The season of Advent marks the beginning of a new church year in which believers annually reflect anew on the meaning of the incarnation of Jesus. In the season of Advent we find cause for great Hope, Peace, Joy , and Love. During Advent believers focus on the threefold coming of Jesus Christ to the world, His coming in the flesh as a child, present today in the Word and the Spirit always, and coming in future glory. At this time each year we in the church should ask ourselves the same question, “Why would the Lord of all the universe care enough about us mortals to take our flesh and share our woes”
Coming home for Christmas
~ Advent series ~
Dec. 10, Advent Week Two, CHRISTMAS PEACE IS FOR EVERYONE
Dec. 17, Advent Week Three, CHOIR and LUNCH, one service
Dec. 24, Advent Week Four 9:15 a.m. CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’S SPECIAL
Dec. 24, 6:00 p.m. Candlelight, CHRISTMAS IS FOR ALL PEOPLE!
Dec. 31, (New Years’ Sunday), MAKE THE NEW YEAR YOUR BEST YEAR
First, Advent is about connection. Advent reflection reveals the connection between the
manger and cross motivated solely by God’s desire to love you. Luther said that the manger and the
cross are made of the same wood. Both made of wood stained with the sin of God’s creatures
and stained with the blood, sweat and tears of our personal God who cares about us. God’s love
is shown in His action to send his Son, Jesus to close the gap of separation between Him and
creatures. Advent is about the connection God desires to share with you.
Second, Advent is also about coming. John the Baptist proclaimed, “behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world”. The Lord of all the universe cares enough about us to be present with us now. Emmanuel is God with us in our here and now. He‘s come and taken upon
himself our woes.
Third, Advent reminds us the same Christ born in the manger, the same Christ present with us now, also is the same Christ who promised to come again. Advent leads us to consider all the ways in which our God comes to us. Since the season of Advent occurs during the four weeks prior to Christmas Day, we may only focus our eyes on the baby Jesus cradled in the manger. But if we pull back the curtains a little farther we can bring into view all the ways that God comes to us yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
The truth that God cares enough for us mortals to take on our flesh and share our woes is shown us in the wonderful Christmas story which we eagerly wait to celebrate. Prepare the way of the Lord, for Christ has come, Christ is near, and Christ shall come again.
Worship God with us. Our 9:15 Blended Sunday service includes children's moment, power point and multi media presentations, and prayers, scriptures, and cause for the hope you need.
Also our contemporary service called, The Aveleigh Worship Center gathers Sundays at at 11:30.
Come and find out about the week day evening alternate worship venues.
Aveleigh's Sunday School takes place every Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. We have classes for ages 3 - 12 and 5 adult Sunday School Classes.
Our Adult Ministries at Aveleigh include: Dinner Groups which meet monthly for spiritual encouragement and fellowship; our Forever Young group which meets the third Wednesday of each month (for either a trip or program); 5th Sunday Luncheons (we meet directly after the service to share a meal and fellowship the 5th Sunday of a month); as well as special church-wide events during the year. You are also invited to Truesdell Hall (gym) on Sundays immediately following the 9:15 a.m. Service (around 10:20 a.m.) for coffee and snacks. This is a great time to fellowship with Aveleigh family and friends.
Our Children's ministry at Aveleigh includes children ages birth - 5th grade. Nursery care (for birth - 3 years) is provided during church services and most church events. Sunday School classes are available for all ages. There are many special activities for children throughout the year including: a weekly Sunday King’s Kid’s program with puppets and singing (for ages 3 - 5th grade & held at 10:30 a.m.); a weekly children's church ministry for children ages 3 - Kindergarten during our 9:15 a.m. service; Catechism class (for 6th & 7th grade); Vacation Bible School; Advent Adventure held during the Advent season; and various other activities.
Aveleigh has a library that includes educational opportunities for all ages. The library includes fiction, non-fiction, DVDs, magazines, devotionals and Bible Study reference books.
Aveleigh has Bible Studies offered Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
The Reverend Dr. Mitchell Van Metre has been pastor and head of staff for our charge since 2006. He is a graduate of Maryville College, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and holds a PhD in pastoral care from the Oklahoma University of bibical studies.
Cindy Long has been Aveleigh’s Director of Christian Education since July 1996. She enjoys working with all age groups. Cindy, and her husband Eddie, also coordinate Newberry Young Life, an outreach ministry for teenagers.
Ginny Holt has been Minister of Music at Aveleigh since May, 2009. She has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Church Music from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and a Master of Music in Pipe Organ Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. She was with SIM and EPC World Outreach from 1997 - 2008, serving as worship director of the International Evangelical Church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she was also director of The Motley Singers, an international community choir of about 50 singers and instrumentalists.