Join us in a movement to "Simplify Christmas"



Sermon Series for Nov. 12, 19 & 26

Ever wonder if Christmas 

will have that "special glow" again?


          Below are some ways 
to deepen our faith, 

change the world 
and help others in Christ's name.

                                 
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  1. Set up a Nativity and make it a focus in your home. [We put ours front and center on the entry table in our home].

  2. Hide baby Jesus and “seek” Him Christmas morning before opening gifts. [I did this first thing this year. Here's how I found it half an hour later. Turns out Mary had a little Snowman. I love little kids].

  3. (or) Gift wrap baby Jesus in your nativity and let this be your first unwrapped gift Christmas morning.

  4. Take a cue from the Magi and limit the gifts and reminding kids it’s not their birthday, it’s His.

  5. Have a daily family devotion that unwraps Christmas,(here a great place to start for this year.) This is perfect for families. It offers a verse for each day and a question or two that will hopefully lead to a meaningful discussion. 

  6. Participate in Advent. Try out the Jesse Tree Advent. And I love this Advent ebook for little hands.

  7. Light an Advent wreath each day leading up to Christmas.

  8. Have a birthday cake for Jesus or go all out and make it a birthday party! I love this Happy Birthday, Jesus! Celebration Kit. 

  9. Watch DVDS like about Jesus and his birth that help you tell the real story of Christmas.

  10. Give your kids the gift of giving: Have them shop with purpose. This year we are giving our kids money to shop from the Compassion gift catalog.

  11. Or buy something that blesses twice and changes lives (Mercy Shop). Ahem.

  12. Don’t stress about things that really don’t matter this Season. I have been a Christmas hoarder in the past. Last year, I had two newlywed couples come and dig thru my decorations. I saved two boxes of things I value most and gave the rest away. It’s simple this year and I like it.

  13. Make the Nativity interactive with tools like What God Wants for Christmas. I’m really excited to try this out! It’s from the creators of Resurrection Eggs.

  14. Do something for someone else on Christmas Day. How abour a visit to the NICU (with treats)?

  15. Talk with your kids about giving God a gift. What does He want from us?

  16. Hang a stocking for Christ. Fill it with notes just for Him.

  17. Invite someone to share Christmas dinner with your family. This is a goal for us this year.

  18. Shop for an impoverished child (Angel Tree). Our community group from church has adopted a family with five kids. We are so excited to shop for the kids and DELIVER a the gifts and a Christmas meal on Christmas Eve this year with our close friends!

  19. Don’t participate in the excessive commercialism. Enough said.

  20. Watch The Nativity Story together as a family. We started this tradition two years ago. I think this PG movie tells the greatest story ever told very well.

  21. Help your kids shop for their siblings.

  22. Talk about the symbols of Christmas.

  23. Be generous as a family at Christmas-baking, giving, doing.

  24. Hold a Yule log party: it’s an old European custom to bring in an enormous log on Christmas Eve and it in the fireplace (or fire pit) and say prayers. Today, Yule log cakes and eggnog are served. You can sing carols, read Scripture, tell stories, pray for the new year, and have good fellowship.

  25. Bake, make or buy a special gift for your Pastor. We did Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls year before last. What a gift!

  26. Cherish traditions with your family. Start a new one! Like the next one:

  27. When preparing your Christmas meal, set a literal place for Jesus, your honored guest.

  28. Attend church on Christmas Eve. This is a highlight for our family!

  29. Read Luke 2 together on Christmas Eve or morning. We’ve been doing this since before we had kids.

  30. Leave a Nativity out all year long. I did this last year and it was really special.

 From  We are the family...

http://wearethatfamily.com/2011/11/30-ways-to-make-christmas-meaningful/

 


     Worn down by the constant commercialization?
 
     Join us as we explore the deeper meaning of Christmas.

   Every Sunday in November: preparation
   Every Sunday in December, celebrating Jesus!


Opportunities to give God's love.



Angel Tree - We're gathering special gifts for families without the means to have a Christmas.  Information about how to join will be available soon.

Alternative Gift Catalogue - shop for "gifts" that continue to give: water wells in Africa, Youth in Liberia, local missions as well.   We'll have a special "shopping day" in our Grand Foyer on an upcoming Sunday.

Thanksgiving Day Meal - for the Poor and Homeless:  Join our team that opens our doors every Monday and Thursday to serve a hot meal the hungry, poor and homeless. Special Thanksgiving menu planned.

Call  661-942-0419 for information about how you can help out.