On Friday we usually offer a story or joke but there is no joking today.  Here are the figures raised during the holidays for the Alternative Christmas Giving (ACG). The total ACG was $10,721.50.  The breakdown of organizations is:   ECHO $130    Beth-El Farm Workers Ministry  $265.00  Meals on Wheels  $525.00  Heifer  $770.00 SPARCC  $1,130 (includes gift cards)  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance  $1,175.00 Family Promise  $6,726.50  Many thanks to everyone who participated in this yearly special Christmas offering.  You make a difference in the lives of many people both near and far.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:21
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’”

Reflection Questions:
Of the organizations supported by ACG which one do you need to learn more about?
What has God put you in charge of?
Who are the trustworthy people in your life?

Prayer: Holy God, Keep me mindful of others and their needs and remind me of how much you value them. Help me not be lured by the powers and principalities challenging my commitment to living a more excellent way. Amen