Thanksgiving! Christmas! I love cold seasons in beautiful Ohio!

If this isn’t your favorite time of year, I can’t relate.  Being a lover of cold weather, warm flavors, and family gatherings, this is hands-down the best time of year for me.  South Street Ministries, too, seems to transform in this season.  Thanksgiving comes quicker every year starting with our Thanksgiving Basket Drive.  That’s always a fun night.  Standing in inevitably cold weather, giving food to our neighbors starts a season which we choose to make generosity-filled, and centered in gratitude.

I’m well aware of the anxiety and pressure the American holiday season has been known to create, though.  Rightfully so in many cases! This can be a lonely, cold, consumer-driven mad dash to January.  A season to celebrate Christ’s birth (in the wrong month, by the way) has become little more than a capitalist society’s binge session. I know how it leaves a bad taste in peoples’ mouths.

At South Street Ministries, though, we push back against the worst of the season for the sake of Christ and our neighbors.  We live into our mission in all seasons—Unlikely Partners Taking Shared Risks to Renew the Community for Christ’s Sake.  This means we have the power—in our words, actions, and work—to reclaim this season for the good of the neighborhood!  We choose to give away instead of storing up. We choose joy over bitterness, no matter the hardships we face.  We choose to serve instead of demanding more from everyone around us!

We believe anyone can make the holiday season an Advent-ageous one!  I’m excited to tell you that in November and December you can do just that: we need your financial support to continue loving neighbors and giving back. We want to redeem the holiday season with you, and we need your support to make it happen!

Imagine Summit Lake without Afterschool and Summer Camp…imagine returning citizens trying to make their way without South Street’s Reentry support…

To be specific, South Street Ministries needs your financial gift now more than ever.  Monthly commitments and one-time gifts made in November & December will help South Street to continue giving eternal gifts to our neighbors in Summit Lake, South Akron, and all over Summit County! We hope you take advantage of Advent connections this season which will support all of South Street Ministries programs and initiatives in 2019. Please see some options below to support all of South Street’s programs and initiatives.

Here’s to heartfelt giving & redeeming the best of the season,