First Gift

First Gift
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!

 

 

Upcoming Events

Dec 14 6:30p
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Celebrate Recovery
Do you struggle with anger, shame, depression, loneliness, guilt, abuse, abortion, addiction, lust, pornography, gambling, being an adult child of an alcoholic/drug addict, eating disorders, grief, or other similar issues? do you have family members who struggle with these issues? If so, Celebrate Recovery is a safe place for you to find freedom, home, and healing. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact: CR Program Leader, Greg Graham at cr.gramz@gmail.com
Dec 16 5p
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Parent's Night Out
Parents enjoy a night out while your kids are taken care of by approved childcare workers. Cost is $10.00 per child ($30 max per family). For more information and to register, go to www.yourlifechurch.org.
Dec 16 7:30a
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C-6 Men's Ministry
Contact Tony Rourke for more information (c6mensministry@yourlifechurch.org)
Dec 17 10:30a
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Soup Kitchen
The third Sunday morning of the month, we go in East Austin and serve breakfast to the homeless. For more information, contact Elaine (info@yourlifechurch.org).
Dec 21 6:30p
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Celebrate Recovery
Do you struggle with anger, shame, depression, loneliness, guilt, abuse, abortion, addiction, lust, pornography, gambling, being an adult child of an alcoholic/drug addict, eating disorders, grief, or other similar issues? do you have family members who struggle with these issues? If so, Celebrate Recovery is a safe place for you to find freedom, home, and healing. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact: CR Program Leader, Greg Graham at cr.gramz@gmail.com
Dec 22 9:30a
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Mom2Mom
Mom2Mom exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ. Mom2Mom is not only for Christian women, however. Our group encourages ANY mom with children of ANY age (from newborn to adult!) to be a part of an environment where people listen, encourage and offer true friendship. Oh....and have a ton of fun along the way! We get together for uninterrupted conversation while our kids are being lovingly cared for by approved childcare providers. You could say it's a playgroup for MOMS! For more information contact Lynsey Surrell (mom2mom@yourlifechurch.org).
Dec 28 All day
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Karios Men's Prison Mission Trip
Kairos is a Christian Prison Ministry that brings Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated residents at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Ferguson Unit. For more information contact John Schureman (jschureman7@gmail.com)
Dec 28 6:30p
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Celebrate Recovery
Do you struggle with anger, shame, depression, loneliness, guilt, abuse, abortion, addiction, lust, pornography, gambling, being an adult child of an alcoholic/drug addict, eating disorders, grief, or other similar issues? do you have family members who struggle with these issues? If so, Celebrate Recovery is a safe place for you to find freedom, home, and healing. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact: CR Program Leader, Greg Graham at cr.gramz@gmail.com
Dec 29 All day
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Karios Men's Prison Mission Trip
Kairos is a Christian Prison Ministry that brings Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated residents at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Ferguson Unit. For more information contact John Schureman (jschureman7@gmail.com)
Dec 30 All day
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Karios Men's Prison Mission Trip
Kairos is a Christian Prison Ministry that brings Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated residents at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Ferguson Unit. For more information contact John Schureman (jschureman7@gmail.com)

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