15,000 San Diego Children and Adults Get Early Christmas Present

Children receive early Christmas gift

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 11, 2009

WHAT: With approximately 16.8%* of San Diego County’s children living in poverty, this free, carnival-like event at Memorial Park and Rec Center in Southeastern San Diego, has been organized by Toys for Joy in partnership with Convoy of Hope. Together they will distribute 10,000 toys and 60,000 pounds of food to families in need. There will also be free refreshments, medical and dental services, job placement assistance, clothing distribution, haircuts, live entertainment, a snow zone, and children’s carnival area.

Toys for Joy is part of the Rock Church’s DO Something campaign, which inspires people to make a difference in their communities by volunteering their time, talent, and treasure. To date, over 500,000 hours of city-transforming ministry service have been completed.

WHY: A united act of compassion designed to meet the basic physical and spiritual needs of community residents.

WHO: Toys for Joy is one of San Diego’s largest and longest running community outreach events. Now in its 13th year, it was originated by Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock Church. Convoy of Hope is a national organization that feeds millions of people around the world. Together as part of San Diego’s Christmas Celebration, they are partnering with area businesses, 24 churches and community agencies. Approximately 2,000 volunteers will be on hand to help unload the Toys for Joy and Convoy of Hope trucks, distribute food, toys, and facilitate outreach programs.

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2009

Site Opens 10 AM (grocery distribution begins)

Councilman Ben Hueso will be present from 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Pastor Miles McPherson will be present from 11 AM – 1 PM

WHERE: Memorial Park and Rec Center

Ocean View Blvd. & 30th St.

(2901 Ocean View Blvd, San Diego, CA 92113)


     Interview opportunity with Councilman Ben Hueso
     Interview opportunity with Rock Church Senior Pastor and author of “DO Something: Make Your Life Count” Miles McPherson
     Visuals of thousands of local residents receiving free health screenings, toys, haircuts, lunch, free groceries, etc.
     Special guests subject to appear include The Katinas, The Godkins, professional skaters, Steve James and Preston Pollard.

In partnership with


Toys for Joy was founded by Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock Church in 1996 to partner with local churches and community businesses and serve Southeastern San Diego. For the past 13 years, Toys for Joy has impacted thousands of lives through volunteers that provide toys, clothing, and food, in addition to health and community services.


The Rock is San Diego’s largest church and the 19th largest church in the nation according to Outreach Magazine’s 2009 “100 Largest and Fastest-Growing Churches in America” survey. It was started in 2000 by Pastor Miles McPherson, a former NFL player. Over 12,000 people attend the Rock’s five Sunday services.


Convoy of Hope is a national organization that feeds the hungry and provides pure drinking water to people in need across the United States and around the world. To date, the organization has provided help to 28 million people in 112 countries.

*Source: KidsData.org

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Mei Ling Starkey, Media Relations, Rock Church 858.254.6019


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InspirationList.com Releases New CD – “Christmas Stories”

(PRWEB) December 8, 2002

Contact Information:

Inspiration List

Tim Levin, Founder



Sue Nail, Public Relations





For Immediate Release


InspirationList.com Releases

New CD -“Christmas Stories”

Dallas Texas, December 4, 2002-—Today, InspirationList.com, a provider of free, daily inspirational stories to over 28,000 email subscribers, announced the release of a new CD – “Christmas Stories”.

The CD features over an hour of music that coincides with amusing and touching inspirational Christmas stories. Narrated by Jim Rives, a well-known national radio host, this CD provides a deep sense of the “reason for the season.” The stories were selected from hundreds of stories and messages that were received by Inspirationlist.com

Inspiration List and Web site founder, Tim Levin, started the list after being inspired by his mentor, Zig Ziglar “I do the Inspiration List every day because I want to make a difference in people’s lives,” commented Tim Levin. The CD comprises countless hours of work by Don Johnson, Dr. Jim Rives, Russell Lake, myself, and many others,” continued Levin. “We are passionate about touching people’s hearts and inspiring them daily.”

The proceeds from the CDs benefit Dr. Jim’s singles ministry (http://www.askpastorjim.org/), and Youths for Christ (YFC), a Billy Graham Ministry, located at www.yfc.com. Endowment funds have been established for scholarships to send teenagers to YFC summer camp. The Christmas CD also comes with a bonus “Answer” CD from GotLife (http://www.gotlife.org/intro.html), an organization that provides a way for churches to equip their people for evangelism.

