Happy Thanksgiving (tomorrow)! Though there is much we can grumble and complain about in our world right now, let’s practice giving thanks for the ways the Lord has blessed us. As we reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness, let’s respond with grateful hearts in giving as the Lord has graciously and generously given to us. There are many ways in which we can tangibly give thanks through giving charitably.
SOUTHERN AFRICA CHURCH PLANTING INITIATIVE
Most every year KCC has given the Sunday offering on Thanksgiving weekend to our Compassion Fund, which goes toward helping people in our congregation and local community. That means our church budget is based on 51 weeks of giving, not 52. However, this year our Compassion Fund is well resourced. So we’re planning to give the Thanksgiving offering to a place of more extreme need…
MALAWI CHRISTMAS GIVING DRIVE
The Christmas season is a time of giving, both to friends and family and to those in need. COVID has inconvenienced us in many ways that have been legitimately hard, but we must remember that many people are suffering in ways well beyond what we have experienced. Pastor Robert Manda reports that about 2.8 million people in Malawi are facing terrible hunger, in part, because of how the virus has crippled the economy. So throughout the month of December, we are encouraging over and above generosity to be directed to hunger alleviation for our brothers and sisters in Malawi.
Christmas Comfort from the Heart of Christ
Christmas is a time where we sing and celebrate “good tidings of comfort and joy.” As a way of directing our hearts to Christ Himself we are encouraging the church to read “Gentle and Lowly: Christ’s Heart for Sinners and Suffers,” by Dane Ortland. It is 23 chapters, so try to read one a day. It is not a traditional Advent book that tells the story of Jesus’ birth and incarnation; rather, it demonstrates that the same gentle and lowly Jesus who entered the world as a baby is still gentle and lowly in His heart toward us. Gentle and Lowly is a deeply comforting and Christ-centered book. I like to describe it as the simplicity of the song “Jesus Loves Me,” combined with the orchestral majesty and complexity of “Handel’s Messiah.” In other words, Jesus really does love us, and that truth is profoundly deep and beautiful. If you’re not a reader, you can buy the audiobook, or listen to the 14-day short podcasts. Books are for sale for $10 in our Sunday worship gathering, or it is free if you cannot afford it.
PATH CENTER BLANKET DRIVE
As the weather gets colder, people need warmth. The PATH Center, our local homeless mission and shelter, is in need of blankets to give away to those in need. COVID-19 restrictions has made it more challenging to love our neighbors, but this is a practical way to do so. You can either donate NEW or CLEAN USED (please wash beforehand) blankets. You can drop blankets off at the Commons, take them directly to the PATH Center (though their open hours have changed due to COVID-19), or bring them to your GLG. Matt Parks or Robin Nofziger will collect them and deliver them to the PATH Center. For more information, send us a message.
CURRENT PRAYER REQUEST:
Surgeries – Dean Andres, Rex Wreede, Marilyn Smith, and Maya Hogan have all recently gone through surgery and are in the process for recovery. Please pray for continued healing and strength.
Don and Landy Retcher – Don has pneumonia again and Landy is in the hospital with COVID-19. Please pray for the Lord to strengthen them in both body and spirit and to have a complete recovery.
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