“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” - John 3:17
The Advent and Christmas seasons at Gainesville First is always such a wonderful time. You are such joyful and generous people. The staff and I are looking forward to anticipating and celebrating the coming of Emmanuel.
You have a long history of being especially generous towards the cause the church leadership has sensed God placing on our collective hearts. I’m happy to share with you that there are two community ministries we will be celebrating and supporting with this year’s And So We Are Christmas Eve offering. These two organizations share a similar focus, serving vulnerable women and children in Gainesville/Hall County and around the state.
Many of you are familiar with the Gateway House and its mission of providing a safe, healthy and healing place for victims of abuse. The need for this service continues to grow, and the Gateway House has realized to be able to continue to effectively address this need, they will need to relocate from their current space. Half of the Christmas Eve offering will go to assist the Gateway House. You can find more information at gatewaydvcenter.org.
The second organization supported by this year’s Christmas Eve offering is a ministry that seeks to provide safety and long term healing to victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Sacred Roots Farm is based in Hall County and seeks to help these women and their children rediscover a sense of trust, dignity and hope, while living and working on a sustainable farm. Their goal is to be up and running by January. Your generosity through the Christmas Eve
offering will go towards Sacred Roots meeting their monthly financial needs. You can learn more about them at sacredrootsfarm.org.
Most all of us know John 3:16 but I especially like verse 17 during the Advent and Christmas seasons. So many people in the world today experience condemnation; it’s such a joyful thing to be a presence of God’s hope, restoration and salvation.
What do you give to the person that has everything? Consider a donation in their honor to one of these ministries through the Christmas Eve offering.
Looking forward to being joyful and generous with you,
“‘See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.’” - 1 John 3:1