“For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore, I command you to do this word which says, ‘You shall surely open your hands to your brother, to your poor and needy in your land.'“ Deuteronomy15:11
Helping Hands of Love
November 24-December 15
Grant Park Christmas Basket Program at
St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church
We will be collecting hats, scarves and gloves
for adults and gifts for teenagers.
Please pick an angel from the wish tree!
Between November 24 and December 8, a wish tree for needy families will be located in our Church. Please pick an angel from the tree and bring it back with your gift by December 8. The donations will go to St. John the Wonderworker, and will be distributed in the "Grant Park Christmas Basket Program".
Grant Park Christmas Basket Program for needy families in the inner city of Atlanta is a Program of St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church of Atlanta, in which they collect food boxes and toys for the children. Every year, the families pick up the gifts on the Saturday before Christmas. The program begins around the first of November with the collection of food and toys.
Every month when we collect donations through our Hand of Love Program, and especially at Christmas when we collect gifts for teenagers and hats and gloves for the adults, I get totally overwhelmed by the great kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness of our parishioners who give with such loving and tender hearts. I feel extremely humbled and lucky to be part of a small church in which the great love manifested by its members makes it seem like there are hundreds or even thousands of people that offer the presents, even though everything comes from a few dozen kindhearted and exceptionally generous people. I personally thank you for all your past donations and I am convinced I will continue to be impressed each time I will look under the wish tree.
May you all have a blessed and peaceful Christmas!
Hands of Love Coordinator
"Discovering Orthodox Christianity," a 26-part series of talk shows and Bible studies is now available on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese homepage at www.goarch.org Produced by Greek Orthodox Telecommunications, (GOTelecom) and designed to educate viewers about the basic teachings of Orthodox Christianity, the series was made possible with a grant from the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund.
The programs are now available and can be viewed at www.goarch.org/ourfaith/discovering
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios presents five of the 26 programs, and the remaining 21 (which were videotaped in Holy Cross Chapel at HCHC), feature as presenters Metropolitans of the Archdiocese, theologians, clergymen and other leaders in the Church and experts their particular fields.