Advent Missions 2018

during this season, we serve together in our neighborhood. join in!

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God’s incarnation in Jesus is something that didn’t only happen on the first Christmas. It continues to happen as we, the body of Christ, are led by the Spirit to “flesh out” God’s love in action for our neighbors. Christmas is a joyful season, but what we are celebrating is bigger than one holiday: the mystery of the incarnation is in the ongoing, embodied movement of God transforming our world through Jesus, who came in the flesh. So as we culminate our “Transformers” series this fall and move toward the season of Advent, may we have new energy to pursue our annual Advent Missions. Where will you and your family serve and celebrate the goodness of Christmas with our neighbors this year?

Participate in the 8th annual FPC Community Toy Store through the donation of new toys or volunteering to make this one-day toy store a wonderful gift to our neighbors. Through local schools and mission partners, we invite families to shop for new toys for their kids. By allowing shoppers to make their own toy choices and purchase the toys (at 20% of retail price), our hope is that the parents feel a sense of pride and dignity in providing for their families during what can be a challenging time. Stop by and sign up to volunteer at the Toy Store in the FPC reception room… this year’s sale is Saturday, Dec. 8, 10am-1pm!

Throw a party for the residents of the Alberta House, low-income transitional apartments that are affiliated with our mission partner, The City Gate. We will have tags with gift ideas from the residents on our Christmas tree starting mid-November for those who wish to donate a gift. And then join others from FPC to help throw a wonderful party for the residents; rumor has it that Santa may show up there, too! We are looking for some fresh helpers this year, so email ross@spokanefpc.org if you’d like a volunteer role making this party happen on Monday, December 10!

Mission Community Outreach Center  Support our mission partner, Mission Community Outreach Center, with their annual “Children’s Christmas Joy” collection. For over 22 years the Center has provided free clothing bank services, personal hygiene items and basic household goods to Spokane families living in poverty. Our donations of new jeans, shirts (long sleeve preferred) and underwear for boys and girls ages infant-6th grade will make this a joyful Christmas for many children. Monetary donations are also accepted. Collection in the FPC Reception Room runs through Sunday, Dec. 2. The Children’s Christmas Joy distribution event is Dec. 7 and 8 at MCOC. Volunteers are needed and can sign up here: http://signup.com/go/qRvcMgd

Volunteer for Liberty Park Community Development Center’s Christmas Party  LPCDC is a neighborhood hub in the South Perry District that connects people of all ages to opportunities for spiritual, educational, and social growth. As a mission of the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest, LPCDC seeks to be a living witness to the Spirit’s work in Spokane. Each year at FPC, it’s our tradition to bless the residents, staff, and families connected to LPCDC with a wonderful meal, cookie decorating, and a visit from Santa! Monday, December 10, 6:00 p.m.

Have a wonderful Advent and Christmas season by serving others!