It's in the air. Cool nights. The first frost. Raking leaves. The smell of neighbors burning their leaves. Early Black Friday sales. Busier than normal schedules. All these things point to the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas season. It seems like our culture subtly pulls us into the hectic fray of the season. But as followers of Christ, we must remember that we are told to be thankful and that it's Jesus' birthday we will be celebrating. So here are some helpful suggestions that not only can keep you from being drug into the cultural fray but help you keep the focus on the main thing this holiday season.
- Give the gift of time to your loved ones. A date night or a special time together. It doesn't have to cost a lot, but you can create a memory together.
- Pray about how you might participate in our upcoming Thanksgiving offering that provides food to tri-state families in need. It's a great expression of your thankfulness to the Lord for the many blessing you have been given.
- Get family and friends to pack on Operation Christmas Child box. You will be putting a smile on a child’s face. Plus the story of Jesus is told to each child. Boxes and supplies are available this weekend in the foyer. You can go HERE to see how to pack a box and a video of children receiving their boxes.
- Sponsor a child for Christmas. There are over 260 children at Hope for Uganda school in Rakai, Uganda. We all have those people who have everything and are hard to buy for. Give them a sponsorship! A sponsorship is also a great gift to give as a birthday gift to Jesus. After all, it's His birthday. You'll get ways to pray for your child and the school. You can go HERE for more information.
- Commit to worship this season as an expression of your gratitude. Keep your schedule freed up to be able to be a part of our weekend services. Worshipping together helps keep our focus on what's important.
- Make hand made/crafted gifts instead of buying something. There's something special about getting something that was made by a loved one. Gift giving doesn't have to be costly. By all means, don't go into debt to celebrate Jesus' birthday.
Let’s do all we can together to keep the proper focus this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Start today, and don't get caught up in the cultural hustle and bustle of the world's pull on us. We'll see you this weekend.