Celebrate Advent with BUMC


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Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Jesus (Adam Hamilton)

We’re not that different from Joseph. True, we may not be part of a story that will be remembered for all time, but like Joseph, we encounter circumstances that we’d never choose for ourselves. At times, it can be tempting just to walk away, but Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand, faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. The story of Joseph provide us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides.

Meeting Info: Sundays at 9:30am in the B Oliver Room of our Melrose Campus

Facilitator: Alex Trabue

Incarnation: Rediscovering The Significance Of Christmas (Adam Hamilton)

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.

Meeting Options:

6pm on Tuesdays in the Greenwood Campus Sanctuary with facilitator Pastor Laura Vincent

6pm on Tuesdays in the B Oliver Room of the Melrose Campus with facilitators Carlee & Matt Miller

-Childcare available-

When God Showed Up (Pathway Style offering by Wendell VanValin)

 God had his “run of the mill” show-ups all through the bible; burning bush, writing on the wall, still small voice, etc.  then there are those paradigm shifters that rock the entire planet; Creation, the birth of Jesus, Pentecost.

Our four advent sessions will look at folks included in that first Christmas.  When God showed up… Mary felt him kick… Joseph saddled the donkey… shepherds saw his face… Herod tried to kill him.

Meeting Options:

6pm on Tuesdays in the Minton Conference Room of the Melrose Campus

6pm on Thursdays in the Cup of Hope of the Melrose Campus

-Childcare available-

Facilitators: Wendell and Robbie VanValin

Light Of The World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent (Amy-Jill Levine)

Dive deep into the history of the birth of Christ.

Advent is not only the perfect time to read the story of the birth of Jesus; it’s also a great time to dive deeper into the biblical texts that surround the event. In Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine shows how the Gospel narratives connect to the Old Testament; highlights the role of women in first-century Jewish culture; and emphasizes the importance of Mary’s visitation, the census, the stable, the star of Bethlehem, and the flight to Egypt.

Meeting Info: Wednesdays at 6pm via Zoom

Facilitators: Pastor Louis Tagliaboschi & Scott Crutcher

Behold the Lamb of God

Using Andrew Peterson’s album Behold the Lamb of God as a lens, this class delves into the Christmas story. We are especially interested in the Gospel stories, their first-century Jewish context, and their meanings for today.

Participants will be invited to a livestream event of the Behold the Lamb of God concert experience. Suggested donation: $10.

Meeting Info: Thursdays at 12pm via Zoom

Facilitator: Martha Christian and Katy Attanasi-Barker

The Journey (Adam Hamilton)

In The Journey, Adam Hamilton travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in a fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. As he did with Jesus’ crucifixion in 24 Hours That Changed the World, Hamilton once again approaches a world-changing event with thoughtfulness. Using historical information, archaeological data, and a personal look at some of the stories surrounding the birth, the most amazing moment in history will become more real and heart-felt as you walk along this road.

Meeting Info: 1pm on Wednesdays in the Cup of Hope of the Melrose Campus

Facilitators: Amy Jarboe


Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ

Join storied Nashville singer-songwriter and author Andrew Peterson with guest artists The Arcadian Wild, Jess Ray, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, and Andrew Osenga for the Advent song cycle Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ. The 2-part concert brings artists together for a “songwriters in the round” in the first half, and the second half features the Behold the Lamb of God album performed in full. We will livestream this concert on December 18 at 4:00pm in the Melrose Sanctuary. Cookies, cider and childcare provided. All are welcome!

Melrose Campus Sanctuary – Saturday, December 18 at 4 pm


WHEN CHRISTMAS HURTS SERVICE

The Christmas season can be hard for those dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after some major loss like divorce or unemployment or the pandemic, or living with depression and darkness. When Christmas Hurts is a special service of worship for those experiencing challenges during the holidays.

Greenwood campus Sanctuary – Tuesday, December 21 at 6:30 pm.


KIDS ZONE FAMILY RESOURCE – ADVENT CALENDAR

The word Advent simply means “coming” or “arrival.” The season of Advent is a time for us to slow down, and take time to reflect on how incredible the coming of Jesus truly is! We hope our families will use this Advent Calendar to spark a faith discussion with your children this holiday season as we wait the arrival of Christmas Day.


BROADWAY CHRISTMAS STORE

Each year Broadway provides a Christmas Store for under-resourced parents to come and “shop” for their children at minimal cost from a selection of needed clothing items.  This ministry is only possible because of your generosity. Please consider signing up to donate or volunteering with the ministry this year using the button to the right.


ADVENT WREATHS

We have put together a limited supply of Advent wreath kits so you can take part in lighting candles with your church family. Order your kit using the order button. You can pay using the Broadway UMC App or online using the green payment button. Select ADVENT WREATHS as the fund.

Order Your Advent Wreath

Submit $20 Payment


EVENING VESPERS FOR ADVENT

As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, we feel winter setting in. We long for connection and community now more than ever. In the church these weeks leading up to Christmas make up the season of Advent, a season of waiting. Join us as we gather for a time of reflection on the day and remember together the hope, love, joy, and peace that is ours because of Christ with us–Emmanuel.

You can watch our Evening Vespers from 2020 for Advent by checking out our YouTube channel at the button below.

Evening Vespers on YouTube