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It's about the Invitation

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So we’ve had a pretty incredible stretch of reach out events and possibilities this fall. Many of you threw Halloween parties in your neighborhoods. We had over 600 volunteers (many of whom don’t go to Eastern Hills) pack and deliver over 1200 meals for Mountains of Mercy. We are ice skating at Southlands this week, and even having Santa land in a helicopter for our Santa Fly-In event on Sunday afternoon. All of these events are awesome, they have impacted people around us, and they are a ton of fun. However, you know what makes them Reach Out events? It’s when we invite our friends and neighbors to experience them with us.

So here’s the question, are you inviting people? Are you meeting your neighbors, are you reaching out, or are you just hoping people show up?

This Christmas season is a great time for Reaching Out. Check out your weekend program over the next few weeks for ways that you can reach out in your neighborhood. It’s so fun to bake Christmas cookies and you can avoid the calories by giving them to your neighbors. Make up  some plates and bring them to your neighbors. Shovel their driveway, bring them a meal, go caroling, hang up some lights on their house if they don’t have any. (That last one might be going too far) Then invite them, invite them to Christmas Eve. Yes, it’s a risk, it might change your relationship, but it also might change their lives. People are more likely to go to church at Christmas than any other time of the year, so why not get out there and invite someone. Give them the opportunity to see that life with Jesus is better.

Christmas Advent Devotion Week 5

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Week 5 (Dec 24-Dec 25)

Read Matthew 2:1-18.

  • The wise men would not have been Jewish. Their arrival is one of the first indications that Jesus came for the whole world, not just the people of Israel. What groups of people do you unconsciously (or consciously) exclude from God’s love? Why or why not? What does this story show us about that?
  • God wanted the wise men to find Jesus so much that He sent them a star to guide them! How could we go out of our way this Christmas to show God’s love to the people around us? And maybe especially to people we wouldn’t normally notice?

Family Activity

  • Check out books from the library about how people celebrate Christmas in other nations.
  • Cut your lunch sandwiches into the shape of stars and talk about the original Christmas star.
  • Think of someone in your class or neighborhood that you don't even know their name. Pray each day at dinner that God will make a way for you to show that person love this week and maybe start a new friendship.

week leading up to Christmas, pick up an Advent worship guide in the lobby (the previous week's worship guide also available in the lobby). Hang it up as a reminder this season that Love Saved. Included on the back is a devotional and a family element for you to use. Share your journey with us through social media using #lovesaved.

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