Advent Conspiracy

Christmas. It starts with Jesus. It ends with Jesus. It’s a season where love wins, peace reigns, and a king is celebrated with each breath. Or at least that’s the way it should be. Somehow we lose our passion to worship Jesus fully amidst the commercialism and busyness that has sabotaged the season. Joining Advent Conspiracy is a decision to make this time about Jesus and no other. We commit to worship more fully. We pledge to spend less on gifts that hold no meaning and instead give of ourselves relationally. And love the way Jesus loved, by finding the poor, forgotten, overlooked and sick of our communities and joining Him in giving to help those who need it most. It’s simple. It’s transformational. It’s Advent Conspiracy.

Advent Season Resources

Worship Fully Through Advent

Below are some recommended resources we hope you'll check out during the advent season to learn the freedom of worshiping with abandon, giving without comparison, receiving with gratitude and loving without limits. There are resources that can be used by individuals, families or even small groups. May you find the gift of God's presence this Advent Season.

Family Advent Tree Devotions

Families with young children will love this advent resource! Countdown to Christmas with special ornaments you can collect from around the house or make as a craft. As you countdown, follow the kids-friendly devotions that include a scripture reading, a short lesson to go with each reading, a prayer idea, and a ornament symbol for each day. 

A Pregnant Pause

An Advent Experience from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship that uses paintings, scripture, written reflections, questions, and guided prayer.

Thy Kingdom Come (Advent Prayer Guide)

This prayer guide from Park Cities Presbyterian Church has one aim: to help us grow in our love for God through time in His Word and prayer. The guide leads through morning and evening prayers and readings that can be done individually or with others.

Advent Conspiracy: Making Christmas Meaningful (Again)

This book gives individuals, families, and churches practical help in planning the kind of Christmas that truly can change the world. Revised and updated with new stories of the impact this movement has made around the globe.

Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent

This resource from John Piper contains 25 short devotional readings beginning December 1 and going through Christmas Day. This book of Advent meditations aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season. 

Advent: Our King is Born

The Love & Justice Church Advent Devotional is designed to help you, your family, and your small group re-live all of the longing and desire for the promised Messiah. This is a weekly devotional that begins the week of December 2 and contains five devotionals. Also includes suggested readings from The Jesus Storybook Bible for families. 

Christmas Eve Giving

December 24 we come together under the glow of candlelight and the familiarity of the carols to remember and celebrate a Savior born to us, Emmanuel, God With Us.

We receive an offering that day that reflects our heart to devote less to the materialism of the season and instead invest in hope, love and peace. Our 2018 Advent Conspiracy projects are described below. Will you join the conspiracy?

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Advent Conspiracy Giving Recipients 2018

Portland, Oregon

Wilson High School

https://www.pps.net/wilson

A half mile down the road lies Wilson High School. For many years we have been building a relationship with this school as we have served them through cleaning up their grounds, painting classrooms, and through the Compassion Clinic they host in their building. We want them to know that we are FOR them, so we asked them if there was anything they needed this December that we could help with. They jumped at the opportunity and have asked for financial help with a new gym floor covering. The school has recently fundraised to resurface and repaint the gym floor and in order to be a good steward of this gift, need to purchase a new protective floor covering to use during non-sporting events such as dances, fairs, family nights, and other outside events. We’d like to send them a gift towards its cost.

North Caucasus

Name Withheld for Security Reasons

One of our Global Partners loves and serves the Islamic region of Russia. The mountainous region is home to radical forms of Islam, including ISIS fighters. This is where our Global Partner travels to evangelize, mobilize, train, and encourage disciples of Jesus. Each trip is arduous and expensive. Social projects and gifts open doors for his team to be people of peace and build relationships. One trip to two villages in one gorge costs about $3200. Let’s give him the resources to reach more villages this year!

Africa

Indigenous Evangelist Forum

www.eteamglobal.org

Tim Robnett (Global Partner) and his organization, ETeamGlobal, are literally being begged to come to countries across the world to train and prepare national evangelists to serve in their countries of origin. One African evangelist/pastor emailed and said, “Our church in our country is fainting and lacking knowledge in the Word and you have God’s gift to teach it to us. So please let us know when you can come and we will be ready because we need this Food!” Each 6-8 week forum costs $5000, and we’d love to make one happen. Join us in training these hungry evangelists!

**Make donations out to GPBC and designate “Advent Conspiracy” in the memo line. (Gifts may not be directed to specific projects.) Gifts may be submitted prior to the Christmas Eve offering or through mid January. Gifts may also be made online anytime. Just choose "Advent Conspiracy Donation" on the drop down menu.