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Faith Christmas Card

This past Christmas (2016) we were influenced by the book Doing December Differently. Christmas continues to be a time when the church finds itself both in cahoots and in competition with the culture. Each year Faith Church finds new ways to be faithful to it's calling to be in the world yet not of it, to balance participation with prophecy. Our study of the Advent Conspiracy and other historical, theological, and cultural issues keeps us ever contemplating the meaning of Christmas--both in December and throughout our lives. Some years we produce a "Faith Christmas Card" through which we support mission partners as part of our Christmas giving. Whatever form it takes, we hope you will join us as a community of Christ's followers celebrating his birth and his ongoing ministry through us.

What is Advent Conspiracy?

Christmas was meant to be celebrated, not regretted.

We all want our Christmas to be a lot of things. Full of joy. Memories. Happiness. Above all, we want it to be about Jesus. What we don't want is stress. Or debt. Or feeling like we "missed the moment". Advent Conspiracy is a movement designed to help us all slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering. But doing this means doing things a little differently. A little creatively.

Worship Fully
Christmas marks the moment where God's promise was fulfilled and love took form, tiny fingers and all. It is a moment that deserves our full attention and praise. We put Worship Fully as AC's first tenet because we believe the level of our involvement at Christmas is based entirely on how much we are celebrating Christ's birth. He deserves celebration; one that is creative, loud and directs every heart His way.
[Watch a message on Worshiping Fully]

Spend Less
Quick question for you: What was the one gift you remember getting for Christmas last year? Next question: What about the fourth gift? Do you remember that one? Truth is many of us don't because it wasn't something we necessarily wanted or needed. Spending Less isn't a call to stop giving gifts; it's a call to stop spending money on gifts we won't remember in less than a year. America spends around $450 billion dollars during the Christmas season, and much of that goes right onto a credit card. By spending wisely on gifts we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with debt so we can take in the season with a full heart.
[Watch a message on Spending Less]

Give More
We know what you're thinking. "Wait, didn't they just say I should spend less, and yet here they are telling me to give more? What gives?" The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. And nobody modeled this more than Jesus. So what does this look like for you? Tickets to a ball game or the theater? A movie night? The main point is simple: When it comes to spending time with those you love, it's all about quality, not quantity.
[Watch a message on Giving More]

Love All
It all boils down to love. Love from a savior. Love to a neighbor in need. By spending just a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help. This is the conspiracy three churches began a few years ago, and has since grown to an international movement where thousands of churches have raised millions of dollars to love others in life-changing ways.
[Watch a message on Loving All]