On Monday, December 24, Zionsville UMC will host four Christmas Eve services. Services will be held at 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, and 11pm. While all our services are family-friendly, the 4pm service will tell the Christmas story in a way that is designed to connect especially with children. The 6pm and 8pm services will feature a full choral and instrumental cantata. Our 11pm service will be a bit quieter yet still celebrate Christmas. All services will include a moment of candle light.
During all four services, we will collect a Christmas Eve Offering. Our Christmas Eve Offering this year will be used to bless three different organizations:
The first recipient will be Love, Inc. (www.loveincbc.org). Love, Inc is based out of Lebanon, IN, and one of the things we love about them is their focus on meeting the needs of people right here in Boone county. We already partner with Love, Inc. through our clothing closet, but one of their great needs is for a new roof on their building. The total cost of the project is close to $30K, about 2/3 of which is still unfunded.
Our second recipient will be the Lucille Raines Home here in Indianapolis (www.lucillerainesresidence.weebly.com). The Lucille Raines home is owned and operated by the United Methodist Women of Indiana, it serves as a residence for men and women who are trying to recover from substance abuse and get their lives back on the right path. They are currently in need of tuck pointing, as it is an older building and the mortar between the bricks is in bad need of repair. The total cost of that project is $75K, about 1/3 of which remains unfunded.
Our final recipient will be The United Methodist Church in Paradise, CA. We've all watched the effects of the Camp Fire, the worst wildfire in California in modern history. The town of Paradise was almost entirely burnt to the ground. Amazingly, the United Methodist church still stands, although its worshippers aren't yet allowed back into the town and the building to assess its damage. Our gift isn't just to the church, but rather we want to place funds in the hands of that church, to minister to their neighbors in whatever way they see best. There is no price tag for this project, we will just give what we can.