Gardeners, farmers, and any people of faith know this about winter: no matter how long the dark nights or how frozen the earth, it’s never the end of the story.

Our faith story began in a garden in Genesis. It reached a breaking point in the garden of Gethsemane. It found new life in the garden of Easter resurrection. And it will conclude in the middle of the city, in a garden where the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Though the 2017 Lenten Easter Mission Offering begins in winter, we know that we are planting seeds of resurrection for the seasons to come. Through your generosity, last year’s Mission Offering brought $34,000 to be planted in mission efforts from Forest Avenue to Africa, from Henrico to Haiti and Honduras, from Richmond to Eurasia. Thank you, and thanks be to God!

We celebrate the opportunity to give again through the 2017 Lenten Easter Mission Offering. In a wintry world, may our generosity be a source of faith and healing for the nations!

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