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City Community Church is a rather decentralized church community.

Intentionally.

We don’t believe solely in creating programs and systems to plug you into.  We want you to learn to hear from God and respond to what He’s saying. To you. From the inside out.  Tricky, but worth the challenge.

That said, we do believe in the power of doing things together. NKOTBSB style.  So this year we pulled out all the creative stops and launched CityCom’s 12 Days of Christmas.  I know, I know.  We don’t know where the idea came from either.  Supernatural indeed!

Every day, December 8-19, there’s a simple activity the entire church community (or anyone else for that matter) can do to bring some focus and life to the Christmas season. From reading the Christmas Story in Luke 2, to attending a Christmas party in honor of local foster parents.  From donating a toy to a local children’s shelter, to free ice skating at the Pepsi Coliseum.

Simple. Meaningful. Celebration. (yes, even the ice skating)

Today (day 2) we “travel” to Africa in support of one of our Interact Partners, Global Support Mission. Logon to their action website, KnowThinkAct.com, and make a simple donation (even as little as $1) to a specific need (the stories are there) that could change or even save a life.  Get all the Day 2 details by clicking here.

Here’s the latest video that shows a little of what Global Support Mission is all about:


Feel free to join the 12 Days of Christmas even if CityCom isn’t the church you call home (hey, even if you don’t call any church home).  You can follow each day on the CityCom Facebook or Twitter page, or by logging on to the Interact tab of the CityCom website.

Merry 12 Days of Christmas!

A Holiday Tradition Reborn

Erik Cooper —  December 1, 2010 — 2 Comments

It’s December 1, which means one of our family’s longest held Christmas traditions is officially resurrected (Or reborn? Wrong holiday).

The Advent Calendar.

A holiday staple my parents began when I was a child, and one we’ve enjoyed passing down to our own children.

Every day in December through Christmas Eve, a special activity is planned to help bring the holiday to life. Each morning it’s etched (OK, it’s really just printed with whatever pen I can find) on a strip of paper and placed behind the little door of our calendar, waiting for the kids to scramble down the stairs revealing the daily surprise.

Sometimes they’re major, like our annual trek to the ISO’s Yuletide Celebration. 

Sometimes they’re simple, like a slumber party in mom and dad’s room with hot chocolate and a Christmas movie.

And sometimes they’re selfless, like buying or donating a toy to the Wheeler Women’s & Children’s Shelter (part of our CityCom 12 Days of Christmas I’ll write more about later).

I’m normally not a traditionalist, but there’s something about this time of year that screams for special, repetitive family landmarks. Consistent smells. Consistent sounds. Consistent activities. Intentionality that draws the family together and builds memories our kids can carry with them into their own future adventures.

That’s why I love this time of the year.

What are your holiday traditions?