Advent Giving

Advent offerings will be going towards the gift of a home for Syrians refugees. Some have started to return to Syria because they long for their homes. However, many have lost everything and are left with nothing to go back to. Returning to their country or hometown can be even more uncertain than staying where they have sought refuge, but still some are returning. One of the important ways to rebuild one's life is to have a home. As a church we are asking you to contribute to a gift from the Hopeful Gifts for Change Gift Catalogue from CBM (Canadian Baptist Ministries) by using the special Advent envelopes or by marking a regular envelope. We hope through your gifts to be able to give at least $1000 to CBM to help build a home for a Syrian refugee family. At Christmas it is especially meaningful to consider helping refugees since Jesus was a refugee as a child with his family in Egypt. Please consider giving to the Advent Gift.

We are also collecting tangible gifts on our Giving Tree for clients of the Mustard Seed:

  • underwear (new)

  • transit tickets

  • warm hat/toque

  • flashlight or book light

  • warm gloves (not mittens)

  • travel mug (no ceramics please)

  • Tim Horton’s/McDonald’s/Dollar Store gift card

  • men: sport hat / women: costume jewelry

  • crossword/word game puzzle/etc.

  • ear plugs, travel size tissue, small first aid kit

  • Hygiene items (toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, hairbrush /comb, lip balm, disposable razors, nail kits, etc.)

  • Christmas card or note of encouragement
    (sign with first name only)

Please do not donate: candy, chocolate, hand warmers, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, or perfume. If you would like to give money, it will be used to buy backpacks to put the above items in.