For over 10 years, our church family has loved, supported, and encouraged families in Amarillo through Prison Fellowship. Year after year, the Deacons called each family and check on them. They confirmed the needs and requests sent by the imprisoned parent with the current caregiver, and then our amazing church families chose angels from the tree and shopped to ensure each child would know they were not forgotten and that each child would truly know they were loved at Christmas. Presents wrapped in prayers and paper were returned to the church and then checked and sorted in preparation for the party. On a December Saturday morning for ten years, Christmas came early to “prison orphaned” children. Cookies were consumed. Pizza was gobbled. Carbonated caffeine was guzzled. Most importantly, the hope of the Christmas story was shared in word and deed.
This year, amidst the pandemic, our church had the choice to let Prison Fellowship do all the work: the contacting, the checking, the gift card purchasing, and the delivery of the gifts. In our hearts, we knew this wasn’t how Jesus called us to serve. He didn’t simply send us salvation or deliver it through angelic mail. He came. He loved. He served. We want to be like Jesus!
Therefore, within the parameters of the pandemic, we are still going to love and serve. We are going to keep our “angels” and members safe. In the Great Hall, you will still find a tree with Angel names, but instead of taking a name from the tree and shopping, you will donate $35 toward a Walmart gift card. Donations are due by December 13. You can donate online here. These gift cards will be stuffed in sacks full of candy and treats. Each gift and a pizza will be given to our angels on Saturday, December 19, from 11:00 a.m. – noon during our Drive-by Angel Tree Parade.
Please join us. We are looking forward to loving and serving like Jesus. Even a pandemic can’t stop His love! If you have questions, please contact Anita Goodrum at 350-5202.