Society of St Vincent De Paul Tacoma-Pierce



WORDS OF HOPE

A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL TACOMA-PIERCE

December 2016
 

Charlie Thompson

Executive Director

          
Merry Christmas from all of us at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Tacoma-Pierce!
My earliest memories of Christmas as a child growing up in Minnesota are family gathering around the Christmas tree, opening presents, eating lots of food and, of course, celebrating Christmas Day Mass.

I also recall going to pick up presents at a building, taking them home and putting them under the tree. I didn’t know it at the time, but my parents were receiving help from others so that their growing family would have gifts. One year I received an aluminum baseball bat. My parents insisted that it was from Santa Claus because they didn’t know how it go under the tree.

Like my family growing up, many parents struggle to provide for their children. The need exists year-round and is especially evident at Christmas.  Thank you for supporting families like mine and the thousands of others in our community.

As the New Year begins, we wish you joy and happiness.  Please, continue to help us help others in 2017.  Your financial gift today will help us provide more assistance to people in need now and into the future.

In service,
Charlie
Bernadette Kalafatich
Spiritual Advisor
Ready for Christmas? Or perhaps a better question would be,  do you believe that God can still work in your life?

You may be expecting just another holiday, but that’s not the way God thinks or works. He wants to bless you. He wants to show you that He is your heavenly Father and He loves you. He wants to give you expectant faith. Turn to the Lord with hope and expectation. It’s never too late for miracles to happen. Ask Him for your own miracle. It may be for healing for yourself or someone you love. It may be for the grace to overcome some persistent problem. Don’t be shy; ask for something you think is impossible, God won’t mind. In fact, He loves seeing His children reach out to Him in faith. Remember, the Lord wants you to know Him, like He knows you. He wants you to love Him like He loves you. He wants you to go deeper, to truly know and BELIEVE that He is always with you, never leaves you, will never forsake you.

The Lord wants to bring you into a living relationship with Him so that you know the freedom of being His child. This Christmas, let’s truly believe that His birth means our life cannot, and must not, stay the same!
 
May the love of God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ be yours today and always.                       

Bernadette
 

Help the Society of St Vincent de Paul Tacoma-Pierce break the cycle of poverty. Donate online or send a donation to:

Society of St Vincent de Paul
Tacoma-Pierce
4009 S 56th
Tacoma, WA 98409 

Donate Now and Help Our Neighbors in Need
Are you a Thrivent member? We are now a Thrivent enrolled organization meaning you can direct your choice dollars to St. Vincent de Paul Tacoma-Pierce. LEARN MORE here or call Charlie Thompson at 253-426-1700.

Did you know that just by shopping at Fred Meyer and using your rewards card you can help contribute to SVDP Tacoma-Pierce? Whenever you use your Rewards Card when shopping at Freddy’s, you will be helping us earn a donation from Fred Meyer. SVDP Tacoma-Pierce is already registered.  All you have to do is go to the Fred Meyer webpage and select Community Rewards under the Rewards tab.  There you will find the instructions to link up and direct these Fred Meyer donations to SVDP Tacoma-Pierce. You still earn the same rewards and help us help others! Please sign up.
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