The CD, which makes a perfect Christmas gift, can be used in Bible classes, churches, for family sharing or even for easy listening in the car. To purchase an Inspiration List Christmas CD for .99, go to www.inspirationlist.com/orderform.html. (If the link doesn’t work from your email, please copy and paste the URL into your web browser.) All shipments within the United States will be sent via US Mail. Allow 4-5 days for delivery within the United States and a week to 10 days for orders outside of the United States.

About Tim Levin

Tim Levin is the father of two children, a computer consultant, and a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, a non-profit organization for people that do not have or cannot afford airline services to major metro areas for medical services. He volunteers his time with several non-profit agencies including serving on three boards as a director. Levin receives more than 500 emails from around the world every day, thanking him for his inspiring messages.

About Jim Rives (www.askpastorjim.org)

Dr. Jim Rives, narrator of the CD, is a pastor to single adults via the Internet. His ministry primarily relates to singles over the age of 35. He writes weekly relationship articles that are published on major Christian dating sites with over 130,000 in membership. Jim’s passion is to share insights and resources that help single adults find peace and joy in the real world.

About Don Johnson

Don Johnson hosts the weekly radio show, “Afterglow”, on the Salem Network. By using his vast knowledge of music titles, Johnson selected the songs for the CD and combined the stories to help make this CD an audio production that people will cherish for years.

About Russell Lake

Russell Lake designed the artwork for the CD and the CD case. He is married and father to three girls. Lake is a founding member of Fellowship Church, located in Grapevine, TX. His company, Lake Sound (www.lakesound.com), began as a recording studio and has expanded to include Creative Media Group (www.creativemediagroup.com), which is a full service creative and design firm. A second division, Heart Spring Media (www.heartspringmedia.com), is a publishing company with a focus on evangelism. The company just recently established GotLife Ministries.


Places to go during Advent and Christmas — recommendations by Peter Menkin

Places to go during Advent and Christmas — recommendations by Peter Menkin

Introduction to Advent & Christmas events

The Christmas season has an ethos of joy and celebration, an ethos of well-being in its statement of goodwill to men, and peace on earth. What an odd celebration, and so popular in California and the United States, throughout the Western World, too, of course. Who does not know this? Everyone likes the winter festival Christmas in some sense or another. It is about love, after all, and so the Christian believes. The music celebrates this love of mankind by the great God of history through the birth of his son Jesus Christ.

  Writing in her recent book, Camaldoli Benedictine Oblate Paula Huston says of the kind of love Christmas and its ethos of spirit offers:   …Jesus puts it very simply;   And though not specifically about Christmas, per se, the words speak to the spirit.   They will know we are Christians by our love. C.S. Lewis insists that we are almost never converted through logic but instead “infected by a love that moves us so powerfully we can’t help but succumb. A modern spiritual writer, Donald Nichols, reiterates the central importance of love to evangelization when he refers to the “theology of faces,” or the look of love that says everything about the faith behind it. Our society, however, is characterized instead by its hyperindividualism and its intense need for “personal space” and privacy. We feel that we are doing well simply by avoiding conflict. The notion of actually loving one another sounds either idealistic or uncomfortably communal. We much prefer our separateness, even as Christians—hence our many sects and denominations.   Though her book is titled, “forgiveness: following Jesus into radical loving,”  Paraclete Press, the theme of the book is an indirect remark on God’s willingness to offer man a New Testament, a new covenant of which a part is the old-new idea of forgiveness. This is a season when we can forgive one another, when the heart warms, when the brightness is brought into the darkness of winter.  


These various events around the area give testimony and celebration, entertainment and festivity and even fun to the season of charity and good will to all. Come enjoy this wonderful season, this Holiday, this gift of the winter celebration in various places: mostly through music and some through dance.The Jewish year, too, in its winter, has the celebration of Hanukkah. Note the YouTube video below of Pacific BoyChoir’s singing a Hanukkah song in this article. Nonetheless, for the record, one noted member of Jewish Reform Temple El-Emanuel’s staff recommends a comedy event whichKung Pao spokeswoman says of the comedy Kung Pao event in describing it, “That’s what my event is all about. Escaping Christmas, enjoying comedy, a sense of belonging at a time that is alienating for many…”   Please find these paragraph’s of text recommending places to go worthwhile and helpful in the season this year, Christmas 2009.




