The Season of Advent invites us to reimagine and rediscover the joy of the coming gift of our Savior Jesus Christ. The birth of Jesus reminds us that this season is not just about the gifts we receive, but what we give to others so that they, too, can rediscover joy, peace, hope and love in this season. Every cent of your generosity enables our church and organizations in our community and world to do the life transforming work of the Holy Spirit.
Since 2006, our church has had the tradition of donating the entire offering taken at Christmas eve totaling $3,000,000. Last year’s was one of the largest we have ever collected, over $276,000. This year’s recipients are Cornerstones, Helping Children Worldwide, Community and World Impact Fund and A Place to Be. Every cent of your generosity will be sent to our ministry partners to help further the work that God is doing to transform lives and build better futures for families, individuals and communities across the globe.
Helping Children Worldwide
Helping Children Worldwide has launched a new initiative called “Sponsor a Village.” This program creates ways for people to directly support families by providing communities with three years of funding for family empowerment programs, micro-finance training, clean water sources, school development and sanitation infrastructure. The “Sponsor a Village” program encourages local control and ownership of issues faced by families.
Cornerstones will be celebrating 50 years of serving the Herndon Reston community offering support and advocacy for those in need. Cornerstones has been a beacon of hope for people by providing food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare and other human services. As they look to the future, their hope is to expand their case worker staff and double the amount of affordable housing they offer so that more lives can be transformed through their work.
A Place to Be
A Place to Be is a therapeutic arts non-profit organization that serves people of all ages with disabilities and medical and mental health struggles through music therapy in both Loudoun and Fairfax counties. Their unique Performance-Based Music Therapy programs help their clients achieve therapeutic goals and discover unrealized potential in a supportive, engaging and fun environment. Their vision of inclusivity, respect, love, acceptance and hope sees everyone as equal, valuable and able with their own unique gifts and talents.
The Community and World Impact Fund
The Community and World Impact Fund enables our church and pastoral staff to respond to the immediate challenges of those in need. The CWI allows our church to serve members and families in crisis and partner organizations that meet vital needs in our world and community. Through this fund, the pastoral staff are able to minister to our community not just through prayers and presence, but with financial resources that make an impact.
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