For many years, Aversboro Road Church has begun the Advent Season by sponsoring an Angel Tree in cooperation with Garner Area Ministries. As we await the celebration of our Savior’s birth, it is important to remember that He relied on the benevolence of friends throughout His life; in many instances long after he was a young child. A parent’s need and the desire to make a family’s Christmas more joyous doesn’t end with preschool graduation. Many families of diverse makeup surround our church, and we are in a position to help the least of these, serving as Christ’s hands and feet in Garner.
I once was participating in another group’s Christmas Shopping spree project, and a shy 13-year-old asked if Santa Claus was real. When asked why she wondered, her response was that he had never come to her house. According to respected Christian scholars, we do know that Saint Nicholas of Myra was a real Christian Bishop of the third century whose legendary habit of secret gift-giving to those in need informs many of our 21st-century traditions.
God uses regular people like us to remind or let people know that He cares for them where they are.
Just this week, in calling one family and inviting them to participate in our Angel Tree, the mom said “You don’t know what this means to me. My husband just lost his job.” In no way was this random that I contacted her on just the day that her husband was laid off. I was able to say that we do these things on behalf of the One who loves us all.
A winter coat, gloves, dishes, or even toys may seem like small things to us. However, God calls us in the big and small things to minister to his people.
Please consider adopting an angel or two from the tree in the Sanctuary Lobby on Sunday, November 24th after the Hanging of the Green service. We ask that you take an angel, sign the angel out (a new thing this year), and then return the presents individually wrapped (with the angel taped to the outside of the present). Wrapped Angel tree gifts are to be placed beside the tree and due back by Tuesday, December 10, as distribution to families will happen on the morning of December 13. Please contact Kimberly Potter or the church office if you have questions.
You may be the only reflection of Jesus’ gift of salvation in that person’s life this Christmas, adopt an angel this year!
Contributor: Kimberly Potter