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

HOUSTON, Nov. 18, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — 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, Beacon of Light Christian Center, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, St. Francis Episcopal Church, and

English: DC USA, Best Buy, Black Friday

English: DC USA, Best Buy, Black Friday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

, 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 to change the way Americans celebrate Christmas.


About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Bi-vocational minister who is Founder and Editor of FaithInspires.Org As seen in Google News, SelfGrowth.Com, etc.

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