Monday, December 15, 2008

Putting Christ Back in Christmas

Our First Annual Kids Christmas Banquet

The Missing Link Street Ministry and the CORE Church of Troy partnered together,once again, to bring some Christmas joy to many neighborhood children and their families.

This project began as a vision, back in October, to help neighborhood children and families during the Christmas season, and more importantly, to demonstrate to them the true meaning of Christmas, which is to celebrate the coming of Christ. We were already hosting a three day per week feeding ministry at the CORE Church, along with Rev. Willie Bacote and his Missing Link Street Ministry team. We registered children for gifts from late October, through the month of November. By the beginning of December we saw a larger response from the community than our church building could comfortably accomodate. Rev. Bacote contacted the Troy Boys and Girls Club to inquire about using their facilities for this event and they cleared their schedule to make room for us. The dilemma of transporting children and their parents (many of whom are without personal transportation) was solved through the use of several local church vehicles.

Thank you to local Christian band 4ever1 for giving of their time and musical talents as they played a wonderful array of Christmas and praise songs, which aided our theme of putting "Christ"back in Christmas.

Thank you also to Old Daley Inn Catering and Jimmy's Pizzeria for providing hot, nutritious food for more than 115 children and parents. Also to Toys for Tots for providing gifts for parents to take home for their kids.

There are many people who gave of their time and talents to help make this event a success, to whom we say a big THANK YOU. However, we must give all praise, honor, glory and thanks to the One we came together to celebrate; our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On a day when most of Troy and the Capital Region were without electricity, due to snow and ice storms, we were still able to offer this time of celebration to our community.
If you would like to see local news coverage of this event click here