Christmas Giving

by Carissa Moddison


Christmas is coming! Usually for Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus by giving gifts to one another. A wonderful tradition that allows us an opportunity to love on those in our lives. For someone’s birthday, we give gifts to celebrate another year in the lives of those we care about. 

Jesus tells us “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) 

So this year at Parkway we are doing something a little different to celebrate Christmas; the birth of Jesus. We are going to give gifts to Jesus.

For the past 10 years, we’ve been meeting this call by serving the needs of our Parkway family and those in the foster care system through the Caring Tree, where you could select a gift or person in need to bless during this season. This year, we are changing how we are serving this community.  

Traditions, our senior (50+) group that meets every Thursday morning is taking on the needs within the family of Parkway, those who attend Parkway and need some additional assistance during Christmas. If you are interested in coming along side Traditions to serve this community, we invite you to go to their next meeting on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Conference Center. Pastor Ron Marsh can give you more information about this opportunity to serve. They will start delivering their gifts at their meeting on Thursday, December 20th. 

As a Parkway family we are going to come together to take on the needs of Every Child to bless those in the foster care system and ROC Food Pantry to help those in need of basic food supplies during the winter months. 

We are inviting you to join us in celebration on Sunday, December 23 at 10 a.m. in the Hull Center for a family service to celebrate Christmas. As is a Parkway tradition, we will be serving food! Specifically a grab and go breakfast. In addition, Our Catalyst Youth Ministry will have the coffee bar open and will be raising funds for Speed the Light Ministry, so you can get your latte on! 

There will be fun for the kids (no Children’s Ministries or Preschool will be held during this service) and a time of worship. 

Then at the end, we will all gather and place our gifts under the Christmas Tree as a family. 

Please bring your gift unwrapped on December 23 to place under the tree. We will also have an opportunity to donate financially in lieu of bringing a gift. See the list to the right for a complete wish list from each organization.

There will be no Christmas Eve service this year. 

Every Child:

  • Working electronic-interactive toys

  • New board games

  • New unwrapped toys for upcoming Christmas party

  • Seasonal cookie cutters

  • New car seats (all sizes)

  • Teen underwear and bras (must be new)

  • Shoes of all sizes

  • Teen hygiene items

  • Food donations for the Snack Pantry

  • Large teen sized blankets

ROC Food Pantry:

  • Non-perishable food items

  • Shelf ready protein items (like tuna and peanut butter)

  • Men’s, teen’s, and children’s clothing

  • Diapers - all sizes

  • Hotel shampoos

  • Lotions

  • Soaps

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste

To read the full newsletter this article appeared in, go to, December 2018, Vol. 2, Issue 12.

Posted on December 6, 2018 .