Cheshire UMC Gifts Lead to Happy Endings
May 5, 2010, Cheshire, Connecticut--Who doesn't like a happy ending? With the abundant generosity of the people of Cheshire United Methodist Church in Cheshire, Connecticut, happy endings are assured.
Carolyn Hardin Engelhardt, an active member and supporter of mission, said, "Over the past few years, Cheshire has really elevated the idea of Alternative Giving." The congregation actively encourages making gifts to mission through The Advance at Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and other gift-giving occasions.
Usually, the church decides to focus on a particular ministry. It started with an effort to prevent malaria through the use of mosquito nets. This year, the people of Cheshire are focusing on mission in Thailand. "Instead of suggesting an amount," Engelhardt said, "we emphasized giving for the education and English learning of girls so they can avoid being put into trafficking." She added that it becomes a "whole church effort." In promoting involvement, church members share mission moments, quick facts, and other forms of informative leadership to encourage support.
Gifts in honor of mothers have already begun coming in. In fact, so many have come in that the church had to order more of the cards that can be given to accompany an alternative gift. The mothers of Cheshire can be happy that a meaningful gift was made in their honor. Missionaries in Thailand can be happy that they are able to do more for more children. Through The Advance you, too, can be part of a happy ending.
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Date posted: May 05, 2010