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Advent 2021 Classes

November 24, 2021 Ann Williams

We are approaching the month of Advent, the time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas, and we are about to end the Fall cycle of classes at Forest Hill Church.

Advent this year begins on November 28. There are four Sundays in Advent before Christmas. During this busy time of year, we are planning a simplified schedule of classes – 2 classes on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 AM.

Our two classes are “Hope” and “The Birth of Jesus”. If you are wondering which class is right for you, please see this.

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Hope, from the curriculum, Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living

November 22, 2021 Ann Williams

Facilitators:  Ann Williams and Ron Zimmerman When: Four Sunday mornings, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, and 19, 9:30-10:30 Format: On Zoom only. We will send a Zoom link to everyone who signs up for the class. Resource text: Hope: Adult Reflection Guide, available in the church office for $8. Also available online in Kindle format, link here Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living: Hope Class description: The first candle on a traditional Advent wreath represents Hope. We will focus on Hope for the entire month of Advent this year. The “Hope” classes in the Follow Me curriculum combine Bible study and group discussion. Working together with specific scripture passages, we as group members will help each other grow into a deeper understanding of Hope as a Biblical practice. We will identify where in our own lives we have already experienced hope. Then we will envision how we can practice seeing, hearing, offering and receiving, and proclaiming hope more deeply to one another. To sign up:  Click here https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/7843252481
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The Birth of Jesus

November 19, 2021 Ann Williams

Teachers/Facilitators:  Co-Pastors Veronica Goines and John Lentz

When: Sundays December 5, 12, and 19, 9:30-10:30 AM.

*Please note that this class will NOT meet on the first Sunday of Advent, November 28.

Format and Place: Hybrid format, i.e., BOTH in-person in South Hall AND on Zoom. Please indicate your preference when you register for the class.

Resource text(s): A Bible is helpful. No book or any purchase is necessary. The class will be watching two sessions of the “Saving Jesus” DVD published by Living the Questions.

Class Description: This class will first study the two birth narratives in the New Testament. Then, we will take a deep dive into the “world into which Jesus was born,” setting the historical, cultural, and religious context of the first century.  Finally, we will unpack the theology of the Incarnation. The class will be watching two sessions of the “Saving Jesus” DVD published by Living the Questions.

To sign up: Click here

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How to decide which class is right for you?

November 18, 2021 Ann Williams

Both classes will help people to prepare themselves to focus on the meaning of Jesus coming to live with us when he is born on Christmas Day, and both include plenty of discussion among the class members. But they are designed for people with different learning needs and styles.

“Hope” focuses on each of us hearing and seeing hope in scripture and in our lives, and on sharing hope and proclaiming hope to each other. Learning in this class relies on, first, class members preparing for the class by reading and reflecting on scripture and a selection from the book; next, on sharing with each other in the group session; and finally, after class, practicing what we learned during the time between group sessions. It is especially good for people who learn well through group discussion, deep group sharing, and doing things in their lives.

Please note: This class will cover an adult version of similar topics being presented in the children’s classes, so parents may enjoy learning along with their children. But it is not for parents only! The adult version is for ALL adults. The materials are flexible enough to use with a wide variety of learners.

“The Birth of Jesus” is a more traditional type of class, with a presentation followed by discussion. It is especially good for people who yearn to know more of the background behind the Biblical narratives of Jesus’s birth, especially more of the historical, cultural, and religious background. It is also particularly good for people who want to explore the theology that we can draw from understanding the birth stories and their context more thoroughly.

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