Bless Friday® News

 

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Chuck Fox

BlessFriday.org
713-502-6356 Direct

charlesefox@me.com

www.blessfriday.org


Black Friday Becomes Bless Friday® – Bless Friday® Adds New Churches in 4th Year


Houston, Texas, Monday, November 17, 2013 – Since 2010, Houston area churches have provided an alternative to frenzied Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.   Continuing this tradition, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC), Beacon of Light Christian Center, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Bellaire campus, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, St. Francis Episcopal Church, and The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, are each scheduling community service projects on Friday, November 29.  These churches ask families and individuals to celebrate Bless Friday® as an alternative to Black Friday.


Chuck Fox, founder of Bless Friday, states, “I am excited that The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church and St. Francis Episcopal Church are joining Bless Friday this year.  People get our message that when we focus too much on buying things, we lose sight of the real reason for Christmas – remembering and honoring Christ.   We want to begin our Christmas celebration by serving others just as Jesus did.”   


Bless Friday will be more visible to the public this year with a post located at City Centre, a mixed use development in west Houston.  While City Centre patrons are shopping on Black Friday, Bless Friday will have a station in the plaza where shoppers can stop and assemble bags designed to bless the homeless. Passersby are invited to take one of the bags to keep in their cars and hand out to the homeless.  Pastor Brandon Gaide states, “On the most consumer-oriented day of the year, we want to offer a way of being constructively countercultural.”


Also this year, Beacon of Light Christian Center plans to invite the surrounding community to its church, located at 6655 London St. in south Houston for a day of fellowship and caring.  The church plans to serve the community the entire day by offering food to the hungry, clothing to those in need, and activities for people of all ages. Pastor Anthony Gasery states, “Our community is filled with people who financially overextend themselves at Christmas.  We want to show them a more positive and more spiritual way to celebrate.”


Some of the other activities planned around the city include:  prepping food, cleaning the facility and welcoming clients at The Beacon, a homeless shelter established by Christ Church Cathedral; performing light maintenance and preparing the Gracewood Women’s Home for Christmas; holding an ice cream sundae party for the residents of Omega House, a hospice home for patients with HIV/AIDS; preparing shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to be distributed by the International Seafarer’s Mission; bagging rice and beans for food pantries; improving the physical condition surrounding several churches; and picking up trash at Memorial Park and Memorial High School.


Chuck Fox adds, “The great thing about Bless Friday is that you don’t need to participate in these planned activities.  Any individual, family or group can identify a need and begin their Christmas season with service.”


Bless Friday® was founded in 2010 in Houston to change the way Americans celebrate Christmas.

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Greetings,

We pray that this communication finds you prospering and in good health. Here, at Beacon of Light, we are so looking forward to this upcoming Blessed Friday movement. Seeing the lives that have been touched in our community alone has been an amazing testament to what the people of God can do when we work together.  And we are truly grateful to be a part of this purpose filled cause. 

As some of you may know, we are currently undergoing a capital stewardship campaign. The campaign is entitled; "Are You In?" and we are truly excited about what God is doing in our community. The "Are You In?" campaign is dedicated to building a facility that will facilitate the needs of the people in our community. The building itself will house classrooms for (including but not limited to) arts and crafts, computer labs, sports activities, and become an overall safe-haven for those in need. The main concept of the "Are You In?" campaign speaks to the fact that in order to change a nation we must first start with change within our community.


Our goal is to raise $250,000 by January 2014. Here, at Beacon of Light, we are working together to bring this vision to manifestation however we can use your support. There is no amount too great or too small when it comes to advancing the Kingdom of God. You are more than welcome to contact me directly for guidance on how you may contribute or you can log on to our website at www.beaconoflightcc.org.Under the Economic Development tab you will see information concerning the “Are You In?” campaign and how you may donate.


Thank you for taking the time to read this communication. And we thank you in advance for your support.


Myree Francis,

Director of Finance

Beacon of Light Christian Center

myreelfrancis@yahoo.com
832-407-9027





2012


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:
Chuck Fox

Bless Friday.org
713-502-6356 Direct

charlesefox@comcast.net

www.blessfriday.org


Black Friday Becomes Bless Friday® – Bless Friday® Expands Its Geographical Reach in 3rd Year


Houston, Texas, Monday, November 12, 2012 – Since 2010, Houston area churches and Christian organizations have provided an alternative to frenzied Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.   Continuing this tradition, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC), Beacon of Light Christian Center, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, are each scheduling community service projects on Friday, November 23.  These churches ask families and individuals to celebrate Bless Friday® as an alternative to Black Friday.  This year for the first time groups of Christians in Austin, Texas will join in Bless Friday activities.  They plan to package food for use by the needy.  Other Houstonians are also taking the new tradition with them as they travel and are serving Christ at organizations such as Star of the Sea Outreach Mission food bank in Key West, Florida.


Chuck Fox, founder of Bless Friday, states, “I am excited that Bless Friday expanded geographically in its third year.  People get our message that when we focus too much on buying things, we lose sight of the real reason for Christmas – remembering and honoring Christ.   We want to begin our Christmas celebration by serving others just as Jesus did.”   


Dave Peterson, Sr. Pastor at MDPC states, “We want people to reconnect to the real reason we celebrate Christmas.  I am especially gratified when children are involved.  It changes how they view the season. ”   MDPC congregants are volunteering at local ministry partners (Star of Hope, SEARCH, East Spring Branch Food Pantry, Gracewood and The Amazing Place), or participating in a service project they can do at home with family and friends.


Beacon of Light Christian Center plans to serve the community surrounding its church, located in south Houston. Pastor Anthony Gasery states, “This year we are offering fruit bags to needy families throughout the community. Our members will assist with filling the bags and then we will walk the neighborhood going house to house, passing out the fruit bags. Last year we passed out over 150 bags of fresh produce (bananas, oranges, apples, and peanuts) and this year our desire is to serve at least 200 families.  Our community is filled with people who financially overextend themselves at Christmas.  We want to show them a more positive and more spiritual way to celebrate.”


At St Luke's Gethsemane campus, United Methodist Women - Servants of Christ will invite neighbors and friends to join their congregation as they hand out care bags in neighborhoods surrounding the church and near their homes.  "The bags symbolize thanksgiving for God's abundance, and our desire to share with our community and welcome them into our church home" says Mireya Ottaviano, local pastor.


St. John the Divine will send one group to The Beacon to serve food to the homeless and help with laundry and other practical needs. Another group will go to Agape Development to work on improving the physical condition of the residences and community center.  


Bless Friday® was founded in 2010 in Houston to change the way Americans celebrate Christmas.