Advent as a Family


Advent is a huge opportunity for families to intentionally teach the real meaning of Christmas while preparing their hearts for Christmas Day.¬† There are some amazing resources you can purchase from Lifeway, Amazon or many other retailers and I’d love for you to borrow any of those I have in my office.¬† But I’m including some of the FREE resources I’ve found this month that everyone can utilize, no matter your schedule or routines.

  1. Here’s a 5-Day Advent Family Devotional that you can use that week leading up to Christmas¬†5-Day Advent Devotional
  2. Here’s a 5-Week Advent Family Devotional from AWANA (just 1 devotional per week)¬†5-Week Advent Devotional
  3. Here’s a 25 Characters of Advent Family Devotional from Lifeway that also allows you to sign up for their 22:6 Parenting Resources.¬† (note: the Advent guide is free but the subscription has a fee — all explained at the link)¬†25 Characters of Advent

I hope you enjoy whichever of these fits your family schedule!

‚ÄúTrain up a child in the way he should go, and [or even] when he is old he will not depart from it‚ÄĚ (Proverbs 22:6)

Follow Your Shoebox


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This is such a FUN opportunity for kids to see where their OCC shoebox will end up.¬† We hope you’re planning to attend the OCC Packing Party on Sun, Nov 11 @ 6pm in the Family Ministry Building.¬† If you’re interested in giving your family the chance to track a shoebox, you can FOLLOW THIS LINK to prepay for a special shipping label.¬† During payment, it requests your email to send you tracking information and then allows you to print out the label.¬†¬†Bring this label to the party and affix it to one of the boxes your family packs.

(Check out the previous post for a link to suggested items to bring for shoeboxes)

Family Missions @ OCC Packing Party


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This is another great opportunity to live out what it means to be a disciple of Christ.¬† This event is for the whole family and it has the ability to impact even the youngest child’s heart for mission.¬† You can bring more items for shoeboxes or just show up ready to pack what’s already been donated.¬†¬†So join us at the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party on Sunday, Nov 11 @ 6pm in the Family Ministry Building.¬† If you need ideas for items to bring, CLICK HERE.