Leadership Summit 2023

Advent Leaders,

Thank you for your willingness to serve our church this upcoming year! We are excited
to kick off 2023 and cannot wait to what God has in store for us in the new year. As a
member of our church leadership, we ask that you join us for the 2023 Advent
Leadership Summit featuring Jason Young on Saturday, January 7th from 9:00 am –
12:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

It is important that you attend the Leadership Summit as this is a time we will spend
together developing as leaders and gaining insight for the upcoming year. In addition,
you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow committee members and receive
logistical information for the year. This year we will once again welcome Jason Young as
our keynote speaker. Jason will be leading our time together and will be helping equip
us to continue our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of
the world.

About Jason Young
Dr. Jason Young is an author and speaker who helps organizations maximize leadership
and hospitality within their organization. He has worked with leaders at Ford Motor
Company, Life.Church, Chick-fil-A, and more. Jason also served as the Director of
Guest Experience at Buckhead Church and North Point Ministries, which is a nationally
known network of churches founded by Andy Stanley.

Please RSVP by December 31st
We ask that you please RSVP for the Leadership Summit by
December 31st. You can RSVP by visiting advent-umc.org/leadership.
We look forward to seeing you on January 7th!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Michael

Christmas Under The Stars

Join us this Christmas season at Advent Scuffletown for Christmas Under The Lights on December 23rd! Bring your lawn chairs, enjoy some hot chocolate, and worship with us!

Revolution 2023 – Middle School

Hey MIDDLE SCHOOL students! Join in this winter for REVOLUTION 2023. This is a weekend retreat just for you that is being held at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC from January 27-29. Please register NO LATER THAN January 6, 2023. Registration fees are $100 per student until December 15 and $125 thereafter. We look forward to this awesome weekend and to you being a part of it! Register at https://onrealm.org/AdventUMC/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=YTM4OWQzODEtZjZhNy00YTI4LWIxOTYtYWY0YTAxMDExMmFk

Why Ask Why

Have you ever wondered about a verse or passage in the Bible, but felt that you had no one to ask or that it might sound sacrilegious to ask for clarification? This group is for inquisitive people who want to ask questions and are open to hearing the perspectives of others. It is for people who have been looking for a forum where they can explore the answers to tough questions without feeling that they are judged for their opinions.

Meeting Time: Sundays at 10:15 am
Location: Christian Life Center, Room C204
Who: Men & Women, All Ages

Bible Project

Our Bible is a magnificent book that shares how God has loved us from Adam and Eve to his ultimate gift of Jesus and his life, death and resurrection.  The Old and New Testaments share a unified story of wisdom for our modern world.  Jesus was a Jew and knew well the texts of the Old Testament and he often quotes them as evidence of his mission as the Messiah. If you want to learn more about the unified story of God’s love for us, then please join us.  We will use the videos, podcasts and resources of The Bible Project.  (see example links below)  Our group will decide on which Biblical topics to tackle, and also decide on which day and time to meet each week.

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Who: Men & Women, All Ages

Companions in Accountability

Companions in Accountability is a breakfast group for men of all ages that meets every Wednesday morning at 8 am at one of the local restaurants. Their topics of discussion vary from everyday life issues to studies of books of the Bible.

Meeting Time: 8am on Tuesday
Location: Meeting at local restaurants
Who: Men, All Ages


Sweeties is a young couples group (late 20s – 40s) that meets off campus (rotates between participants). They meet once a week and discuss issues that are relevant to their current life.

Meeting Time: 7:00 pm on Wednesdays
Location: Rotates between participants homes
Who: Late 20s to 40s, Couples

Midweek Connection

Studies are discussion based and topical. Our goal is to minister to couples of all ages.

Meeting Time:  6:30 pm on Wednesdays
Location: Education Building, E109
Who: Married couples with or without children

Confirmation Registration is Open

Confirmation is back and has been shifted to 8th grade! Confirmation is a time of in-depth faith exploration for students, to help them continue to build a foundation of faith that will grow with them throughout their lives. At the end of Confirmation, there is an opportunity for these students to make a personal decision to claim their faith for themselves.

Because we have moved Confirmation to the students’ 8th grade year, and many students have already become well-established in Elevate, our student ministry, this year we are integrating Confirmation into Elevate. While Confirmation is not mandatory, it is what will be offered to 8th graders during the Elevate time frame. Confirmands will come on Sunday evenings throughout the school year at 5:45pm for Elevate dinner, announcements, and games. Then, during the worship portion, confirmands will break off and have a Confirmation lesson followed by Confirmation life groups. They will return to the big Elevate group for the wrap-up and be finished by 7:45pm.

Confirmation will run throughout the school year from September through April. Confirmation registration is open now through Thursday, August 18th to those who will be in 8th grade for the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact Pastor Rachel if you have any questions.



Passages is a multigenerational group, all are welcome. We share lessons learned from personal experience and how God works in our lives. We meet at 11:00 Sunday mornings at the homes of the group. We meet once every two weeks and discuss books and watch videos on the study.

Meeting Time: 11:00 am, every other Sunday
Location: Rotates between participants homes
Who: Men & Women, All Ages

We’re Saving a Seat for You This Christmas!

We hope you will join us this Christmas for worship at both of our campuses: Five Forks and Scuffletown!

Advent Five Forks Campus

Saturday, December 24th
Christmas Eve Services

1:00 pm – Family Service: Birthday Party for Jesus

3:00 pm – Traditional Service

5:00 pm – Contemporary Service

9:00 pm – Traditional Service

Sunday, December 25th
Christmas Day

ONLINE ONLY SERVICE – available via https://adventumc.online.church/

Advent Scuffletown Campus

Friday, December 23rd
Christmas Under The Stars – Rudolph Gordon School Football Field

5:30 pm – Hot Chocolate & Kids’ Crafts

6:00 pm – Worship Service

Sunday, December 25th
Christmas Day

ONLINE ONLY SERVICE – available via https://adventumc.online.church/