Abundance Swap

Join us for our the ABUNDANCE SWAP on December 9th. 
Bring items at 1:00pm. Swap starts at 2pm. It lasts an hour.

What is the ABUNDANCE SWAP?
It is an alternative to the holiday shopping season because some of the good stuff we have isn’t being well used or fully enjoyed.

How does it work?
Step 1.  Find quality items. Look  in your home, shop, garage or office for items that someone would enjoy as a gift. These should be fun, useful, interesting or beautiful items in really good shape that you feel  you can spare. “Quality” doesn’t mean “expensive”. It means well-made, worthwhile, and likely to be valued. Please only include items that are in good enough condition to be “gift worthy”.

Step 2.  Contribute then collect. On the day of the ABUNDANCE SWAP, bring your items. Help organize your items in these categories: Men’s Items, Women’s Items, Kid’s Items, Kitchen, Home Decor, Outdoor Equipment, Garage, Tech, and Miscellaneous. Once you have contributed, enjoy a cup of coffee– then the swap will begin. We invite you to find some things that you’d like to take away to give as gifts to others!

Step 3.  Spend less and love more. Use the gifts you take home to reduce the cost of your new gift purchases.  As you spend less, consider using the “saved” money to help those in need in our community and around the world.

Three simple steps, that’s it. This will be our own holiday shopping event–a round of giving and receiving that includes no money and no new demands on resources. For some of us it may be a stretching exercise – a chance to let go of stuff, or to let go of worries that we might not get back “our fair share”, or  let go of commercially-planted ideas that a gift should be shiny, new, and from the store.

Bonus! There will be coffee,  hot chocolate, and a gift wrapping station available. We hope you can join us this year at the ABUNDANCE SWAP!

Questions? Email us by clicking here. See you December 9th!
Time: 1pm
Place: Antioch Office (255 SW Bluff Drive)

To learn more, watch this short video here or click below!

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God’s Plan: Send Jesus!

Hello Church Family!

It’s Advent season and we can’t wait to teach kids about God’s amazing plan to send His Son Jesus to rescue us so we would be able to spend forever with God! Below is a summary of what kids will learn this unit, December 4th-18th.

Big Picture Question: Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.

Key Passage: “But when the set time had finally come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” (Galatians 4:4-5)

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Angels spoke to Mary and Joseph • Luke 1:26-56; Matthew 1:18-24 | God chose Mary and Joseph to be the earthly parents of Jesus.

Angels announced the birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph. God chose Mary and Joseph to be the earthly parents of Jesus by grace, not because of anything they did to deserve it. Jesus’ birth fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of God providing a Savior for His people. God the Son has always existed, but He took on humanity so that He could live a life full of obedience to the Father, then die paying the sin penalty owed because of people’s sin, and finally rise again from the dead proving that He has power over the grave. We encourage you to help your kids keep Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth central as they celebrate the Christmas season!

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Jesus Was Born • Luke 2:1-20 | Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.

It was fitting that Jesus was born in a manger and that the first people to hear about His arrival were the shepherds in the fields. Shepherds were outcasts from society. When God announced the birth of Jesus to them first, God was declaring that the Savior was for all types of people everywhere. Help your children develop a heart for all people this Christmas season no matter what language the speak, what they look like, or where they live!

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Wise Men Visited Jesus • Matthew 2:1-21 | The wise men worshiped Jesus as King.

Wise men traveled from far away to worship Jesus as King. King Herod, on the other hand, was nearby but He wanted to destroy Jesus instead because he felt threatened. Jesus is the true King, promised in 2 Samuel 7, who is worthy of our worship. Help your kids find meaningful and sincere ways to worship Jesus this week as they continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus even after Christmas day has passed!

 

As always, don’t forget to utilize the free Gospel Project for Kids Family App, and check out the Big Picture Cards for Families for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

Merry Christmas!!

 

 

Love All :: Advent Conspiracy

What is the point of Christmas?

Is your head spinning as you try to pin down an answer? Here it is: Christmas is a reminder of God’s huge love for his lost and broken world. 

Jesus, though he was rich, became poor to love the poor, the forgotten, the overlooked, and the sick. That is us! He left heaven and became a person so that we could know without a doubt that God has a huge love for his lost and broken world. He came to rescue us! This came at a huge cost: his life. Think about that for a moment. He chose to rescue us even though he knew it would cost him his life. He saw our need and did something about it!

