A Generous Christmas Tradition – Guest Blog by John Hilliard

Life can be so busy, especially at this time of the year. We’re preparing for relatives to visit, going to the kids’ choir concerts, hosting Christmas parties, and so much more, that we often miss the needs of others around us. LifePath Christian Ministries provides a place for women and children to live where they can have their basic needs met while they are getting back on their feet again. Meals are an important part of this ministry. Up until last year, they had an old oven that took over an hour to preheat and hours to cook a casserole. Our Christmas Eve Offering from last year purchased a new commercial oven for LifePath, which makes it much easier to provide food for the women and their children.

This season is all about having a heart to give. Living Word has been blessed to be a blessing for almost 40 years. The Christmas Eve Offering is when generosity pours out of us as a wonderful gift to people here in York and around the world. We give all of it away; not a single cent stays at Living Word.

Our goal for 2017 is $225,000, benefitting 20 organizations – 8 global and 12 local and regional ministries. We are including some special ministries from the past, like Project Adopt A Village (PAAV), Water Missions International, LifePath Christian Ministries, and Logos Academy, and adding some new ones, like River Valley Ranch, Ladders to the Light, and the House of Blessing in Jordan. The goal is just a starting point. For the past 10 years we have exceeded our goal, often by a large amount YAY God! The ministries you will see listed is our initial group. We have an additional list of thirteen ministries that will be considered beyond the initial goal. Our hope is that generosity will abound and we will be a blessing to all of the organizations on our list.

This Sunday we will share more specific plans for our global recipients. Please join us to learn more about this outreach.

You can make a contribution online, through our church APP, or in the Sunday morning (or Christmas Eve) offering (please add “Christmas Eve Offering” to the memo line of your check).

Questions about giving to the offering? Contact Scott Naylor or call 717.755.0089 x 101.