Dedicated to the Elijah Fund
Christmas is Jesus’ birthday! Why not give Jesus an extra-special birthday present this year? You can do that by giving to the 2017 Special Christmas Eve Offering. Every year, Leonia Church dedicates our Special Christmas Eve Offering to mission and ministry “beyond the walls” of our church building. The offering taken on Christmas Eve 2017 will be given to the Leonia Church Elijah Fund.
Give on Christmas Eve… or Anytime
You can give to the 2017 Special Christmas Eve Offering even if you cannot celebrate Christmas with Leonia Church on Christmas Eve. Simply make your gift payable to Leonia United Methodist Church and mark your gift clearly for the “Elijah Fund.” You can mail or drop your gift off at the church office or place it in the offering on any Sunday.
The Elijah Fund
The Elijah Fund is a longstanding fund that the church uses only for providing aid to neighbors and strangers in times of emergency. The fund is administered by the Outreach Ministry Team of Leonia Church according to a policy developed by that team and approved by the Church Council. On a day-to-day basis, Pastor Wehrle, Pastor Lee and the church staff handle requests for emergency assistance and work with church leadership to utilize the Elijah Fund. It is our goal to keep the balance of the Elijah Fund above $4,000. At present, the fund balance is below $1,000. Our goal for the 2017 Christmas Eve offering is to return the Elijah Fund to an amount greater than $4,000.
What Jesus Has To Say About It
From Matthew 25:
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’
And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’