By Jennifer Petcher
If you’re like me, you’re worried about what Christmas gift to give to the person in your life who has everything. We debate over how to make them happy, how much we can afford to spend, and whether we will have the time to find the perfect gift. When, we wonder, did a holiday meant to produce joy and peace start producing anxiety and empty bank accounts?
While we worry and stress over the perfect sweater, electronics, and gadgets this Christmas, the majority of people around the world will be anxious over something we hardly think about – water. Lack of access to clean water causes nearly 90 percent of all diseases in the world. Contaminated water results in more than 2.2 million deaths each year; the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing every day.
Drilling fresh water wells is relatively inexpensive, yet it is a permanent solution to this epidemic. Solving this water problem worldwide once and for all will cost about $10 billion. Not bad considering Americans spent $450 billion on Christmas last year during a time of economic recession.
You may remember that for the past few years, Neighborhood Church in CY has joined a movement called Advent Conspiracy to restore meaning and significance to the celebration of Christmas while contributing to help solve the water crisis. Last year, the church partnered with the community for a project called Cooper-Young for Clean Water, with the goal of building a well in Peru, which cost $5,000.
Prior to 2010, the members of Neighborhood Church donated about $500 to clean water during Advent Conspiracy. Last year, it was amazing to see what a difference partnering with our friends and family made as the total funds raised amounted to more than $6,200!
Once again this year, Neighborhood Church will host a variety of events and accept donations toward a goal of raising at least $5,000 to build a well in a village without access to clean water. See the sidebar for information about the events, and then join us in our efforts to spend less, give more, love all, and worship fully this Christmas season.
Advent Conspiracy Events for 2011
Saturday, Dec. 3 – Babysitting for Bucks – Leave the kiddos with us from 4-8pm at a home in Evergreen and do some Christmas shopping or just grab a quiet dinner by yourselves before the holiday madness begins (address provided when you RSVP).
Saturday, Dec. 10 – Behold the Lamb of God performance – The talented among us will present this favorite arrangement by Andrew Peterson of “the true tall tale of the coming of Christ.” 6pm at a location to be announced.
Thursday, Dec. 15 – Wrappers Delight – The Purple Door (2172 Young Avenue) is graciously opening their Cooper-Young space for a gift wrapping fundraiser. We provide the supplies, you provide the gifts! 3-8pm.
Sunday, Dec. 18 – Christmas Worship Service – Join Neighborhood Church as we focus on the last precept of Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully. At 5:30pm in the chapel at Union Avenue Baptist Church (2181 Union).
For more details or to RSVP for any of the events, please visit facebook.com/ncmidtown. All events will be accepting donations toward Neighborhood Churches’ goal of raising at least $5,000 to build a well in a village without access to clean water. Make checks payable to Neighborhood Church and write “Clean Water” in the subject line.