Stay Awhile: Advent Lessons in Divine Hospitality

Small groups are forming for the season of Advent 2023 at FRC. This study is also available for individuals to use for personal growth. We'll be using a resource called Stay Awhile: Advent Lessons in Divine Hospitality by Rev. Kara Eidson.

"While the world tries to rush us into Christmas, decorating the day after Halloween and packing it all up once the gifts are opened on December 25, Advent is a season of preparation that—like our holiday gatherings themselves—takes time and care. Think of the anticipation that comes with hosting loved ones for Christmas dinner: We begin by extending an invitation. We make plans, and as the event draws closer, we begin our preparations. Ultimately, we open the door and welcome our guests, and that is when, finally, we celebrate. Advent should feel the same way, a time to make ready for the long-awaited event of Christ’s birth.

In Stay Awhile, pastor Kara Eidson presents a banquet table of inspiration for Advent, including weekly reflections for personal and small group use as well as brief daily devotions. Video links are also found in the study guide for individual viewing or small group use.

Dave Sippel, our Pastor of Discipleship and Missional Engagement, will be leading a Saturday morning study at FRC. Please click here to register for the Saturday morning Advent small group. We will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. beginning on Saturday, December 2nd.

Contact Dave Sippel if you would like to lead a study, sign up for a group, or purchase a copy for personal use: (973)835-1144 ext. 28  or 

Study Intro Video

Week One - Video

Week Two - Video

Week Three - Video

Week Four - Video