Today, #GivingTuesday, is meant to provide balance to our holiday season’s emphasis on shopping with days like “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.”
Over the last several days since Thanksgiving Day, some extreme bargains have been offered to consumers as we begin our Christmas shopping.
We celebrate the birth of Jesus with gifts, but we respond to it by giving ourselves to the ways that God would have us work for the sake of faith, hope, and charity.
Just in time for #GivingTuesday, we are also unveiling this week 2ndMILE: Advent, the third 2ndMILE offering that Christ Church has participated in this year.
2ndMILE: Advent is where we are intentionally focusing our Christmas giving opportunities this year.
2ndMILE gives our entire congregation the chance to donate to specific causes to which are we are connected as an active, missional church in our city and our world.
Here’s a look at what came about as a result of our previous 2ndMILE offerings:
Working with our affiliated local ministry partners in a strategic plan to advance God’s kingdom …
- Pre-Kindergarten classes funded at Cornerstone Preparatory School
- Part of the construction provided for the Purple House at The Carpenter Art Garden
- SOS Builds kickstarted at Service Over Self
Providing education tools and supplies for schools in Shelby County …
- fore more than 65 classrooms
- at more than 40 different schools
- impacting over 6,500 students
Find out more about the previous and current 2ndMILE campaigns at cumcmemphis.org/2ndmile
This Advent season, we are going beyond tithing to give to support two wonderful wellness ministries in Memphis connected to Christ Church:
- Wesley Living Communities supported by the Wesley Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund
- Christ Church’s own Mosaic Mental Health First Aid Training
Wesley Housing Corporation manages 30 facilities throughout our region providing safe, affordable housing to almost 2,000 seniors whose average incomes are at or below the poverty line.
This is a groundbreaking program to educate the public in identifying, understanding and responding to signs of mental health issues and substance abuse in adults and/or youth.
Your donations help provide certified trainers who can, in turn, train others in our church and community at-large.
Contributions to 2ndMILE: Advent are welcome between now and year-end and can be mailed to the church.
Proceeds from our annual Christmas Eve offering will also benefit 2ndMILE: Advent.
Make checks payable to CUMC with memo: 2ndMILE: Advent
Go to cumcmemphis.org/2ndmile for more info!
Be here this Sunday to find out more about 2ndMILE: Advent and the work of these two ministries!