Christmas is a time for giving gifts. Who should get your first gift? At Life Church we believe that our first Christmas gift – our priority gift – should be to Jesus. He is the reason we are giving gifts!
How do we give a gift to Jesus? We do it by giving to others in need. Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (NIV) When we give to others, we give to Jesus. So November and December, we are having our First Gift season at Life Church.
First Gift Christmas Offering Goal: $15,000 (Nov 19-Dec 24)
$5,000 to Haiti Relief (Going directly to our sister church in Chambellan)
$5,000 to Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN- for hurricane relief)
$5,000 to Reveal (Local food pantry and clothing closet)
Everything we receive will go OUT and meet real-world needs!
Make this an act of worship. Gather with your family. Talk about how thankful you are for the gift of Jesus to us. Pray asking God for guidance in deciding on your gift amount to Jesus and “the least of these.” Then offer your gift in a joyful spirit of worship. Please give your First Gift Offering by Thursday, December 24th.
You can give 3 ways:
1) Give cash using the First Gift envelopes at the church and drop it in a basket on a Sunday.
2) Give a check making it out to “Life Church” and write “First Gift” in the memo line.
3) Give online by choosing Missions Funds: First Gift. (If you have never given online to Life Church, you will need to sign up for an account. It is fast and easy!)
At Christmas we celebrate how God gave his best to us when he sent us his Son. First Gift gives us the wonderful opportunity to give to him!
May you experience the blessing of God this Christmas season as you pray, hear, obey, and give!