Check out the Advent Conspiracy.  It is great to know we are part of a church that is expressing the love of Christ during this time of year to those in our community and others around the world.  Last week we collected almost $4,000 for the Salvation Army food hamper program, and we are over 1/2 of the way to our One Tonne Challenge for collecting food for area food banks.  Our Love Uganda initiative with IN was so successful that IN is using this model for some of their other missions (Ghana, etc.).  Thanks to all who are involved.  

At this time of year, even in the midst of challenges, we are reminded how much we are blessed and that Christmas is first and foremost about relationships not the acquisition of things.  Aim for relationships.