At Marine View, we believe in acts of generosity. In fact, we believe that acts of generosity are a vital part of our life as followers of Jesus Christ. As we practice acts of generosity, our hearts are protected from greed and selfishness. As we practice acts of generosity, we are reminded that we love others because God first loved us. As we practice generosity, we connect with Jesus' heart - we go deeper with Jesus as we reach wider with His love.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to give, liberally and with an open hand, to those in need - not just sometimes, or when it's convenient, or when we have extra - but all the time.
The Apostle Paul, writing to his young friend Timothy, urged him to challenge the Christian community to be generous. He said, "Command those who are rich in this world...to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share."
And so this November, we'll be practicing acts of generosity on Sunday mornings and throughout the week in what we're calling The Generosity Project. We'll celebrate Thanksgiving with acts of generosity gathering coats, shoes and socks, and food items for the homeless and those in need in downtown Tacoma.
You're invited to join us for The Generosity Project on three Sunday mornings in November and on Thanksgiving Eve.
Sunday, November 9 - Coats
Sunday, November 16 - Shoes and Socks
Sunday, November, 23 - Food Items
Wednesday, November 26 - Food Items (Thanksgiving Eve Service - 7PM)
Generosity doesn't end with the gift of warm coats, shoes and socks, and food - that's a beginning point - generosity can be practiced every day, one act at a time, as you open your hand to share, to give, to care, to love, to serve, to encourage those around you. Be generous! And then do it again, and again, and again.
Coats, shoes and socks, and food items will be distributed directly to those in need in partnership with Living Grace Ministries in downtown Tacoma.