Blessing our neighbors — The Glebe Star Tree

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Restoration is again partnering with Glebe Elementary School to make sure kids have gifts to open this Christmas. This year, we are adopting 63 families for whom we will purchase gifts for children who attend our neighborhood elementary school.

There are so many different ways you can participate:

Grab a tag and buy a gift. Each child receives three gifts — clothes, shoes, and a toy. Grab a tag with specifics about one of those gifts from one of the Glebe Star Trees located in both the upper and lower narthex. Trees and tags will be up and ready on Sunday, November 24. Gifts are due at Restoration by Thursday, December 12.

Help organize and sort gifts. Join us in the Fellowship Hall from 10-12 AM on Saturday, December 14 to organize and sort gifts. Sign up here.

Be an elf. We need a couple of people from 1-4 PM on Sunday, December 15 to be runners, grabbing gift bags to give to families when they come to Restoration to pick up their gifts. Sign up here.

Bake a dozen cookies. We love to bless families by serving them cookies to nibble on while they are waiting and take a bag home to share. Cookies need to be delivered to Restoration on Sunday, December 15. Sign up here.

Bag and tag cookies. All those cookies that our bakers bake need to be bagged and tagged. Join us after the 11 AM service on Sunday, December 15 to prep bags of cookies. Sign up here. 

Make a gallon of hot chocolate. Make a one-gallon batch of hot chocolate that we will keep warm on the stove and serve to families as they arrive. Hot chocolate should be delivered by noon on December 15. Sign up here.

In case you are not around to grab a tag, but still want to help, consider purchasing a $20-25 gift card from Target or Amazon or Old Navy or . . . These gift cards will be used to fill any gaps. Deliver them to Louise Brooks by Thursday, December 12.

Want to learn more about the Glebe Star Tree tradition? Watch the video below:

Thanks for loving our community and blessing others!

 

2018 Christmas Eve Offering

Christmas Eve Offering for Yemen

Every year, on Christmas Eve, Restoration invites those who attend our services to give to an organization (outside of Restoration) that is doing excellent work in a place of great need. 

We recognize 2 things:

  1. Lots of people visit on Christmas Eve and may not be attached to the work and mission of our local church.
  2. Lots of people want to give to something bigger than themselves.

Consequently, our Outreach Steering Team takes time to interview and vet a number of options so that we can all participate in the Christmas Eve offering and give to something that is doing important work.

In 2018, we will give our Christmas Eve offerings to The Ras Morbat Eye Clinic, which is a ministry of Christ Church Aden, an Anglican Church in Yemen.

The Ras Morbat clinic located in Aden Yemen provides eye care and basic health care services to the local people. The clinic is located within the compound of the Anglican Christ Church. The Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf and the Ministry of Health in Aden established a partnership to provide compassion and care for people in need without regard to religious or tribal identities. Over the years the work expanded to include and emphasis on eye care and in 2014 when the Yemeni government opened a small hospital a half a kilometer from Christ Church it was decided that the Ras Morbat Clinic should focus primarily on eye care which is not offered in the local government clinic.

The funds will be used for capital equipment and ongoing operations. The clinic is currently engaged in a project to raise funds to introduce new equipment that will allow our surgeons to offer a broader spectrum of treatment for cataracts and glaucoma. Currently they cannot treat these diseases until they are in rather developed stages and effectively the patients have blindness in one or both eyes. This piece of equipment will make it possible to treat these diseases in much earlier stages of development. This will help people to not experience significant levels of blindness before treatment and will expand the capability to treat cataracts. Treating these ailments in earlier stages will enable the patients to continue employment and support of their family.

Restoration’s relationship and dialog is with Dr Bill Schwarz who is an Archdeacon in the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. Bill maintains the relationship with the Christ Church of Aden and The Ras Morbat clinic.  The church was comprised mostly of expatriates and has seriously declined because foreigners have all had to leave Yemen because of the fighting and the risk of kidnapping and worse.
Bill characterizes the prayer needs as “encourage focus on an end to the fighting and reconstruction of society. Once civil order is restored food and medicine can be distributed and aid agencies can reach the people. We long for the day when we can relocate a clergy couple in Aden and reach out to the people who live there in sacramental ministry.
May the Light of Christ shine in Yemen…  and Arlington…  as we remember Immanuel.  God came among us.
-David

Giving A Little Love

Restoration singing carols at Sunrise Senior Living

The first time I went to Sunrise Senior Living to sing Christmas Carols with the residents, I was a volunteer working with APEX Youth Ministry and had no idea what to expect.  By the time it was over, I was convinced that we needed to do this every year and now that I am the Director of Youth Ministry, we do.

