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 Advent and Christmas Special Offering

In the beginning was the Word . . .
What if one book is what brings the Word
to life?

This Advent, as we prepare for the
coming of Christ as a newborn baby, we
will celebrate the gift of the Word by
supporting the work Project Transformation

does to bring the Word to life.

  • Life in children who need books

 that are on their reading level and
contain characters who look like them

  •  Books that college students study in order to be leaders in a world that needs them to

 love Jesus and neighbor

  •  Books that grandparents read to children to help them grow their world and find their

 place in it

This Advent and Christmas outreach offering will include books on the Project Transformation
curated book list and a donation of at least $5 in addition to each book, because the books
alone cannot solve the problem. In the summer of 2022, Project Transformation will hire more
than 40 college students and invest in their futures as they pour into the futures of the children
at camp.


This year let’s honor the Christ child by sharing the Word with others.

How can you participate?

Use the curated book list to choose a book, then donate that book and an additional $5. Maybe
you do that once or maybe once a week. The goal is to provide at least one copy of each book.
You may donate the cost of the book and the correlated $5 directly to Project Transformation
on their website, or you may complete an order form and turn it in with your donation to the
church. Below is further information about how to participate in this outreach offering,
supporting the ministry of Project Transformation, and helping bring the Word to life with
neighbors near and far.

Information on how to participate in the Project Transformation Advent Offering:

 Devotion - Read the weekly devotion (provided by the church or found online),
following along with the lectionary and preparing your spirit through the living Word for
the coming Christ

 Books - Project Transformation’s curated book list has four categories. Each of the
categories focuses on a high need area of their site church libraries. By purchasing titles
from this list, you are supporting children in building their skills and confidence as

  • Categories of the curated book list:


 Read Together: The We Both Read series is designed for grown-ups and
children to sit together and share reading responsibilities. The grown-up
reading pages contain high-interest content while the child reading pages
support vocabulary building and comprehension skills.

 High/Low: High/Low books are books that have an interest level
appropriate for older kids, while the reading skill level is lower for
growing readers. These books help support and engage older children as
they build their reading skills with age-appropriate content.

 Phonics: Phonics focused books are written intentionally to build specific
beginning reading skills for new readers. These books will support
emerging readers as they learn to decode and make meaning while

 Bilingual: Spanish-English bilingual books will support readers who are
learning each language. Providing books in both Spanish and English
helps to support the diverse needs of the Project Transformation

  • Ways to donate books from the curated list to Project Transformation: Visit the

 Project Transformation website and complete the online order form. Or use the
curated book list to select which titles you would like to purchase, then complete
the paper order form. Turn in your paper order form and payment method to
the church and the church will submit it to Project Transformation on your

 Donation - Books alone cannot sustain the full ministry of Project Transformation. For
each book donated, please make a $5 monetary contribution to support the larger work
of Project Transformation’s ministry. This can be done with the online order form, or
with the paper order form when turned in to the church.

 Prayer - As you journey through the weekly devotional, you are invited to pray over the
work of Project Transformation. For the children who will read the books you donated,
for the college students who will support those children while building their own
leadership skills, for the churches who host and support the program, and for the staff
and volunteers working year-round to answer God’s call of transformational ministry.

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