O Come, O Come Emmanuel...
This year at Moriah UMC we are feasting on the Word as we celebrate the season of Advent, or the coming, of Christ Jesus. Now that we are re-focused this Christmas season on the Word made Flesh who dwelt among us, we challenge ourselves to begin new traditions in our 201st year of witnessing to Christ in our community as a Methodist congregation. No longer are we satisfied with being part of the consumerist culture that our world proclaims at this time of year; we are committed as a congregation to re-center ourselves upon the Messiah, who is coming into our midst and will heal and restore all peoples back to God. It is a prayerful and festive time to be part of Moriah UMC! We invite you home to worship, minister and give to those in our community alongside us this December. It is our prayer that through sacrificial giving, deep and meaningful prayer, and soul-inspiring music that you would be challenged to welcome Christ in your home, in your daily life, and in your heart and mind.
Moriah UMC has a history of generosity and service to others in our neighborhood and the wider community, both regionally and globally. This year is no different! This holiday season we have the following collections ongoing, as we gather our gifts and present them back to God by giving to anyone in need:
--Out of the Garden project: Children in Greensboro continue to go hungry, even as we are the wealthiest nation in human history. This paradox has a solution! The Out of the Garden Project collects food and distributes it directly to children through the public school system; those children in the most need of food are given a weekend bag of food for them and their families. Moriah UMC supports this ministry by collecting large numbers of a single food item each month. For the month of December, we are still collecting one-pound bags of rice. Please give as you are able; our collection box is in the lobby by the sanctuary! This is an ongoing project with no deadline.
--Groomstown UMC's food pantry: We have partnered with Groomstown UMC for a couple of years now. They head a ministry only a few miles from Moriah where they offer a food pantry, a clothing "store" and serve hot meals twice per week at no charge. This ministry is more than just distribution--the folks working hard at Groomstown UMC are forming meaningful relationships with those who are less fortunate, and even seek to fulfill other needs such as with baby needs and furniture. Moriah UMC is excited to work with Groomstown to provide canned food to support their food pantry. A collection box is located in the lobby; as an ongoing project, this does not have a particular deadline.
--Greensboro Pregnancy Center: During the Christmas season we are collecting baby items to donate to the Greensboro Pregnancy Center, such as new clothes, bottles and diapers. A complete list is available in the lobby, or is printed in your church bulletin. Please bring in an item to help make this Christmas a season of joy for underprivileged mothers in the Greensboro area!
--Special Needs through the Angel Fund and Discretionary Fund:
Do you know someone who needs a help up this holiday season? Maybe you are in need of just a little more support for your family, and you aren't sure how God will provide? You are encouraged to bring special needs to the attention of Pastor Eric. As a church we support families through emergency givings, and we wish to support those in our local community as we are able. Please email Pastor Eric directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.