How many times in the past have we come to the end of an Advent season exhausted and sensing we've missed it? For many, there can be a sea of financial debt and endless lists of gifts to buy. An overwhelming stress overtakes worship and celebration.
Advent Conspiracy was founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly, beautifully and generously. Advent is the story of a wondrous moment when God entered our world to make things right. It is the greatest story ever told and it changes everything - including the way we celebrate Christmas. As we worship fully, spend less, give more and love all ... something begins to happen that is greater than any single person, church or denomination.
Nearly every character in the Christmas story who encountered our King responded the same way: worship. Let's make the conscious effort to reorient our hearts toward Christ. Christmas began with worship ... may it end with worship.
In our hearts, we know mindless consumption is not the way to celebrate Jesus. But spending less does not mean spending nothing. Rather we will thoughtfully evaluate what companies and causes we support through our purchases.
The best gifts celebrate a relationship. They require our time and our energy. Relational giving means that we think about the other person - who they are and what they care about. When it comes to giving gifts to those you love, it's all about quality, not quantity.
Christmas is a chance to move closer to those in crisis. We will love others as Jesus has loved us. The poor and hurting of our world can be reached by God through the way we choose to celebrate Christmas.
Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be - a joyous celebration of Jesus' birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us.
We'll reflect Jesus' love this Christmas through giving to one huge goal of $51,000 that's made up of four tangible projects with local and international impact.
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit committed to feeding God’s children, hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: volunteers hand-pack meals specially formulated for malnourished children, and FMSC sends them to partners building more-successful communities around the world. Oakwood’s on-site MobilePack will be in the spring of 2019, packing 200,000 meals using 1,000 volunteers from both Oakwood and the community.
The Impacting Guatemala Network
The Impacting Guatemala Network is an interdenominational movement of evangelical churches committed to develop disciples of Christ, in order to impact the whole country of Guatemala. IGN equips local churches with tools that allow them to develop disciples of Jesus Christ through strategic planning, leadership development and church partnerships. We'd like to fund the well for their future pastoral and retreat center.
Associated with the Evangelical Free Church of America, GlobalFingerprints is a child sponsorship ministry partnering with national churches around the world to send children to school and help care for their physical, spiritual and emotional needs. Their newest ministry, "Maison de Promesse," is a residential facility for kids with physical or mental disabilities. We are looking to fund a motorbike for the houseparents, a bicycle for the literacy teacher and backpacks for the kids.
Shepherds College exists to educate and train students with intellectual and developmental disabilities by equipping them to reach Appropriate IndependenceTM through the development of vocational, social and life skills while inspiring a lasting awareness of God's plan for their lives. Shepherds College provides college-age students with disabilities the chance to pursue their dreams of a meaningful and fulfilling life, through a holistic training program that provides occupational training in culinary arts, horticulture or technology. Our desire is to purchase two utility vehicles for the horticultural program in Union Grove.