St. John's Church
Book Study
Light of the World: A Beginner's Guide to Advent
Pastor Deb will be offering a joint a four-week Advent Book study for both Hope and St. Johns UCC. It will start Tuesday, November 29 and continue each Tuesday until December 20, tentatively at 4:00pm at Hope UCC. If you would like to participate and this time does not work for you, please let Pastor Deb know at pastorstjohnsuccfc@gmail.com or 239.994.2528. A Zoom option can be made available if needed.

The book is Amy Jill Levine’s "Light of the World: A Beginner's Guide to Advent." The book is described as "author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.

While reading the chapter in the book each week is not required, it will enhance the experience. Copies of the book will be available from Pastor Deb starting November 13. A donation to cover the cost is appreciated. (If you prefer, it can also be purchased as a Kindle or Audio Book from Amazon.)
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