The season of Advent is just around the corner! It begins on December 1st and ends on December 24th.  Advent is a time where we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus Christ; a celebration of his birth, and a longing for his return.

Church of The Apostles will be supporting
Be The Change/Project Hand Up and
the Apparent Project during the Advent Season.

There is exciting news at Be The Change.  They have finally found a new home.  They have been searching for over a year as they had greatly outgrown their space at their existing location in Artic.  They expect to be moving soon into their new location at the bottom of Factory Street.  It is a historic building, located on the river, with an inscription on the front: Artic Mill, 1910; previously known to us younger folks as an antique and estate store.  They hope to increase their capacity in quantity of food items and the number of people they serve.  They especially appreciate that they are located on the bus route, which will make it easier for those with transportation challenges.

After speaking with Coreen, director and founder of BTC/PHU, as to how could we be a blessing to them this Christmas, she offered that there is a great need for toiletries and new socks for people of all ages – child to adult.  I assured her that we would be most humbled to play a small part in brightening someone’s Christmas.

Our other Christmas offering that we usually support at this time of year is the Apparent Project.  The mission of the Apparent Project is to make the needs of Haiti known, to offer opportunities for Haitians to be able to provide for themselves and their families, empowering them to rise out of poverty and to avoid relinquishing their children to orphanages. Their desire is: “To inspire adoration of our loving Father, GOD, with the hope that one day He will be Apparent to all.” They provide childcare, early education and emergency assistance for their employees and families.  They also provide English and computer classes to promote employee’s advancement opportunities.

One way we have assisted the Haitians in the past was to provide sustainable living opportunities through the sale of necklaces and Christmas ornaments that they make.  This year, we’ve decided that we’d like to continue to support their independence, but we will do it through financial donations.  We will be putting up paper ornaments at the Cross in the Narthex for anyone who would like to make a donation toward this opportunity.

Deacon Deb Adams

“Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10)

 

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