Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Advent Offering will be held on Dec. 6.

"What are we waiting for?" is the question asked in the Church of the Brethren Advent offering materials. The second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 6, is the date suggested for this special offering to support the denominational ministry of the Church of the Brethren.

Based on Zechariah's proclamation of Jesus giving light to those who sit in darkness and guidance to walk in the way of peace, the Advent Offering resources ask church members to reflect on the significance of "Emmanuel," or "God with us."

"In our time and culture, we are asked to move away from a cultural response to Christmas celebration and to recognize Jesus' coming as a call to work for God's reign of justice and shalom," said Carol Bowman, coordinator of Stewardship Education and Formation.

Resource materials for the special offering including a poster and an Advent activity calendar titled "Changing the Look of Christmas." The resources will soon be posted online at The poster also will appear on the back cover of the denomination’s "Messenger" magazine. Additionally, a resource guide with an order form and a sample bulletin insert will be enclosed in the October "Source" packet that is mailed to each Church of the Brethren congregation. Congregations on standing order will automatically receive the materials around Oct. 19. Those not on standing order can order bulletin inserts online or by calling Brethren Press at 800-441-3712. Congregations are asked to provide their own offering envelopes.

"Please join congregations across the country by prayerfully participating in the Advent offering," Bowman said. "The gifts you share will renew spirits and bring light, peace, and justice to God's children everywhere."

Source: 10/9/2009 Newsline Extra

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