Merry Christmas from Mary Nebelsick

From: mary nebelsick <>
Date: Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 5:54 AM
Subject: Merry Christmas
To: Ralph Jones <>, Pat Wales <>

Dear Ralph, Pat and, of course, everyone at First Presbyterian Church,
Thanks so much for your lovely letter. Somehow it seems that I end up writing quite a lot during the Christmas season.  I don’t know whether it is that our vision is sharper or the cavern between what we should be seeing and what we do see is wider, but I find myself feeling things rather more deeply. The experience that I talk about in this letter was curious in that it has made an incredible impact on me this Christmas season although it lasted only a few minutes.  … Continue

Christmas in the Philippines

From: mary nebelsick <>
Date: Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 6:50 PM
Subject: Christmas in the Philippines
To:,,,, Ralph Jones <>, Ralph Jones <>, First Presbyterian Church <>, Michael Tenney <>

Dear Friends at First Presbyterian Church,

I heard from Mom that it is icy almost everywhere in the U.S. Here, it is sometimes rainy but mostly cloudy and hot. We have spent a rather quiet Christmas season right here in our house.  Our Christmas season usually begins with Rachie’s birthday.  It was somehow quite a shock for me to realize that she has already turned 15. … Continue

Celebrate the Christmas Joy Offering

In this season when we celebrate the child born in Bethlehem, we realize that the birth of Jesus ushered in a new realm of God’s love at work in the world.

Presbyterians can respond to that love at Christmas by giving generously to the Christmas Joy Offering. The Offering helps thousands of students at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges to develop their gifts and find their calling to serve God. At the same time, the Offering helps families of both active and retired church workers to meet unexpected needs through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions.

Your gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering—joined with those of Presbyterians everywhere—celebrate the birth of God’s Son by investing in the lives of all of these children of God.… Continue

Alternative Gift Market

Want to put the true spirit of Christmas back into this holiday season? Then come visit the Alternative Gift
Market which will be held on the four Sundays during the Advent season.

This program was started many years ago by a Presbyterian teacher to show children how to make a difference
by giving to help the poor. Alternative Gift International, or AGI, has grown into an international non-profit
organization that has raised millions of dollars to empower the world’s poorest citizens while preserving the

Its global mission is to send authentic life-giving gifts to a needy world. Those gifts include providing clean
water for farm families, rescuing girls from forced prostitution, equipping tribal families with solar energy,
teaching children the value of interfaith unity and supplying medicine to war-torn villages.… Continue