This is a participatory post, so you lazy lurkers put on your big kid pants and help a girl out.
I've changed my mind about hand-made pledges at Christmas. I tried it last year, but the store has good stuff too. I think "presents with a presence pledge" would be more appropriate for me. To ease into the holiday spirit and to put giving in the proper perspective, I plan to spend the next few weeks reflecting on gifts that affected me in a fundamental way. That includes the Molly Pitcher sheet music, gold-cup strung necklace, and "¿Eso si, que es?/SOCKS" (This gift here, what does it mean?) I mentioned in my previous post. I want YOU to leave a comment or a link to your blog post on meaningful giving.
I'll get us started. Yesterday I was looking for love notes from the Hubster. I didn't find any, but that's something to hash out over dinner when it's time to make the children cry. Instead I found the leather bound blank book my 6 YO girl's great aunt sent to her, in which she wrote funny stories of her brother/my daughter's grandfather. I was taken aback at how affected my daughter was by her grandfather's passing all things considered. The two of them were lovely together and she took his passing hard. The journal from her great-aunt wasn't just a way to pass on family history, but rather it honored the connection between a grandfather and granddaughter.
I've just stepped off the curb with my "He Lives" sign and I'm all high on Jesus. I appreciate the welcome to ALL people (including Republicans) and, once a year, pets at my place of worship and want to give them a shout out for two of their upcoming events.
December 7th, Grace St. Paul's is hosting an alternative craft fair. After the 8 and 10 a.m. services, tables will be set up offering you the opportunity to buy mosquito nets from the Episcopal Relief and Development to help prevent malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa, a flock of chickens for a family in South America from Heifer Project International, or you can buy lovely handmade and unique crafts from African Team Ministries. Additionally, if you are crafty and would possibly like to have a table, it's an open fair. But it's THIS Sunday so call quickly, 327-6857.
December 14th, Grace St. Paul's is having a Blue Christmas service for people who tend more toward depression than celebration this time of year.