Each year Redeemer takes a special offering at Christmas – an offering that is above and beyond our normal tithes and offerings. This year our Finance Team has dedicated these gifts to the 3 following areas:
DeWitt Community Closet (DeWitt Campus)
The DeWitt Community Closet started in 2018 to provide essential items to students and their families. They accept donations of personal hygiene products, food, and school supplies for students of DeWitt Public Schools and their families. One of their biggest needs is junior high and high school clothing. Part of our Christmas offering will enable them to purchase needed items that are not donated.https://fecc.dewittschools.net/support-our-school
Basic Needs Center (St. Johns Campus)
The Basic Needs Center started in 2011 to provide essential items basic needs to families and individuals in our community who are in need. They accept donations of personal hygiene products, food, and new or gently used clothing. Part of our St Johns Campus Christmas offering will enable them to purchase needed items that are not donated.
Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center (Both DeWitt & St. Johns Campus)
Located in Dowling, Michigan, Wesley Woods is a year-round camp and retreat center. During summer camp kids do a variety of events from swimming in the pool, kayaking, canoeing, go-karts, and paint ball. Daily experiences also include firebowl and chapel where they learn about God through lessons, studies and worship. Many students from Redeemer have attended Wesley Woods for Winter Retreat and Summer Camps. https://umcamping.org/camps/wesley-woods/
SafeCenter (Both DeWitt & St. Johns Campus)
SafeCenter is a domestic and physical abuse shelter for Clinton and Shiawassee Counties that is funded through grants. They provide a 24-hour Crisis Hotline, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, basic living needs, housing assistance, support groups, and ongoing prevention, and education programs. www.thesafecenter.org
100% of the Christmas offering will support these 3 initiatives.
To make a gift, simply use the Christmas offering envelope in your monthly mailing or pew racks (or mark any envelope with “Christmas Offering”). A gift can also be made through the mobile app, online under “Give Now” or simply text a donation amount with the word CHRISTMAS to 517-731-0518. (Example: $25.00 CHRISTMAS)