December was again a very busy month in KiDS COR. Because we kicked off Advent on its first Sunday, our curriculum lined up with the Sundays in the Advent season. As closely as possible, our lessons followed the weekly Advent messages of Pastor Adam. Possibly the students’ favorite character during Advent was the venerable Scrooge, who was brought to light in Pastor Adam’s sermon. After Scrooge was changed, the joy he found in giving gifts to others rang true the week our lesson featured the generous gifts of the Wise Men. Like Scrooge, they gave their gifts to a newborn baby boy whose parents would never have expected them from the Magi. In just that way, Scrooge surprised the unsuspecting recipients of his own gifts.
The way KiDS COR tried to live out this lesson was to make handmade Christmas cards to give to complete strangers. And we did just that. Our students made 400 Christmas cards, which were delivered to strangers far and wide. And some or our students were so excited about bringing joy to others, they made additional cards for their parents, grandparents, other relatives, neighbors and teachers. Take a look at some of their creations below:
Over 100 of our cards went to our Wounded Warriors who spent their Christmas hospitalized at the US Army Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
This is the trauma hospital to which our soldiers wounded in Afghanistan are directly from the battlefield for surgery and rehab. Another 50 more cards were included in Christmas Care Packages which were and mailed to members or relatives of Resurrection serving on active duty somewhere in the world on Christmas Day. This is a longstanding personal ministry of nearly 50 Resurrection members who have a personal connection with the military personnel to whom the Care Packages are sent every Christmas.
Nearly 150 cards were distributed to prisoners at the Lansing Correctional Facility here in Kansas. Brothers in Blue, Resurrection’s principal Prison Ministry, regularly leads an Alpha Class for prisoners at Lansing who enthusiastically received KiDS COR Christmas Cards from children they will never meet.
Finally, the remaining roughly 100 Christmas cards were presented to frail, weak, and ill seniors who are home-bound or nursing home residents by Resurrections Silver link Ministry, led by Pastor Karla Woodward.“Some cards went to care home service congregations too. KiDS COR’s gift of beautiful handmade Christmas Cards certainly brightened the holiday season for MANY!!”