FFUMC to offer Advent Study starting next week


The community is invited to prepare for Christmas through a new free Advent study, “Hope Amidst the Chaos,” written and led by Fayetteville First United Methodist Church’s associate minister, the Rev. Allyson Lawrence. The four-week study exploring the book of Isaiah begins Nov. 19 and continues Dec. 3, 10 and 17 with two meeting times each day — one at 10 a.m. and the other at 6:15 p.m.

“This discussion-style study will cover the structure of the book of Isaiah and will explore the historical context as we journey with the people of Israel from their Babylonian exile back to their homeland,” said Lawrence, “But a major focus will be holding onto hope when the worst has happened.”

Using a weekly guide and suggested readings from Isaiah, participants will identify what the chaos may be today and the promise of hope and redemption in our time.

Lawrence joined the staff of Fayetteville First UMC in June of this year as minister of discipleship and evangelism.

A graduate of Louisiana Tech, with a master’s of divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, she has served at Prospect United Methodist Church in Morgan County, Griffin First United Methodist Church and McDonough UMC, as well as serving as a provisional elder with the North Georgia Annual Conference in 2012.

Registration is now open through the church office at 770-461-4313 or online at www.fayettevillefirst.com. Classes will be held at Fayetteville First UMC, 175 East Lanier Ave., Fayetteville, next to the historic courthouse.