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Tis the season of giving and that is exactly what Messiah Lutheran Church is doing. This week, several members of the Messiah Congregation collected up the gifts from our Angle Tree and delivered them to the Downtown Rescue Mission. This year we collected gifts for more than 30 children.

The Downtown Rescue Mission is a nonprofit organization serving the homeless living throughout northern Alabama and southern Tennessee. For more than 30 years, the Mission has saved lives and has had a profound impact on thousands of others by providing Christ-filled, enriched and compassionate services to those in desperate need.

In total, an estimated 200 children from the community will be coming to the Mission to receive toys at the annual Christmas Children’s Party on Friday, December 23.  This event is organized and executed by Mission staff and volunteers. The program has always been a wonderful experience that is fun for both adults and children of all walks of life.

Messiah also delivered clothing and gifts to Jamie, the social worker at Madison Crossroads Elementary School. Jamie immediately picked out a jacket for a boy who needs one. She also picked out presents for the last few children she needed gifts for.

Messiah also provided a bag of books and a set of puzzles for Health Establishments at Local Schools (HEALS) which is an non-profit health clinic next to Madison Cross Roads.

Many thanks to the Messiah Outreach Team and all of the congregation members who so generously provided the gifts and clothing for these great causes. You have touched many lives and have shared God’s love and blessings.

If you would like to learn about additional opportunities to help those in need, please contact Janell Zesinger or the Church office.