Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Advent - Opportunities to Give

Today's blog is a departure from the usual.  This will probably be my last update until Monday.  Today I wanted to share a couple of verses on giving and then give you two opportunities to give if you live in this area.  If you don't live in the area, I want to encourage you to go out and find somewhere to give of your time, talent, money, prayer - whatever the Lord lays on your heart - this holiday season.
Luke 14:12-14
12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Matthew 6:1-4
1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Here are two local opportunities to give and join in the Christmas spirit and joy this year:
Donation Drop-off for Hope House of Memphis
Friday, December 10, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
15 S. Idlewild, Memphis, TN
Hope House, an organization dedicated to assisting HIV-impacted children and families, will be hosting an Open House and Donation drop off on Friday, December 10th from 9am-Noon. Community members, local churches, businesses, and organizations are invited to celebrate the Holidays with the children of Hope House. Hope House will be hosting interactive activities all morning, and visitors will have time to mingle with the children.
Community members are also encouraged to bring donations for the children and families served by Hope House. All of the children served by Hope House rely on donations for Holiday gifts. A complete wish list is available online at
Tours of Hope House will be provided throughout the morning. Refreshments will also be served. For more information contact Kevin Dean at 901-272-2702 ext. 216. 
The Baddour Christmas Spectacular
Friday, December 10, 7:00 pm
Northwest Mississippi Community College Fine Arts Auditorium
Senatobia, MS
I would like to invite you to attend our 3rd Annual Baddour Christmas Spectacular. The Baddour Center is a non-profit residential community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.  This will be a fun night featuring 77 of our residents...complete with Carolers, Mime Team, Nativity, Tone Chimes, Guitar Duo, Scripture Readers, a Toy Parade and Santa!

Doors will open at 6:00 pm. General Admission seating on a first come, first serve basis. No tickets will be issued. Free to the public. Donations are much appreciated and will be taken at the door.  Please feel free to share with and invite your friends!  For more information, please contact Lori Parker at 366-6914 or  For more information on The Baddour Center go to
If you live in the mid-south area, please think about taking part in one of these opportunities.  If you live elsewhere, please give back to your community in some way.  
Remember the true meaning of the season:  Jesus!  Share His love and compassion this Christmas!

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