All are invited to donate poinsettias to decorate the church during Advent and Christmas and/or to give a donation to the Christmas Mission Offering!
• In Memory of/In Honor of: Gifts to the Christmas Mission Offering, and donations for poinsettias, may be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone special to you. Pease be sure to note your choice on the form (below). Gifts and remembrances will be listed in the Christmas Pageant Sunday Order of Worship on December 17.
• By December 13: Please submit donations by December 13.Gifts can be made online, with cash, or by check made payable to the First Congregational Church, MEMO: Christmas Mission &/or Poinsettias.
• Poinsettias: After decorating our Sanctuary for Advent and Christmas, many of the donated poinsettias are delivered to home-bound church members after the holiday worship services.
• Christmas Mission Offerings: Donations to the Christmas Mission offering will be divided evenly between Burlington’s Sarah Holbrook Community Center and a project providing thousands of community meals in Puerto Rico – World Central Kitchen.
Sara Holbrook Community Center: We have a long-standing positive relationship with Burlington’s Sara Holbrook Community Center (SHCC). The SHCC has an 80 year history of meeting the needs of Burlington families. They offer Pre-school, an after-school program, English classes, summer camp programs, a “New Arrivals” Summer Program for children from New American families, and extensive programing for youth in both the New and Old North End’s of Burlington! Our teens and some adults have volunteered at the SHCC for many years. Our own Donna Lee volunteers in the SHCC Pre-school every Wednesday!
Meals for Hurricane Survivors in Puerto Rico: World Central Kitchen Has organized thousands of chefs and volunteers who have prepared and served over 2.7 million meals in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. First Congregational Church is inviting donations to World Central Kitchen’s program in Puerto Rico through our Christmas Mission Offering because they are providing much needed meals at 70 locations to thousands of people living in communities still recovering from Hurricane Maria.