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Black Friday Becomes Bless Friday® – Bless Friday Expands to South Texas

Updates for 2018

If you are looking for a meaningful way to spend Bless Friday® honoring Christ, here are some activities that churches around America are planning for the day after Thanksgiving. In general, the activities are concluded around noon or 1:00 pm. Check out the websites or Facebook pages for more details. You can also contact us at info@BlessFriday.org.

Houston churches’ efforts will include helping people still impacted by Hurricane Harvey (West University Baptist Church & Crosspoint Churchwubc.org, Kathleen Yarborough at kyarborough@wubc.org); sending congregants to The Beacon, a homeless shelter established by Christ Church Cathedral (St. John the Divine Episcopal Churchsjd.org, Robyn LaRocca at rLaRocca@sjd.org); helping at the Houston Food Bank, serving lunch at Cornerstone Community and preparing the public areas of the Open Door Mission for Christmas (Memorial Drive Presbyterian Churchmdpc.org or Jan Roe at jroe@mdpc.org).

At-home activities around Houston include packing rice and beans for the Fuente Food Pantry and making emergency lunch kits for Kids’ Meals and making Christmas shoeboxes for the Houston International Seafarers. Check out MDPC.org for directions or contact Jan Roe at jroe@mdpc.org). After you make the kits, you will need to bring them to Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church at 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024 on Sunday, November 26.

Beacon of Light Christian Center, located in an economically challenged part of Houston, will host clothing giveaway for the community on the morning of Saturday, November 24. (BeaconOfLightCC.org)

The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church will prepare Kids Meals and Meals on Wheels on Bless Friday at their church in the morning. They will also hold a campus cleanup and deliver breakfast to Meals On Wheels clients. (wcpc-tx.org or contact Bill Bray at bill.bray@sbcglobal.net)

Members of Trinity Church of God, located in a small town of 2,700 in rural east Texas will visit Inspiration Village, a place that enables individuals with special needs to learn, work, and grow emotionally, socially and spiritually. (See their Facebook page or contact Courtney Wright at cwright@circsoft.com)

Parishioners at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seattle will help the homeless at the St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle Food Bank. (Blessed-Sacrament.org or Chris May at c.law.may@gmail.com)

Bless Friday welcomes Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Church of Christ in Cotulla, a small town of 3,600 in south Texas. These churches are visiting Las Palmas, the local nursing home, playing games like bingo with the residents and just spending a few hours with folks who might not get many visitors.  (See their Facebook page or contact Durell Johnson at djohnson@stakeholdersms.com)

Bless Friday® was founded in 2010 in Houston to change the way Americans celebrate Christmas.

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