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Brother, Give Us A Word
The prophet Isaiah invites us and ‘all the nations’ to go up to the ‘house of God,’ the place where God dwells (Isaiah 2:2). For the ancient Israelites it was the tabernacle, then the temple. For us the place where God dwells may be the church, or the natural world, or the inner depths of our hearts. It is the place to which we must return to learn to live well.
-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
We encourage you to join the AdventWord international community of prayer, collected in reflections by Virginia Theological Seminary and connections. AdventWord provides visual and written meditations during the liturgical season of Advent.
Explore the ways that people respond to these daily words — written meditations, drawings, photographs, or poems.
Search Committee Update
The search for our next rector continues apace throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons. The Search Committee has approved a Diocesan request to extend the deadline for applicants for our next rector to mid-December. Applications will then be processed by Bishop Brian Cole and Canon Michelle Bolt of the Diocese for delivery of the list of candidates to our committee shortly after New Year’s Day. Interviews will begin thereafter.
Please continue to keep the Search Committee in your prayers over the upcoming holidays. We wish you and your family a blessed and holy Advent.
Search Committee Chair
Dr. Phil Hoffman will be directing the Warming Shelter again this year and is seeking volunteers from each church in Blount County. Shelter will open starting January 2020 any evening the temp. is 25 degrees or below and will be held at First Baptist Maryville.
Requires two pairs of four people to staff each session with support from the Warming Shelter Committee.
Must be able to stay up all night during the session until 7:00 am the next morning.
Volunteer sign up sheet upstairs in the Parish Hall. Dick Cox is your Chairperson for our Homeless Ministry and would appreciate your participation.
It’s Spiritual Study on a Deep Level
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique program in theological education based on small-group discussions and assigned readings. This four-year program (requiring only one-year commitments at a time) provides in-depth study, prayer, and reflection to deepen your spiritual growth and discern your call to Christian Service. Weekly meetings, fascinating readings, and eye-opening discussions bring the spiritual life to wide new realms of discovery. And you can sign up now for the 2020 year! See Adam Wilson or Nancy Cain for more information on this exciting avenue of Christian Education.
2nd Sunday Potluck
There will be a 2nd Sunday Potluck this Sunday at 12:00noon. All are encouraged and invited to attend!
Adult Discussion Forum – Advent Edition!
A few weeks ago, Elise Eslinger loaned me a lovely book, God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel Hungry World, by Amy Oden. It suggests that the challenge for us is to recognize God’s invitation, his hospitality, so we can begin to embody that same welcome, and extend God’s hospitality to others. The book offers a series of meditations, or exercises, to help us to grow into the practice of Gospel Hospitality. In the three weeks of Advent, we will tackle a few of these practices.
Dec. 8: Paying Attention
Dec 15: Welcoming the stranger within
Dec 22: Empty Spaces
We meet in the Parish Hall at 9:15 a.m. between the services. Hope to see you there – let me know if you’d like to receive the class emails. firstname.lastname@example.org