Jesus tells us to do the same. He says he made us to be like him, specifically to see the needs of others and do something to help. Kids at Antioch have been given the challenge to be on the lookout for needs that they could meet.

While surrounded with ways to help, we have also presented two specific opportunities- one local and one global. Here in Bend, there is a new shelter for women and children needing help gathering basic supplies to help the house function.  Globally, we are partnering with The Sold Project, located in Thailand, to scholarship at risk kids in order to provide shelter and education. We challenged kids to bring coins and dollars that they have earned to help. We encourage your family to consider replacing one of their gifts with the opportunity to show love to all by using the money that would be spent to help another.

In the spirit of Advent Conspiracy, we challenge you to:

  • Think about God’s love for all of his creation. Look around. Everyone you see is loved by God!
  • Spend a little less on gifts and use the “saved” money to help those who need help.
  • Risk your comfort to show love to all.

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Worship Fully :: Advent Conspiracy

CHRISTMAS. Christmas pictures. Christmas shopping. Christmas carols. Christmas parties. Christmas traditions. Christmas cookies. Christmas lights. Christmas. Christmas. Christmas. It can be crazy town!

Somewhere along the way, we have lost sight of the point of Christmas.

Christmas is, first and foremost, a time to celebrate Jesus and worship God as we remember the most amazing story of love that has ever been told! But it has been overshadowed by the billions of dollars spent on advertisements and expectations.

However, we don’t think it needs to stay that way! Christmas is a time to remember the story of God’s huge love for our world and to celebrate the birth of a king. It is a time to worship!

But what does it mean to worship? In kid words, it simply means to tell God that he is wonderful! (note: It does not mean simply singing.) Worship is anything we do to show God how important he is to us. Sometimes, when we pray, we spend the whole time asking God for things. What would it feel like to tell God the things you love about Him and thank him for who he is? No asking for stuff. Just worship. Just telling God that he is wonderful.

As a family, read Psalm 95:1-7. What does this passage tell us about why God is worth worshipping?

In the spirit of Advent Conspiracy, we challenge you to:

  • Think about Jesus. Why is he wonderful? Tell him!
  • Consider ways you can worship Jesus more fully.
  • Get excited about God’s love! What does your family do when they celebrate? Do you throw a party? Consider throwing a party on Christmas morning as a way of worshipping Jesus!

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Give More :: Advent Conspiracy

We know what you’re thinking: “Spend less and give more? This doesn’t make any sense!”. 

Before it will make any sense, let’s think about the big story of the Bible.

God wanted his creation to know that he still loved everything he had made, even though it had become messed up. He said this over and over— by doing things (miracles) to catch the attention of people and reminding them of his love. He also sent people (called prophets) to remind the world of God’s love. But people kept missing it. No one seemed to get it! So instead of doing things and sending messages, he chose to come to us. Did you catch that? The God of the universe chose to put on flesh and come be with us. Why would he do such a thing? He wanted everyone to know that God still loved his creation!

While here, Jesus helped and cared for so many people— the sick, the sad, the ignored, the kids, the elderly, the rich, the famous, and everyone in between. He chose to spend time with others because he wanted to know them and care for them. The challenge to give more is a challenge to serve, know, and care for the people you want to wish a Merry Christmas! 

In the spirit of Advent Conspiracy, we challenge you to:

Give more of yourself by asking “what can I do” or “what does this person like to do?”, then making time to do it!

Give more by giving gifts that are needed instead of wanted.

Give more by stepping out of the pressure of consumerism and into the servant-hearted example of Jesus– using your time and energy to know and care for the people in your life!

The activity below is designed to help you and your family begin to implement this new approach to Christmas!

What you need: blank paper, scissors and a pen (or use this free printable: https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5514/11455456636_c3043f029b_b.jpg)

What you do: Think of people you want to give a gift to— list them out! Then, go through the list and think of ways you could help them. What is something you could do to help this person smile or feel special? What could you do know this person better? Write your idea on the coupon, then wrap it up and top it with a note explaining your intent to follow through on your promise.

What you say: When it comes to spending time with those you love, it’s all about quality, not quantity. A good gift is something that helps another and makes him or her feel special and loved. The challenge is to give meaningful gives that will create great memories.

If your creativity is running dry, here are some ideas of coupons to gift: 

  • Make breakfast in bed for a friend or family member who is tired.
  • Complete a chore for someone else.
  • Babysitting for a single mom.
  • Yard work for an elderly person.

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