Thinking Outside of the (Gift) Box

Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

By Eileen Gilmer

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I tend to shop online for most of the gifts I give. The hassles of parking at any shopping mall in December is a test of my patience and hospitality! Knowing that, I tend to shop from home.

Are you stumped about what to give the person who has everything? I might just have the solution for you. Instead of giving another scarf or box of candy, how about giving a cow or maybe a box of nails? You can donate to any of several great causes in someone’s name for Christmas.

With Heifer International, you can buy a family on the other side of the world a goat, flock of chickens or a water buffalo. Your gift recipients here will know these animals were given in their names and will help families in need.

Is your loved-one a pet lover? Then consider donating items to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. There’s a whole list of items they need. Towels, dog or cat food, batteries, and even Target gift cards are requested. Check out their Amazon Wish List for details.

Maybe your gift recipient is more the Habitat for Humanity type. For what you’d spend on a sweater, you can instead put that money toward a doorbell, roof shingles or everything including the kitchen sink. Literally!

And, don’t forget all the great ways we are serving those in need through Trinity Church. A donation to Trinity can help our orphanage in Honduras, our ministry through Martha’s Table, and much, much more.

There are so many ways you can give a gift this Christmas that also lives out Christ’s call to serve those in need. I hope you are able to get your shopping out of the way so that you’ll have time to reflect on the wondrous gift that is Christ to the world.

We’ll see you on Sunday and Christmas Eve!

Christmas eve

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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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