East Cobb UMC Brings Christmas Cheer to Grocery Shoppers

12/13/2019

"We know this season can be chaotic and overwhelming, so we wanted to come spread a little Christmas cheer in our community." —Rev. Kristin Heiden

Neighbors out for a Saturday grocery run to Aldi near East Cobb UMC were warmly welcomed in the store parking lot by smiling church members with reusable grocery bags (an essential at the discount grocer), a quarter for the shopping cart (another essential), a warm cup of hot cocoa, and candy canes. 

Earlier this year, East Cobb applied for a special grant from United Methodist Communications to go toward hosting an Advent event to spread joy in their community. The grant covered the cost of a branded tent and table drape that says "Unwrap the True Meaning of Christmas." The church purchased the shopping bags and treats, and brought quarters.

When shoppers left the store, a church member walked with them to their car and returned their cart for them.

Many shoppers enjoyed the treat, but one, in particular, stood out. She was curious about why the church was doing this. Rev. Kristin Heiden, the pastor of East Cobb UMC, said: "We know this season can be chaotic and overwhelming, so we wanted to come spread a little Christmas cheer in our community."

A member walked with the shopper to her car and had a lovely conversation for those few minutes. As they parted ways the shopper said, "This time of year can be hard. You have no idea how much you've blessed me." 

That was exactly why East Cobb UMC members took the time on a busy Saturday to show love in a simple way to their neighbors. 


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