Advent Conspiracy

Within God's story of Christmas, there is an awe-inducing, soul-satisfying mystery of the incarnation. All too often, however, our manner of celebrating the season robs us of the very things that Christ's coming brought: hope, joy, peace and love. Advent Conspiracy is about the church reorienting itself be able to tell this history-changing story to the world through its celebration. We do it as we worship fully, spend less, give more and love all. We do it by demonstrating how the arrival of a small child 2000 years ago is truly good news to all.

Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be--a joyous celebration of Jesus' birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us.

Advent Season Resources

Worship Fully Through Advent

Below are some recommended resources we hope you'll check out during the advent season to learn the freedom of worshiping with abandon, giving without comparison, receiving with gratitude and loving without limits. There are resources that can be used by individuals, families or even small groups. May you find the gift of God's presence this Advent Season.

Inviting Peace (2021 Greater Portland Bible Church Advent Devotional)

How do we invite the God of Peace into every moment of the Advent season? Do we feel him near as we decorate our homes for Christmas? Do we sense his presence when we shop for gifts? Do we hear the Spirit guiding us as we bake, and craft, and celebrate this season? Sometimes in the hustle and bustle we lose sight of He Who Brings Peace. This book of prayers, written by members of the Greater Portland family, are designed to bring Christ into every moment of this holiday season, inviting him to be present, to lead, to provide, and to be glorified in all we do. 

Also available in audio form to be listened to here.

The Longing (2020 Greater Portland Bible Church Advent Devotional)

This Advent devotional, written by members of the Greater Portland family, encourage us to sit with our longings for hope, joy, peace and love in our lives; to become familiar with how our hearts and souls yearn for and demand these things, to mourn the places we don't see them, and to discover how Emmanuel, God With Us, has come to bring those very things into our lives.

Family Advent Tree Devotions

Families with young children will love this advent resource! Countdown to Christmas with special ornaments you can collect from around the house or make as a craft. As you countdown, follow the kids-friendly devotions that include a scripture reading, a short lesson to go with each reading, a prayer idea, and a ornament symbol for each day. 

A Pregnant Pause

An Advent Experience from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship that uses paintings, scripture, written reflections, questions, and guided prayer.

Prepare Your Heart to Worship Fully: Daily Advent Devotionals

Devotionals written by Advent Conspiracy pastors and church leaders from around the world. Our prayer is that these scriptures will help you find time to worship fully this Advent. Daily Bible readings accompany each devotional. 

Advent Conspiracy: Making Christmas Meaningful (Again)

This book gives individuals, families, and churches practical help in planning the kind of Christmas that truly can change the world. Revised and updated with new stories of the impact this movement has made around the globe.

Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent

This resource from John Piper contains 25 short devotional readings beginning December 1 and going through Christmas Day. This book of Advent meditations aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season. 

Christmas Eve Giving

December 24 we come together under the glow of candlelight and the familiarity of the carols to remember and celebrate a Savior born to us, Emmanuel, God With Us.

We receive an offering that day that reflects our heart to devote less to the materialism of the season and instead invest in hope, love and peace. Our 2021 Advent Conspiracy projects are described below. Will you join the conspiracy?

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Advent Conspiracy Giving Recipients 2021

LOCAL>Portland, Oregon

Portland Rescue Mission

https://portlandrescuemission.org/

Since 1949, Portland Rescue Mission has been tirelessly committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction, and despair in the lives of hurting people in need in our city. This is done by a group of highly relational, Christ-centered, joyful servants comprised of 100 staff and 1,750 volunteers who shine a light by offering a a wide range of integrated services and programs that meet people at their point of need; and providing supportive, caring communities that provide a path forward. The result is transformed lives!

One such program/community is The Harbor.  At The Harbor, up to 38 men journey together to overcome addictions, receive life skills development and job-readiness training, experience relational growth, and are strengthened in faith, all in a retreat-like setting in northeast Portland. 

The Harbor offers sustainable growth in a caring community through:

  • Relapse Prevention
  • Peer to Peer Groups
  • Counseling
  • Legal and Health Care Advocacy
  • Emotional Development
  • Spiritual Encouragement
  • Connection with a Supportive Church
  • Essential Life Skills Training
  • Vocational Training
  • Job Search and Application Assistance

Here's one story of transformation and healing:

It is Greater Portland's privilege to support the work of the Portland Rescue Mission through the provision of a washer and dryer for their men's recovery program (The Harbor) and an industrial food processor for their main kitchen through our 2021 Advent Conspiracy gift. 

REGIONAL>Eugene, Oregon

Real Life Church (Church Plant Support)

https://www.rlcgoshen.com/

About a year ago, a small church plant in Eugene that had been meeting at a school was given a church building and absorbed the church that occupied it. That church is called Real Life Church and is lead by Pastor Trevor Means. The building they inherited was a blessing, but also came with its fair share of problems. They’ve experienced roof leaks, ADA ramp needs and flooding damage. One of the problems, that is also a blessing, is that they have outgrown the amount of chairs they have.

For our regional Advent Conspiracy recipient, we would like to bless Real Life Church with financial help in buying new chairs for their sanctuary. Each chair of hospitality costs $45.  Join us in blessing this young congregation with a gift that could serve the continued growth of God’s presence in Eugene through Real Life Church.

GLOBAL>South Asia

Sign Language Bible Translation Project

At the heart of Bible translation is the conviction that God's word is most readily heard, understood, and responded to in the native language of the listener. People want to know that God can speak to them in their own language. For the over 5% of the world's population that have disabling hearing loss, verbal and written languages are not often the native heart language; sign language is. And of the estimated 300 different sign languages in the world only one has been translated thus far for the Bible. Out of the 300, forty of these are major sign languages (national or regional in nature).

That is why we are supporting this exciting project which is a sign language Bible translation project in South Asia. This project would serve potentially 10 million deaf sign language users in the region. All 66 books of the Bible are being translated into one major South Asian sign language and adaption of two books of the New Testament into two smaller sign languages of the region. The resulting video recordings will go verse by verse for each book and chapter. The translation is to be freely released on web and mobile platforms for the local deaf churches to use.

The unique thing about this project is that it is being done in record time using a large number of deaf churches and using cutting edge technology for adaptation. The previous and only other full Bible translation into a sign language took 38+ years (i.e. American Sign Language Bible) and was only just completed in 2020. We are excited to love and serve the South Asian deaf community through our support of this translation work.


**Make donations out to GPBC and designate “Advent Conspiracy” in the memo line. (Gifts may not be directed to specific projects.) Gifts may be submitted prior to the Christmas Eve offering or through mid January. Gifts may also be made online or via our church's app anytime. Just choose "Advent Conspiracy Donation" on the drop down menu.