The season of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation, and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ. The color for Advent has traditionally been purple and signifies penitence and royalty. (Excerpts taken from All About Advent by Dean McIntyre, umcdiscipleship.org/resources/all-about-advent.) Below is a list of Advent Studies for adults.
Beginning Sunday, November 18
The Redemption of Scrooge by Matt Rawles | 9:15 a.m. | Room A-207 | A class for ladies only | This video study is based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Explore the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Cratchits and visit with the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future along the way. How does all of this relate to us and our understanding of the birth of Christ? You might just be surprised.
Beginning Sunday, November 25
The Redemption of Scrooge by Matt Rawles | 8:00 a.m. | Room A-206 | A class for ladies only | This video study is based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Explore the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Cratchits and visit with the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future along the way. How does all of this relate to us and our understanding of the birth of Christ? You might just be surprised.
Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado | 9:15 a.m. | Room E-247 A class for married couples with children | A remarkable gift can arrive in an unremarkable package. No one expected the son of God to come the way He did 2,000 years ago. In this video based study, you will learn about Jesus as the human person He was and the mission He fulfilled as the Son of God.
The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton | 10:40 a.m. | Room A-206| A class for all adults | The author travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this video study using historical information, archaeological findings, and personal reflections to tell the story of the birth of Christ.
Beginning Wednesday, November 28 - December 19
MORNING ADVENT STUDY FOR LADIES | 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. | Hospitality Room | Led by Pastor Jean Tippit | Join Pastor Jean as she shares the stories of five women in the lineage of Christ. You may be surprised who these women were and how they fulfilled God’s long term plan without even knowing about it. Meet the five women whom God chose—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary, even scandalous, challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. No book to purchase and no homework for this class.
Beginning Sunday, December 2
Who Needs Christmas by Andy Stanley | 9:15 a.m. | Room A-201 | A class for all adults | Thousands of years after shepherds watched their flocks and wise men followed a star, you may be asking, “Who Needs Christmas?” It turns out, we all do. In this 3-part video series, the author shows us that the world needed Christmas, God needed Christmas and we still need Christmas, but maybe not for the reasons you think.
The Gift of the Nutcracker by Matt Rawles | 9:15 a.m. | Room A-206 | A class for 50 plus adults | The author uses this classic story in a new way by looking at it through a lens of faith. Much like the character Clara from The Nutcracker, we are all caught in an Advent season, pondering a most extraordinary gift.