Every year, we take 3-4 weeks to intentionally focus on growing in generosity. We take this time to think about how God has given us undeserved grace while we were still sinners and continues to grow us as his people. We like to call it our |giv| series.
During the series, we will study passages of Isaiah to prepare our hearts to celebrate God’s greatest gift to the world: Jesus. We want to make sure that we approach this season well as Christians because it’s far too easy to just get caught up in everything else. Each week, we’ll look at different aspects of Christ's coming that ought to shape the way we think, feel and react to the Christmas season and stir our affection and longing.
1. SIGN UP TO TITHE
We are encouraging our family to set up a recurring tithe because the gospel transforms us not just to be generous around the holidays, but during all seasons of our lives. Regular tithing from our Midtown family enables us to more strategically plan and budget to continue to be Jesus-centered family on mission with Him in Columbia and the world.
2. SIGN UP FOR SERVE THE CITY WEEKEND
The gospel transforms us to be generous with our finances as well as with our very lives. Our Serve the City Weekend is a great chance to be generous with our time and energy by serving marginalized and vulnerable people groups in our city. Serve the City Weekend will be during MLK Weekend from January 12-15.
3. RAISE $25,000 FOR OUR SERVE THE CITY PARTNERSHIPS
The goal of this year's |giv| project is to raise $25,000 to support our Serve the City Partners. For each partnership, we are committed to serving their staff and their clients on a monthly basis. Some of our events are really big like STC weekend and some of our events are as simple as serving breakfast for the committed staff of each organization. Your giving this year will help us:
- Host red carpet events for inpatient kids at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.
- Repair houses for widows in our city who cannot pay for or complete the repairs on their own.
- Provide a stable church family atmosphere and moments of relief and joy for the orphaned kids of Epworth.
- Engage in relationship with the homeless of our city who are living at Transitions Shelter.
To help enrich our understanding of the Advent season, we've created an Advent Guide for you to use with your family or your LifeGroup. Inside, you'll find daily readings, weekly devotionals, family discussion questions, and study guides for your LifeGroup.
Throughout the series we'll also be posting blogs & reading guides to help enrich our understanding of the Gathering material and what we discuss in our LifeGroups.