Canada Revenue Agency. It holds auxiliary organization status with Lutheran Church-Canada. CLMS is "independent" in that it is self-governing, and not dependent on any other organization. However, it works closely with Lutheran Church-Canada and its partner churches around the world, to support various missionary, educational and social ministry projects.
Have you B-O-P'ped anyone recently? We believe that acts of kindness should not be random. Rather Christians should look for opportunities to bless others On Purpose. This is the primary focus of our service at St. Paul's. God has blessed us On Purpose through Jesus Christ and so we respond by blessing other On Purpose. We distribute small cards with this simple message to our members and friends. They then look for opportunities to bless someone (often anonymously) and leave the card to explain why.
People can be quite creative in using these cards. For example:
There is no end to the ways we can bless others with simple acts of kindness. Imagine if everyone lived this way. Wouldn't our town and our world be a nicer place? And we do this all in thanks to God because he deliberately set out a plan to save us - On Purpose.
BOP'ped cards aren't just for members of St. Paul's. We are happy to give you a supply of cards that you can use to bless others. Just contact the church office.
Prayer changes things. We have a gracious God who delights to hear the prayers of His children. If you would like to be a member of our Prayer Team, please contact the church office. Prayer Team members commit to a life of active prayer, interceding for those with prayer requests. Have a prayer request? Contact the church office by phone (604-792-9577) or email (email@example.com)