A WINTER COAT STORY FROM BACN
When a Neighbor with her 2 year old daughter came to us, our front office volunteer asked if her daughter was in need of a new coat this year. She replied “no, however, my son in middle school is wearing a coat about two sizes too small, would you happen to have something that would fit him?” Our Office Manager went on a brief search and when she came around the corner with a brand new bright blue and silver boy’s coat that would fit her son, this Mom raised her hands to her mouth and tears of joy and gratitude ran down her flushed cheeks. She said, “My son has never had such a nice coat, ever!” Hugs, thanks and tears were shared.
These are the volunteer moments that make it a joy to be a BACN volunteer. It may be cold outside but there is lots of warmth inside here!!! Please visit www.benziebacn.org to complete a volunteer application or call Michelle at 231-882-9544 to set up an appointment to become a volunteer. It may be the best decision you make this holiday season.
Blessings to you all.
What’s Happening Around St. Andrews in December and for Christmas ~ The community is heartily welcome to all events!
Sunday, December 15th:
Our Christmas Pageant, complete with singing camels and a live Baby Jesus will take place during worship at 10:30 a.m. 40 adults and children will be participating. All are welcome!
From Noon to 1:30 Journey to Bethlehem as you are invited to see our many beautiful nativity scenes set up in the sanctuary. Stay for some hot cider and Christmas cookies. Bring your children to learn about the birth of Baby Jesus.
Wednesday, December 18th:
If you are feeling less than joyful this holiday season a Blue Christmas Service can provide comfort. People come to a Blue Christmas Service when they are experiencing the loss of a loved one, a divorce, maybe the loss of a job and uncertainty about the future. Others come because of all the spending and expectations of the season that leave them feeling empty. The service beginning at 7:00 p.m. is offered to the whole community. Participants will hear soft Jazz instead of joyous carols, listen to readings and quiet prayers in a sanctuary full of candle light and they will light a candle for their loved one or special intention if they choose. Please come, you are welcome here.
Sunday, December 22nd:
Our festive service at 10:30 a.m. will focus on righteous Joseph and the angel’s visit to tell him of what was to take place. The Chancel Choir will sing and adorn the service with beautiful music. Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare for the coming of Christ!
A Christmas Open House at the home of David and Anne Hébert from 2:00 to 4:00. Enjoy some Christmas goodies and holiday cheer with members and friends of St. Andrews.
Tuesday, Christmas Eve, December 24th:
The community is invited to celebrate the Festival of Christmas with Candlelight and Communion at 5:00 p.m. Communion is open to all who want to be served. Childcare will be provided. A wonderful Musicale will precede the service at 4:45 p.m. to allow people to prepare for one of the most important services of the year. The singing of “Silent Night” to candlelight will help usher in the birth of Christ!
St. Andrews, along with other area churches, is holding a HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE FOR BACN from November 17-December 22.
On the table in the Gathering Space there are red plastic bags along with suggested food item lists. This year we have included some special lists for the holidays: What’s for breakfast, side dishes, and baking for the holiday. We hope that you will take one, two or more red plastic bags and fill them with food for BACN. You can bring your bags to church anytime and place them under the table in the Gathering Space and they will be delivered to BACN. If you prefer, you can use a regular paper bag from the grocery store. You can also donate money that will be spent on items such as butter, eggs, and milk. For your convenience, you can give your contribution by check or cash to Penny Szczechowski or to Debra in the office.
As the cold weather sets in and the seasonal jobs end, BACN is seeing more families that are in need of good food. We thank you for your generosity at this special time of year!
BACN IS IN NEED OF CHILDREN’S WINTER CLOTHING DONATIONS FOR AGES INFANT-16 YEARS!
New or gently worn winter clothing is needed for those young neighbors who live in Benzie and northern Manistee Counties. Coats, hats, gloves, sweaters and shoes for children and youth are needed. Items may be dropped off at BACN or if you would like to make a cash donation, make your checks payable to Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, PO Box 93, Benzonia, MI 49616.