Advent Newsletter | Dec 2019

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Contact us at the Cordova Campus:

Phone: (901) 755-6290

1879 N Germantown Pkwy

Cordova, TN 38016

Contact us at the Arlington Campus:

Phone: (901) 483-7295

6176 Chester Street

Arlington, TN 38002

Old Things, New Again
My son Ezra played his first season of hockey this Fall and had a great time. I
grew up playing hockey so it was fun to watch Ezra gain enthusiasm for
something that I’ve enjoyed for over half of my life. Perhaps the neatest thing
was being able to enjoy the game in a new way. Not as a participant, or even as a
fan of the game, but as a dad and supporter of a new, young player.
I think that we have the same opportunity every December during the Christmas
season. We sing a lot of the same songs. Attend the same types of parties: work,
church, family, and friends. We hang the same Christmas lights and decorate
Christmas trees with the same ornaments. Ginger’s family even has the same
food for Christmas morning.
For whatever reason, though, we repeat the same things with a new and different
energy each Christmas. Events don’t seem to be rote repetitions of the previous
year. We’ve all changed a bit from Christmas to Christmas and so each year
seems so new. That’s what so powerful about this Christmas story. The New
Testament only has a bit of information about the arrival of Jesus. Some New
Testament authors add a bit more information about what Jesus’ arrival means
for us and for the whole world. Even though there is not a volume of information
about this world-changing events, there is an incredible depth to them for
forming the worshipping community year after year.
So let’s not be surprised if we are overwhelmed at some moment by a familiar
story or the predictable words of a well-known song. Let’s be ready to learn
something new about the life of Joseph or the significance of the Magi visit from
the East. The first Christmas was full of startling surprises. Let’s do our best to be
open to new ones this Christmas season.
Cheers- JOE

Advent’s Mission:


As disciples, to cause God great joy by  sharing His love with others as we have experienced it in

Jesus Christ.

Rev. Dr. Joe Skillen

Senior Pastor


Rev. Dr. Don Kerns

Campus Pastor, Arlington


Rev. Greg Aydt

Assistant Pastor


*Remember… December 22 and 29*

Sunday School at 9:30, One Worship Service at 10:30


As we close out the year and look to 2020, we recall  the words from 1 Peter 4:10,   

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

What are your gifts?
Are you ready to use those gifts to serve?
Robin would love to help you find the right place for you to plug in & serve at Advent!

Are you new?

Welcome to Advent. We’re glad to have you here with us! Whether you’ve been to Advent many times or have never been to church before, you can anticipate an encouraging and enlightening experience. We’d like to get to know you and help you connect to the Advent family. On Sunday morning, come to the welcome center to receive a welcome gift. If you’d like to talk to someone directly, contact Leslie McKinney.

What about my children?

We believe they are the church right now! So we place an emphasis on ministry for and by children and teenagers by having them gather to connect with each other and Christ. We have plenty of fun and vetted, trusted, and enthusiastic staff and volunteers in various settings. Children and teenagers get together in authentic community to discuss real truths, to change their lives and the world bit by bit. You can find out more about Advent Children’s Ministry by contacting Kimberly Munafo and Advent’s Youth Ministry by contacting Greg Aydt.   |

  • December 6, 2019
  • January 3, 2020
  • February 7, 2020


Find out more and register online at:

Childcare @ 9 am                                                                    (Birth– Kindergarten)

Sunday School @ 10 am                                                        (PreK-3 – 5th Grade)

Children’s Worship @ 11                                                   (PreK-3-3rd grade following the children’s blessing)

During the 1st Sunday of the month, we experience family worship where children take an active role in the service, through ushering, greeting, offering, and playing sermon BINGO.

Childcare is offered in the nursery for children birth thru PreK during these family worship opportunities.

A movement of students in 6th-12th grade

Connect Groups / Sundays at 10 am
Teaching, discussion, and prayer
Huddle / Sundays from 5-7 pm
Live music, fun, exciting games, FREE dinner, relevant teaching centered on the Gospel in a welcoming environment! Come early or stay late for open gym time. Meets during the school year.

Important Dates

Dec. 8  –  Christmas Dinner
Jan. 5  –  Honduras Deadline
Jan. 8  –  Confirmation Begins
Jan. 18, 19, 20  –  Awakening


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Don’t miss the EPIC fun we will have this winter!
Starts January 15!


December 22 and 29

Sunday School 9:30am

One Worship Service 10:30am

Saturday, December 14th 10 am-12 pm
Travel through Bethlehem to hear the Christmas story, play games, make crafts, eat snacks, sing karaoke, and so much more! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, too! It’s All Free!
Sunday, December 22nd
10:30 in the morning
Join us for a joyful celebration of the birth of Christ as we worship through song


Let’s gather in Lindsay Hall to honor the Skillen family!

