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Commerce church looks to provide warm meal, hope for Christmas

December 15th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

COMMERCE – First Baptist Church is looking to provide a hot meal and hope for 700 people this Christmas.

The congregation is looking to serve as many as 700 of the city’s residents in need this Christmas. Each family that comes to the Dec. 23 event will be served dinner and given a Texas Hope 2010 evangelistic compact disc containing Scripture, gospel presentations and links to the New Testament in more than 400 languages. The effort is part of the congregation’s participation in Texas Hope 2010, an initiative of Texas Baptists to share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010.

The dinner – the first of its kind at the church – will be the congregation’s latest effort to help those in need this Christmas season. It also is involved in the Angel Tree program as well as CASA, both of which empower people to purchase Christmas gifts for children.

“We’re extending ourselves to our community,” Pastor Johnnie Henderson said.

“We feel like this is a way of saying to the Lord we’re going to give back what You’ve blessed us with.”

Henderson said he hopes the meal will let people know that others care about them and want to help where they can. Through conversations, church members will share about the birth of Christ.

“Each of our people will share with them what the meaning of Christmas is for their family.”

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