It’s Black Friday and in preparation for Christmas, Americans are spending by the billions today. Is it possible to change the story of consumerism? Is it possible that Christmas can still change the world?
I believe it is possible. And that’s why this year our community of faith will once again be joining with numerous other churches by participating in the Advent Conspiracy. This movement is based upon four critical turns in the Christmas story:
- Worship Fully
- Spend Less
- Give More
- Love All
During the Advent season, members of our community of faith will make over and above gifts to our Advent Conspiracy fund. Ever dollar received will be used to support three special mission initiatives:
Shepherd’s Heart Church: We will be helping our sisters and brothers serve the homeless population of Pittsburgh. Shepherd’s Heart operates a drop-in center in the mornings which offers coffee, some breakfast and a place to rest. The drop-in center needs a a space where they would store the paper products and food supplies used. Our gifts will help to construct this space.
Gulf Coast Team: In March, 25 members of our community will travel to the Gulf Coast region to partner with Habitat for Humanity in the Bay/Waveland area of Mississippi to continue the work of rebuilding following Hurricane Katerina. This will be our sixth visit to the region and we are committed to partnering with people on the ground to restore dignity and the quality of life for residents of the Gulf Coast region.
Hamlin College for Midwives (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia): The mission of the college is to train, equip, deploy and support highly skilled, trustworthy and accountable midwives, who are willing to serve women and families of rural Ethiopia. Pregnant women and their unborn children our at great risk and the women trained at the college will be trained to be instruments of change in Ethiopia.
Today (and every day) you can begin to change the story. Be a part of the conspiracy. And believe and act in such a way that the story of Christmas once again changes our world.