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Advent 2017

The season of Advent, which comes comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. [Liturgical — from liturgy, which means the forms and functions of public worship.] 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 as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

This year the calendar is also unique because the fourth Sunday of Advent falls on December 24th, which is also Christmas Eve. On December 24th we will have one combined service at 10:00am in the Main Sanctuary for the 4th Sunday of Advent and then have Christmas Eve services at 4:00pm, 6:00pm, ICON at 6:00pm, 8:00pm, and 11:00pm. Although we are culturally accustomed to celebrating Christmas on a single day, in both Christian tradition and on the Church calendar, the Christmas season lasts sundown on December 24 (Christmas Eve) through Epiphany of the Lord (January 6). This is sometimes popularly referred to as “the twelve days of Christmas.”

A list of many of the events, activities, and services happening this Advent season are listed below. Make plans to worship with us this season as we anticipate the coming of Christ.

ADVENT STUDY OFFERINGS

SUNDAY MORNINGS
Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph by Adam Hamilton. Offered in New Life, Duell/Lipscomb, Christian Families classes.

Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado. Offered in Side by Side class.

The Redemption of Scrooge by Matt Rawle. Offered in Home Improvement class.

The Lord is Our Light by A. Elaine Brown Crawford. Offered in Spiritual Discoveries class.

Advent Conspiracy by Rick McKinley, Chris Seay and Greg Holder. Hosted by Intergenerational Class.

The Journey by Adam Hamilton. Hosted by Young Adult Class.

MONDAY NIGHTS
Not a Silent Night by Adam Hamilton. Hosted by Monday Night Class.
Mondays, November 27 – December 18 | 6:00pm | Perry Home Parlor

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
The Wonder of Christmas by Ed Robb and Rob Renfroe. Hosted by Women at the Well Bible Study Group.

DECEMBER 1
Tween Christmas Party
6:00 – 9:00pm | Youth Building

DECEMBER 3
1st Sunday in Advent
8:30, 9:30, 11:00, & ICON at 11:00am

Great Day of Giving
9:30 – 10:30am | Henry Roberts Activities Center

White Christmas Concert
5:00pm | Main Sanctuary

DECEMBER 6
Journey to Bethlehem
6:00pm | Meet in The Wright Place

DECEMBER 9
Senior High Progressive Dinner
6:00pm

DECEMBER 10
2nd Sunday in Advent
8:30, 9:30, 11:00, & ICON at 11:00am

Breakfast in the Abbey
6:00pm | Perry Home/Wesley Abbey

Behold the Lamb of God Concert
7:00pm | Wesley Abbey

DECEMBER 13
Wednesday Night Advent Service
6:00pm | Wesley Abbey

DECEMBER 15
Mid-High Christmas Party
5:30pm – 9:00pm | Meet in Youth Building

DECEMBER 17
3rd Sunday in Advent
8:30, 9:30, 11:00, & ICON at 11:00am

Baby Recognition
11:00am | Sanctuary

Sanctuary Choir Christmas Concert with Orchestra
7:30pm | Sanctuary

DECEMBER 20
Church-Wide Caroling
6:00pm | Meet in The Wright Place

DECEMBER 21
Longest Night Service
6:00pm | Chapel

DECEMBER 24
4th Sunday in Advent – Combined Service
10:00am | Sanctuary

Christmas Eve Services
4:00, 6:00, ICON at 6:00, 8:00, & 11:00pm

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