Experiencing Christmas Churchwide Advent Study

Deepen your appreciation of the Christmas season with intimate small group fellowship. During Advent, FUMC will be doing a church-wide small group study of Experiencing Christmas: Christ in the Sights and Sounds of Christmas by Matt Rawle. We hope you can participate!

How will it work?

Each week, the sermon will introduce the topic of the week. Participants will then read the corresponding chapter in their book. Each small group will meet once during the week to watch the accompanying video segment and discuss the material in the chapter.

When does it start?

The first sermon for the study will be November 26th. Then the groups will start meeting. Groups should meet once each week.

  • Week 1: November 26th – December 2nd
  • Week 2: December 3rd – 9th
  • Week 3: December 10th – 16th
  • Week 4: December 17th – 23rd

How do I join?

There are a number of groups to choose from – some during the day and some in the evening. Most are in-person, but there are also two on zoom. The full schedule of groups is available below. To join a group, you can sign up online by completing this google form or by adding your name on the sign-up sheet in the parlor.

You will need to purchase your own participant guide online ($10-$20). There will be limited copies at the church for folks who are having trouble buying it online. Feel free to share a copy of the book with those in your household.

Experiencing Christmas: Christ in the Sights and Sounds of Christmas. By Matt Rawle. Abingdon Press, Nashville. 2023. ISBN: 978-1-791029272.

Small Groups Available to Join


  • 9am in room 22 at main church. Leader: Joe & Becky Clark
  • 10:30am in room 22 at the main church. Leader: Paige and Dave Deuscher
  • 7pm in room 22 at the main church. Leader: Tim Binkley


  • CANCELLED: 11am in room 26 at the main church. Leaders: Ricci and Brenda Arthur.
  • FULL: 2pm in room 26 at main church. Leaders: Bev Froman and Lynn Hall


  • CANCELLED: 6:00pm in the prayer room at Crossroads. Leader: Shannon and Aaron McKisson
  • FULL: 6:30pm in the 4-square room at Crossroads. Leader: Jeff Cherry


  • 4pm in the 4-square room at Crossroads. Leader: Pastor Nikki Baker


  • 7pm on Zoom. Leader: Pastor Amy Wood


  • 8:30am at the Benham’s home in Canal Winchester. Leaders: Sam & Renee Benham. Breakfast will be provided.
The Youth 6th-12th will have an Advent Study Group 
The Youth 6th-12th grade will have an Advent study group during youth night on Dec. 3, 10 and 17th, 5pm – 7pm at Crossroads in the Youth Room so they can be a part of the church-wide study. No book needed for the Youth.

If you have any questions or are interested in leading a small group of your own, please contact Renee Benham at tesseract03@gmail.com or at 937-926-5600.

Poinsettias for the Sanctuary The Altar Guild is offering the opportunity for members of the congregation to provide poinsettias in honor or memory of important persons in their lives. Forms are in the Parlor. Checks may be written out to “FUMC– Altar Guild” and marked Poinsettia. Please Note the Firm Due date: November 20. The poinsettias will be available for persons to take home or to others following 8:00 p.m. worship on Christmas Eve.