Mexico Water Mission Trip

Mar. 24-31
Interested in more info?
Contact Gary Pennel
Sundays at 10 am
Bible Discovery
55-95 y/o, lecture, discussion
lecture format
Christianity 201
video, lecture & discussion
Faith Weavers
45+ lecture, video & discussion
Strands of Faith
30s & 40s, singles & couples
discussion format
(Meets at 9am)
open to all, lecture & discussion




Men’s Class
men of all ages, discussion

Women of Worship
women of all ages, discussion
Higher Grounds
20’s and 30 somethings,
connection and discussion
Ironman Groups
Men’s spiritual formation.
Club Windward, 6:30 pm
Youth Room, 6:30 pm
Library, 6:00 am
Room 206, 7:00 pm
Library, 6:30 pm
Larger monthly gatherings
Gold Circle
Cordova area
2nd Sunday of the month, 6:30 pm
Dorcas Circle
Ladies study in the library
(does not meet in summer)
1st Tuesday of the month, 10:00 am
Better Together Circle
Cordova area
3rd Sunday of the month, 6:00 pm
Aqua Circle
Arlington/Cordova areas
2nd Sunday of the month, 5:30–8 pm
Circle of Many blessings (COMB)
Cordova area
2nd Sunday of the month, 5:30 pm
Circle at the Lake
Lakeland/Arlington area
2nd Sunday of the month, 6 pm
Dogwood Circle
Germantown/Collierville area
2nd Tuesday of the month, 6 pm
Small Groups & Bible Studies
Bible study and spiritual formation
Adventurers Meeting & Lunch
Grand adults time to connect
Lindsay Hall
2nd Thursday of the month, 10 am
Doorkeepers Reunion
Men’s Bible study
Saturdays, 8:45am
Pebbles and Boulders
Women’s weekly Bible study
Library (does not meet in summer)
Mondays, 9:45–11:00am
Advent’s Book Club
3rd Thursday of the month, 10 am
Marriage enrichment small group
Library (does not meet in summer)
Wednesdays, 5:45-7 pm
The Parables
Bible study for all
Fireside Room
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm
The Middle
Young couples
Rm 205
Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30 pm
Women’s Bible Study
Women of all ages
Library, Wednesday, 9:30 am
Room 203, Wednesday, 5:45 pm
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Meets Fridays at 6:45 am
Advent’s Book Club
3rd Thursday of every month 
at 10 am / June 20
Moms Book Club
Moms of newborns to college students
Sundays 5:00-7:00 pm
Next session-Lent 2020



Garden Club
Sign up at the welcome desk
See Kimberly Munafo

Senior Adventurers
2nd Thursday, Lunch & Program
4th Thursday, Day Trip
Advent Food Pantry
Pantry items donated, organized & distributed to those in need.
Burrito Ministry
Serving burritos to homeless in downtown area.
Career Transition
Providing free professional counsel and connections for the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Serving and supporting local high school athletes.
First Presbyterian Church
Assist with meals, birth certificate documentation, and new clothes for the homeless. (downtown)
One by One
Sharing the love of Jesus by mentoring young, single mothers.
Riverwood Elementary School
Support students, teachers, and administration in their pursuit of high educational standards.
Shepherd’s Haven
Assist adults with developmental disabilities who live in Christian community.
Youth Leadership Memphis
Helping at-risk youth through teaching, mentoring, and economic development.
Jon Shober Scholarship
Assisting students of Advent with college expenses.
David and Lisa
East Asia
Evangelism and Discipleship
Nick and Amanda
Middle East
Church Planting and Education
Shawn and Lisa Stewart
United States and Abroad
EPC Mission Recruiter
Advent in Honduras
Advent teams partner in Honduras ministry
Audio/Visual Team
Running slides, video, camera and sound are a vital part of Sunday morning.
Children/Nursery Volunteers
Our team of volunteers is looking to grow. Come be a part of the team.
Choir and Praise Team
Have a gift for music? We’re always looking to add to our team.
Courtesy Team
Be part of the team that helps people in the parking lot, answers front desk questions and helps others navigate the building.
Be a friendly, welcoming face and offer assistance to guests and
members on Sunday morning.
Hand out bulletins and take up offering, while smiling, hugging and loving on people.
Welcome Desk
Be a friendly face at the Welcome Desk!

Adopt a College Student
Adopt a college student so you can be a blessing and send them encouragement through the school year.
Care Team
Volunteers who reach out to individuals on weekly prayer list. They pray for each person individually and coordinate any further sharing of care needs as appropriate.
Hospital Visitation Team
Volunteers who visit members in the hospital. They update Church office and Care Team for coordination of any other care needs as appropriate.
Stephen Ministry
Trained individuals who volunteer to “walk along beside you” during
a life-changing event or time of
crisis. All information is confidential.

*Remember… December 22 and 29*

Sunday School at 9:30, One Worship Service at 10:30