Which is exactly why we must double down on offering up our hands to help in 2021. Last month, the BBC did a story on the Arlington Food Assistance Center, or AFAC, the organization our ongoing, contactless food drive supports. Click below to see and/or watch more.
Every Saturday and Sunday, 1-3pm at the Chapel. There will also be other volunteer opportunities (that are in accordance to our Healthy Church Team's important requirements), helping load the AFAC truck etc. Together, we will see this crisis through and ensure that our neighbors have dignified access to food.
Almost everyone seems to feel the letdown after Christmas Day. After six weeks of singing Christmas carols, shopping, and partying, it all comes to a grinding halt at 8:30am on Christmas morning.
Another year till next Christmas.
And as much as people complain about commercialization and hectic holidays, etc, we still keep on doing the same things and expecting different results.
A new movement called the Advent Conspiracy aims to help us all slow down, spend less, and focus on family time. It’s a bit confusing, because they seem to be conflating Advent with Christmas, but nonetheless its refreshing to hear a part of our culture celebrating more but with less consumer addiction.
Here are some ideas for Celebrating the Days after Christmas:
First, celebrate! As Ashley Wallace says in A Thrill of Hope: Celebrating Advent at Home, “In the world in which we live, we are given no time to prepare for the birth of Our Lord and Savior and then no time to celebrate it once we get there.”
So, having prepared, let’s rejoice! Take time to enjoy the delights of the season.
You may have to clock back into work on the 26th, but you can leave the Christmas decorations up for the season at home (or on your desk).
Before you start planning to cut calories (or carbs or fat) for the New Year, enjoy the Christmas cookies your aunt made for you!
Many cultures have treats unique to Christmastide, and this is a perfect time to explore those traditions.
Continue giving gifts or doing acts of kindness and service for others; generosity doesn’t have to end at 11:59 pm December 25th.
Additionally, many churches will include special services during Christmastide. This is a great opportunity to participate in the “story services” of the liturgical calendar. Personally, I’m looking forward to attending our first Epiphany service this year!
In short, take time to savor the season after all of the holiday-related busyness. Throw open the doors of hospitality to welcome in Our Savior and the stranger.
Traditionally the season of Christmas comes to an end on January 6th - Sometimes called the Feast of Epiphany, it is the day we celebrate the coming of the Magi to visit the child Jesus. Epiphany refers to the the Light of Jesus revealed to the gentiles.
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