What is Advent Conspiracy?
Advent Conspiracy was founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly 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 how we celebrate Christmas.
Christmas begins and ends with Jesus
Free up resources to support what matters
Give more intentionally and relationally
Radically love others like Jesus did
How do we participate in Advent Conspiracy?
This year, Oakwood is supporting its Community Partners by gathering a generous volume of donations to bless one organization each month from Oct. 2020 - Jan. 2021.
Pray and consider how God wants you to give during this effort. Then, collect donation materials and bring them to Oakwood each Sunday and place them in the display in the upper lobby. You can also drop off donations during the week to the Oakwood office. Gerrylynn Ferguson, our Community Partnerships Director, will deliver the donations at the end of each month (let her know if you'd like to help!).
October | Waukesha Food Pantry
The FOOD Pantry Serving Waukesha County provides food, hope, and dignity to county residents in need, and advocates to increase awareness of hunger.
No past date foods, please!
- Boxed or bagged stuffing
- Boxed or bagged mashed potatoes
- Gravy packets
- Bread or muffin mixes
- Canned green beans
- French fried onions
- Cranberry sauce
- Chicken stock or broth
November | Milwaukee House of Prayer
Oakwood is supporting the Milwaukee House of Prayer Mobile Food Pantry Bus through Advent Conspiracy.
- Canned and non-perishable foods
- Healthy, pre-packaged lunch and snack options for kids
- COVID-related supplies (e.g., masks, hand sanitizer, etc.)
December | HeartLove Place
HeartLove Place connects communities through Christ to empower individuals, motivate families and build stronger neighborhoods.
- Children's books
- Bibles for children and adults
- Pampers diapers (all sizes)
- Baby wipes
- Art supplies
- Xbox Connect Games (interactive)
- Hygiene kits (soaps, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, etc.)
- Copier paper
- General office supplies (tape, folders, glue, white out, etc.)
- Plastic gloves (large and medium)
- Aluminum foil, plastic wrap
- Disposable plates, utensils, napkin and cups
- Brown paper bags
- Garbage bags
- Oven mitts (commercial grade)
January | Family Promise
Family Promise helps homeless families with children regain and retain their independence.
- Baby items (e.g., diapers (all sizes), wipes, lotion, shampoo)
- Dish soap
- Razors, deodorant, toothpaste
- Paper towels
- Disinfectant Lysol wipes
- Toilet paper
- Gift cards for groceries and gas
While the four partners above are featured each month during Advent Conspiracy, we support several other Community Partners and special ministries. We will highlight a few partners at specific points throughout Advent Conspiracy, but we encourage you to pray for these ministries and engage with them throughout the year.
Exploit No More (Oct. 21-24)
The Exploit No More (ENM) mission is to end sex trafficking in the Greater Milwaukee Region. Look for the ENM Elevated Chef food truck at Oakwood during the Divine Consign sale Oct. 21-24. You can also order items for ENM Freedom House culinary program students or give a financial gift.
Lace Up 5K Run/Walk (Nov. 1-7)
Operation Christmas Child (Sept. 29-Nov. 8)
Pick up a shoebox to fill with gifts for children around the world. They'll also receive the message of the Gospel courtesy of Samaritans Purse. Boxes are located in the lower lobby. Return filled boxes to Oakwood by Sunday, Nov. 1 or Sunday, Nov. 8.
Prayerfully consider giving a special gift to one or several of these ministries led by friends in our Oakwood community:
- God Touch Milwaukee
- The Family Rescue Campaign
- Circuit Rider Ministries
- Chronic Joy Ministry
- Shepherds College
- Moms in Prayer International
- Mike and Ann Ministries