‘Tis the season to Give It Up for Good! Each year, at Christmas time, we as a community come together in an effort known as the Greater Good Project. We declare our value to live simply, so that others may simply live. We look at what money we will spend on the holidays, and sacrifice half of that amount to serve needs greater than our own.
This all-church endeavor asks us to bring meaning back to the holidays and tap into the strength and power of the spirit of the season. Each of us is asked to tally what we spend on the holiday season and take that number and cut it in half. Contribute that amount to a project at the church – a gift to the Greater Good.
The children in our Religious Education program vote on which two of several applicant charities will share the donated money. Since this endeavor was initiated in 2006, we have collected over $500,000 from members and friends of our church and members of the larger community. These contributions remind us of needs greater than our own and lift up “living simply so others can simply live.”