Published Saturday, December 01, 2012
By W. WINSTON SKINNER
For local Christians, Christmas is a time for celebration, but it also is a time to show God’s love to others.
Area churches are reaching out in many ways. Some church members are “adopting” a family to Christmas or otherwise meeting needs in the community. There are efforts to reach around the world with the gospel message of love, as well.
Southern Baptists collect the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in December each year, gathering funds for international mission work. The offering is named for one of the first Baptist female foreign missionaries, who at one time taught school in Cartersville.
East Newnan Baptist Church will hold a church-wide Lottie Moon Christmas Banquet on Sunday. Entitled “Experience Africa,” the banquet will start at 6 p.m. and will be held in the church’s fellowship hall.
Ann Verlander, missionary to Africa, will be the speaker.
”Ann and her husband, Larry, were appointed as missionaries in 1985 and have served in Senegal in West Africa, Togo, Ivory Coast and South Africa,” said June Harris of ENBC.
Harris said “a delicious pork loin dinner” is planned. She said attendees will “hear about the many different and exciting experiences the Verlanders have encountered during their years of ministry.”
Tickets are available for a $5 donation per person. For ticket information, contact Linda Fowler, Kittie Fennell or Linda West at East Newnan Baptist.
The New Generation Praise Dancers are presenting “A Christmas Fortune” on Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church on Pinson Street. Attendees are asked to bring toys appropriate for ages 5-16. For more information, contact Mrs. Karen Harden at 678-633-7715 or 770-255-9587.
On Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. the Women on Mission at First Baptist Church of Moreland will hold a Christmas party. Speakers will be Andy and Cindy Kennedy, who are missionaries in Brazil.
Perpetual Community Resource Centre is the midst of a winter coat and blanket drive.
“Although winters in Newnan are normally mild, there has been a pattern of unseasonably cold weather in the southern states over the past few years,” noted Kimberly Monroe, PCRC executive director. “This has raised the need for warm coats and blankets in the Newnan community by those who do not have and cannot afford them.”
Monroe said “many will be without the basic resources needed to keep warm and healthy” this winter unless others in the community reach out to help.”You can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate by giving the gift of warmth,” she said.
“All you have to do is gather new or gently-used blankets and coats in the box that we will provide. Then call to make arrangements for us to pick them up,” she said. For information, call 678-634-6232 or email: email@example.com .
The coat and blanket drive began Oct. 15 and runs through Monday. Blankets and coats will be distributed Dec. 16 during PRCC’s Warm Hearts Christmas Dinner. The 4 p.m. dinner will include Christmas dinner, coats, blankets and soup to go.