Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Advent Conspiracy begins...
Does Christmas ever make you feel like this sign? Do you think about Christmas and get depressed just thinking about a mountain of Christmas presents, gifts to return, toys that get played with for a week, months of bills, traffic jams, stress, and a big empty feeling at the end of it all.
Imagine if Christmas could be a world changing event...
It (still) can.
This Advent Season, what if you could:
and Love All.
Welcome to the Advent Conspiracy. We are joining together with thousands of other churches all over the world in this journey of entering the story of Christ's birth and of celebrating Christ's birth in a way that the King of Heaven deserves. Last year, the churches that participated in the Advent Conspiracy raised over 3 million dollars (just by re-thinking the way they celebrate Christmas) and that money made life changing differences in countries all over the globe. The Advent Conspiracy funded clean water wells in villages in Africa, Asia, and South America. The Advent Conspiracy also funded countless local initiatives in communities across our country as churches redistributed their own Christmas spending in order to meet the real needs of their neighbors.
This year, at FirstChurch Champaign, the Advent Conspiracy funds we raise will meet 2 significant needs: We will provide clean drinking water in Malawi by digging life saving shallow wells. We will also meet the very real needs of our local neighbors who don't have enough to eat.
Food and Water for the hungry and the thirsty.
That's a gift worthy of the Christ child!!!
Check out our local Advent Conspiracy blog. Advent Conspiracy Champaign . You can share stories and ideas about what you are doing. We'll also be posting a daily Advent Devotional on that page. If you'd like to receive that via email, just let us know at the church office.
Lastly, there are tons of ideas and resources at the official Advent Conspiracy website: www.adventconspiracy.org