Faith and Families Newsletter
November 30, 2018

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
Alternative Gifts
Dear Friends,
              Every year the wish lists come in – a new toy, a new piece of clothing, a new DVD, a gift card, or cash$$! Sometimes we want to give our loved ones everything they want. But sometimes we feel pulled. Is this what Christmas is all about? And what about those people who we want to give to that already have so much? Consider an Alternative Gift !
              Alternative Gifts are not physical gifts to our child, spouse, family member, coworker, neighbor, or friend. Alternative Gifts are financial gifts given to a mission or ministry that brings about a positive change in the world. These gifts are given in honor of the recipient. Every year I am moved by gifts given in my honor to help build a house for someone or to help provide food or clothing, or clean water, or educational materials.
              My dad was a beekeeper for many years. I used to help him collect the honey from the bee boxes. We would smoke out the bees, collect the combs, cut the caps off, put the frames of honey comb into a giant centrifuge, and collect the honey into mason jars. Delicious! When I discovered that I could give a colony of bees to a village in honor of my dad I knew it was the perfect gift. What great memories that would bring back for him (accept for the time he almost went into shock from too many bee stings! J )
              But I digress. Consider an Alternative Gift . It doesn’t have to be much – but it could be. I am including two links for you. One is for our own Alternative Gift Fair which this year focuses on four of our mission partnerships – Kenya, Nicaragua, Blythe Elementary School, and Habitat for Humanity. Consider honoring a loved one with a gift to one of these partnerships. I am also including a link to the Presbyterian Giving Catalogue which functions much like Heifer Project. These gifts empower people all over the world to make a living and to care for their families. I hope you will consider praying about how you might give Alternative Gifts this year to honor a loved one and to make a difference in the world.
Here are the links:
Presbyterian Giving Catalog - https://presbyteriangifts.org/

To God be the Glory!
Mission Opportunities

Christmas in Davidson Needs You!
There are still many opportunities to help provide hospitality at DCPC during Christmas in Davidson. We are hosting lots of people and lots of groups. Having some hospitable, kind, friendly people to welcome them would be wonderful. Click this link to go to the Sign-Up Genius and help us out! Thanks. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d44afa82c7-hosts2  Or just show up and we will give you an assignment! Make sure you visit our Mission Fair and our Open Mic Night!

Room in the Inn Needs Your Help!
Room in the Inn is a great way for your family to help those in need. Sign up is easy and flexible. Beginning the second Thursday in December we will be hosting our homeless guests every Thursday and Friday night in the Congregation House. We need meal preparers, overnight hosts, drivers, visitors, etc. Click here to sign up. Find another family to work with and sponsor a meal! Make a difference. https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/23671da0eaec2ecc53-roomthe1

If there are concerns or joys that you would like to have listed here please email me at ralexander@dcpc.org so that we might keep one another in prayer.

Rachel Barger and family following the death of her mother, Zee Tart.

The family of Patrick Braxton-Andrew. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for December 15 th at 3 pm in the DCPC Sanctuary.

Jane Watkins. Jane is the mother of Tricia Schubert. She is recovering from a stroke.
Amanda Wheeler following the death of her brother, Brad Huffacker.

Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org