FCC has launched the Advent Conspiracy as part of a national effort to reclaim Christmas from consumerism and live out the true meaning of the Christ child! You will not want to miss this month of Sundays and the many opportunities to help Christmas become a world-changing event once again! Go to www.adventconspiracy.org to learn more.
The Advent Conspiracy
Advent Conspirators’ Mission is to reclaim Christmas from consumerism and live out the true meaning of the Christ Child!
To combat the commercialization of Christmas, FCC has joined a growing effort among American churches. It’s called the Advent Conspiracy and was started in 2006 by five pastors who decided to make Christmas a revolutionary event by encouraging their faith communities to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All! The response was overwhelming and is becoming worldwide. Ask God to show you how as an individual or family you can bless others who have need by giving as God gave His Son to us at Christmas.
Operation Christmas Child We praise God for the generosity of this congregation. A total of 88 boxes were collected, shattering all previous records. Joined with God’s people around the world, we are making a difference in the lives of children everywhere.
Change of 1 Christmas Giving Table Make Christmas brighter for the people of our community.
Worship Fully! The miracle of miracles; God chose to live with us to show us how to live and to save us from our sins.
Ideas: Sunday Celebration services; read a gospel to remember Jesus was much more than a Babe in a manger; take a friend to a Christmas musical program.
Spend Less! Buy ONE LESS GIFT and ask God how you can use that money to serve others in need. When you do this your way of thinking about the birth of Christ changes! (Matthew 6:19-21)
Ideas: Buy groceries for an elderly neighbor; purchase gifts from fair trade organizations (tradeasone.com); contribute to FCC Acts 2 fund.
Give More! God’s gift to us is a relationship – a direct connection through Jesus. He took time to teach people, to heal the sick, to talk with outcasts and to hug little children. Time is the real gift Christmas offers and you cannot buy it at the mall!
Ideas: Time to make a gift that becomes a family heirloom; to write a real letter to a friend; to take the kids sledding; to make a meal for another family; to use your skills and gifts to serve someone in need. Take time to make love visible through relational giving!
Love All! Jesus reached out with His love to touch the last, the least, the lowly, and the lost. There are opportunities all around us to be more like Jesus in our celebration of Christmas.
Ideas: Share God’s good news by inviting friends to a Ladies Tea; host a birthday party for Jesus and invite your children’s friends; serve at Life Savers, Salvation Army or your local food bank; go Christmas caroling with friends.
Prayer Challenge: Lord, show me how I can spend less this year so I can give more to someone in need. Help me slow down so I can say yes to meaningful experiences with family and friends.
Information taken in context from http://www.adventconspiracy.org/