Be Rich is a season of generous actions and good deeds toward our community. We are compelled to generous love because God first loved us, entrusted to us all we have and invited us to manage his resources well and for the good of others. Throughout the year we live this out individually and corporately but each year around the holiday season we challenge ourselves to rise to new heights in good deeds and generous actions. Keep scrolling to learn how.
We challenge each family to contribute $40 to the cause. Does that seem unreasonable? Consider $20 or $10. Does that seem disobedient to the blessings God has entrusted you with? Consider giving more! Hit THIS BUTTON to head to our giving portal. Indicate Be Rich when giving.
Several of our projects need to be resourced. We are accepting of all sorts of things (see below for details).
Two projects involve shopping to bless our community: The Giving Tree, our annual Christmas blessing to those in need locally (see below for details) and our Walt Disney teachers Christmas blessing (see below for details).
Use your time and energy to serve. Various projects will require hands to help and bodies to love on our community in fun, practical and tangible ways. See below for which efforts need volunteers.
Be sure to join us at 10am each Sunday during this series as we learn together what it means to "Be Rich" and why it's so important.
October 23 : Blessed to Bless.
We'll dig in to the inspiration behind Be Rich and learn what Paul encourages us to do with our earthly wealth.
October 30 : Open Your Eyes
It's true that awareness drives our discontentment, but it's also true that it can drive our generosity. The choice is ours.
November 6: Manage Well
We're not owners of our lives, we're renters and therefore we are responsible to manage our life well. We'll dig in to a seemingly odd story Jesus tells as we learn how to use our resources for eternal gain.
November 13: Let's Do That Again
At one point in history, the generosity of Jesus followers changed the world. Let's' do that again.
November 20 (9am service): Respond Well
The gospel demands a response but what we don't often realize is that the response isn't always for our benefit as much as it is for those who've yet to receive it.
Being an educator is hard work. This has always been the case but the challenge has increased exponentially the last couple of years. The average teachers spends $750 of their own money to support their classroom each year. As part of our Be Rich season we are gifting the educators at Walt Disney with gifts for their classroom, their desk or simply for them as a tangible expression of our love and gratitude for all they do.
WHEN: AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 13
WHERE: Various homes
As part of our Be Rich season The Giving Tree is our opportunity to bless local families who need help providing a happy Christmas for their families. It may mean helping to purchase presents, providing meals, clothing or other needs and unless the family you sponsor has only one child, or you take an entire family, you will be working together with others to bless your family.
To sponsor a child, or an entire family, check out our interactive CHRISTMAS TREE
WHEN: DECEMBER 6 | 6:00pm
WHERE: Start at Restoration | Sanctuary
Gather your family & friends and head out into the community to bless some perfect strangers. We'll meet at Restoration Church at 6:00pm, hand you some cash and basic guidelines, then, have at it! Pay for someone's dinner or gas. Buy someone a cup of coffee. Give someone an exceptional tip. Hang out at the grocery store check out and just hand out money. Yes, people will ask "what's the catch?" but there is none. God's grace is FREE. We want them to feel that in this very tangible way.
WHEN: Donations now through December 4 | Shared Meal Holiday Shop & Free Market: 6pm December 9
WHERE: Restoration Fellowship Hall
Our Shared Meal for our local homeless and those in need is renown within our community. During our December meal on the 9th, in addition to a wonderful hot meal we are also providing a Holiday Shop & Free Market: an opportunity for our local homeless and those in need to "shop" for what they may want or need. The donation list will keep expanding but for now we are looking to collect the following (donations can be placed in the lobby in the pin marked "Shared Meal Holiday Shop").
Long underwear (med - XL mens & womens)
Portioned trail mixes
Sugar free cookies or snacks
WHEN: December 10 | 4 - 6PM
WHERE: Restoration Church | Fellowship Hall
We are hosting a Christmas party to celebrate the season with these kids and their guardians. We'll have crafts, music and cookies and milk to make it festive. Life Abundant has partnered with Toys for Tots to help make this Christmas a little happier and we'll provide a small gift from us as well. But what we need most is YOU...to help bake cookies, set up and interact with these families, sharing the joy of Jesus' birth.
WHEN: DECEMBER 13 | 7 - 9PM
WHERE: Restoration Church | Fellowship Hall
We've purchased the gifts...now it's time to wrap them! Our friends at Walt Disney Elementary School shared their mid-year wish list with us and now it's time to wrap and share the gifts - just in time for Christmas!
Join us as we listen to music and wrap gifts. We'll provide the supplies and music - you bring your holiday happiness.
THANK YOU! we exceeded our goal with 112/40 boxes of stuffing and 70/40 boxes of mashed potatoes!
WHEN: NOVEMBER 13 | 9am - 5pm
WHERE: Laundry Zone, Pennsbury Plaza
Join us to meet people where they have a need and share God's love and generosity by paying for their laundry with funds raised through our Quarter Carnivals. We'll spend the day getting to know people and sharing that they are loved unconditionally.
Bring the kids and sign up for a shift or two!
WHEN: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19 | 9am - 1pm
Join us as we fix and deep clean our building and prepare for the busy holiday season when we expect to welcome new friends!
Come lend a hand when you can and leave when you must! Any help from all ages is appreciated!
WHEN: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20 | 9am - 12:30pm
WHERE : begin at Restoration
We'll begin with an abbreviated worship service (20 minutes) before we head out to serve our community! Some of the jobs will be at Restoration preparing blessings for our community to be distributed later in the season, some of the jobs will be at Restoration serving our grounds and decorating for the Christmas season, other jobs will be out in our community serving our neighbors and partner ministry.
WHEN: NOVEMBER 20 | 9:30am - 12:30pm
WHERE: Begin at Restoration
As part of our community day of service, Tree House teens and others will help clean up some of our neighbors' yards as an act of generosity. We would love some parents or other adults to come alongside our teens to help make this venture a success.
BYO rake and any extra to share. We'll supply the lawn & leaf bags (if you don't have a rake but would still like to help, don't worry... we'll have a few extra!)