Adult Studies & Fellowship
Upcoming Advent Study and Worship Series: “Incarnation”,
Begins November 28th
It’s nearly time for Advent, that season when we begin preparing our hearts, minds and lives to once again welcome Christ as we celebrate his birth at Christmas. Advent begins Sunday, November 29 and leads us to Christmas Eve.
This year we’ll participate together in these preparations through a new resource written by Rev. Adam Hamilton, Lead Pastor at the Church of the Resurrection. It’s entitled “Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas”.
We’ll be reading and discussing “Incarnation” through an online (Zoom) study. I know the discussions we’ll have will enhance our worship experiences but participation in the study is, of course, not required.
Here’s what the publisher says about “Incarnation”:
Learn the meaning behind the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas.
His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh.
In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, best-selling author Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth.
This Advent season church families will come together to remember what’s important. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness.
Now more than ever, we invite you to reflect upon the significance of the Christ child for our lives and world today!
Grace UMC Advent Study
“Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas”
Choose from two, weekly, sessions. These are identical. Select the Saturday or Sunday session which best fits your schedule any given week.
The Zoom link for each Saturday session is the same and the Sunday Zoom link, though different from the Saturday link, also does not change throughout the study.
Here are the topics, dates and zoom links:
Sat., Nov. 28, 1 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82817803407
Sun., Nov. 29 1 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82020652984
“The Savior and Our Need for Saving”
Sat., Dec. 5, 1 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82817803407
Sun., Dec. 6, 1 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82020652984
“Emmanuel in the Midst of a Pandemic”
Sat., Dec. 12, 1 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82817803407
Sun., Dec. 13, 1 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82020652984
“The Light of the World”
Sat., Dec. 19, 1 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82817803407
Sun., Dec. 20, 1 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82020652984
Please let me know if you’re planning to join us in what promises to be a powerful and informative study. Participants may buy their books via Cokesbury or other online booksellers. The book is currently listed at $13.49 (hardcover) on Cokesbury.
Families of all ages and sizes can use these devotions for daily reminders and discussions to achieve two different goals. The first is to help them get beyond the surface things that we can be thankful for (playing at the park, pizza, toys) and to help them be grateful for spiritual blessings as well. The second is to teach them things about God’s character, so we naturally will be grateful for who God is and what He does for us.
Faith Meets Fiction will be meeting as a small group on November 23rd @7PM in our Grace Fellowship Hall.
Please register with Jan Bumgarner as seating in restricted to 10.
One of our favorite in person activities during our Fall Programing is our Faith Meets Fiction. Our small groups that give us our fellowship time are very important and our
volunteers who put them together are equally important. You are all still invited to read with us, and hope you’ll enjoy this months inspiring title.
November: “this is how it always is” by Laurie Frankel
OUTLINE: This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change…and then change the world. This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.
Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is, is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.
On Break until in person activities resume
Men’s Bible Study
Every week, men 18 years of age and older come together to study the Bible, learn from one another, and be challenged and encouraged to live for something larger than themselves. The Men’s Bible study meets in room 203 (small conference room) on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. Contact Lonnie Hohl at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nurture Group News
Nurture Group meets Tuesdays morning at 9:30 a.m. in the small conference room. We will be reading and discussing the book, Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson. You are invited to join us! If you have questions please contact the office at 712-276-3452.
WHO ARE THE PURL’S OF FAITH?
The Purls of Faith are folks who come together to refresh skills or just come to lean to Knit. We are from various churches, have various skill levels, share patterns, help each other, visit, laugh, and just have a wonderful time together. All are welcomed.
We meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Parlor. We will also gather at 6:30 p.m. in the church library for Wednesday Grace Night Activities. If you have questions, phone Glendy Nichols at 712-212-9410.
GRACE BOWLING TEAM
Every Thursday night during bowling season several Grace members get together for some fun and fellowship. Again, this is not a Bowling League, just bowling for fun. Cost is $15 per bowler for 3 games. We would like to invite you out and join us even if it is only one time, but we think once you do you will want to come join the fun again. One last thought this is just for fun and we don’t care what your skill level is. For more info contact Lonnie Hohl 712.259.0136