This past week was a busy one! We began the season of Advent by handing out gift bags to the congregation on the first Sunday of Advent for them to decorate. In a twist on the traditional Advent calendar, in which you open a door or package to receive a gift, we asked people to set something aside instead - selecting one of three local food pantries to receive the food items they placed in their gift bags. During Advent, we heard from representatives of the McFarland Community Food Pantry, the AIDS Resource Center, and the McFarland High School Pride Pantry. In the days leading up to Christmas (and for those who traveled, a little afterward), we brought the gifts to the front of the sanctuary. They were blessed in worship on January 8th. The result was over 40 bags of food and essentials delivered to three wonderful community organizations:
THANK YOU to all who participated!