We are excited to share in collaboration this Advent with our neighbors at St. Paul UMC and Martin UMC, with the joint publication of Into the Neighborhood, a daily devotional guide. This guide invites us to ponder the birth of Christ as a holy experience of neighboring. As Jesus, the Word made flesh, moved into our neighborhood, we are invited to move into the neighborhood around us: to see more clearly opportunities for connection; to act in compassion; to come alongside others right where they are; and to expand the community so that all may know the gift of God’s love.
As a part of our Advent experience, you are invited to join in a small group to share in conversation around the daily devotional. A variety of groups will meet at different times throughout the week beginning November 26. To sign up, visit www.fumchurst.org/advent-groups to find a group that works for you.
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, by Barbara Brown Taylor
Wednesdays beginning August 16, 10-11 a.m., Isham 103
This weekly group loves exploring a wide range of topics together! From spiritual practices to social justice, and from prayer and scripture to biography. In August we’ll begin reading and discussing An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor.
Sundays at 9 a.m., Wesley 124
October 1-November 19
Many of the verses of Isaiah are familiar to us as beloved passages we read and sing each Christmas and Easter season. But Isaiah is more than just a holiday reading. Isaiah speaks of God's relationship to the prophet, the people, the kings, and the servant. Isaiah's message invites us to explore God's personal character and develop a deeper understanding of the living God, the Holy One of Israel.
Interpretation Bible Studies (IBS) offers solid biblical content in a creative study format. Forged in the tradition of the celebrated Interpretation commentary series, IBS makes the same depth of biblical insight available in a dynamic, flexible, and user-friendly resource.
We have 20 copies of the text. If you’re interested in joining us, stop by W124 and pick up a copy of the text.
Advent Study: Heaven and Earth by Will Willimon
Sundays at 9 a.m., Wesley 124
November 26-December 21
Watch out. God is on the way.
It’s not within our own power to make a fresh start. If we’re to have a future different from the past, it must come as a gift, something not of our devising. What we need is a God who refuses to be trapped in eternity, a God who not only cares about us but is willing to show up among us and do something with us, here, now.
In Heaven and Earth: Advent and the Incarnation, Will Willimon introduces you to the God who does just that, bringing heaven to earth and changing everything. In Advent we celebrate and anticipate the earth-shaking, life-transforming good news that God is coming to us. Watch out. Get ready. God is on the way.
Participants should purchase their books from the favorite seller.
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Sundays, 9-10 a.m., Wesley 103
The Gathering will be a space for short-term studies. Any and all are welcome to join for the length of a study. The first will be a six-week, in-depth study on the Enneagram.
Thursdays, beginning September 28, 10-11 a.m., Wesley 105/106
Donna Baumgartner and Joe Motley, Facilitators
Donna Baumgartner and Joe Motley will facilitate this weekly group, taking a deeper look at scripture. The first month’s study will focus on scriptures related to ‘Sabbath’, taking in scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments.
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