Archive for the Christmas Store Category

Nov 24

Christmas Store – Behind in Gifts and Retro Videos!

Folks, we are behind the curve this year with gifts, so please consider grabbing some this Sunday, or Wednesday, December 3rd at the Lord’s Supper because gifts are due back to DSC by December 7th!

Remember, all it takes is 5 gifts per adult at DSC, that’s an average of $50 per adult to knock this out.

Here are some Retro videos to get you motivated!

Nov 17

Christmas Store 2014 – Buy Gifts, Build a Bridge, Be a Mentor!

Click here or the image to watch this year’s Christmas Store video:  Buy, Serve, Mentor



As in years past, we are seeking to help families who cannot afford gifts for their children while making sure we don’t rob dignity in the process.  There are few joys as great as being able to provide for your own family and to give your children gifts they enjoy.  We want to love parents as they love their children.  Yet we also want to help long term.  This year we are coupling the Christmas store more intentionally with Money and Me.  We need lots of gifts purchased, lots of volunteers to help at the store, and several folks to help as mentors through and after the Money and Me workshop.


The Money and Me workshop is a Biblically based approach to handling money with a sensitivity to how low income people view it.  When one has a cash only mentality, often living from one paycheck to the next, it is difficult to understand things like debt, interest, and how it is even possible to save.  Money and Me introduces these concepts in language that is not threatening and gives people tools that really work to pick themselves up out of the cycle that has kept them without hope.


This year we want to recruit, train, and deploy several mentors that can help the Money and Me participants implement the principles they have learned at the workshop.

For those who would like to be a mentor, the date for the training is January 10th, at Desert Springs from 9AM to 3PM.  This includes the full Money and Me workshop training.  It is really beneficial to see the whole program, as well as the portion specifically designed for mentors.

As for the actual Money and Me course, the orientation session will be Jan 29th from 6:30 to 8:30PM at Desert Springs and will introduce the participants to the materials and prepare them for the Saturday session.  It is not necessary for the mentors to attend this orientation session.  The actual workshop will be Saturday January 31st from 9AM to 1PM.  That is definitely required for the mentors to attend because they will be sitting with the students and get to know them through breakout sessions.  Also they can choose whom they want to mentor at that time or be assigned.


Nov 6

Christmas Store 2014 is Here! Buy a Toy, Build a Bridge!

The DSC Christmas Store is the first step onto a bridge we’d like to build to the community.  The store is meant to help make Christmas morning a happier time as parents are able to give a gift or two to each of their children.  But it’s the gift of Christ that we hope they will one day discover as the true meaning of Christmas and our highest motive to help.

Parents in need of help come to Desert Springs to pick up a gift or two for each child in their home.  At the store we will invite them to take another step out onto this bridge called Money and Me.

Money and Me is a one evening/one day course designed to help folks learn new ways to earn, spend, and save so that they might become more independent. Money and Me also affords DSC members an opportunity to befriend these parents, to help them implement what they learn, and to build a genuine friendship.

We pray the Christmas store blesses families and that Money and Me helps them stand on their own two feet in the long run.  All of this is designed to help us build friendships with folks in our community and to one day introduce them to Jesus!

May the love and truth of Jesus go forth this Christmas.

We need help building the bridge (buying toys) and helping folks walk out onto it (volunteers for the store and the Money and Me course)

Can you buy a bunch of gifts? Can you volunteer to lead folks through the store? Can you sign up to be a Money and Me mentor?

You can sign up to help at any of the Christmas stores at the middle two kiosks in the foyer starting Sunday, November 9th.