Advent is here, and my wish for you this season is that you experience the love of Jesus, who gave everything He had for us, and find ways to share it with others.  

As Mother Teresa once said, "It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you."  There are several opportunities listed below to do just that, and I hope you'll find some that interest you.

Grace & Peace, 

Renae Newmiller , Director of Local & Global Engagement

Conn Elementary Giving Tree
Our partner school - Conn Elementary - needs our help to bring Christmas joy to children who otherwise might not receive any Christmas gifts this year.  Sign up for their Giving Tree here, and help us bless Conn in a big way this Advent season!

Help our Hungry Neighbors 

If you'd like to come alongside our neighbors struggling with hunger, here are a few opportunities to help this month:

Participate in our monthly food drive.   Throughout each month, we collect food for the Urban Ministries' food pantry, which  provides a week's groceries to as many as 50 families each weekday.  Want to help?  Grab some  non-perishable food items (no glass jars) the next time you're at the store and drop them off in the collection bins near the first floor reception area. 

Serve at the Urban Ministries' Food Pantry  - volunteers are needed for 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. weekday shifts.

Christmas Eve Offering for our Doorstep Ministry

Many families in Wake County will neither give nor receive any gifts this holiday season, due to every cent needing to go towards rent and household bills. Even then, there isn't enough for many folks to cover all their expenses when they hit a bump in the road. That's why ESUMC's Doorstep Ministry exists, to help such families. Throughout the year, we offer financial assistance for rent, water, power, and household gas to help people get through some tough times. Doing so helps prevent homelessness, and allows people to more easily purchase food and medicines that they may not otherwise be able to afford.  

On Christmas Eve, we will be collecting a special offering at all of our services for Doorstep.  These gifts are how we fund this vital ministry.  Give then, or anytime during Advent, and join us in this effective way to  prevent homelessness.   Give to our Doorstep Ministry  ( select Doorstep from the dropdown).

12 Days of Blitzmas Habitat for Humanity Build
Help build a new home in 12 days and make a family's holiday wish come true as part of Habitat's 12 Days of Blitzmas build!   Build days will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between December 5 and December 21.  J oin in the fun.   Sign up here.

The word DONATE written in vintage metal letterpress type on a soft backlit background.
Gently Used Men's Pants 
The First Baptist Clothing Closet (across the street from us) is in need of gently used men's pants of all sizes.  If you have gently used pants to spare, please drop them off M-F during work hours at the First Baptist Church back entrance at the corner of Edenton and McDowell Streets.

Diapers for the Diaper Train

Bringing your kiddos to Elves Night Out or Breakfast with Mary & Joseph?  If so, we'll be collecting diapers  for the Diaper Train, which serves more than 1,000 Wake County children a month by providing diapers to low-income families.  You can also drop diapers off all month long in the eStreet Kids Station on our 3rd floor.

Rise Against Hunger MLK Day Packing Event
January 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
To celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are teaming up with Rise Against Hunger and our greater community to package 100,000+ meals to combat world hunger.    Save the date for this family friendly event!   

Make a Difference in a Child's Life in 2020

Become a Reading Buddy
We partner with local schools to provide reading buddies.  Serving as a reading buddy is a weekly 30 minute commitment during school hours.  If you are interested in being a reading buddy,  email Amy .

Spend time with a student at  Neighbor to Neighbor  working through an individualized curriculum in math or reading. This requires a one hour per week commitment for the traditional school year.   Choose either 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., or 5:45- 6:45 p.m. any day Monday - Thursday.

Ongoing Opportunities
Looking for ongoing opportunities to serve this year?  Here are a few ways to get involved on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis:

Loads of Love
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., weekly teams provide one free wash & dry to people in need, serve weekly or monthly. Email Dawn 
Hurricane Florence Disaster Response
Weekend day trips to help our NC neighbors recover from Hurricane Florence damage.   Email Suzanne
Raleigh Rescue Mission 
4th Sunday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., worship and spend time in small groups with Raleigh Rescue Mission guests.  Email Renae. 

Family Promise - Helping Families who are Experiencing Homelessness
Quarterly we host families who are temporarily homeless - providing housing and meals for a week at a time.  There are lots of ways to be involved.  Email Ed   to find out how.  2020 Dates are 2/2-9, 4/26-5/3, 7/12-19, 11/1-8

Ruth Sheets Center
Spend time with older adults in ESUMC's adult day center.  Choose a weekday, 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Email Matt

Missional Communities
We have Missional Communities that gather across our city to live life together and to serve in our community on a monthly basis. 
Email Ashley  to connect with one of these amazing groups.