Alternative Christmas 2012

Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, the stress of too much to do and not enough time to do it? Are you weary of buying gifts for family and friends who already have so much “stuff”? Would you like your faith to be more fully present, even in the presents you give?

Consider doing your shopping in a new way, by making gifts to this year’s Alternative Christmas at First Church! For each gift you will receive a card letting a loved one know that a gift has been given in their honor to bring healing, hope and love into the world.

You can choose to have a presence right here in Portland, or on the other side of the globe … or both … because Christmas is really about God’s presence with us…and ours with all the world.

Imagine No Malaria
Imagine No Malaria is a United Methodist ministry seeking to raise $75 million in order to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. In addition to providing mosquito nets through
the “Nothing But Nets” campaign, Imagine No Malaria is now educating and establishing community-based malaria control programs, conducting outreach through radio advertising, and revitalizing hospitals and clinics across Africa.

Dee Poujade to Palestine
Dee Poujade is heading to Palestine as a United Methodist Volunteer in Mission and as an Ecumenical Accompanier under the World Council of Churches, to monitor and report human rights abuses, and to support Palestinians and Israelis who are working together for peace. Your contribution will help to pay the $10,000 fee for Dee’s participation in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Israel and Palestine.

Sustainable Agriculture And Development
Sustainable Agriculture and Development is being done in developing nations thanks to this United Methodist Advance project. Rural areas account for three quarters of the world’s malnourished population. This Advance will train at least 3,000 people in these areas in appropriate agricultural methods to protect the environment while also providing much needed food and economic growth.

SOLVE is an Oregon non-profit which aims to bring volunteers together to “take care of Oregon” by teaching stewardship of our natural environment. Planet Church has worked with SOLVE on many clean-up projects. Your gift will support efforts to remove invasive plants, clean up litter, and much more.

Goose Hollow Family Shelter
Goose Hollow Family Shelter is housed right here in our building, and provides year-round shelter for homeless families. Your gift will help our shelter guests to feel the warmth and love of Christmas now and into the new year.

The Macdonald Center
The Macdonald Center is a leader in providing outreach and support services to the forgotten poor in the heart of Portland. Their work helps keep people in housing and off the street by providing education, encouragement and one-to-one care.

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