Adult Formation Small Groups

The birth of the Messiah upends everything. The Word becoming flesh transforms the worlds of all creation, including our corners of it. Advent, Jesus’ incarnation and promised second coming, transforms everything, for good. Nothing will ever be the same again.

WEEK ONE

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Worship: “The people in the pews.” Rachel Fitch opens our Advent series. Scripture: Luke 21:25. Think about the average person hearing Jesus preach the end of times words in Luke. Was this good news? Confusing? Frightening? How does this feel to us at the end of 2021?

Adult Formation, 10 am

  • Celebrating Advent through Christmas with Scripture and Art: After the Crucifixion, the most widely-recognized image of Christianity is the Birth of Jesus. Think about the Christmas story in fresh ways by seeing how artists have interpreted it through the ages. Led by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers, hosted by the Commitment Class. Today: The Annunciation.

  • Wacky Advent Words led by Matt Logan and Kevin Murray, November 28 – December 19 in Memorial 304.

WEDNESDAY, December 1

Advent in Plain Sight: Join Jill Duffield in a small group study of her newly published Advent devotional. Wednesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, noon to 1 pm in the Garden Room with a Zoom option. Purchase book ($10) at reception desk. Please register with Yolanda Baxter, ybaxter@fpcgreensboro.org or 336-478-4722, for link.

THURSDAY, December 2

A Service of Remembrance. December 2, noon in the sanctuary. Gather as a community of faith to remember those we have lost in the past year. While this has been a tradition at FPC for many years focusing on families who have lost loved ones, this year includes anyone who wishes to come. The past year and a half have been challenging in many ways. And so we are opening the doors and saying, come. Together we will hear Scripture, sit in silence, pray, and light candles in memory of those we love. The doors will open early if you would like to come and just be in this majestic space. Pastors will be available following the service to offer prayer and a time of listening.

 

WEEK TWO

Sunday, December 5

Worship: “The man from the wild.” Jill Duffield preaching. Scripture: Luke 3:1-18. The crowd takes his message to heart and wants to respond. John the Baptist tell them exactly what to do. This is not soaring poetry but rather like instructions for assembling Ikea furniture. John’s world as he knew ends as he fulfills the call he was born to fulfill.

Adult Formation, 10 am

  • Celebrating Advent through Christmas with Scripture and Art: Led by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers, hosted by the Commitment Class. Today: The Holy Family. Main 125, beneath the Sanctuary.

  • Wacky Advent Words led by Matt Logan and Kevin Murray, in Memorial 304.

  • A Shepherd’s Psalm: Led by Erwin Fuller in the Agape Class. Garden Room.

Children & Families: Family Advent Wreaths: Families with children 5th grade & under are invited to make a wreath to take home! Meet in the back of the Life Center at 10 am. Supplies provided; please sign up so we can accurately gauge supplies.

Outreach: Fill the Stable! Bring canned food for Urban Ministry and leave at the stable in the hallway near the Life Center.

A Little Advent Music: UNCG Brass & John Alexander, 7 pm.

Wednesday, December 8 

Advent in Plain Sight: Join Jill Duffield in a small group study of her newly published Advent devotional. Wednesdays through December 22, noon to 1 pm in M125 with a Zoom option. Purchase book ($10) at reception desk. For Zoom link contact Yolanda Baxter, ybaxter@fpcgreensboro.org or 336-478-4722.

 

WEEK THREE

Sunday, December 12

Worship: “The Voiceless Couple.” Jill Duffield preaching. Scripture: Luke 1:5-24. One day you go to work, get a visit from an angel, are rendered mute and become a late in life father. Your spouse comes home speechless and you become a late in life mother, to the cousin of the Messiah. The inbreaking of the holy can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone.

Adult Formation, 10 am

  • Celebrating Advent through Christmas with Scripture and Art: Led by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers, hosted by the Commitment Class. Today: The Shepherds. Main 125, beneath the Sanctuary.

  • Wacky Advent Words led by Matt Logan and Kevin Murray, Through December 19 in Memorial 304.

  • Dr. John Redhead revisited – An Advent Sermon. Led by Steve Fogarty in the Agape Class, Garden Room.

Children & Families: Decorate the Gingerbread Church. Preschool-grade 2, Life Center, 10 am, then head to Corl 301 for Advent games. Grades 3-5, 10 am in Corl 303, at 10:25 head to the Life Center to finish the gingerbread church! Face coverings required. Children receive a treat bag to take home!

