Month: December 2019

Christmas

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows— light! sunbursts of light! You repopulated the nation, you expanded its joy. Oh, they’re so glad in your presence! Festival joy! The joy of a great celebration, sharing rich gifts and warm greetings. The

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Who or What Do You Worship?

I wanted to write about who or what we worship at Christmas; my sister knowing I struggle with writing sent me this message from Paul Tripp. I have edited some of it, but he is far more eloquent in expressing our need for Christ this holiday season. “Why do we keep acquiring more possessions when

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Jars of Sunshine

A couple of months ago Southwest Church of Christ Ladies had a retreat. Phyllis, in charge of crafts, decided to do a craft that would benefits others and bring joy. She had seen Jars of Sunshine  on the Open Door Mission website under Volunteer from Home (https://www.opendoormission.org/volunteer-category/volunteer-from-home/). The 30 women attending got to fellowship and

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Christmas Cards!

Do you have Christmas cards (or any greeting cards) leftover? You know when you needed 30 cards but had to buy 36. These cards can accumulate and overtake valuable storage space. Please consider donating unused extra cards to Open Door Mission. Your donation of cards will bless our guests by letting them send cards to

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What Do You Get For the Person That Has Nothing?

The month of December is already half over, but it is not too late to make a difference. So much of the hustle and bustle of Christmas is trying to find the right gift for the” person that has everything.” If the people you buy for have all they need why not give a special

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Just 3 Gifts

As Christmas approaches we start frantically shopping for gifts. We want to get that perfect gifts for that special person. We often get so busy we forget why we give to others. It is not the amount of money we spend; it is the blessing of bringing joy to someone. To help the Open Door Mission

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Clean Out that Closet!

The holidays are a good time to clean out those closets. Cleaning them out now serves a two-fold purpose…you get space for all the new Christmas gifts and your gently used items can benefit those that shop at the Timberlake Outreach Center. During the winter children’s outgrown, boots, coats and snow suits are much needed

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A Tree With a Difference

Jack Frost’s cold winds are nipping at little fingers and big ones too! At Open Door Mission we have people coming and going all winter. We have children that tend to lose their mittens, just like the three little kittens. In other words we need lots of mittens (and gloves). Do you decorate a tree

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Making a List, Checking It Twice

It is crunch time for Christmas gift buying, especially for the thousands of children living in poverty. Because there are so many children in need Santa needs help, your help. Project Santa is a program at Open Door Mission helps families living in poverty “shop” for their children’s Christmas. Your donation of new unwrapped toys

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Unsuspected Blessings

Several of the staff at Open Door Mission teach a class for the New Live Recovery Program along with their other duties. Teaching a class is a joy as we see our guests grow strong in their faith and recovery. Here is a “snippet of joy” from one of the teachers. “I just want to

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