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.

This December 24 at 10:30am we will come together under the glow of candlelight and the familiarity of the carols to remember and celebrate a Savior born to us, Immanuel, God With Us.

We will receive an offering that morning that reflects our heart to devote less to the materialism of the season and instead invest in hope, love and peace. Our 2017 Advent Conspiracy projects are described below. Will you join the conspiracy?

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Advent Conspiracy Giving Recipients 2017

Portland, Oregon

Portland Rescue Mission: Connect Program for Women

www.portlandrescuemission.org/homeless-services/connect/

Homelessness has reached crisis levels in the Portland area. The Connect Program for Women offers women living on the streets a safe, drug/alcohol free place to transition into independent housing and employment. They receive spiritual guidance as well as career training by caring and trained professionals who are  highly relational. We’d like to provide the women’s dorm with a desperately needed new fridge/freezer at a cost of $2,500.

Puerto Rico

GAiN

www.cru.org/us/en/communities/ministries/gain

Puerto Rico remains in the dark after being ravaged by a direct hit from the most devastating storm in modern history. GAiN, the global humanitarian aid partner of Cru, distributes relief through the local church in Puerto Rico so that the gospel will be adorned in the log-term relationships of the local church to its community. Supplies distributed will include water filters, generators, medical supplies, food, clothing, and hygiene products. 

India

Home of Love

http://homeofloveindia.org/

Home of Love is a non-profit organization raising orphaned girls in India, teaching each and every one of them to be strong Christian women and continue to impact the prevailing culture with and through the love of Jesus Christ. We’d like to support one girl for an entire year at a cost of $60 per month for a total $720.

Spirit of Martyrdom - Pastor Singh

https://www.spiritofmartyrdom.com/history/

Pastor Singh is training men in India to spread the word of God. We’d like to provide $1,000 which will buy 10 bikes for the men being trained to evangelize in the countryside of India.

Open Hand Care Center

The Open Hand Care Center works with the untouchable children in Varanasi, India. The weather is getting cold and they need warm coats for the kids. $300 will provide coats for 75 children.

Krupa Medical Clinic

The Krupa Clinic is a part of the Shalom Cathedral church compound helping the poor and the needy in their neighborhood. Money raised will go toward medical supplies needed by the clinic totaling $1,837.

**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 Sunday, January 17. Gifts may also be made online anytime. Just choose "Advent Conspiracy Donation" on the drop down menu.