Outreach: Fill the Stable! Bring diapers for the Diaper Bank and leave at the stable in the hallway near the Life Center.

A Little Advent Music: Robert Wells, baritone, and Anne Albert, soprano, 5 pm.

Wednesday, December 15 

Advent in Plain Sight: Join Jill Duffield in a small group study of her newly published Advent devotional. Through December 22, noon to 1 pm in the Garden Room with a Zoom option. Purchase book ($10) at reception desk. For Zoom link contact Yolanda Baxter, ybaxter@fpcgreensboro.org or 336-478-4722.

Thursday, December 16 – Saturday, Saturday 18

Outreach: Ring the bell for the Salvation Army! at DSW at Friendly Center. A great family & friends activity! Choose a two-hour shift; link at fpcgreensboro.org/signup.

 

WEEK FOUR

Sunday, December 19

Worship: “The upended engagement.” Jill Duffield preaching. Scripture: Luke 1:26-38. You have a plan: engagement, marriage, children, growing the business, a vacation now and then, religious pilgrimages, making a better life for the kids. Your plans are upended by an encounter too strange to share, even with those closest to you. But share you must because soon there will be outward signs of an invisible, heavy, life-altering grace.

Adult Formation, 10 am

  • Celebrating Advent through Christmas with Scripture and Art: Led by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers, hosted by the Commitment Class. Today: The Magi. Main 125, beneath the Sanctuary.

  • Wacky Advent Words led by Matt Logan and Kevin Murray, Ends today, in Memorial 304.

  • Christmas music special led by Lane Ridenhour, Janice Wells and Friends, YMBC and Agape Class, Redhead Hall.

Children & Families: Journey to the Manger. Families with children 5th grade & under meet at the back of the Life Center at 10 am. We will travel throughout the church, hearing scriptures and hymns as we collect nativity figures. At the final stop, we will assemble the life-sized nativity! Families will also receive a Birthday Party for Jesus take-home kit!

Outreach: Fill the Stable! Bring coats for kids and leave at the stable in the hallway near the Life Center.

A Little Advent Music: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, 5 pm.

Wednesday, December 22 

Advent in Plain Sight: Join Jill Duffield in a small group study of her newly published Advent devotional. Last gathering, noon to 1 pm in the Garden Room with a Zoom option. Purchase book ($10) at reception desk. For Zoom link contact Yolanda Baxter, ybaxter@fpcgreensboro.org or 336-478-4722.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

The necessary workers: Jill Duffield preaching. Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 Necessary workers are invisible until it is evident they are necessary and without them none of us eat. God sees those the world often ignores or derides and makes them critical to furthering salvation history, to beginning the spread of good news to all people that would transform creation.

  • 10 am Family Service
  • 5 & 8 pm Candlelight and Communion Services
  • 11 pm Candlelight, Communion and Contemplative Service

 

AFTER CHRISTMAS

Sunday, December 26

Worship: “The radical new creation.” Newton Cowan preaching. Scripture: John 1:1-14. One service, 11 am, Sanctuary. Recognizing the light no darkness can overcome causes us to become children of God. We are born again, a radical new creation in Christ, the old life has come to an end, a new life has begun. How do we see, hear, taste, touch, smell, hear this transformation?

Adult Formation, 10 am: Celebrating Advent through Christmas with Scripture and Art: After the Crucifixion, the most widely-recognized image of Christianity is the Birth of Jesus. Think about the Christmas story in fresh ways by seeing how artists have interpreted it through the ages. Led by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers, hosted by the Commitment Class. Today: Enriching Your Faith through Nativity Sets. Main 125, beneath the Sanctuary.

No children’s or youth Church School. 

Sunday, January 2

Worship: “The newfound wisdom.” Jill Duffield preaching. Scripture: Matthew 2:1-11. The wise men’s experience of the Messiah causes them to go another way, disregarding what might have been in their earthly best interests. Our encounter with Christ moves us to rearrange our path, our loyalties, and our priority of self-preservation.

Adult Formation, 10 am: Celebrating Advent through Christmas with Scripture and Art: Last class, led by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers, hosted by the Commitment Class. Today: The Baptism of the Lord. Main 125, beneath the Sanctuary.

No children’s or youth Church School.