In last week’s E-Pistle I mentioned our partnership with Bethana and Bucks County Housing Group to provide Christmas presents for kids in our community who for all sorts of different reasons might not have many or any presents under the tree this year (in fact, may not have a tree this year). I told you that on Friday our toy count stood at about 75 and wondered if we might make 100 by Sunday’s deadline. Why wonder about generosity when you’re dealing with LPC people? The final count is inexact, but looks to be just about 150. Again, I tell you this not so that we might brag, but so that we might rejoice at the privilege of sharing the Good News in every way we can.
As of about 30 minutes ago, the Bucks County Housing Group staff and volunteers finished their work in transforming our Fellowship Hall into Toys R LPC. The toy store is stocked with around 600 items – toys for kids along with coats, sweatshirts, gloves and mittens – for the 130 families who will come to shop tomorrow. I can hardly wait to get to work in the morning! (Yeah, I’ll be upstairs in the office, but you can bet I’ll take a few trips downstairs.) We’ll have posters and postcards announcing Christmas Eve worship here at the church and we hope that some of our new friends will return to be with us on the 24th.
LPC really is a wonderfully generous community. Thank you. Thank you for your caring and your giving. As the year comes to an end, you may want to consider a gift to the Deacon Board as they continue to provide for the needs of many around us or even to our general fund as we are hoping to end the year with a balanced budget that will allow us to move into 2012 with the ability to do even more.
No “bah, humbug” about it, God bless you every one!