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The Angel Trees Are on Their Way!

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Home Missions Team Gift Card “Angel Trees,” generously provided by the St. Philip’s Flower Guild, arrive soon!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and then before you know it, it will be the season of Advent, a time for preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, this can be a stressful season for many families that are struggling in these uncertain times.

So the St. Philip’s Home Missions Team is continuing its tradition of partnering with Neighbors Together (formerly Tricounty Family Ministries) to help brighten Christmas for Charleston families by collecting $25-gift cards to Walmart, Target, Family Dollar, and Publix so that parents in need can experience the joy of purchasing a gift for their children or simply cooking a Christmas meal. The Team is also working in tandem with three of our other home mission partners, St. John’s Chapel, Lowcountry Pregnancy Center (LPC), and Star Gospel Mission, to provide $25-gift cards to Walmart and Target. Cards collected for St. John’s Chapel will be used to support our shared outreach at Simmons-Pinckney Middle School and will be given to the teachers who have been working so diligently throughout the pandemic. Cards collected for LPC and Star Gospel will be used by the ministries to support their clients and serve as a tangible reminder that God loves them and cares about them.

The trees––which will be in the narthex for three Sundays even with Thanksgiving coming late this year––will be decorated with ornaments that are the Home Missions Team’s gift to you to serve as a “thank you” or a reminder.

But you don’t have to wait for the ornaments to appear to purchase your gift card! We encourage you to take a step of generosity now by purchasing a gift card and bringing it with you to church on November 28, December 5, or December 12 and exchanging it for an ornament from one of the trees. You may also drop off a gift card or pick up an ornament at the December 1 and December 8 Wednesday night services! (Word on the street is that these ornaments make terrific stocking stuffers and hostess gifts!). If for some reason you miss the deadline on December 12, you can still bring your gift card(s) to the church office by 9:00 am on Monday, December 13.

This is a great time to share the blessings that we have all received with those who have been less fortunate. Please generously support the home mission outreach ministries at St. Philip’s. Let’s make this the best year ever! Thanks be to God!

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