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Posted: Oct 28
Advent Alternative Gift Giving that Blesses All
In approaching Stewardship year round, we need to take advantage of formation opportunities that are availed by both the liturgical calendar and the secular calendar. Advent/Christmas/Epiphany and the secular materialism of Christmas is a wonderful example of how we can both offer giving opportunities and make a statement against the secular materialism that is so pervasive in our culture. This can be done through preaching, food drives, and other outreach and teaching ministries. I would like to offer one such concrete (and fairly easy) mechanism which can achieve both of these goals while helping to fund the kingdom work in your church.
A ministry of Advent Alternative Gift Giving creates a way for people to give gifts to friends and family without stuffing their closet or shelves with yet another piece of clothing or objects that they don’t really need. It is a way to honor someone while funding a ministry in your church or even outreach ministries outside the church. My editable sample will focus on funding ministries inside the church but can easily be changed for external ministries, such as ERD, Habitat, and Heifer Project. Churches have used this in different forms with suggested gift amounts and with open gift amounts. I will provide examples of each of these. The basic idea will be somewhat self explanatory through the samples so I want to provide some particular mechanics that help facilitate the execution of the giving opportunity. continue reading...