How to turn Christmas upside-down

29 Nov

2013-12 Advent ConspiracyThis Advent we are going to turn Christmas upside-down!  Will you join us?

By now we hope you’ve heard a bit about The Advent Conspiracy, but have you picked up your copy of the book yet?  Advent begins on December 1st, so there is still time. The Advent Conspiracy is a very easy-to-read practical book that will help you think about Christmas in a whole new way.  An upside-down way.

I was driving by Rockvale Square outlets in the beginning of November, and I noticed all their Christmas decorations were out already.  Then I passed The American Music Theater, and they were advertising showings of their Christmas Show that were happening later that day.  After I got over my surprise that these businesses were in full-Christmas mode before Thanksgiving, I realized I shouldn’t be surprised.  It has been a trend for years now.  Christmas is a wonderful thing, and we can be supportive when people and businesses make a big deal about it.

And yet we all know that businesses are advertising Christmas earlier and earlier each year, not because they are committed to the Good News of peace on earth through Christ, but for an entirely different reason altogether.  They want to make money!  And they want you and me to spend our money at their businesses.  They would be just thrilled if we actually spend more money than we have to spend.

So goes the story of how Christmas got turned upside-down.

Now, by us taking Christmas, as we see it today, and turning it upside-down again, we are actually making it right-side-up.  But when we do that, when we return Christmas to that state it is supposed to be in, it will look upside-down to the rest of society.  That is, however, as it should be, with Jesus’ birth and the Kingdom of God as the focus.

Are you ready to turn Christmas upside-down?  Get the book.  Visit the website.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to show up in a mighty in your life and in your family’s life.  We are going to have great opportunities for you to participate in: Now that the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are on their way, will you begin filling Christmas stockings for Joe Toy in Philly?  Then how about joining us for this year’s Christmas Stocking Drop on December 7th?  We’ll drive to Philly and work alongside Joe, sharing the Gospel as we hand out our stockings to kids he works with in inner-city Philly.  Maybe you’ll consider helping a CV family celebrate Christmas through CVCCS Adopt-a-Family program?  See the Community Happenings bulletin board for more details.  Will you join us on December 15th as we sing carols to homebound members of Faith Church?  Or perhaps you help CVCCS with their Christmas food box giveaway on the 21st?  There are so many ways you and your family can participate in the Advent Conspiracy, turning Christmas upside-down!

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