Early Teens’ Community Bible Study

eTeen Begins January 26

Community Bible Study for grades 6–8

The eTeens classes will begin January 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Volunteer Baptist Church, 2695 Volunteer Pkwy, Bristol. The vision and preparation for this class has been on our hearts and in our prayers. We know that God will transform the hearts and lives of anyone who studies His Word and applies it to his life.

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Advent: Celebrate, Prepare

For Western Christians, the new Church Year begins on November 29, a season called Advent, which refers to both Christ’s first and second coming. While the world gets into its annual frenzy of shopping and parties, the Church asks us to take time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. Why do we celebrate Advent? Let this hymn stanza by Wiliam Watkns explain:

Forgive us, Lord, for feast that knows not fast,
For joy in things that meanwhile starve the soul,
For walls and wars that hide Your mercies vast
And blur our vision of the Kingdom goal!

Precisely when Advent, the approximately four-week period preceding Christmas, first came to be observed is debated. But originally it was a penitential period similar to Lent. In 380 the Council of Saragossa stressed daily church attendance from December 17 until the Epiphany. Pope St. Leo I (the Great), best known for persuading Attila the Hun to spare Rome from destruction in the fifth century, called for fasting on the Wednesdays and Fridays in the weeks before Christmas.

In 581 the Synod of Mac in present-day France called for fasting on the Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from November 11, the feast of St. Martin of Tours, up to and including Christmas Eve, December 24. The Council of Constantinople in 1166 set the fast to begin on November 15.

In the Greek Orthodox tradition, Advent remains to this day a solemn season, with the faithful abstaining from meat, fish other than shellfish, dairy products, and sweets in the days leading up to Christmas. In some Eastern churches, the pre-Christmas fast is known as St. Philip's Fast, because it begins on the day after the feast of St. Philip the Apostle, November 14.

Join our Advent prayer: Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen!

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Sunday Schedule
Sunday School 9:00 a.m.
Fellowship 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

The strength of classic Lutheran liturgy and hymn selections plus contemporary Christian music in a blended, participatory style.
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Current Bible Studies

Current Bible Studies

Sunday morning, Adults • The Gospel according to St. Luke, led by Pastor Becker, 9 a.m.
Adult Class two, St. John room, Study of the minor prophets, led by Teri Miller.
Sunday morning, Children • Bible Study for Children, 9 a.m.
Ladies' Daytime Group • 2nd & 4th Mondays, 1 p.m. • Fellowship Hall
Ladies' Evening Group • 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7 p.m. • Check calendar for location

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