Hope you had a very merry Christmas!
Darrell was out this Saturday, so Paramount’s Youth Minister, Dennis Humphrey, gave the message. It’s called “Happy New Year?” and you can stream it online here, or direct download it using this link.
Darrell continued our Advent Conspiracy series with a message titled “Rediscovering the Nativity Story.” You can stream the sermon online here, or direct download the full MP3 file here (right-click and “save as…”).
Don’t forget that next week is our Christmas concert with Josh Wilson. It’s free, it starts at 6 pm, and its in the EXP Worship Center (followed by our community meal, catered by Doug Hanks’s).
Get a taste of Josh’s amazing talent with this video on YouTube (which we showed prior to Saturday’s service) and the video below, in which he discusses and performs his radio hit, “Three-Minute Song”:
Darrell kicked off our Advent Conspiracy series with the first message, titled “Unwrapping Christmas.” You can stream the sermon online here, or direct download the full podcast here (right-click and “save as…”).
During the sermon, we watched the following introductory video for Advent Conspiracy, courtesy of www.adventconspiracy.org.
We also provided a list of organizations and ministries we think would be a great place to focus our time and/or gifts this Christmas season. These include…
High Plains Food Bank: Their Holiday Food Drive is Dec. 8–13. Drop off your food and/or money donations at Market Street United (2530 S Georgia St) or United Supermarkets on 45th & Bell. Volunteers are always needed on weekdays, weekday evenings, and Saturday mornings. For more information, call Kusay Ismael at (806) 374-8562.
Mission 2540: Led by Jason Boyett’s brother, Brooks, this organization works with kids in apartments on the north side of Amarillo. Help out by providing Christmas gifts for kids or helping distribute gifts. Email Brooks to get involved.
Faith City Ministries: This organization provides meals, guidance, and shelter for Amarillo’s homeless. Donations of time and clothing are always needed, and many volunteer opportunities are available. Email email@example.com or call 373-6402.
CityChurch: CityChurch meets the needs of the inner-city children of Amarillo with meals, spiritual education, and a variety of activities. Volunteers are needed daily. For details, call 371-0089 or email CityChurch.
Downtown Women’s Center: This organization provides a safe and secure environment for homeless women and their families. Donations of time, clothing, household items, and money are always welcome. For more details, call 372-3625 or email the Center.
Compassion International: Help release children from poverty by sponsoring a child’s education, medical care, basic necessities, and spiritual care through Compassion. Sponsorships are $32/month.
Soles4Souls: Protect impoverished kids from disease by putting shoes on their feet. The 50,000 Shoes in 50 Days Challenge (through December 31) allows you to donate two pairs of shoes for $5.
Healing Waters International: Provide clean water, through churches, for impoverished communities in Central America. Make a one-time or regular donation through the website above.
And if you’re looking for ways to spend less on Christmas gifts, here’s a great list of creative Christmas gift ideas from Dave Ramsey’s website.
Because Saturday, Nov. 30, was a holiday weekend, we decided to set aside our standard music-and-message approach and instead have a night of worship through music. Darrell sprinkled a couple of devotional thoughts into the mix, but we decided not to record it. Therefore, no podcast for this week.
Next week: Advent Conspiracy begins. See you then.