NEWS

Why Outreach is Important

This coming Saturday, November 30, HOPE Church will once again open our doors for the annual Gingerbread House-Making Party and Community Christmas-Tree-Lighting Event. For the past several years, these two gatherings have grown in both size and popularity, with hundreds of people visiting our campus that evening to enjoy some good, old-fashioned Christmas fun.
The night begins with families helping their children decorate festive gingerbread houses (reservations required) and then bundling up and joining the slew of others outside for Christmas sing-alongs, crafts, cookies, hot cider and chocolate. Of course Santa makes his arrival atop a fire engine just in time before the grand finale of lighting the Christmas tree!
This important outreach does so much more than provide holiday entertainment. Each time we invite and welcome our neighbors to our campus, we demonstrate our interest in knowing them and inviting them to get to know us and what we are about. By reaching out to others, we glorify God and radiate His love for us all.
Can you do outreach on a personal level? You bet! Everyone has that neighbor, friend, relative or workmate who would probably love for someone to invite them to a Christmas event. So be sure to use the Christmas-Tree-Lighting Event card we’ve enclosed in this morning’s bulletin and invite people to join us.
Also, you’ll want to check out our upcoming Advent Activities which offer additional opportunities to send out a personal invitation.
We have seen it time and again here at HOPE: A person’s relationship with Jesus began with a simple invitation to a HOPE event where they found themselves welcomed and accepted. What started as a tree lighting became a discovery of the Light of the World!

 

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