Just what would the baby Jesus do with frankincense anyway? As a teacher, Jesus made it clear how we should direct our acts of kindness: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Our gifts to the Christmas offering show our love for God by helping those in need.
This year’s Christmas offering, to be received on Christmas Eve (Fri., 12/24), is directed to two nonprofit organizations dedicated to the welfare of those who are not able to enjoy the comforts that many of us take for granted: the Berkeley Food Pantry and the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant.
Please give generously in support of these worthwhile causes. You can donate online at OnRealm.org (log in, click “Giving,” then the blue +Give button, then choose the fund “Christmas Offering”) or at paypal.me/firstchurchberkeley, or by check to First Church Berkeley with “Christmas Offering” in the memo line. The check can be mailed to First Church Berkeley, 2330 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, or you can place it in the offering basket at the Christmas Eve service, 4 pm or 9 pm. Thank you for your generous support.
To read the Christmas offering letter in its entirety, click here.