Here are some opportunities to serve the Durham community this holiday season:
Durham Rescue Mission Toy Drive
Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, even more families in Durham will need help providing Christmas presents for their children this year. CGS is partnering with the Durham Rescue Mission again this year by collecting new and unwrapped toys for children ages 0-12. Many thanks to Andrew Esther, one of our youth, for organizing this effort! You may bring your toy contributions to the church during worship each Sunday between now and December 6. You may also purchase toys online and have them shipped directly to the church. Please be sure to use “Toy Drive c/o Church of the Good Shepherd, 3741 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707” as the shipping address. If you order online, please plan to have your gifts delivered to CGS between November 16-December 6. Last year we collected nearly 400 toys for the Durham Rescue Mission, and this year we would like to collect at least 500 toys. For more info, go to www.cgstoydrive.org. Please email Andrew Esther with questions.
JusticeMatters Alms Offering
On Sunday, November 29, we are collecting a special alms offering for JusticeMatters, a long-time friend of CGS. JusticeMatters is a faith-based nonprofit that addresses the roots and repercussions of human trafficking by providing trauma-informed legal services and promoting just policies and practices throughout North Carolina. They have served clients from over 65 nationalities during their first ten years, and they are active in 52 counties in our state. Please consider joining with them in their active pursuit of justice and mercy for the most vulnerable among us. See JusticeMattersNC.org for more information. To give to this alms offering, you may write a check made out to JusticeMatters and place it in the offering drop box on your way out of the service today. You may also give online here (select “JusticeMatters Alms” fund option) or at JusticeMattersNC.org.