Joint Committee for Christmas:|
"Did You Know?!"
|oment||Posted October 1, 2015|
Connie Lange Merrill, Chairman of the Lake Whitney Area Joint Committee for Christmas, has submitted the following article about that active ministry that is gearing up for the Christmas 2015 season. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 281-814-8693
Did you know ... the annual tradition of Joint Committee for Christmas (JCC) giving is well underway with the full support of the Lake Whitney community? In particular, the JCC feels very blessed to be a mission of the White Bluff Chapel congregation and greatly appreciates the contributions of volunteer time, financial donations, prayers and love that come from WBC members.
The JCC has outlined its activities and calendar of events leading up to and including Distribution Day on Thursday, December 17, 2015. By way of describing the plans for this year's Christmas offerings (expected to be similar to those of years past), here is a recap of the 2014 happenings. The following story was a thank-you letter to the Lake Whitney community, published as a "Letter to the Editor" in The Lakelander, January 2015.
"The Whitney community was a scene of joy, abundance and blessings on December 18th at the First Baptist Church. There, the Joint Committee for Christmas (JCC) led members of Whitney area church congregations, Whitney High School PALS, businesses, volunteer fire departments, and other groups in distributing new clothing, shoes, toys and gifts for 450 youths, gifts to 95 senior citizens, and Christmas Meal Boxes and grocery store vouchers for 950 individuals. This giving network, complete with the people who generously adopted our angels and made financial donations, graciously met at least some of the current economic needs of many in our area.
“What an awesome time to count our blessings with our clients, donors and volunteers at the top of our list! As we go our ways to enjoy the holidays and move into the new year with family, friends, and loved ones, may the following message, which was shared during the JCC distribution day, embrace you all.
"Today we are here in First Baptist Church. Thanks to Carl Jennings and this congregation's graciousness and hospitality, we are in a warm and welcoming place ... we are blessed.
“Our clients this year are fewer in number than in the past. We pray that many in the area have improved health, better education and more jobs ... we are blessed.
“Many contributors in the community have outdone themselves! Our Angels have been adopted and generous donations have filled the Toy Store, the Senior Gift Department and Christmas Meal Boxes ... we are blessed.
“Volunteers have worked diligently during this giving season and are here today with energy and joy ... we are blessed.
“In prayer and thanksgiving, we celebrate the best and most blessed gifts of Christmas ... abiding faith, precious family and treasured friends!
“With blessings comes a challenge. I ask that all of you here today be the change you wish to see in your world! May we all meet this challenge with peace, harmony, laughter and love!"
“Let us begin ..."