Disciples are people who follow Jesus Christ. But how well do we know the person we follow? Who is this Jesus we pattern our lives after? What difference does he make in our lives and in our world? How do we live in the kingdom of God that he proclaims?
This Advent, we will explore the many titles given to Jesus, what they tell us about who he is, and how his arrival is Good News for us, for our neighbors, and for the world. In this season of preparation, we invite you to draw near to Jesus, so that you can know him, follow him, receive the gifts he brings, and share them with others.
ADVENT DISCIPLE RESOURCES
Daily Advent Devotional
Following FHUMC’s tradition of reading a common Advent devotional, a daily devotional has been mailed to your home. We pray that your daily time with God this season will lead you into a deeper relationship with Jesus, the one we follow. If you haven’t received a devotional, come by or call the church office and we’ll get one to you!
Our Advent worship series, “Who is this Jesus?” is loosely based around Adam Hamilton’s book Incarnation. If you are not able to join John McAtee’s Follow the Way Course on this book but would like to read along, email NextSteps@foresthillsumc.org and we will order you a copy of the book.
Advent Follow the Way Courses
As people on the Discipleship Pathway, we take steps to grow as disciples, both individually and together. This Advent (beginning Nov. 29th) we will have multiple short-term Follow the Way courses.
VISIT THE GROW PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE TO SIGN UP!
Lectio Divina Zoom, Wednesdays at 8:30am
Pastor Kristin will continue leading weekly Lectio Divina over Zoom during the month of December. This spiritual practice of sacred reading opens us up to hear a personal message from God through the scriptures. Those who have attended have experienced connection with God and with church family. Consider inviting a friend to these 30 minute sessions! Click here to join the Lectio Divina Zoom.
At-Home Advent Wreaths
Biff and Mary Fink have created an artistic Advent Wreath for your use at home during Sunday worship and your own household liturgies. See the enclosed materials for ideas of how to incorporate lighting the Advent wreath during your day. Please pick up your Advent wreath in the church office. If you are remaining at home due to Covid, an angel will drop off the wreath at your door – no arrangements necessary. Click here to download the At-Home Advent Wreath instructions and liturgy.
Home for the Holidays Zoom, December 17th at 7:00 pm
The upcoming holiday season can be very difficult when you have experienced the loss of someone in your life. This year especially, many will make the tough decision to celebrate holidays differently or to abstain from gathering with loved ones. Alive Hospice is leading a one-hour seminar over Zoom for any who are grieving or would like to support someone who is. Led by a trained Grief Counselor, this seminar will provide strategies to plan for and navigate the season while finding Hope for the Holidays. This event is open to the public – click here to join the Zoom or share the information by pointing people to our Wayfinder webpage.
Children and Youth
Our children will be engaging with the stories of Advent during their time of Wonder Worship each Sunday. They will also participate in spreading the joy of Christ this season by using their creativity in outreach projects, leading a Christmas story in Worship, and sharing crafts with our church community. Interested in engaging with the kids and youth this season? Please contact Zach Griggs, Discipleship Leader for Children and Youth, by emailing Zach@foresthillsumc.org.
COVID Care Crates
During the Advent season this year, we will be collecting items for Covid patients at the VA hospital. We’re asking you to help us put together twenty “crates” filled with things such as books, personal care items, goodies, and activities they can do during their hospital stay. You’ll be able to sign up for items to contribute, as well as helping assemble and deliver the crates. If you prefer to let us do the shopping, you may make a donation. Items will be collected through Wednesday, December 16. Click here to sign up to donate an item or to serve.
Day School Classroom Angel Tree
As a means of strengthening our relationship with and supporting our Day School, Amber Young has organized an Angel Tree for her teachers’ classrooms. Sign up to be a teacher’s angel by gifting them with an item from their wish list. A physical tree with items will be in the narthex, or click here to shop online with the Amazon Wish List where gifts will automatically be delivered to the Day School.
Norman Binkley Elementary Angel Tree
Our School partner, Norman Binkley Elementary, has asked for our loving support of some of their families this Christmas. Visit this link to sign up to be a child’s angel this year by providing a gift. Once you sign up, you will receive more details from the school.