When we think of Restoration’s mission to connect people to God, others and the needs of the world, it is easy to default to the work we do overseas or with our local partnerships with AFAC, Casa Chirilagua and Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (R.I.L.A). It’s easy to get lost in the idea that big acts of service are the ones that are the most impactful. This yearly trip to Sunrise showed me, first hand, that small acts of service can carry just as much of an effect.

As the mantra of our Kids’ ministry exclaims, everyone wants to know that they are loved, known and seen by God.  It doesn’t take much to remind them of that.  Sometimes it’s a wink, a hand on the shoulder in solidarity, or an entire congregation of your neighboring church coming over and singing exuberantly at the top of their lungs with Santa and elf hats galore.

We invite you to join us again this year after the 5pm service, to take 30 minutes to spread some Christmas cheer to residents who can be easily forgotten.  Help us to remind them again this season that they are not.

Where:  Sunrise Senior Living
2000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207

When:  This Sunday, December 17th (6:30pm – 7:15pm) –
Immediately following the 5pm service.

Hope to see you there,

Isaiah Brooms
Director of Youth Ministry

 

 

 

Christmas Eve is Coming Soon!

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We are so excited about Christmas Eve at Restoration!

(Looking for information about Advent? Read this post.)

Restoration will have 4 services on Christmas Eve (8am, 3pm, 5pm, & 9pm) to celebrate the incarnation of God in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Before I describe what to expect at each service, let me answer the most important logistical question:  

Where should I park?

Restoration uses a parking garage that is located over I-66 at the corner of 15th and Quincy Streets.  You can see a map of it here.   This garage is HUGE!  Feel free to use the entire thing.  You will see signs that say ‘permit only’ but they do not apply on Christmas Eve.

Restoration will hire 2 shuttles to move people from the garage to our building.  If it is a nice evening, feel free to take the 7-minute walk.  Otherwise, we hope that one of the shuttles will be at the lot every five minutes.

We encourage you to arrive early.

4 Services?  Wow!  Tell me about them.  

  • The morning service at 8 am will be a simple service of Morning Prayer that celebrates the 4th Sunday in Advent (No childcare will be provided)
  • The services at 3pm and 5pm will be identical and geared toward the attention span of a child.
  • The 9pm will feel different–  more contemplative, traditional, quiet, and candle-lit.  Generally, the 3 later services (3pm, 5pm, & 9pm) will have the same readings and same progression of carols.

Will there be candles?  Yep.  A bunch of them.   All around.  We will sing Silent Night while holding candles.  The kids will get glow sticks to hold at the 3pm and 5pm.  It will be beautiful!

Will there be childcare?  Yes, at the 3pm and 5pm services there will be fully-staffed nurseries for children who are the age of 2 or younger.  Kids from pre-k on up are welcome to participate in the worship service in the sanctuary.  At the 3pm and 5pm, there will be take-home goodie bags with items to help kids engage in the service.  We are totally fine if kids get a little wiggly, but there is enough singing and candles and pictures and stories that they stay pretty engaged.

What should the kids wear?  At the 3pm and 5pm, kids come dressed as their favorite character from the nativity story.  During the Gospel reading, they will have the opportunity to stand when their character is mentioned.  We always love having ‘a Christmas pageant in the pews’ at this time of year…  We usually have a whole gaggle of shepherds, sheep, stars, angels, wisemen, and beautiful Mary(s).  An old robe does the trick.  We have also had Buzz Lightyear make a cameo in the nativity.

What should the adults wear?  Well if you aren’t going to come as ‘Joseph’, just come as you are.  There will be people in their holiday best, people who love a nice pair of jeans, and everything in between.

