november 2020

30nov2:00 pmVirtual EventFinding Joy and Hope in Bleak Midwinter

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An Online Exploration led by Guy Sayles

Monday, November 30  |  2:00 p.m. (EST)











Our celebrations of the Advent-Christmas season will no doubt be different and difficult this year. Pandemic restrictions on gatherings of all kinds and concerns about travel will move some cherished traditions online and make others impossible.  No crowded sanctuaries on Christmas Eve with worshipers holding candles and singing “Silent Night” and no fellowship halls jammed with church members sitting around tables, sharing hot chocolate, hearing Christmas memories, dreams and stories, and singing beloved carols. We’re also approaching Christmas with the ongoing anxieties of a conflicted presidential transition, still-urgent issues of racial justice, and uncertain economic conditions.

What themes, insights and practices can church leaders offer to nurture joy and hope, in ourselves and the people we serve, in this bleak midwinter?

Join Guy Sayles for an exploration of this question via Zoom.  Join Zoom Meeting:

Guy is former pastor of FBC Asheville and a retired member of the religion faculty at Mars Hill University. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Gardner Webb University Divinity School, works as a consultant with the Center for Healthy Churches, and blogs at


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