Dear Glen Mar friends,
At Glen Mar, we give away half our Christmas Eve offering, because Christmas is not our birthday, but a chance to give a gift to our community in Jesus' name. This year, Leadership Board affirmed that we will give our offering to two places.
First, we will feed the hungry by contributing the cost of the meals for the 100,000 meals that we will assemble during our MLK Day of Service. These meals will feed hungry people locally and overseas, and will support that important community event.
Second, we bless schools - we will use our offering to "pay it forward" to some community schools that are especially in need of a blessing. We will give each school a grant of several hundred to $1000, or more depending on the amount we collect. I've encouraged each school to use this Christmas gift from us in whatever way they choose but in a way that blesses their families, perhaps something that would be hard to afford without us. These schools were selected based on need - and I know a school you love is probably not on the list. But this is a good beginning - and will help Glen Mar solidify our presence in the neighborhood in Jesus' name.
- Stevens Forest Elementary
- Swansfield Elementary
- Phelps Luck Elementary
- Oakland Mills Middle
- Guilford Elementary
- Our college and career prep program in Baltimore
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Come to Christmas Eve and give a little extra to honor Jesus, the Birthday Boy. Bring friends. We will have a Facebook event link soon you can share, and a way to give your offering if you are traveling for Christmas Eve.
What a great way to share the love of Jesus with people in need! These schools have promised to report back about how they used our gifts - and many have invited us to come present the gift!
See you in church this week - Saturday at 5 for our hope and healing service and Sunday at 9 and 11 (note time change, this weekend only) for our Christmas Cantata! Another gift to be shared in this season of peace, hope, love and joy.