Will there be presents?  Of course!  All of the children will receive an ornament in their goodie bag.  The ornament – for their tree at home –  is a sweet reminder that God loves them.

Will there be an opportunity to give?  Yes!  On Christmas Eve, all of our offerings are given to organizations outside of Restoration who are doing good and beautiful work for the sake of the vulnerable and those on the margins.  Our church does not keep anything that is given at these services.  This year, we will give our financial offerings to support the work of La Trinidad Anglican Church in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which is our global outreach partner in Bolivia.

Do you need volunteers?  We sure do.  If you are already a Sunday volunteer log onto MSP and select something.  If you have never volunteered, don’t worry.  It’s easy!  We would love you to help us.  Contact Kathy Kenyon (kathy@restorationarlington.org) and she can get you squared away.

How long will the services last?  The 8 am service will last about 60 minutes. The 3pm and 5pm will be about 75 minutes.  We sing 5 or 6 carols, with parts of the Christmas story read in between, then we close with The Holy Eucharist.  The 9pm will be closer to 90 minutes.

Anything else distinct about the 9pm?  Yes!  We will have incense in the procession and the Eucharist will be sung in a fashion similar to our Easter Vigil service.

Anything else I should know?  We love Christmas and the chance to meet lots of neighbors, family members, and folks who don’t normally come to Restoration.  We offer you a warm welcome this Christmas season and all of the Sundays that follow.  We are grateful to be a part of the Arlington Community, and we pray for it every day.

One service on Sunday, December 31. We will have one service on New Year’s Eve at 10 am.

 

Christmas Eve . . . and all the trimmings

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We are so excited about Christmas Eve at Restoration!

Restoration will have 3 services on December 24 to celebrate the incarnation of God in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Before I describe what to expect at each service, let me answer the most important logistical question:  

Where should I park?

Restoration uses a parking garage that is located over I-66 at the corner of 15th and Quincy Streets.  You can see a map of it here.   This garage is HUGE!  Feel free to use the entire thing.  You will see signs that say ‘permit only’ but they do not apply on Christmas Eve.

Restoration will hire 2 shuttles to move people from the garage to our building.  If it is a nice evening, feel free to take the 7-minute walk.  Otherwise, we hope that one of the shuttles will be at the lot every five minutes.

We encourage you to arrive early.

3 Services?  Wow!  Tell me about them.  The services at 3pm and 5pm will be identical and geared toward the attention span of a child.   The 9pm will feel different–  more contemplative, traditional, quiet, and candle-lit.  Generally, the 3 services will have the same readings, same preacher, same progression of carols.

Will there be candles?  Yep.  A bunch of them.   All around.  We will sing Silent Night while holding candles.  The kids will get glow sticks to hold at the 3pm and 5pm.  It will be beautiful!

Will there be childcare?  Yes, at the 3pm and 5pm services there will be fully-staffed nurseries for children who are the age of 2 or younger.  Kids from pre-k on up are welcome to participate in the worship service in the sanctuary.  At the 3pm and 5pm, there will be take-home goodie bags with items to help kids engage in the service.  We are totally fine if kids get a little wiggly, but there is enough singing and candles and pictures and stories that they stay pretty engaged.

What should the kids wear?  At the 3pm and 5pm, kids come dressed as their favorite character from the nativity story.  During the Gospel reading, they will have the opportunity to stand when their character is mentioned.  We always love having ‘a Christmas pageant in the pews’ at this time of year…  We usually have a whole gaggle of shepherds, sheep, stars, angels, wisemen, and beautiful Mary(s).  An old robe does the trick.  We have also had Buzz Lightyear make a cameo in the nativity.

What should the adults wear?  Well if you aren’t going to come as ‘Joseph’, just come as you are.  There will be people in their holiday best, people who love a nice pair of jeans, and everything in between.

Will there be presents?  Of course!  All of the children will receive an ornament in their goodie bag.  The ornament – for their tree at home –  is a sweet reminder that God loves them.

Will there be an opportunity to give?  Yes!  On Christmas Eve, all of our offerings are given to organizations outside of Restoration who are locally doing good and beautiful work for the sake of the vulnerable and those on the margins.  Our church does not keep anything that is given at these services.  This year, we will give our financial offerings to support the work of Little Lights Urban Ministries which empowers underserved youth, families, and communities in Washington DC by sharing the hope of Christ through compassionate action, caring relationships, and racial reconciliation.

