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 2018 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
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.
ELEVATING CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
Greece Assembly is partnering with Elevating Christian Ministries and their "Bread Oven Program" in Haiti. The Bread Oven Program is a feeding program that includes baker training, organizing the supply chain, and quality control. The oven supplies nutritious meals for the 96 children that currently attend the schools. Greece Assembly has set a goal to raise $2,650 to supply a local village with wheat, supplies, and employing the baker to feed the children at this location
MISSION SHARE OUTREACH CENTER
The MISSION:SHARE Outreach Center is the benevolence ministry of Greece Assembly, and has 11 partnering churches. It is located approximately 2 miles north of the church, directly off Long Pond Road, at 10 Cedarfield Commons. MISSION:SHARE strives to help those in need overcome life obstacles and establish self-dependence by providing: clothing, food, school supplies, life-skills training classes, pregnancy care, and more! We also have outreaches for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since being established in 1993, MISSION:SHARE has provided over 610,000 meals, 375,000 articles of clothing, 6000 backpacks filled with school supplies to families in Greece, Charlotte, and surrounding communities. In 2017 we served 7,077 people! We are also excited to be in the process of opening a referral office for addiction recovery, in partnership with Adult/Teen Challenge, as an important step toward helping those battling opioid addiction. This is all made possible through the generous support of local businesses, churches, and families. MISSION:SHARE operates on a donation basis and all services are free. The funding empowers Mission Share to continue demonstrating God’s love in practical ways, restoring lives, and sharing new found hope for the future. A year-end donation would be a wonderful help and greatly appreciated!