By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Growing up, I remember dropping off dinners to families who had a sick mommy, shoveling snow for older neighbors, donating clothing I’d out grown to the Salvation Army, and singing Christmas carols at assisted living homes. Sharing time and talents was important to our family and my parents were living examples of this. They helped me recognize all our family’s blessings – a warm house, new clothing, food on our tables, love in our hearts, and so much more, but they also helped me understand that not everyone is as blessed as we were.

Here are some suggestions on how you and your family might share your blessings with others this month:

  • Children’s Clothing Challenge: Donate gently used children clothing to local children in need. Barrel in Fellowship Hall
  • Food Bank Collection: Donate non-perishable food items to help local families. Bring 2 canned goods to the Thanksgiving Feast! Barrel in Fellowship Hall
  • Four Seasons of Giving: In November and December, drop off a donation for the Somerset County Jail Chaplaincy Christmas Gifts Program for Children of Inmates. Barrel in Fellowship Hall.
  • Christmas Giving Tree: Later this month, take an ornament off the tree, purchase the item listed, bring it back. All items will be donated to the Resource Center of Somerset, who help families affected by domestic abuse.