As we celebrate the season of Advent, one of our church’s traditions is to share in a daily devotion that focuses our hearts and minds on the birth of Christ. This year we will be maximizing technology and will follow the 121 Advent plan on YouVersion. This guide will equip and encourage personal time spent in the Word and provide a resource for everyone to engage with the hope, peace, joy and love expressed in the person of Jesus. Each day features scripture reading, devotional thought and options for families with older children.
Families with young children can download Advent activity pages that go with the Jesus Storybook Bibles or pick up at Cartwheels & Coffee though December 6. Jesus Storybook Bibles will be available for a $10 donation at A10 Kids.
Go to ONLINE DEVOTION and use on your laptop or download the app to your smartphone or device. Select the reading plan entitled 121 Advent and make your start date December 1. The plan will take you through Christmas Eve. Check our Facebook page regularly for personal reflections from staff and leaders as we go through Advent together.
It’s our hope that this Advent reading will help to frame your holiday season in a way that will give it a deeper meaning and that the practice of daily scripture reading and reflection may become part of your routine even into the new year!
Each year Area 10 encourages people to have a different approach to Christmas, to make it less about accumulating stuff and more about bringing life to others. We pray that by removing the materialism from the holiday it will allow us as a community to be generous towards organizations that are impacting lives locally and globally.
Entering the story of advent means entering this season with an overwhelming passion to worship Jesus to the fullest.
Spending Less isn’t a call to stop giving gifts; it’s a call to stop spending money on gifts we won’t remember. By spending wisely on gifts we can take in the season with a full heart.
The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. Nobody modeled this more than Jesus. So what does this look like for you?
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. There’s nothing wrong with the shopping mall—but the better story is about loving all.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 to purchase and renovate a home in Highland Park with Hands Up Ministries. The exciting thing is this project won't end with our fundraising, there will be many on-going opportunities to partner with HUM.
Mission: To change lives by providing affordable, stable housing opportunities for Richmond’s under served.
Vision: Strengthening families and communities one house at a time.
Partner - Hands Up Ministries: By purchasing, in cash, abandoned or foreclosed homes and renovating them for less than $50,000, HUM is able to provide affordable mortgages to the working poor of the neighborhood. HUM is trying to restore neighborhoods while empowering them to take back THEIR community.
How You Can Support HUM:
- Pray and follow the story
- Financially give through the Advent Offering
- Serve at upcoming work days
- Donate needed items
Ways to give to Advent Offering:
- Give online
- Text the word ADVENT and a dollar amount to 30131
- Collection boxes on the Welcome and Communion Tables at The Byrd Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, & Dec. 20
- Mail in a donation (2820 W Cary St, RVA 23221)
- Ask your friends and family to make a donation in your honor this Christmas.
When you make a donation, please pick up an Advent Key Ornament off the garland in the lobby to remember this project and remind you to pray for HUM and the family that will occupy the house. If you make a donation in honor of someone else, give them a key and share about the project.
If you are making a donation in HONOR of someone, you can download a gift card to email or print and send.