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Contemplative Corner

Incarnation with Adam Hamilton
Church-Wide Advent Study
Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23
6:30 p.m. on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/95903759921)

You need to purchase your own copy of the book, Incarnation, directly from Cokesbury, Amazon or your favorite book store. 

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 our FUMC church family will come together to remember what’s most 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! Each week, we will start our time together watching a brief video with Adam Hamilton and then have time in large and small groups discussing questions around the material in the book. Read chapter 1 of the book before our first gathering on December 2nd. Contact Todd Spencer for more details at [email protected] or 719.471.8522. 

Be The Bridge Conversations on Racism: The Film13th
Thursday, December 10
7:00-8:00 p.m. 
On Zoom (registrants will receive a link)
Register with Todd Spencer ([email protected]) by 5:00 p.m. by
Monday, December 7

Feeling drawn to deepen your understanding about racism? If so, FUMC’s Be The Bridge initiative invites you to this event. For this gathering, each participant will watch, ahead of time, the film, 13th (on Netflix) and then we will gather on Zoom December 10th to have conversations around the film. 13th explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Again, you must register with Todd by 5pm on December 7th and please watch the film before the gathering. 

You are warmly invited to join Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer in meditating and praying with one of the weekly lectionary texts on his Lectio Divina (when in doubt) Podcast page (www.lectiodivinatodd.com). Each podcast begins with a brief time of centering, with a reading around a contemplative theme and a piece of quiet music. After that, the listener is guided through a hearing of the text 3 different times, with some silence in between. A concluding encouragement for further meditation on what was given during the prayer time wraps up the session. Usually, the podcast lasts about 20-25 minutes, including the silence. Most listeners use the podcast for personal time of meditation and prayer, but many also use it as a way to begin their time with a small group or staff gatherings as well. Rev. Dr. Spencer has produced this podcast weekly for over a decade. Listeners have come from over 150 different countries across the globe If you are hungry for a special way to center your day or week with God’s prompting, come, slow down and meditate and pray with the Scripture!