That’s the gift that Christ brings as we celebrate Christmas each year. But His coming happens in unexpected ways and that has been the message of our Unexpected Christmas. Sharing Christ’s love and grace, unconditionally with those who are most in need of that love and message in our community. Imagine the look of our neighbors at Frontier Care and Rehab facility as they receive a much-needed gift, which is too difficult to afford, from a complete stranger.

These neighbors are reminded that they are not forgotten. Imagine the laughter, smiles and tears of joy that your gift can bring. Or the teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School who has been struggling with anxiety, doing things in different ways,  who opens a gift from our church family that says to them, “what you do matters, you are important and loved”. Or imagine the family that has been struggling with how to make ends meet receiving a box or two of food; or the child who receives a gift from their incarcerated parent; or the child who is in foster care receiving an extra gift of love. Imagine the joy those gifts of grace bring to their lives.

We don’t have to imagine, because we have seen the faces, the tears, the hugs, the delight, and the wonderment. We have seen lives be totally changed. Persons who were closed off to God and the church, have become open to God’s love. People who have struggled with “do I matter,” have realized God has not forgotten them. Staff at those facilities know that what they do is important to the kingdom of God and that someone noticed. All of this is unexpected, and all of this is what you can be part of this Christmas. Write a new story and join us this Christmas in making a difference that changes the world.

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Hope is something we all need more than ever.

Hope is the gift Christ brings as we celebrate Christmas each year.  But his coming happens in unexpected ways and that has been the message of our Unexpected Christmas for the past six years.  Sharing Christ’s love and grace, unconditionally with those who are most in need of that love and message in our community.
Imagine the look of our neighbors at Frontier Care and Rehab facility as they receive a much-needed gift, which is too difficult to afford, from a complete stranger.  

These neighbors are reminded that they are not forgotten.  Imagine the laughter, smiles and tears of joy that your gift can bring.  Or the teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School is giving their all and wondering if it makes any difference.  When they open a gift from our church family and receive a note telling them “what you do makes a difference”, they are encouraged beyond words and pour even more of themselves into their students.  Or imagine the family that has been struggling to make ends meet receiving a box or two of food; or the child who receives a gift from their incarcerated parent; or the child who is in foster care who receives an extra gift of love – it is completely unexpected.  

We don’t have to imagine, because we have seen the faces, tears, hugs, delight and wonderment.  We have seen lives totally transformed by God’s grace shared through you.  Persons wo were closed off to God and the church, have become open to God’s love.  People who have struggled with “do I matter”, have realized God has not forgotten them.

All of this is unexpected, and all of this is what you can be part of this Christmas.  Write a new story in your Christmas traditions and bring hope and home to those in need in our community.  Join us this Christmas in making a difference that is unexpected and changes the lives of those living in our community as you share the gift of Hope that is Jesus.  

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