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 2019 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


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GIVING OPPORTUNTIES

ROCHESTER ADULT & TEEN CHALLENGE

Plans are underway to open an Adult & Teen Challenge home in Rochester. This is a 12-month, residential, restoration and discipleship ministry. This program walks alongside its students – helping restore them spiritually to God and teaching them to live the victorious Christian life, free from addiction. The desire of Adult & Teen Challenge is to minister to their students in a residential setting that cultivates a feeling of home – FAMILY. They truly believe the property at 710 Latta Road is absolutely perfect! The Lord has called our pastor, Pat Medeiros, to lead this endeavor.


   HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

   * Pray for God’s favor as we puchase this property at 710 Latta Rd. and work to receive town approval.

   * Make a financial contribution towards the Rochester Adult & Teen Challenge.


OPERATION: GREECE POLICE

On Friday, December 20, our pastoral team will be delivering 120 gift boxes to the Greece Police Department to express God’s love and our appreciation and support. Inside each box will be a Dunkin Donuts gift card, delicious cookies from Oriens, trail mix, chocolates, and a special Christmas greeting from Greece Assembly.


   HOW TO GET INVOLVED: 

   * Make a financial contribution towards the gift boxes - a $20 donation covers the cost of one box. 

   * Pray for our Greece Police Officers (you can pick up an "adopt-a-police office" prayer card in one of our foyers).


STOCKING FOR VETERANS

Greece Assembly is partnering with Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Walker Brothers Funeral Home, and Veterans Outreach Center to honor veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country. We will be supporting the holiday stocking-stuffer program this year, entitled: “Let’s Do it for the Vets,” Stockings for Veterans. Greece Assembly will be stuffing 96 Christmas stockings for veterans in Rochester. 


   HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

   * Make a financial contribution towards the purchase of supplies.

   * Take a stocking home to pack with your family. This would include purchasing the supplies (ex: activity books, gum,  

      lip balm, batteries, small games or playing cards, etc.), filling the stocking, and decorating the stocking (if desired).



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