Connecting Point – December 26, 2023

Our Pastors and I hope that you had a good Christmas time with family members and/or friends. Sometimes relationships are difficult to deal with, but we can all rejoice in the fact that God loves us so much He sent His Son into our world to become the Savior and Lord of our lives. My favorite Christmas scripture is John 3:16 which says, "For God so loved the world (you and me and all the rest) that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life."

One thing that complicates life for me around Christmas is that I'm notorious for being a late Christmas Shopper. I've been known to go to Wal-Mart and other places on Christmas Eve in order to pick up some last minute gifts. Sometimes my doing so drives Vicki crazy. But somehow it all turns out okay (I hope and think). What I've discovered is that sometimes what we do at the last moment winds up being a good thing to do.

Did you know that the World's #1 Christmas Carol (Silent Night) was a last minute project? On December 24th, 1818, Pastor Joseph Franz Mohr hiked 2 miles to see his friend Franz Xaver Gruber. Mohr brought a poem with him he'd written two years earlier, wondering if it could be made into a song. Gruber started strumming his guitar, and surprisingly, the song was composed merely hours before it was first played in a Christmas service. The song was played on a guitar because the organ was out of commission, but the song was an immediate hit to listeners in the German town where it was first shared. As the song became popular, the lyrics changed a bit. But it's still the world's #1 Christman Carol, even though it was composed in the last moments before the Church's Christmas service in 1818. You can read more about the backstory of Silent Night by clicking here

Sometimes we all accomplish important things in the last moments or days - like buying a last minute Christmas gift or writing a last minute song, or giving generously to support God's work. As you well know, we're in the last week of 2023. And I want to encourage you to consider giving generously before the end of the year to support the ministry and missions focuses of Celebration Church. If you click here you can read about what God has done through Celebration Church in 2023. If you click here you can read about the intended recipients of our 2023 Christmas Missions Offering. Reading those articles will help you understand why you, me and all of us should be generous givers to the ministry and missions efforts of Celebration Church.

CLICK HERE TO GIVE

Here are some ways you can give to support God's work in this last week of 2023.

  • Give Online - go to www.celebrationchurch.org/give, specify your Campus, and then indicate where your gifts are to go (regular offering, Christmas Missions offering, etc.)

  • Give In Person - in our services on December 31 or by stopping by our Campus offices

  • Give by Snail Mail - mail gifts to Celebration at 1915 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70001

  • Give through our Celebration Church App - Press "Give" at the bottom of the screen.

Also, gifts of stocks, property, jewelry, etc. can also be given as well. Make sure to give your gifts by midnight on 12/31 in order to receive Charitable Giving contribution credit for 2023. And remember, the Lord will bless our "last minute" actions and contributions.

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