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Help Christmas Families



And the king will answer them, `Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' (from the reading for Sunday Nov. 23, Matthew 25:40)

For many families at Immanuel it would not be Christmas without bringing the good news of Christ's coming and God's love in a very tangible form – a toy to grow with, clothing to keep warm in – to another family, transforming a bleak Christmas into the light of Christ present.

We will have about 100 families designated by Child Protective Services (45 so far, a second batch coming).

How can you help?

You can sign up to buy gifts for a family, or part of one, before or after each service on four Sundays, Nov. 16, Nov. 23, Nov. 30 and Nov. 7, before and after each service or outside the parish office in between. In addition, used computers (in good working condition, with or without an offer of set-up and some initial orientation), used bicycles, good used toys and children’s books, calendars you receive in the mail, and gently used clothing and blankets (for children and adults), especially warm winter coats and clothes to wear to a new-found job, are very welcome. (Please label packages of clothing as to kind and size.) All contributions will be collected and presented at the altar at the services on Dec. 14; or you can bring them to the parish office. We buy children’s books in quantity very cheaply. The books will be on display in the parish hall on Sunday, Dec. 7.

You can select some books (2 – 3 for each child) for your adopted family. We buy children’s books in quantity very cheaply and make them available for free to parishioners who have adopted a Christmas Family. Please come to the Fairchild Room off the Parish Hall after all services on Sunday, December 7th to retrieve books for your family. Our volunteers will have preselected books that correspond to the children's ages, all ready for you. Please contact Connie Kurz (cgkurz@aol.com, 703-370-0062) if you need to make other arrangements.

If you prefer, you can contribute money and we will do the shopping for you. Please make your check out to Immanuel and mark it "Christmas Families". Gifts bought with contributed money will be wrapped during the forum hour on Dec. 14. The special offering on Dec. 14 is dedicated to Christmas Families.

There are many opportunities to help with fixing bicycles (the experts will show you how), midnight shopping to take advantage of Black Friday sales, arranging and tagging the toys (Saturday Dec. 13, 9 am -), sorting gifts (Monday Dec. 14 9 am - ), transportation, data input. See, call, or email one of us for details or click here for a list.

Let us brighten many children's Christmas, bringing them some of the joys and opportunities of God's new creation, a light in our own celebration.

Dagobert and Lissa Soergel    (703-823-2840, 703-585-2840, dsoergel@umd.edu; 703-869-9848, lissa@whollygenes.com). 
Linda Serabian (703-683-5226 X17, 703-836-4670H, serabian@somaarchitects.com)
Connie Kurz 703/370-0062  cgkurz@aol.com 
Julie Bruns (703- 534-7913, drbruns@bellatlantic.net)

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