“All the peoples of the world moving toward the mountain of the house of God…beating their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”

According to the Prophet Isaiah that is precisely what is supposed to happen when God’s chosen Messenger, the Messiah, comes to us in human form. Somewhere along the way, however, the world has taken over the promotion of Christmas. For those who know the true meaning of this season – the celebration of the birth of Jesus – this is an especially troubling turn of events. ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS was born to address just this confusion. It is an attempt to refocus our attention during this holy season of Advent on the true meaning of Christmas. By asking—and answering—the question Whose birthday is it, anyway? we begin to live the real meaning of Christmas.


The ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIFT TABLE provides the opportunity to seriously alter our gift giving patterns in light of that question. The gifts are given to make a real difference in the lives of people for whom suffering is an every moment occurrence. In the name of your loved one buy a gift that honors Jesus on his “birthday.”


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If you’ve already made a donation you may access our gift card template for sharing your gift with the donation honoree.


Staff Christmas Gifts

In this season of giving please remember the staff of First Christian Church. If you wish to contribute cash toward this “Thank You” gift, please see John Moore in the 9:00 service and Janet & Evelyn Anderton in the 11:15 service.

If you would like to contribute via credit card, please visit the Alternative Gifts table and give toward the “staff gift” or visit the online store where you can make a contribution