New Life is involved in multiple projects because we want to be generous and want to bless others as God has blessed us. However, everyone can’t do everything. Our involvement in multiple things gives you ideas and options on where to contribute when you decide, “Yes, I’m participating in Advent Conspiracy.” What is Advent Conspiracy? It is an international movement asking Christ-followers to avoid the consumerism surrounding the holiday and to remember what we are really celebrating. The tenets are: worship fully, spend less, give more, love all. The money you don’t spend to add another gift under your own tree can be given to help others.
This year we will be taking special offerings (Dec. 3 and Dec. 17) for New Day for Children, which provides restorative care and education to American girls ages 10+ who have been rescued from sex trafficking.
Also visit the Christmas tree in the Lanai and grab a tag. We are adopting a family with a special needs child and a couple of homeless teenagers who receive services through HOPE. The Mount Diablo Unified School District established the Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE), to provide educational and related services for homeless students in pre-school – 12th grade. It has identified 651 high-schoolers in the district as homeless. This giving opportunity allows you to still enjoy shopping if that’s your thing; the tags from the tree will tell you what these folks are wishing for at Christmas. Heads up: The gifts for HOPE kids need to be delivered back to church by Sunday, Dec. 10.