During Advent this year, the congregations of the Orange Cooperative Parish would like to go on a journey together, with Mary and Joseph -- to Bethlehem. From Hillsborough, NC to Bethlehem, Israel it is approximately 6,100 miles. We would like to travel those miles together. Whether you walk, bike, run or skip we hope you will go with us.
How will this work?
As you go about your daily life, exercising as you normally do, track your miles. We have created an online “tracker” where you can enter those miles. By Epiphany, our goal is, as a Parish, to have exercised 6,100 miles together—enough to get us to the Holy City for the birth of Christ.
Our goal is twofold:
1) Winter is hard and we will still be in a pandemic. We hope that this will be motivation to get out and get moving (together)! We want to encourage a healthy lifestyle in all the ways we can.
2) We want to live into our vision to be a missional people by raising money to help to support two organizations on a local and global level. Project AGAPE (American Greater Armenian Partnership Efforts) is a ministry to Armenia with some of our most desperate Christian brothers and sisters. The Compass Center in Chapel Hill supports and empowers individuals and families through domestic violence and prevention programs.
We have chosen these organizations because the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on numerous ongoing health crises, including political violence and domestic violence within the home. We recognize that this pandemic has brought it with it many other stresses for people’s personal lives, and, as a faith community, it is our calling to stand and support the vulnerable. Take a minute to google these two organizations and learn more about the important work they do locally and globally.
Our goal is to raise $1/mile! You can raise this however you want - personally contribute or ask others to sponsor you by telling them how many miles you are committing to this season. Please note that all donations qualify as tax-deductible!
If you go 20 miles, we hope you will donate $20 or have someone donate on your behalf. If you go 100, even better!