I love Christmas at Connect! It really is my favorite time of year in our church.
This post will tell you about all the “Christmas goodies” you can expect at Connect this year.
If you haven’t heard by now, our band has released their first Christmas album (and it’s AWESOME!). It was recorded live in our Christmas services in 2013, and it’s available to you as a FREE download. You can click on over to connect.cc/christmas to download the album.
We’ve also designed the album to be an easy tool to use to invite friends and family to church with you during the Christmas season. You can use the invitation cards we handed out, or you can post invites to social media (or better yet, do both!). The Christmas season is a huge opportunity to invite people to church, so let’s make the most of it!
Our Christmas series is called “Do You Hear What I Hear?” which is the same name as our band’s album. The series runs December 7-24. In this series, we’re going to explore the messages behind some classic Christmas songs. Our band is going to light things up, as they always do. And the messages are going to be both personal and powerful as we really see the truth behind Christmas. We needed a Savior, and God provided! How can we help but sing?
A lot of people will tell you that their favorite service of the year is our Christmas Eve service. It’s just flat awesome. This year will be no exception. We are offering one service this year at 10:30 am. It’s an awesome way to start your day, before all the craziness of family gatherings kicks into high gear.
For this one service, there will be no kids programming. Instead, kids and parents will all worship together. The whole service is a really cool, family worship experience. It’s different than anything else we do all year long. The music is beautiful. The atmosphere is peaceful. It’s just really, really special.
Every year, we have a special project at Christmas where we can show generosity and love to folks who need it. This year, we’re doing something extra cool. We are partnering with The A21 Campaign, which is one of the leading organizations to combat human trafficking. This Christmas, we are going to provide some nice, warm Christmas pajamas for girls who have been rescued from the sex trade.
Starting on Sunday, Nov. 30, you can stop by the Connect table to grab a Project PJs envelope. Please add your gift and return it by Sunday, Dec. 14. We’ll be collecting monetary donations of $17.50 or $35 (checks payable to Connect Christian Church). We can’t accept donations of pajamas. A21 will purchase the pajamas from our donations. For every $35 we raise, we can purchase a set of PJs for one of these very special girls who are getting a second chance at life.
These girls have been rescued out of circumstances that would surpass even our worst nightmares. A new pair of undergarments and pajamas may not sound like much to us, but it’s something they’ve possibly never had before. And it’s one very small step toward a life where they actually feel safe and secure. If the thought of that doesn’t stir your heart, then you’d better check your pulse!
It’s an incredible time of year to be part of Connect Christian Church! Can’t wait to celebrate this season with you!
Always proud to be your pastor,