Striking Chords & Ringing Bells

This entire Advent Conspiracy has really struck a chord with me. I am not interested in placing a value judgement on what people may or may do – who am I to cast stones at others?

Each year I believe I am more grateful for what I have and for what God has provided to me. We not only have the things of life, but our children have grown to be incredible young adults, and cherish the time and relationships they have with each other. What could be a better gift.

I am also grateful to be part of a faith community that teaches and practices the art of servant leadership. The Advent Conspiracy is only one example of the missional efforts of our family. We think of others, we serve others, we teach others, we pray for others. Praise God!

animated_kettle-coinsI have asked my family to forgo gifts to me this year, and instead, to ring bells for the Salvation Army. I serve on the advisory board for this non-profit and have just come from one of our board meetings.

I offer this same opportunity to families within our Blackhawk community. Go to and find a location that is near your home and a time that is convenient for you. Do it in pairs. Watch and feel the excitement of shoppers and those strolling when they deposit their change. Create a shared experience that will be remembered in your heart. Don’t be surprised when they also share stories of how this is something they look forward to every year, and then spend more time thanking you for making the effort.

Every year, 40% of the timeslots go unfilled by volunteers. Each hour, a kettle generates $35 of services. That provides shelter, respite, meals, blankets, disaster response and hugs. Priceless.

Be part of the solution. Share your time. Join in the Advent Conspiracy!

God Bless!

Written by Dan Loichinger

2 Responses to “Striking Chords & Ringing Bells”

  1. 1 Mari November 28, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    my friend from college and i do this every year on state street. we pick a weekend, get starbucks’ peppermint hot chocolates, sing christmas carols in our off-key voices, and ring bells. it is one of my favorite holiday traditions.

  2. 2 Laura Lazewski November 29, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I remember ringing the bells in high school with my Jewish friend…we wore cheeseheads.

    Thanks for the including the link in your post; I’ve been meaning to sign my lifegroup up for a few slots and you made it easy and I lost all excuses for procrastination. I am looking forward to ringing the bell again.

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Act Local: Share gifts of time and resources with those in our community. At the Impact Tree in the Atrium, find opportunities available for individuals, families and life groups. All the information you need will be on the cards by the Tree. Take a card – put an ornament on the tree.

Give Global: On Sunday, December 13 during services, we'll take up an Advent Conspiracy offering (a direct result of spending less) to give towards clean water projects and wheelchair needs in Honduras, Kenya and Romania. If you won’t be able to join us at services on that day but still want to participate, just write "Advent" in the memo of your check and drop it in any of the offering boxes.


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