Thanks to our leaders and the involvement of the church, the Orphan Care initiative has had a strong, exciting start this year.

This Sunday we will be wrapping up this year’s Orphan Care Spotlights in all three services. Come see how you can now be mobilized to care for the orphan, having considered the nine different ways to be involved that we have featured over the past year. From prayer, to giving, to visiting–there is at least one that fits you perfectly.

In the meantime, we’d like to point out one of the most significant investments the church is making in our Orphan Care initiative — the Christ Church Adoption Fund.

Today, our own Cathy Wilson joins Stan Harding’s post in expressing her heart for orphan care, particularly as it can be expressed through the fund:

This year at Christ Church we have been focusing on orphan care and the steps we can each take to help orphans across the street and around the world.

The Wilson familyI am very excited about a special adoption fund that was created this summer by Christ Church with Lifesong for Orphans. Lifesong has already helped over 200 other churches establish funds and was able to guide us in the creation of our fund. They will help us handle the complexities of administering the fund–free of charge–for the sake of finding a Christian home for an orphan.

Members of Christ Church and participants in church-sponsored ministries (like recreation, Christ Methodist Day School, SOS, or the Binghampton Development Corporation), who are in the process of adopting a child or children, can apply for a matching grant from this fund to help with the costs of the adoption. Once the family has been approved for a matching grant, they will have a designated account at Lifesong where others can donate directly to their adoption.

While I am not an adoptive parent and my husband and I don’t feel called to adopt right now, I am so excited about the adoption fund because we are all commanded in the Bible to help orphans. And as much as I want to help families adopt, more than anything I want to bring children out of orphanages or foster care and into loving, Christian homes.

You can support the fund by making a donation to Christ Church and marking Lifesong Adoption Fund in the memo line or by buying an “Adopted” t-shirt from the church.  These shirts are a great way to not only support the fund, but also to proclaim that as Christians we are all adopted into God’s family.

If you would like to purchase an “Adopted” t-shirt, stop by the table in the Seabrook lobby on Sunday morning, October 27. Or contact Nathan Brasfield, nathanb@cumcmemphis.org

If you are interested in applying for a grant, donating to the fund– or if you have any questions –you can contact Stan Harding, stan@datadriven.com or Cathy Wilson, cathymwilson@comcast.net

cumcmemphis.org/adoptionfund

cumcmemphis.org/orphancare

We hope to see you on Sunday!

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