CTA helps churches celebrate the love of mothers and the love of God on Mother's Day
by Sandy Budde
Love. It’s what a mother does. She nurtures her children, teaches them, and guides them as they grow.
And, even more, love is what God does. In sending Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins, God showed his ultimate love for us. It’s a perfect, everlasting love!
Each year, Mother’s Day presents many opportunities to celebrate the love of mothers and the love of our heavenly Father! How will you honor the ongoing contributions that women of faith make to your church and community? How will you build up women’s faith with the redeeming love of Jesus? Mother’s Day gifts from CTA can help you do both!
For well over 200 years, Long Lick Baptist Church, a small, country church in Stamping Ground, Kentucky, has been celebrating mothers. “Back in the old days, we gave carnations for Mother’s Day and we would recognize the oldest and the youngest mothers, the mother with the most children, and the mother with the most children present in the service that day,” described Susan Offutt, a music leader and Sunday school teacher at the church, “but I got tired of sending moms home with a flower that would die.”
Last year, Susan decided to do something different. She purchased CTA’s Living the Sweet Life Recipe Cards. Susan attached a special recipe to the cards, bundled it with a devotion book, and wrapped it in a pink polka-dotted cellophane bag with a ribbon and a Scripture verse. This packet of gifts provided exactly what Susan was looking for—a lasting, meaningful gift for Mother’s Day. “I find CTA’s products perfect for what I need! They are economical and our small church doesn’t have a budget, so I spend my own money,” reported Susan.
This year, Sunday school teacher and CTA customer Michelle Gauthier saw an opportunity for a new Mother’s Day gift for the women at her church. The men at the church have always provided the Mother’s Day gifts, and likewise, the women purchased the gifts for Father’s Day. Michelle wanted to change things up this year and offer a gift that appealed to the broad range of ages of the women in her congregation. She found the Woman of God®: Living Loved Ceramic Ring Dish and thought it conveyed the perfect message of God’s love. “The women of our church are wonderful examples of Christ's love,” said Michelle. “This gift is just a small token and reminder of how much they are loved and valued by the church—but so much more by our Lord and Savior.”
Many CTA customers find that church banquets are a great way to honor mothers. The men of Jonesboro Presbyterian Church in Sanford, North Carolina, host a Mother’s Day dinner each year. There’s even live entertainment at the event! Relatives from across the country attend with their mothers.
“We give gifts to the youngest and oldest mothers, and the woman who traveled the farthest, plus, a surprise gift,” said Linda Collier, moderator of women for Jonesboro Presbyterian. Last year she purchased the Reflections: The Woman God Sees pen and bookmark gift sets as gifts for the banquet. “It’s a great celebration for the mothers and daughters of our church. I love to use CTA products to deliver my message!”
Several young women at Blue Lick Church in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, are going to be first-time moms. Sunday school teacher Amy Busse recently purchased CTA’s Abundant Grace Jumbo Bookmarks. “We wanted to have something special to give to the new moms on Mother’s Day. We also wanted to honor our older moms who serve as mother figures in the church,” said Amy. “The bookmarks were adorable and all the moms in my church family loved them!”
Likewise, Mariners Bethel UMC in Ocean View, Delaware, likes to involve all ages in their Mother’s Day celebrations, especially teens. Office Assistant Lisa Kawata described how they honor moms on Mother’s Day: “Our teens hand out the gifts after each service on Mother's Day. The last two years we picked a devotion book, but this year the Director of Family and Youth Ministries ordered the Isaiah 40:31 travel manicure sets for the women for something different,” said Lisa. “Our entire staff is happy with this gift and look forward to giving it out on Mother’s Day.”
There’s no better way to honor and celebrate mothers than with a gift that will encourage and strengthen their faith! To browse through all of CTA’s Mother’s Day themes, visit www.CTAinc.com or call 800-999-1874 to speak with a CTA customer service representative.
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