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Generous Christmas 2019 GS

Each year, the Advent season calls us to freshly consider the wisdom of Jesus when He taught us that it is better to give than to receive. Not only did Jesus teach this transcendent counter-cultural truth, but He lived it to the uttermost. Jesus went before us, both modeling this reality and empowering us to follow in His footsteps. Now 2000 years later, we respond by giving generously during this Advent season and leaning into our core identity of Joy and Generosity in Mission.

The Need

This year we are asking you to give in two ways

 First, we will also be collecting jackets to be distributed by Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick. Specifically, needed are:

. Mens + Womens coats 
. coats need to be in good condition, no tears or broken zippers
. Washed and cleaned
. Hung on hangers

We will be collecting the jackets up until our Christmas Eve gathering. 

Second, our Generous Christmas financial giving this year will go to our Diaconate Fund, which provides for the practical needs of those within our community and those in the towns surrounding us. Over the past two, uniquely challenging years, we have seen a significant increase in the financial needs of those within Jacob’s Well, as well as others who have reached out to us in light of the financial difficulties caused by COVID, Hurricane Ida, among other factors. As such, we want to ensure that there are sufficient means to meet whatever needs continue to materialize. To give to this fund, please click here and select “Generous Christmas” in the “Designation” dropdown menu.

 Before You Give

Since our founding, the Jacob’s Well community has responded to the generosity of God by being generous to others. This is a great opportunity for us to show how the work of God, through Jesus Christ leads us to live differently and seek to serve others.

We would encourage you to talk with your own children, roommates and friends about this opportunity. Consider together what your investment might look like. Christmas is a time when it’s easy to focus on what we might receive. May we instead embrace the call of Jesus to turn our attention outward … and find joy waiting for us in the giving!