Giving Compassionately

I have to say that since the very first Sunday that Advent Conspiracy was introduced, I was fired up and ready to bring back the meaning of Christmas. I have told all my relatives about it while sitting around the Thanksgiving Dinner table. It is so exciting to be part of a movement that really puts the Christ back in Christmas, and it isn’t too difficult to figure out what we need to do: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All. We need to realize that we have already received every gift we could ever want in Jesus.

However, giving and receiving gifts is still fun and a great way to show compassion. Gifts should be given from the heart and be based relationally. Giving time and love is what God gave to us with Jesus and our gifts to one another need to reflect that. That doesn’t mean that “stuff” doesn’t count as a gift of love. I remember getting presents that I absolutely loved, not because they filled that hole in me or because it made me cool in front of my friends, but because that present came from somebody who loved me and brought me great joy.

tomsIf you are looking for an awesome gift for somebody this Christmas and also want to help children in need around the world, look no further. TOMS Shoes is dedicated to helping children around the world by providing shoes for them. For every pair of shoes they sell, they give a pair to a child in need. One for One. Check out the video on the front page of their website for more information:

Written by Jimmy Bero, UW Student who is in love with the Advent Conspiracy!

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Love All

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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