Christmas Eve Offering
Each year our church community names local and worldwide organizations to receive the proceeds from the Christmas Eve offering.
Our 2016 Christmas Eve Offering will provide relief abroad and in our local community. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) continues to help Haiti rebuild after the deadly earthquake and cholera epidemic in 2010 and hurricane Matthew in 2016. PDA works alongside the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti and other partner organizations to bring aid to this impoverished country.
Our Daily Bread (ODB), located at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sunnyvale, serves free hot meals three days a week to hungry people without qualification or restriction. Participation in the program is the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Our Daily Bread welcomes volunteers from every sector of the community to engage in service to those in need.
The Mission & Service ministry team selected Home First and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) as the recipients of the 2015 Christmas Eve offering. Home First has opened a new winter shelter in Sunnyvale that will house up to 100 men and women each night. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is engaged in responding to the needs of displaced persons and refugees from Syria.
The organizations receiving the 2014 Christmas Eve offering are the Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy of Santa Clara County (CIC) and The Florence Project. The CIC is a nonprofit corporation that brings a message of love and hope to incarcerated children and adults in Santa Clara County. The Florence Project is a nonprofit legal service organization providing free services to unaccompanied children detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in Arizona.
This year's Christmas Eve offering will go to Emmaus House and the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) Philippines Typhoon Fund. The Emmaus House in Hollister provides shelter and assistance to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. PDA is working in collaboration the National Council of Churches in the Philippines to respond to the recent typhoon.
In 2012 the Christmas Eve offering went to the Immanuel House Project and Our Daily Bread. Immanuel House is a mission project of the San Jose Presbytery to purchase a house to serve as transitional housing for refugees when they first arrive in the United States. Our Daily Bread serves about 300 hot meals three days per week at St. Thomas Church in Sunnyvale.
The Christmas Eve offering in 2011 was donated to Habitat for Humanity, and Faith in Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter. Habitat built homes for lower-income families in Cupertino in 2012, including one that will be supported through the financial gifts and volunteer efforts of various faith communities. The Rotating Shelter provides not only housing, but also professional case management, job counseling and other supportive services to break the cycle of homelessness for their participants. What better way to celebrate the Christmas story than help to house individuals and families? Thank your for being part of meeting Christ's challenge to love others by supporting this ministry of caring and hope.