Dear Members of the AFCU and Friends of the ACP,
Warm greetings to you from Paris in these final days of Advent expectations and anticipations as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. In the fullness of this season we look back on the year and give thanks and praise to God for all that has been accomplished for the Kingdom of our Lord.
Some highlights of the year include the following: At our Thanksgiving Potluck 200 guests feasted on traditional fare with an international flair and volunteers took the feast also to serve another 75 refugees in need. On a larger scale, through Serve the City ACP has connected hundreds of people and allowed us to serve thousands of meals during the year to people living on the streets of Paris. We are currently doing a blanket drive to help protect those on the street from the bitter cold of winter. Our new Associate Pastor for Congregational Ministries, the Rev. Timothy Vance, and his family have settled in well and Tim’s able pastoral leadership is being well received. We have begun to welcome some refugees and immigrants from the Middle East who are either Christian or wanting to learn about Christian faith. Please pray for Omid from Afghanistan, and Yasaman from Iran. Nissryn’s mother who recently escaped the violence in Aleppo is now safely in Paris and will be attending the Christmas Eve services with her daughter here at the ACP! We reactivated the Franco-American Community Center of Paris in order to better align our non-profit activities with French regulations. We are still in the process of getting permits and bids for a new lift that will allow for universal access to people with mobility challenges.