WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE IF JESUS MOVED INTO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD THIS CHRISTMAS?
The power of Christmas is that Jesus became one of us and moved into the neighborhood to meet our needs. What if that’s what Christmas was all about this year? How could you, your family and your friends move into your neighborhood, workplace or school and meet people's needs in the same way? That’s what “Renewing Christmas :: The Neighborhood Project” is all about.
HOW WILL THIS WORK?
Think: Who do you know that’s in need right now? Maybe they’ve lost a job or a loved one or were hit hard by the recent hurricanes. Maybe there’s health difficulties or there’s trouble at home. Maybe they’re lonely or hurting.
Brainstorm: What could be done to meet that need? Could you…
Provide food for the holidays
Provide Christmas gifts for the family
Pay for some outstanding bills
Provide money or supplies for repair work
Bring a crew to their house to fix things up
Commit to spending time with them
Invite them to special activities with your friends and family
Invite: Who do you know that you could invite to serve these friends/coworkers/neighbors with you? Think friends, other neighbors, classmates, coworkers, extended family or members of your missional community or huddles.
There are probably others from our church who would like to help. Fill out the form below with the info on your project by Monday, November 26th. We'll share the details on Sunday morning, December 2nd at our gatherings and on renewcommunities.com so others can join in.
Renewing Christmas Project Application
Current Project List
Ohio Guidestone Acts of Kindness Project
We are collecting small, $5 or less, items that can be used for OhioGuidestone's new Acts of Kindness program to help teach and encourage children in their 24/7 residence for abused children. These items will be used to reward these children for acts of kindness displayed towards other children and staff.
Items Needed :: gift cards, toys, sports items, games, etc. valued at $5 or less.
“While you're at Target…” or Helping homeless women and children staying at Haven Home
...would you consider purchasing items to fill care kits for the women and children staying at Haven Home? The Breaking Bread MC is hoping to restock the immediate needs closet for those staying in the emergency overflow homeless shelter. This Christmas season the focus is on diaper kits and toiletry kits.
Specific Needs are as follows:
-Diapers in all sizes (more in larger sizes 3, 4, 5, & 6), Pull Ups, Baby wipes (less than 50ct per package - Huggies 24 ct from the Dollar Tree are perfect)
Travel Sizes (new and name brand are greatly appreciated):
Toothbrushes (individually packaged), Toothpaste, Hand sanitizer, Deodorant (mens & womens), Chapstick, Bar Soap (Dove, Aveeno, Olay), Small packs of tissues, Shampoo & Conditioner - equal amounts of each, please! (Shea Moisture, Creme of Nature, Organix, Suave w. Shea Butter, etc. ), Q-Tips travel packs
A Home For Christmas
This fall, a single mom and her 9 year old son became homeless because of some circumstances out of their control. This mom works a full time job, and has a steady income. She's trying to catch up on bills while somehow saving to secure a place to live. They've spent nights in their car and in the basement of a church. For Christmas this year, I'd love to raise enough money for a security deposit so they can have a stable place to stay for the new year, and maybe get them both a few Christmas gifts.
Christmas Gifts for Single Mom & Kids
This project is to help a mom and her 2 young daughters from Renew. Mom works two jobs. She was recently hospitalized for a week due to reccurring health issues, and the time missed from work has put her in a really tight financial situation. Our desire is to provide Christmas gifts and gift cards to give them a Christmas to remember!
Christmas for Foster Family
We want to help provide Christmas presents for Kim Starks and her four kids: Chris, Janiah, Jeremiah, and Kiana. If you feel like you have heard those names before, it’s because you have! Janiah and JT stayed with Curtis and Nancy Carnes for awhile and belonged to Renew during their stay. Our MC wants to help provide Christmas gifts as she continues to get onto her feet. We are seeking to raise $300 to buy a gift card for gifts. Then we will go shopping for her so that the gifts will come from her, not us.
Renewing Christmas in Memory of Jason Michael "JJ" Kraus
On September 12, 2018, baby JJ Kraus was born into this world without a heartbeat - just one month before his due date. For the Krauses, the birth of JJ was long awaited, and now dad Jason, mom Nicole and the entire family are experiencing the unimaginable. We hope to raise $5,000 to cover lingering medical and funeral expenses as this family makes the journey through a very difficult season that would have been filled with so many "firsts" for them.
Christmas Gifts for Single Mom and Family
A single mom and her children are facing the difficult reality of their new family circumstances including financial hardship. We want to make sure this family can still have Christmas and are hoping to collect $400 in Amazon gift cards so mom can purchase gifts for her kids this Christmas.
Finishing Touches on A Home for a Homeless Family
The City Mission and AXA have been refurbishing a house that a homeless mom and kids from Laura’s Home will soon occupy. Over $40,000 has already been invested but a few items still need to be completed for the family to move in (refinish flooring, roof repair and possible AC repair). We hope to raise at least $920 to cover the flooring and will possibly cover more projects if necessary.
Building Families One at a Time
We have adopted to help two families. One family is a married couple that has taken in a entire family even the adult children. From froster care. The 15 year son is Cleveland School student who is Autistic and reached out to one of the couples in our group to ask for help. So there is no way we can’t help!!! The second family that we adopted is single mom who has hit som hard times and need some help with her three toddler.