Willow Weekly 11/28 | Prison Pack Weekend: A Gift of Hope

Help Pack 70,000 Christmas Gifts

The Christmas season at Willow Creek kicks off December 2 & 3 with Prison Pack Weekend, featuring lawyer, social justice advocate, and Global Leadership Summit speaker Bryan Stevenson. Bryan leads the charge in fighting some of our nation's toughest issues and challenging bias against minorities and those who are poor in the criminal justice system. His teaching inspires people to get close to those they are serving and to go beyond their comfort zones.

At the end of each service, we will assemble more than 70,000 gifts that will be given to inmates across Illinois and at Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola prison. "Every single prisoner matters—to God and to us," says Senior Pastor Bill Hybels. "By packing gifts that are sent to prisoners, you can help transform the life of someone who might otherwise be forgotten."

The prison pack initiative highlights the ongoing work of Willow's Prison & Jail Ministry, which has held 10 in-prison Re-Entry Summits. These events teach people who are coming out of incarceration skills for identifying resources and getting a job upon re-entry. The ministry also partners with 49 employers willing to offer second chances to individuals with records, and volunteers exchanged more than 3,800 letters to inmates this year.

"This will be a fantastic weekend to learn and to serve," says Teaching Pastor Steve Carter. "It will take every one of us—and a few friends—to hit our goal. Make a few phone calls this week, take an invitational risk, and ask some friends to join you."

Celebrate Christmas!

We invite you to celebrate Christmas at Willow Creek with your family and friends! “It’s easy to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas. Between retail sales, holiday parties, and personal demands—it’s hard to keep up,” says Executive Pastor Heather Larson. “We want our Christmas services to offer a place to reconnect, to experience peace and joy, and to celebrate the real reason for the season: the birth of Christ, the cornerstone of our faith.”

Attend one of Willow’s nine Christmas services, beginning December 21. Click here to order tickets—or you can simply show up to the service of your choice!

Consider starting a family tradition of volunteering at Christmas! You can serve our kids, greet our guests, make coffee or food, or direct traffic. View all opportunities and sign up here.

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