Welcome to Frazer’s weekly feature called the Breaking Good News! Here you’ll find how your tithing and service is touching and changing lives everyday through our ministries and programs.
CRAVE OneFamily Christmas Party
Frazer’s CRAVE Youth Ministry had the privilege of working with OneFamily in hosting a Christmas Party for foster families in the area. The children made crafts and had their pictures made with Santa. CRAVE students served dinner and afterwards the families were treated to a performance from the puppet team, a reading of the Christmas story, and joined in singing some Christmas carols. Foster families give so much of their lives to these children so we wanted to give a little something back to them. Merry Christmas!
Transformation Montgomery held a Community Christmas Party at Garden Square. Fran Wilkinson and a team of volunteers taught the ladies how to make wreaths for their doors. The children made ornaments and took a pretend trip on the “Polar Express”, while the men made a Nativity to place in the neighborhood. It was a great night of building community among neighbors. We will also do a live Nativity at Garden Square December 22nd.
Youth Worship Arts Christmas Concert—Timeless
Youth Worship Arts told the timeless story of the birth of Jesus in a Christmas concert. Scripture and carols came to life with drama, dance, puppets and art. Many people shared how the concert moved them, both in the story telling and talent, and also in seeing young people today worshiping so purely the word of God. A Frazer member and YWA Dad sent this encouraging note to YWA Director Debbie Peavy: “Your performance of ‘Timeless’ last night was phenomenal and moving! Thank you so very much for working with these impressionable youth and giving the rest of us a true gem of a program to watch.” God has truly blessed Frazer with an awesome group of young people. Earlier in the day, our 3, 4 and 5 year olds sang to the delight of parents and grandparents filling the pews!
Women’s Christmas Brunch
Frazer’s Fellowship Hall was transformed into a decorator’s delight for the annual Women’s Christmas Brunch. This favorite event features tables decorated to different themes as chosen by those attending. From fine china to Frosty the snowman, the variety offers an eyeful to all who attend. The speaker, Frazer’s new Children’s Ministry Director Cami Culpepper, shared a meaningful message on the Light of Jesus while also leading the ladies in song and worship. Be sure to put this event on your calendar next year and design a theme for your table!
Operation Christmas Child
Frazer collected close to 1000 boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and 5 Frazer members volunteered their time to work at the Samaritan’s First Warehouse in Atlanta to work on the shoeboxes. The goal is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Frazer Kindergarten Christmas Programs
Frazer is home to what’s considered one of the strongest PreK and Kindergarten programs in our area. A favorite event each year, happens at Christmas as the students sing to the delight of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. It’s almost more fun watching the audience watch the children, but the little ones always steal the show. They sing about Santa and God’s love, making a fun, joyful noise for the Lord!
Frazer Ministry Christmas Parties
Many of Frazer’s individual areas of ministry are hosting parties to thank their volunteers and staff this time of year. The Congregational Care and Prayer Ministries held a Christmas Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Volunteers from all areas of these ministries gathered for food, fun, and fellowship as they celebrated how God used these wonderful volunteers to shine the light of Christ for thousands of people during 2014. Whether through visits, flowers, food, gifts, notes or prayers these volunteers ministered to so many throughout the year.
Many thanks for jobs well done, good and faithful servants! Also, many of the more than 100 volunteers in Media Ministries along with staff gathered for a Christmas dinner. WSFA Meteorologist Josh Johnson was the guest speaker, sharing some behind the scenes stories of the life of a weatherman in the South! Director of Media Ministries Kim Hendrix praised her talented staff and highly loyal and talented volunteers—saying, “Without our volunteers, we couldn’t make happen all that goes on in sharing the love of Christ through technology!”
This is just some of the Breaking Good News happening in our Frazer Family! Stay tuned for more details of how God is moving through Frazer UMC.