Congregation Thanks Those Working on Christmas Eve

By Rick Wolcott*

On Sunday, December 24, Garfield Memorial Church (North Coast District)  cancelled the Mosaic multi-ethnic praise and worship experience at its Pepper Pike and South Euclid locations to distribute 300 dozen donuts to people who had to work on the holiday.

“We want them to know that even though they’re working on Christmas Eve day, the last place you probably want to be, you’re not forgotten.  Christmas says that God doesn’t forget us,” said Lead Pastor the Rev. Chip Freed.

“Today is about, and has been, and really is what we do here at Garfield is blanket the city in love,” said Outreach Coordinator Nikki Froehlich.  “We’ve been reaching out to people any way we can to bring them to church and bring them closer to Jesus.”

That meant taking church out of the building and into the businesses around both Garfield Memorial Church campuses to thank people for their service, offer them a sweet treat, and invite them to Christmas Eve service.

The church rented out the 1,100 seat Notre Dame College Performing Arts auditorium so that parishioners from both campuses could invite others to join them in worshipping under one roof.

“We said ‘blanket the city, stitch the world back together in love,’ we think that’s what Jesus did and we’re trying to follow Him,” Freed said.

*Rick Wolcott is director of Communications for the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.