I love how Advent Conspiracy,
which started only 3 years ago is already revolutionizing the way people view the Christmas season. [It feels so good to say Christmas season when all I hear around town and in advertisements and on television and on the internet is Holiday Season.}
Advent Conspiracy began at Portland’s Imago Dei Church http://www.imagodeicommunity.com/article/about-the-conspiracy/ and my daughter Rachel and I happened to be at the service when they made the announcement. It made so much sense to me and we immediately decided to take part in it. Advent Conspiracy is a movement to get people rethinking the way they celebrate Christmas. I believe the word “think” is key here, because so many times we approach the Christmas season without thinking through traditions and memories we are creating for our families. Instead we mindlessly wait in long lines the day after Thanksgiving to get the best deals on Christmas presents that most people do not need. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkTyPzRzuwc&feature=player_embedded
Advent Conspiracy is encouraging people to instead think about Christ and what He came to do on earth and the purpose of the Christmas season and being thankful for what we have and realizing the millions, well, billions of dollars that are spent on gifts for people, gifts like polyester sweaters that are returned the next day in long lines at the mall. While Third World Countries would just love the gift of clean water,
something most of us in the United States take for granted.
Advent Conspiracy is about getting people to rethink how they are spending their money and spending their time and getting people to think about perhaps giving the best gift, their time, and perhaps considering spending the money they would have spent on materialistic gifts and instead using it to help others dig wells for people who have no water. Or, use the money to find other ways to help those in need, as some churches are doing.
The four basic focuses of Advent Conspiracy are: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All.
Here is the web site for the movement http://adventconspiracy.org/
At our church, we are joining the Advent Conspiracy this year http://www.rollinghills.org/advent which I am so excited about. Our financial focus will be our Christmas Blessing to help needy families close to home and the Northwest Children’s Outreach . We are hoping to give them another home within our church.
And, in lieu of helping people spend less and give of themselves, we are hosting a Christmas Gift-Making Idea Evening on Tuesday, December 1, from 6:30-8:15 p.m. in the Church’s Atrium, right by the Atrium Cafe. We are looking for presenters to showcase easy, step by step gift making ideas, so e-mail me or call if you are able to do this – 503-697-7268 or 503-318-3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the link to the church’s notice of the event.