This December, as we always do, we will celebrate Christ’s birth in our church and homes. We also want to give generously so that the good news of Christ can be received by others in our community, and around the world. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” Luke 2:10. As a church we want to invite you to join in this effort across the world, and in our community.
Around the World
Help The Timothy Initiative Plant Churches
One of our mission partners, The Timothy Initiative, is working to plant A Church In Every Village (ACHIEV) in India and Nepal. These are villages that have never had a church, and haven’t heard the good news of Jesus salvation. It costs about $300 to plant one church. This Christmas season as a church we want to plant 20 churches where there has never been one. As we celebrate the generous gift of Christ on Christmas, we also want to give generously so that others around the world will have the same opportunity.
“Christmas Challenge” Our Challenge Goal is 20 churches, at $300 each for a total of $6000.
Will you begin praying now and asking God how He would like you to respond to this challenge? You can give online, by mail, or in-person.
In Our Community
Decorate at Alderwood Park
Meet at Alderwood Park and help decorate the outdoor courtyard for guests to enjoy this Christmas season.
December 5, 2021
2726 Alderwood Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225
The Community Toy Store
For the last several years we have been part of an event called The Community Toy Store, including last Christmas when we hosted it at Northwest. The underlying principle of this event is to help those experiencing financial difficulties in our community by offering them a “hand up, not a hand out”.
Here’s how it works; people from churches throughout Whatcom county purchase gifts and donate them to the toy store. The Store then prices these gifts at around 80-90% of their actual retail value. These gifts are then set up in a store like fashion ready for families to shop. Families from our community are referred to the store by other churches, agencies, and the Bellingham School District. The families purchase these deeply discounted gifts for their families for Christmas.
The idea is that the family has the joy of choosing gifts they know their children will love, and the dignity of purchasing them themselves. The money raised from the store is then donated to other non-profit organizations serving in Bellingham. This further gives the families the joy that their purchases go on to help others in our community. The Community Toy Store event allows multiple churches to put the generous love and gift of Jesus on display to many in our community. Northwest will be hosting this event once again this year.
There are several ways that you can be involved.
- Visit the Amazon Wish List to have items shipped directly to them. Select “Bham Toy Store” for a shipping address at check-out.
- Purchase items locally and drop them off at the church on or before December 5th.
- Sign ups are available to help set-up the Toy Store and to help Run it for one evening.
As I think of the amazing gift of Christ and his coming to save us, I’m excited to think about the opportunity we have to share that gift across the world and in our community.