Alternative Christmas Gifts

Christmas is a special time of year. We love to gather together with family and friends to sing, eat and exchange gifts. Some gifts  you receive will show up in next year’s white elephant gift exchange, others will find their place in a dusty shelf in the garage and there will be a few that hold a spot in your heart for at least a year, hopefully a lifetime.

That’s why kids write letters to Santa Claus. It’s the hope of getting a gift that’s wanted, a gift that means something.

Families around the world, just like yours, are gearing up for the end of the year. Here are a few things they put on their list this year. Some families would love to get educational toys for their kids. Others more than anything would love seeds and tools for the opportunity to have a small farm with more nutritious food. Entire communities would love to have a well closer to their houses, so they don’t have to walk miles and miles to get water.

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This year, decide to make the Church World Service (CWS) Gift Catalog (found in your bulletin this Sunday) part of your family’s traditions. You can see Billi between 10:15-11am in the lower narthex this Sunday, December 4th, to discuss Alternative Gift options and place your order. She will have cards that you can send to your recipient letting them know of the gift you have made in their name.

You can also place your Alternative Gift orders online at http://cwsbestgift.org/shop/

SPECIAL OFFERING TO PURCHASE A GIFT IN JEAN DRAKE’S NAME WILL BE COLLECTED ON DEC 11th.