Can I give anything else?  Definitely.  Each year, on Christmas Eve, Restoration has given gifts to Doorways, a safe place where women and families can receive help. This year Restoration has been invited to bring in bedroom items. Here is a list of specific items most useful to the women and families Doorways supports. Bring your gifts to the Restoration Christmas Eve services at 3pm, 5pm, or 9pm. You’ll have a chance to bring them forward during the offering part of the service.

Do you need volunteers?  We sure do.  If you are already a Sunday volunteer log onto MSP and select something.  If you have never volunteered, don’t worry.  It’s easy!  We would love you to help us.  Contact Kathy Kenyon (kathy@restorationarlington.org) and she can get you squared away.

How long will the service last?  The 3pm and 5pm will be about 75 minutes.  We sing 5 or 6 carols, with parts of the Christmas story read in between, then we close with The Holy Eucharist.  The 9pm will be closer to 90 minutes.

Anything else distinct about the 9pm?  Yes!  We will have incense in the procession and the Eucharist will be sung in a fashion similar to our Easter Vigil service.  The music team will include a bassoon, cello, and clarinet!

What about Christmas Day?  It’s on a Sunday!  We will have one service at 10am and we would love for you to come back.  You could even wear your Christmas pjs!  [What could be better than waking up Christmas morning to open stockings and have a little breakfast, followed by a church family celebration of Jesus’ birthday, then home again to unwrap gifts and have lunch?]

Anything else I should know?  We love Christmas and the chance to meet lots of neighbors, family members, and folks who don’t normally come to Restoration.  We offer you a warm welcome this Christmas season and all of the Sundays that follow.  We are grateful to be a part of the Arlington Community, and we pray for it every day.

 

 

Christmas Eve 2015

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We are so excited about

Christmas Eve at Restoration!

For the first time in our short history, Restoration will have 3 services on December 24 to celebrate the incarnation of God in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Before I describe what to expect at each service, let me answer the most important logistical question:  

Where should I park?

Restoration uses a parking garage that is located over I-66 at the corner of 15th and Quincy Streets.  You can see a map of it here.   This garage is HUGE!  Feel free to use the entire thing.  You will see signs that say ‘permit only’ but they do not apply on Christmas Eve.

Restoration will hire 2 shuttles to move people from the garage to our building.  If it is a nice evening, feel free to take the 7 minute walk.  Otherwise, we hope that one of the shuttles will be at the lot every five minutes.

We encourage you to arrive early.

3 Services?  Wow!  Tell me about them.  The services at 3 and 5 will be identical and geared toward the attention span of a child.   The 10pm will feel different–  more contemplative, traditional, quiet, and candle-lit.  Generally, the 3 services will have the same readings, same preacher, same progression of carols.

Will there be candles?  Yep.  A whole truckload of them.   Candles on the Advent Wreath.  Candles in the windows.  We will sing Silent Night while holding candles.  Christmas Eve=Candles=Beauty=Joy.  The kids will get glow sticks to hold at the 3pm and 5pm.

Will there be childcare?  Yes, at the 3pm and 5pm services there will be fully-staffed nurseries for children who are the age of 2 or younger.  Kids from pre-k on up are welcome to participate in the worship service in the sanctuary.  At the 3pm and 5pm, there will be worship bags with books and activity sheets.  We are totally fine if kids get a little wiggly, but there is enough singing and candles and pictures and stories that they stay pretty engaged.

What should the kids wear?  At the 3pm and 5pm, come dressed as your favorite character from the nativity story.  During the Gospel reading, they will have the opportunity to stand when their character is mentioned.  We always love having ‘a christmas pageant in the pews’ at this service…  We usually have a whole gaggle of shepherds, sheep, stars, angels, wisemen, and beautiful Mary(s).  An old robe does the trick.  We have also had Buzz Lightyear make a cameo in the nativity.

What should the adults wear?  Well if you aren’t going to come as ‘Joseph’, just come come as you are.  There will be people in their holiday best, people who love a nice pair of jeans, and everything in between.

