Tag Archives: winter

Michigan Ministry Blankets Cold World with Love

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Photo: School children blessed by the quilting ministry.

By Carl Stagner

The world can be a cruel and cold place. Especially for children and families living in poverty. Especially for the homeless. Especially for inhabitants of third-world countries. Congregations and ministries of the Church of God are known across the country and around the world for bringing the light and warmth of God’s love to “the least of these.” One such ministry creates and distributes quilts and blankets to those in need both here and abroad. Mary Scott joins approximately fifteen other ladies and three gentlemen who meet on Mondays at Beaverton Church of God in Beaverton, Michigan. More than a social club, this quilting ministry she leads warms both the body and the soul. Continue reading

Christmas Outreach Brings Snow to the Desert

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Photo: Crowds gathered at Arcadia City Church for the snow day!

By Carl Stagner

When the mercury was pushing 110 degrees this summer, Arcadia City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, was dreaming about a winter wonderland. They weren’t going to get it from the sky, however; the last time an inch of snow fell in Phoenix was 1937. They also weren’t planning on a two-hour trek up to Flagstaff high in the mountains north of the Valley of the Sun. But they were thinking about hiring a company that grinds one-ton bags of ice cubes into “snow” as the perfect Christmastime outreach for their community. Continue reading

Boston Congregation Weathers the Storm

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Photo: Jubilee Christian Church. More snow is in the forecast for Boston, Massachusetts.

By Carl Stagner

Nearly eighty inches of snow has fallen on Boston, Massachusetts, since the winter storm season began. Though Bostonians are certainly used to dealing with major snowfalls, even the most winter-hardy residents are caught off guard when so much falls in a short period of time. Nearly five feet has fallen in one month, shattering records dating back to 1891. While the white stuff may have caused a few headaches and snarled traffic along Route 28, it has been unable to stop ministry at Jubilee Christian Church. Continue reading