Christmas began with a gift, wrapped in the body of an infant. This was no ordinary infant. The baby born was God in human flesh. Colossians 1:15 declares: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” An angel of the Lord appearing to Joseph, told him: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23). On that first Christmas, the greatest gift the world has ever known was given! At His birth, filled with joy, the angel of the Lord announced Jesus’ arrival: “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord… and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’” (Luke 2:11, 13-14). Heaven was filled with great joy at the miraculous arrival of God’s gift, His only begotten Son, the Savior of the world! Today, much about Christmas has been secularized and it’s easy to be distracted and lose the real joy of Christmas. But when we purpose to make JESUS the focus of the season, joy fills our hearts. The joy of giving “Christ” to others is rekindled! I pray that the Christmas Season becomes, for all of us, a time of finding joy in giving to others. In our 2017 Joy of Giving booklet, there are several practical ways that you can give the gift of our Savior to others during the Christmas Season. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Merry Christmas, Patrick Medeiros, lead pastor
OPERATION: GREECE POLICE
Christmas Gift Box
On Thursday, December 21, our pastoral team will be delivering 120 gift boxes to the Greece Police Department to express God’s love and our appreciation and support. A $20 donation covers the cost of one box.
THE FATHER'S HEART SOUP BUS
The Father’s Heart is a local mobile soup bus that shares the love of Christ on the streets of Rochester NY. They provide hot meals and clothes. Their prayer is to be Christ’s hands and feet extended with the hope of real life Gospel transformation.
Your donation will go towards helping with the maintenance of their Lake Ave property, which is where ministry supplies are stored, and meals are prepared.
PUERTO RICO HURRICANE RELIEF
Greece Assembly is partnering with Calvary Chapel of Puerto Rico to bring Hope and Help to the people of Puerto Rico. We will also be doing a food drive through the month of December.
Items needed are: • Canned Food: Corn, green beans, Vienna sausage, tuna, chicken, fruit, chef Boyardee, diced tomatoes, chicken soup, various soups, beans. • Dry Food: Pasta – macaroni, ramen and regular noodles, rice, beans (dry bagged), granola bars, peanut butter and jelly. • Paper Products: Toilet paper, paper towels, diapers for adults and children, wipes. Donations can be brought to the west foyer of the church. 100% of your donation goes directly to the relief effort.
MISSION SHARE OUTREACH CENTER
The Mission Share Outreach Center is the benevolence ministry of Greece Assembly of God. It is located approximately 2 miles north of the church, directly off Long Pond Road, on 10 Cedarfield Commons. There are 11 partnering churches. Together, we have the privilege of sharing God’s love with 700 to 800 people every month through compassionate acts of kindness and service. We offer a food pantry and clothing area, as well as pregnancy care services, parenting classes, and a baby bouquet. We are also preparing to open a new training center. At the training center we will offer healthy cooking classes, marriage and family workshops, workshops on how to write a resume and interview for a job, as well as financial workshops. In addition to these services, we have several annual outreaches: The Back-to-School Book Bag outreach, Thanksgiving Food Basket outreach and the Christmas Hope outreach. Mission Share exists to demonstrate God’s love in practical ways and share the hope we have in Christ. Mission Share operates on a donation basis and all services are free.