We’re excited that you’ve made the decision to visit Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Our goal is to help you find groups and ministries that meet your interests and needs. Whether you are single, married, divorced, widowed; young, middle-aged, mature; with infants, toddlers, teens, ‘tweens or grown children; we’ve got a group to meet your needs. God has brought you here for a reason. He wants you to find ways to use your unique gifts to contribute to the mission and ministry of His church. We hope you will open your heart to let Him guide you to YOUR place within Dunwoody UMC!
I recently had a conversation with a man whose wife is expecting a baby. For a few minutes we talked about such things as whether the baby was going to be a boy or a girl, a good name for the child and how excited he and his wife were about the approaching birth.
At one point, the conversation turned to the preparations they were making: the baby furniture that needed to be bought, the room they needed to get ready, the books on parenting they were reading, etc.
That conversation reminded me it is always important to properly prepare for the birth of a child. That is true when it comes to the birth of the Christ child as well. In the Church we call that time of preparation for the birth of Christ "The Season of Advent."
The Season of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. It comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." It is intended to be a time of spiritual preparation as we await the Word becoming flesh.
One of the best ways I know to prepare for Christ's birth is by setting aside a portion of each day leading up to Christmas to not only read Scripture, but also pay attention to the witness of other Christian men and women.
In these Advent Devotional emails, you will find stories and reflections from people in this church; stories and reflections that tell of insights they have discovered; stories and reflections that can help make your experience this year a rich and fulfilling one.
Thanks to all of those who took the time to submit the devotions that make this book possible and to Anne West for compiling and editing it.