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Christ's Light in our region

It begins quickly after Thanksgiving; sometimes even sooner! One by one, houses along the streets begin to light up the night with Christmas lights, a reminder of the Light of Christ that has come to bring us life! Isaiah introduces Jesus with a bold announcement that "the people walking in darkness have seen a great light". As we begin the Christmas season, I can't help but sense the darkness in our region and our world. Cold weather reminds us of people who don't have homes. The news reminds us of the racial disunity in our nation. But, in the darkness of our world, Christ can't help shining the light of his love through his people. When we reach out to others in service and love, we get to be a part of that light in our neighborhoods and communities. This newsletter features a few opportunities for you to be a light to others this Christmas as well as stories of service happening across our region. You can find even more opportunities to serve at May your light shine bright this Christmas season!

Serving with you,

Megan McCleary

Serve Sacramento Director

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Help us win grant funding by casting your vote!

In order to increase the efforts of next year's Season of Service, we have entered the Super Service Challenge. We have an opportunity to win up to $50,000 but WE NEED YOUR VOTE! All you have to do is click here and click the vote button to vote for Sacramento's Season of Service as an initiative you believe deserves some grant funding. The more votes we get, the greater chance we will have of winning! Thanks in advance for your vote and please feel free to share this link with others!
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Stories of Service: Pocket Area churches together

The Pocket/Greenhaven neighborhoods in South Sacramento have a powerful force in their midst! Churches are uniting and working together to serve the Pocket community in an effort called Pocket Area Churches Together (PACT). PACT consists of five churches (Faith Presbyterian Church, Greenhaven Lutheran Church, Greenhaven Neighborhood Church, Riverside Wesleyan Church, and St. Anthony Catholic Parish) with a mission to come together to meet the needs of others who live in the Pocket/Greenhaven neighborhoods, an area that consists of around 40,000 people.

Pocket Area Churches Together has been serving in unity for the past 5 years. The effort began as a combined Thanksgiving worship service with a goal of local congregations building community through a combined corporate worship time. [read more]

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Service Opportunity: Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree

Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree Christmas 2014 for Sacramento County needs your help purchasing, wrapping, and delivering Christmas gifts to children of incarcerated parents. Over 300 children have been matched with volunteers willing to bless them this Christmas! There is still a need for volunteers to purchase and wrap gifts for approximately 150 more children and also about 25 volunteers willing to deliver gifts the week before Christmas and share the love of Jesus Christ with these children and their families.

If you or your group love sharing the gospel, have a special concern for the vulnerable in your community, and would like to help re-connect hurting families, please contact Corinne Kinstler or Cris Lingle at LAST Ministry, 916-671-1671, or stop by Life's Amazing Secret Treasures Boutique (6326 Main Avenue, suite 22, Orangevale, CA Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm) to pick up Angel Tree gift tags, to sign up to deliver gifts, or to find out what other ways you can help. Your simple act of love will bring joy to families who might otherwise have little to celebrate, and you and your group will live out the true meaning of Christmas!

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Service opportunity: adopt-a-family

Serve Partnerships Unlimited is an organization that connects, equips and mobilizes Christian partnerships that serve the on-going physical and spiritual needs of our community. Adopt-a-Family is one of many partnerships that SPU facilitates in the Sacramento Region. They have identified families in need through ministry partners in the community that have a year-round relationship with these families and verify need. Would you consider sharing the Love of Christ this Holidays Season in some very tangible ways?

If you are interested in this service opportunity, please visit the Adopt-a-Family website here where you can find further information and sign up to serve!

Keep up to date on what we are doing by visiting our website and following our facebook,instagram, and twitter accounts. We are looking forward to sharing this Season with you!