Monday Night Study Group (7-9p, Parlor)

Join us as we read Paula Gooder’s Journey to the Manger, a text that engages with biblical and historical scholarship and invites us to consider the meaning of the claim that God was born as a tiny, vulnerable baby. Contact Jen (jkidwell@silverspringumc.org). Starting Nov. 26.

Thursday Early Morning Study (7-8a, Blue Room)

Journey through Advent with the lectionary and Rev. Katherine Brown! While the study will be tailored to the texts emphasized in sermons at SSUMC, there’s a read-along option as well: Advent: The Gift of New Hope (Christopher L. Webber). Drop-ins welcome! Contact Rev. Katherine (kbrown@silverspringumc.org). Starting Nov. 29.

Women’s Bible Study (10-11a, Parlor)

For a more devotional study, all ladies are invited to come read Paula Gooder’s The Meaning is in the Waiting, and reflect on the gifts and discomforts of waiting during the Advent season. Contact Jen (jkidwell@silverspringumc.org). Starting Nov. 29.

Here are some recommendations for other books or daily devotions you might enjoy this season:

From Holidays to Holy Days: A Benedictine Walk Through
Advent (Albert Holtz, O.S.B). Short daily readings full of thoughtful
observations and stories.

What are we waiting for? Finding meaning in Advent and
Christmas (Richard Leonard, SJ). Reflections and stories about the
meaning of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany from a Catholic priest.

Celebrating Abundance: Devotions for Advent (Walter
Brueggemann). Daily readings on scripture and stories that contrast the
abundance in the Christmas story with the season of excess we observe around
us.

A season of little sacraments: Christmas Commotion, Advent
Grace (Susan H. Swetnam). Reflect on some of your “secular” Christmas
traditions as sacraments – opportunities for grace to break through into the
world.

Songs for the Waiting (Margery R. DeVega). A daily devotional
based on favorite Advent hymns.

Rise Up Shepherd: Advent Reflections on the Spirituals (Rev.
Luke A. Powery). A daily devotional based on traditional Advent and
Christmas African American Spirituals.

Advent for Everyone (N.T. Wright). Daily readings with fresh
translations and interpretation of Scripture that invite readers to understand
Advent within the broader context of God’s love.