Do you know that in a year, our CGS office gets visited and gives assistance to about 120 unhoused or underhoused guests, 48 transients or travelers passing through, and 60 people who just need help with buying groceries so they can use their own funds for other necessities? Yes, we help by giving them gift cards in varied values, that they can use to either purchase food and other sustenance, or gas for their vehicles that they use as their lodging, or to continue on with their travel. Sadly, there are times when we have to turn people away because we run out of gift cards to hand out.
This year’s Christmas concert aims to help raise funds for this ministry, while showcasing the abundant musical talents that God has blessed our church. We will help spread the holiday spirit with musical renditions from our choirs, the Keynote Vocal Group and CGS Mixed Choir, sound of familiar carols will fill our sanctuary with the instruments of our CGS Band and the Hand Bells, and solo interpretations of songs that bring us the hope, love, and joy of Christmas.
There will be no tickets to see the show, but we ask people who are planning to come to bring gift cards in any value, for groceries (Safeway, Target, etc.) or for gas from any gas station. We will also collect free-will donations during the concert and we will take care of purchasing the gift cards with the offerings we will gather.
We hope that CGS can continue to help spread the spirit of giving throughout the year, and bring a little bit of comfort and joy to people in need through this ministry.