Tuesday, November 29, 2011

a busy november

It's been a busy month for NativityMissions. November started off with our annual Project Thanksgiving. We collected over 1,100 Thanksgiving dinners that went to feed families in need throughout our region. This year we also kicked up our service a notch and had almost two-hundred members sign up to serve at different organizations to feed the hungry this holiday season.

In the midst of Project Thanksgiving, we sent another small Missions team to Haiti. The group spent time in the school and at the church meeting the parishioners, teachers and students -- building relationships and strengthening the connection between our two communities. We also saw the school lunch program in action which was truly awesome. Hundreds and hundreds of kids eating everyday in a place that had been condemned just months before. Be sure to look out for photos and video from the trip during Mass this Advent and at Christmas Eve at the Fairgrounds!

And this past weekend we just kicked off our Advent message series "Simply Christmas." This Advent we are pausing to reflect on the simplicity of the Christmas message. And rather than introducing a new initiative and going over the top with a third Advent Conspiracy, we will continue to support the work of our strategic partners in Nigeria and Haiti while opening our hearts to the presence of God. I think this is an awesome step for our church and our congregation to take, by giving out of our substance to support our strategic partners while preaching a great message and maintaining the integrity of the Christmas season.

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