San Francisco Theological Seminary  

In a Press Notice, this writer learned of an excellent place for musical celebration, San Francisco Theological Seminary’s (SFTS) 35th annual Lessons & Carols service Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Stewart Memorial Chapel on the San Anselmo campus.   The candlelight service observes Advent’s time of preparation and the coming of the Christ Child. It is not only a longstanding tradition among SFTS faculty, staff and students. The Notice continues:   This year’s theme comes from Luke 1:30-31: The angel said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High …”   Admission is free, but there will be a freewill offering. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited, so SFTS encourages those planning to attend to arrive early. Shuttle van service will be available.  

 Doctor Daniel Hoggatt, Musical Director of the program, speaks to this year’s event: “This Lessons & Carols used to be more a seminary community event, but in the last 13 years it has been more the Seminary’s gift to the community.   “There are 8 lessons and accompanied Carols by the congregation and choir.   “There is also the wonderful Dobbins Memorial Pipe Organ (Balcom Vaughan) that is in Stewart Chapel. Stewart Chapel is usually used for services four times a week. I am very, very fortunate here to be the musician at SFTS because we have two beautiful chapels.”   Doctor Hoggatt explains:   It is a service that people come to whether Christian or not because it is a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season with a warm evening. I have Jewish friends, Buddhist friends, and it is a wonderful, magical evening for all.   It is a choir of 30 voices that come from the seminary community, and the community at large in southern Marin County. We do a variety of Carols from over 2,000 year history.   Doctor. Daniel Hoggatt made the choices.    


                Nutcracker at San Francisco Ballet  

 Nutcracker comes alive one hour prior to curtain as costumed characters greet and have their pictures taken with children and families. Plus, the first 500 children to arrive receive a special gift! At intermission, everyone will be treated to juice and cookies.   So says San Francisco Ballet website.   The Ballet touts:   A wonderful Christmas event, Create Magical Memories  This holiday season, you and your loved ones deserve something special – a wondrous experience that evokes joy & elevates your spirit to new heights. Whether continuing a valued tradition or discovering the magic of this beloved holiday classic for the first time – San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker is sure to leave you with a sense of warmth and treasured memories that will last a lifetime.   


           Nutcracker Story   ACT 1 In his shop on a foggy Christmas Eve, a toy maker, Drosselmeyer, puts the finishing touches on a magical nutcracker, a gift for his relatives, the Stahlbaum family, whose home he will visit that evening. Customers drop by, searching for last-minute Christmas gifts. Outside the Stahlbaum house, as people hurry home to their Christmas revelries, Drosselmeyer arrives with his beautifully wrapped gift. In the sitting room of the Stahlbaum house, a tree trimming is under way. Clara and Fritz, followed by their friends, arrive downstairs to see the tree lighted, for the very first time in their lives, by electric lights! The children dance with glee. Soon it is time to open gifts. As the children settle down to play with their presents, Dr. Stahlbaum invites his guests to dance. Clara joins the adults. Drosselmeyer—”Uncle Drosselmeyer” to the Stahlbaums—arrives and entertains the families with magic. While Clara remains captivated by the dolls, Fritz makes a pest of himself. Uncle Drosselmeyer opens his specially wrapped gift for the family and presents to them the magical nutcracker doll. Clara, delighted, dances with the nutcracker. Fritz looks on with envy, then grabs the nutcracker, which falls and breaks. Uncle Drosselmeyer bandages the doll and returns it to Clara, who plays with it quietly. As a close to the evening’s festivities, the revered Stahlbaum Grandparents begin their annual holiday dance. All join in. The hour is late, and the guests begin their goodbyes. Fritz and Clara go upstairs to their bedrooms, and the house quiets down. Soon, Clara descends the steps, searching for her nutcracker doll. As the clock strikes 12, she settles on the sofa and falls asleep with the doll in her arms. As Clara dreams, her mind whirls with the memories of the evening. Deep within her dream, Uncle Drosselmeyer appears and mends the nutcracker doll. Clara wakens into her dream, and her house begins to change around her. The Christmas tree grows large and wondrous. Then mice appear, frightening Clara. But magically, her nutcracker doll fends off the mice. The Nutcracker summons the toy soldiers from the cupboard, and a battle ensues. The fierce Mouse King arrives and engages in a duel with the Nutcracker. Clara bravely aids the Nutcracker, who, though victorious, is overcome by exhaustion from the battle. Clara is worried, but Uncle Drosselmeyer consoles her, then transforms the Nutcracker into a dashing Prince. Clara and the Prince embark together on a magical journey through the Land of Snow. The Snow King and Snow Queen arrive and welcome Clara and the Prince. As snow continues to fall, snowflakes begin to dance. The King and Queen invite Clara and the Prince into the sleigh and send them off to their next adventure. ACT 2 The scene opens in the garden of a Crystal Palace where ladybugs, dragonflies, and butterflies dance. The Sugar Plum Fairy welcomes Clara and the Prince and asks them to tell her about their adventure that brought them to her world. The Prince recounts his tale of war with the Mouse King and describes Clara’s bravery. The Sugar Plum Fairy commands a festival, filled with dancing, to honor her guests. The celebration begins with Spanish flair. Exotic Arabians, whirling dancers from China, and lovely French Mirlitons perform for the guests. Sharing in the festivities are Russian entertainers and the famous Madame Du Cirque, who reveals many small surprises, including a dancing bear! In the final celebratory dance, the Sugar Plum Fairy joins in a glorious waltz with her court of flowers, dazzling Clara and the Prince. As the festivities

