*What will you be doing the day after Thanksgiving? Most of us might be in line at the local department store or toy mart. But a few churches in Houston are offering an alternative to the annual frenzy of shopping.

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC), Beacon of Light Christian Center and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church have scheduled community service projects on Friday, November 26. These churches ask Houstonians to celebrate “Bless Friday” as an alternative to Black Friday.

Chuck Fox, founder of Bless Friday, states:

“I believe we can find a critical mass of Christians to alter the way society observes the season. Many people are appalled at how consumerism is consuming Christmas, but don’t know how to change our culture’s direction. They are ready for a thoughtful call to action. This year we issued a call to service.”

He further says:

“Houston is an ideal place to start change. Five years ago, we opened our arms to people from New Orleans. Refugees filled the Astrodome, and good citizens from all over Houston, some organized by many churches of all denominations, supplied comfort and support. What city could have done more? Why not harness this energy each year to serve the community and begin the Christmas celebration in a more loving and appropriate manner.”

More information is available at www.BlessFriday.org.