The local church is raising $ 80,000 for Missoula over Christmas

The Missoula Alliance Church collects an annual Christmas Eve offer to fund the many community services it sponsors.

KGVO spoke to lead pastor Micah Dalbey this week after announcing on Sunday that the congregation had nearly doubled the target from $ 48,000 to over $ 81,000.

Dalbey explained the annual offering at the Church’s two Christmas Eve services.

“For about 14 years, as a church, we have used our Christmas Eve service to receive an offering that is solely intended to bless our community and to show them love in a practical way by addressing the needs we see in our community most immediate, ”said Pastor Dalbey.

“Dalbey said one of the first ministries the community was offered actually offered free car repairs to families in need.

“It all started with the MAC Garage, a mechanic’s shop that we have here on our property that does free minor car maintenance and various other things for single parents,” he said. “We also have certain partnerships with the public schools in which we do everything we can to help and bless these families and teachers and meet the needs that we see there.”

In addition to a special Foster Family closet that distributes free clothing and supplies to foster families, Dalbey said the church also serves the refugee communities here in Missoula.

“We also recently began a service to assist refugees relocating to Missoula and meeting their practical, cultural, and spiritual needs in every possible way,” he said. “Thanks to the generosity of our church on Christmas Eve, we were able to buy a small house in the heart of Missoula, and our heart is not removed from the church up there on the hill, but embedded below in the church that is and is like Jesus and how exactly he modeled this presence among the people. “

Dalbey said that due to COVID concerns, the church (like most churches) is no longer “passing the offering plate” but has wall-mounted offering boxes to raise funds in addition to offering online donations. He said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the church this Christmas Eve.

“We set the target of $ 48,800, and that’s pretty typical Christmas Eve supply target, which is the projected operating budgets for those four or five different service areas, if you want to call them that,” he said. “So we threw out $ 48,800, and people gave $ 81,691.85 in response to what we say, God thank you and wow, how cool! But we are also just curious what God wants from us, what we are not currently doing in order to further advance his work of redemption in our city. “

The church is at the top of Hillview Way.

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