Christmas Glory From Westminster with Andrea Bocelli and Charlotte Church [VHS]

Christmas Glory From Westminster with Andrea Bocelli and Charlotte Church [VHS]

Talented soloists from Andrea Bocelli to Charlotte Church, and the enchanting choir of Westminster Abbey have come together to provide an evening of beautiful music within the walls of Westminster Abbey. Join HRH the Duke of Edinburgh as he introduces Christmas Glory from Westminster touching upon the historical features of the Abbey and memories of his own wedding there. Throughout the program, guests perform Christmas music and recite poetry from the historic Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey.

Starring Andrea Bocelli, Charlotte Church, Bryn Terfel, Dame Joan Plowright, Greta Scacchi and Trevor MacDonald.

It’s a marketer’s dream to have two PBS superstars, Andrea Bocelli and Charlotte Church, singing in Christmas Glory from Westminster. Bocelli and Church (who don’t sing together here) are among a handful of performers in this 1999 service from London’s Westminster Abbey, including actresses Greta Scacchi and Joan Plowright and Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel.

Following an introduction to the abbey by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh (his wedding took place there), the first part of the hourlong service tells the Christmas story, alternating poetry and Bible readings with musical selections from the choir and soloists, including Messiah‘s “For unto us a child is born” and “But who may abide the day of his coming” by Terfel. Bocelli contributes two Schubert selections, “Mille Cherubino in Coro” and the beloved “Ave Maria,” as well as “Sancta Maria,” a version of Mascagni’s famous melody from Cavalleria Rusticana. Church performs Stephen Adams’s “The Holy City” (from her second CD) and shares “Silent Night” with Terfel. The program isn’t all solemnity, however. Actor Richard Griffiths offers a spirited reading from A Christmas Carol near the abbey’s famous Poets’ Corner, where Dickens is buried. A blessing from the Dean of Westminster closes the distinguished evening. –David Horiuchi

Rating: (out of 17 reviews)

List Price: $ 14.95

Price: $ 54.94

The Greatest Celebration – 16th Annual Christmas Pageant – First Baptist Church Houston Texas

The Greatest Celebration – 16th Annual Christmas Pageant – First Baptist Church Houston Texas

Overture – A Christmas Festival, Scene 1 – Texas the 1840’s Oh Susanna, POlly Wolly Doodle, Lil Liza Jane, Will you come tothe bower, O Tannebaum, Deck the Halls, Joy to the world, Little Brown Jug Band, Scene 2 The Schoolhouse 1850’s, Scene 3 – The Church 1870’s, O come all ye Faithful, Christ is born (Polish Carol) (Windows & church furnishings are from England 1842), Scene 5 12 Days of Christmas 1985 version, Scene 6 Concert of Christmas, Gloria, Silver bells, Winter Wonderland, Have yourself a Merry little Christmas, Celebration, Joy to the world, Gesu Bambino, As lately we watched, Wonderful name, We wish you a Merry Christmas. FBC Boys Choir, Karl Mangrum Soloists, Cindy Holliman soloist. Act II The Greatest Celebration – Jesus!, Overture, Scene 1 The Catacombs of Rome, King of Kings, ancient Jewish song, Scene 2 The angel Gabriel & mary, Scene 3 – The sepherds & Angels, Gloria, Scene 4 – The Nativity, Many Moods of Christmas,Scene 5 The ministry of Jesus, Every eye shall see, Rejoice rejoice, King of kings, Communion song, Scene 6 – The Crucifixion, Beautiful savior, behold the Lamb, Scene 7 – O come let us adore him.