Will there be presents?  Of course!  All of the children will receive an ornament for their tree at home–  a reminder that God loves them.

Will there be an opportunity to give?  Yes!  On Christmas Eve, all of our offerings are given to organizations outside of Restoration who are locally doing good and beautiful work for the sake of the vulnerable and those on the margins.  Our church does not keep anything that is given at these services.  This year, we will give our financial gifts to 2 organizations that provide immigration legal aid:  Catholic Legal Immigration Network and Good Samaritan Advocates.  Both of these organizations are partnering with our nascent and developing work to be a center for immigration legal aid.

Can I give anything else?  Definitely.  We also bring unwrapped baby gifts for Doorways for Women and Families:  $25 Target gift cards; toilet paper; paper towels; Pull-Ups (2T-5T).  The children will have an opportunity to bring them forward during the offering collection.  If you are wondering what to bring, email Louise.

How long will the service last?  The 3pm and 5pm will be about 75 minutes.  We sing 5 or 6 carols, with parts of the Christmas story read in between, then we close with The Holy Eucharist.  The 10pm will be closer to 90 minutes.

Anything else distinct about the 10pm?  Yes!  We will have incense in the procession and the Eucharist will be sung in a fashion similar to our Easter Vigil service.  The music team will include limited orchestral instrumentation (I love clarinets…)

Anything else I should know?  We love Christmas Eve and the chance to meet lots of neighbors, family members, and folks who don’t normally come to Restoration.  We offer you a warm welcome on December 24 and all of the Sundays that follow.  We are grateful to be a part of the Arlington Community, and we pray for it every day.

-David

 

Waiting and Watching, Lamby-style

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Have you found Lamby yet?  Lamby — a tradition here at Restoration — is hidden somewhere in the Sanctuary each week of Advent.  Why?  Well, as a tangible reminder of how we are waiting and watching for the other Lamb,.  The True One.

So keep an eye out.  And be reminded that the One who loves us best, who came and sacrificed for us, has come.

He is Emmanuel.  God with us.

And he’s coming again.

-Louise-

 

Christmas Eve at Restoration

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We are so excited about Christmas Eve at Restoration!  Here is all the information you need to know:

Will the services at 4:00 and 6:00pm be the same?  Identical.  Same readings.  Same preacher.  Same progression of carols.  Only the congregation will be different…

Will there be candles?  Yep.  A whole truckload of them.   Candles on the Advent Wreath.  Candles in the windows.  We will sing Silent Night while holding candles.  Christmas Eve=Candles=Beauty=Joy.

Will there be childcare?  Yes, if you are the age of 2 or younger.  We will have fully-staffed nurseries at both services.  Kids from pre-k on up are welcome to participate in the worship service in the sanctuary.  There are worship bags if kids get a little wiggly, but there is enough singing and candles and pictures and stories that they stay pretty engaged.

What should the kids wear?  Come dressed as your favorite character from the Christmas story.  We usually have a whole gaggle of shepherds, sheep, stars, angels, wisemen, and beautiful Mary(s).  An old robe does the trick.  We have also had Buzz Lightyear make a cameo in the nativity.

What should the adults wear?  Well if you aren’t going to come as ‘Joseph’, just come come as you are.  There will be people in their holiday best, people who love a nice pair of jeans, and everything in between.

Will there be presents?  Of course!  All of the children will receive an ornament for their tree at home–  a reminder that God loves them.

Will there be an opportunity to give?  Yes!  Every year we give all of our Christmas Eve offering away to a ministry outside of Restoration.  In 2014, all of our financial gifts will go to Casa Chirilagua, which is a community of people “learning together to love their neighbors as themselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.  We have partnered with Casa Chirilagua for a number of years and we are proud of the good, incarnational work that they are doing on the border between Arlington and Alexandria.

Can I give anything else?  Definitely.  We also bring unwrapped baby gifts for Doorways for Women and Families.  The children will have an opportunity to bring them forward during the offering collection.  If you are wondering what to bring, email Louise.

How long will the service last?  About 75 minutes.  We sing 5 or 6 carols, with parts of the Christmas story read in between, then we close with The Holy Eucharist.   

