Dec 232008

Big Idea:
God introduced himself by entering the world through the person of Jesus.

Scripture Memory:
Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

Action Step:
As an individual, couple or family, choose a time this Christmas season to read the Christmas Story and focus on the central reason we celebrate Christmas.  You can read Luke 2:1-20.

Random Thoughts:

  • Saturday morning was awesome!  I took my family to offer support and help with some other CATGrovers to Dave Crewey and the Atlanta Union Mission Phoenix Society.  We met at Wal-Mart near Stone Mountain and helped shop and wrap gifts for the children of the AUM women.  We then took their gifts back to the AUM house and ministered to the women that did not have children living at the mission.  I can’t think of a better way to have spent our day.  These women were overwhelmed and grateful! 
  • I am thankful for Dave Crewey.  His initiative in making this ministry happen is what we would love to see every person who calls Church at the Grove home do in our community.  We should all look for a place to show God’s love in a practical way. 
  • Sunday morning was great.  The second week of “Hello My Name Is” focused on “Immanuel” “God is With Us”.  God entered the world and introduced himself through the person of Jesus.  That is the Christmas Story.
  • I am so thankful for our volunteers that work so hard to make Sundays happen at CATGrove!  You are the best!
  • I am so looking forward to this coming Wednesday night and our Christmas Eve service.  Ric, Jordan, Gabe, Mike, James, Shelley, Austin, Billy, James and everyone has been working so hard on making this an incredible Christmas celebration. 
  • We will not gather on Sunday morning December 28 in keeping with our yearly decision to give that Sunday as a gift to our volunteers.  I have mixed emotions because our Sundays have been going so well and have been so great. 

Merry Christmas!

 Posted by at 9:13 am
Dec 162008

We are just over one week from celebrating Christmas.  Here are a few ideas to save some money.

  • Use pages from old magazines to wrap small gifts.
  • Use the comic section from the Sunday paper to wrap larger gifts.
  • Cut up old Christmas cards and make your own name tags.
  • With the tough economic times, politely explain to the relatives that live so far away that you are choosing not to travel this year.
  • Create a “thirty day rule” for buying larger items.  When you get interested in a big ticket item such as a new television or a high priced piece of technology, simply wait for 30 days to make the purchase.  This will help determine if you are really interested, help give you perspective, and give you time to shop the price. 

Saving money during tough times is practical and it also gives you financial freedom for the purpose of fulfilling God’s mission for our lives.

Live frugally; give generously!

 Posted by at 11:18 pm
Dec 152008

My friend Dave Crewey has been involved in a ministry to the homeless people of Atlanta at the Atlanta Union Mission at Christmas for over 10 years.  He is saying that the numbers of people in the homeless shelter are much higher than usual this year.

In the past he has been able to raise around $12,000 and give a $100 gift card to every woman and child in the shelter and they create a very meaningful Christmas experience for those in need during the Christmas season. 

This year the women with children has grown to 30!  The total number of children is at least 70 and there are an estimated 56 women at the shelter that do not have children. 

That is a total of 156 women and children that are in need of ministry! 

The Christmas project currently has raised $9000.00 but would need over $15000.00 to take care of all of these women and children.

Please do 2 things:

  • Pray for the necessary funds to come in to meet the needs of these women and children.
  • Please pass this on to other people, businesses and organizations that may have the means to make a donation to the AUM Christmas Project.
 Posted by at 3:16 pm