Charity Tree at the Grotto
I spoke with Grotto again today. The top three trees with the most votes will split the entry fees from all the trees (well half because off the top of the entry fees $150, $75 goes directly to each tree's organization chosen charity) and they split all the donations collected from all the trees throughout the season. Also today the gentleman informed me there is a $25,000 split at the end with the top trees again receiving the most money.
What a blessed opportunity to have the Word of God in a public forum. Our goal is to have persons who view the tree to have the Holy Spirit stirred up within them and walk away from the tree with a genuine spiritual experience either by seeing a Bible story ornament that brings about a church memory for them if they haven't attended a worship service in a while or have something speak to their heart giving them a message they need to have in their lives from God. Hopefully, all might be motivated to come to a church.
The LIUMC chose Mission Central with the local connection to the Shoemaker HUB to give their money to, for all the countless lives they touch daily and in times of disaster relief. The God stories they share are amazing. God is great! We pray we can contribute as much as possible.
I know this church is a generously giving church. But I'm hoping in 2018 they will bring the Good News out of the walls of the church more in purposeful outreach projects that make a progressive difference in people's lives who are in need of God's grace. Even though the tree isn't actually getting muddy in missions, I pray that it will also motivate the congregation as we go forth to execute our new vision and mission statements.
Prayers for all that we do as the church united. And thank you for all you do for us.