A New Idea for a Yearly Event: LMCO

For the last few years, the GAs at our church have hosted a “Latte Moon” café to raise awareness and support for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. While this whimsical play on Miss Moon’s name brings a few chuckles, this event has helped our congregation realize the impact our GAs can make on international missions simply by providing donuts and coffee in between Sunday School and worship services.

Here’s how we do it:

  • Promotion: GAs make posters and display them throughout the church.
  • Food: We serve donuts, coffee, and juice. Church members and our kitchen committee provide our refreshments.
  • Set-up: GAs help set up two serving tables and decorate ahead of time.
  • Servers: GA leaders serve coffee and drinks. GAs serve donuts and remind everyone what the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering does.
  • Donations: A GA stands beside a decorated collection box and thanks people as they give a donation.

At first, we were concerned that people would give a small donation to our GA collection, not give their regular LMCO offering, and our overall offering would decline. However, after reviewing both the church-wide offering and the donations the GAs collected, it appears that the GA emphasis on the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering reminded people to give the GAs their change and small bills and then to give again to the regular offering.

So, what are the other benefits of hosting an event like this?

Our GAs have averaged $500 each time we’ve hosted the “Latte Moon” café.

We have “participated in the work of the church” and “supported missions” by hosting a fellowship time, serving refreshments, and collecting an additional missions offering.

GAs are learning that what they do can make a difference in international missions. And, our congregation gets to see the valuable lessons our GAs are learning as they see girls participate in another public activity to support missions.

In my world, we call that a win-win!

As you are considering how your GAs can support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, don’t be afraid to try something new this season to remind your GAs and your congregation about the impact our children can make on international missions.

May the joy of the season find you wrapped in His Word and sharing God’s love with the children of your church.

Heather Keller is the national Girls in Action and Children in Action consultant, a mom of two boys, and a GA leader at Wilsonville Baptist Church, Wilsonville, Alabama. When Heather and her husband, Tommy, aren’t shuttling boys to basketball practice, they like to travel and cheer for the University of Tennessee.


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