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Congregations For Children: Coats, Cans, Compassion, and Children

With the change of the season, excitement stirs our hearts in anticipation of the coming of the Messiah. Advent is an expectation we share with the saints who preceded us. Thus, one finds a thread from King David’s praise to God:

Though the LORD is exalted, He looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, He sees them from afar.

-Psalm 138:6

woven into Mary’s Magnificat:

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant.”

-Luke 1:46

The Son of God would be born to a girl of little means within the line of a royal family, and Jesus would come, not as a lofty Savior, but as a humble servant.

The omnipotent I AM is innately aware of those whom the world is quick to forget—those who are humble of heart and those who are less fortunate in circumstance. Thus, Trinity, through Congregations for Children (C4C), partners with our neighbor, Eastway Elementary, a school with a large proportion of families-in-need, to provide supplies for children who might otherwise go without. Traditionally, we’ve collected nonperishable food items at Thanksgiving and children’s warm outerwear before Christmas. This year (like last year), we’re collecting coats and cans together from October 24-November 14 for a November 15 delivery. Thank you for adding the families of Eastway to your gift list and celebrating our Savior in the spirit of our LORD.

Types of items needed are below. If you prefer to make a financial contribution, we will do the shopping for you! Make checks payable to Trinity UMC and write C4C in the memo line. If you prefer to contribute online, give at and put C4C in the memo line.

For questions contact Gwen Palmer (919-597-8412; or 
Mary Beth Markham (919-489-0044;

Please place your contributions on Trinity’s mission pews or bring them to the home of Mary Beth & Felix Markham, 3504 Eastis Drive, Durham, 27705. Drop off on the screen porch any time.

  • Canned vegetables
  • Tuna
  • Rice
  • Canned fruit
  • Pasta
  • Cereal/oatmeal
  • Canned meats/stews
  • Peanut butter
  • Soups
  • Granola/protein bars
  • Crackers
  • Shelf-stable milk boxes

Water-repellent & Hooded jackets: girls’ sizes 5-16 and boys’ sizes 5-16