Where do I park?  We will have our normal shuttle running from our normal parking lot that is located at the corner of 15th and Quincy Streets.  Please do not park on Quincy or any of the side streets.  You can read all about parking, here.

Anything else I should know?  We love Christmas Eve and the chance to meet lots of neighbors, family members, and folks who don’t normally come to Restoration.  We offer you a warm welcome on December 24 and all of the Sundays that follow.  We are grateful to be a part of the Arlington Community, and we pray for it every day.

-David

Giving thanks

Saying “Yes!” makes such a difference.  That day in May — before our building was finished — when I asked Jesus how He wanted us to use our building, was the day I got the phone call from Operation Christmas Child:  “Operation Christmas Child has been praying for a church in Arlington to be a Relay Center during National Collection Week; a place where people from your area can drop off their filled shoebox gifts.  Would Restoration be interested?”
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So, we said “Yes!” in faith.  Faith that our building would be done in time.  Faith that we could find the volunteers to help serve.  Faith that people would come.  Faith that we could manage all that we didn’t even know to expect.  Faith that our space would be another link in furthering the good news of the Gospel.  Here’s how our prayers were answered and our faith strengthened:  We received 2,420 shoeboxes.  Packed them into 134 cartons.  Filled 3/4 of a 26′ truck and drove it to Alexandria. All of this with the help of  51 Restoration folks volunteering around 110 hours.  There are numerous stories of people we met who are the whole reason we did all this in the first place.  Pray for those folks who got to experience giving in this way and those who may have stepped foot in a church for the first time in a long time and  those who are so young, yet seem to hear and know more than the grownups do.  Thank you, Restoration, for participating and serving; for modeling for your children and family and friends what it is like to be part of a community that desires to see broken people, restored by grace, living God’s story.
-Louise-

Christmas Eve

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We’ve waited — perhaps patiently, hopefully faithfully — and finally Christmas is nearly here. I’m so excited to celebrate the birth of ourLord with you tomorrow!

Here’s what you need to know:

Where: At Rivendell School, 5700 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA 22207.

When: Tuesday Dec. 24, at 4 pm and 8 pm.

What: A Eucharist service of lessons and carols. What does that mean, you ask? It means we’ll hear great scriptures, sing your favorite carols, and join together for a joyful celebration of Communion.

What about kids?

  • The services will be identical, but the 4 pm service will be especially suitable for children.
  • Children are invited to come dressed as their favorite character from the nativity story.
  • Nursery care will be offered at 4 pm only.

Where should I park? Great question. There are a number of areas where you can park; see a map here.

  • the Lee Recreation Center:  parking lot (entrance on N. Lexington St.), and street parking surrounding playing fields (N. Kentucky St. and 24th St. N.)
  • parking lot at Rivendell (off of N. Kentucky St.)
  • behind shopping center, between N. Lexington and N. Madison)
  • the District Taco parking lot

If you are parking on a residential street, please be careful not to block driveways.

What should I bring? Mostly, just bring yourself, ready to give thanks for and celebrate the birth of our savior! Bringing family, friends, and neighbors is also highly encouraged. Finally, every year at Restoration we offer two ways to give to some of the vulnerable in our community:

  • Financially: This year, all of the monetary offerings we receive on Christmas Eve will be donated to Courtney’s House, a local organization that rescues and cares for children in the DC area who have been trafficked. We love the work that Courtney’s House is doing, and we’re pleased to support them.
  • Child care items for Doorways: Doorways for Women and Families is an Arlington non-profit that cares for and supports women and children who are victims of domestic violence. We are collecting new, unused items that Doorways needs for its safe house, especially:
    • diapers (all sizes)
    • baby wipes
    • baby blankets
    • baby bottles and nipples
    • baby grooming kits
    • baby and kid t-shirts
    • baby and kid pjs
    • “no tears” body wash
    • baby clothes
    • hair brushes
    • hair ties
    • shower shoes for kids and adults

Just as the Wise Men brought gifts of great value to Jesus, we’re grateful for this opportunity to give generously to some of the most vulnerable children in our community.

That’s it — see you tomorrow! And Merry Christmas!

– Erin

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