Advent is a time of waiting, watching, anticipating, and preparing for the coming of Jesus. It is a time to rethink one’s priorities; a time to seek God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness of friends and family for hurtful words and actions; a time to look for the image of Christ in each person we meet; and a time of anticipating God’s surprises in our lives.

There are many Advent opportunities here at Scarritt Bennett Center. You are invited to join us at this sacred time of the year for study, music, poetry reading, giving to others, worship,and fellowship.

“Prepare the Way: Cultivating a Heart for God in Advent”: Brown bag lunch conversation on Fridays, November 29, December 6, 13, and 20 from 11:40-12:30, using Pamela Hawkins book Sessions will be held on the 3rd floor of Fondren. The focus is on the prophetic word of God found in Isaiah and Matthew.

Nashville Chamber Singers in concert on December 7 at 7 PM in Wightman Chapel. The concert will include sacred and secular music of the season.

Storylines Book Club on December 9, 7:00-8:15PM in 2nd floor of Fondren Hall. In addition to a discussion of “Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker” by Gregory Maguire,, you are encouraged to bring children’s books (picture books – teenagers) for children living in poverty.

Christmas Concerts in Wightman Chapel, December 9-12 at 1:00-1:30 PM
December 9 Jennie Smith at the organ
December 10 Margaret Becker, vocalist and guitarist
December 11 Marilyn E. Thornton, vocalist and violinist
December 12 Terrell Hunt, vocalist
All concerts are free and open to the public.

Poet’s Corner ft. Georganne Harmon, Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 PM

Vespers & All That Jazz on Sunday evenings at 6:30-7:15 PM in Wightman Chapel. Our themes and scriptures will be:
December 1 A Prophecy of Peace Isaiah 2:2-5
December 8 God’s Good News Isaiah 11:1-10
December 15 God’s Holy Way Isaiah 35:8-10
December 22 Listen to the Angels Luke 1:8-19
December 29 The Holy Immigrant Family Matthew 2:13-23
These services consist of scripture, prayer, contemporary readings, poetry, stories and six musical numbers in the jazz format. Come and worship during this Advent/Christmas season.

Take the time to have a meaningful and enriching Advent. Let God’s message of joy, peace, love and hope that is so needed in our world come into your heart once again.

Joyce D. Sohl, Laywoman-in-Residence


Joyce D. Sohl has been Laywoman-in-Residence since 2009 as a full-time volunteer. She retired as CEO of United Methodist Women in 2004. She is the author of 4 books, a teacher, retreat leader, writer and non-professional musician. Here at the Center her work is in the area of Spirituality & the Arts with such programs as Tuesdays in the Chapel, Vespers & All That Jazz, Poet’s Corner, quarterly retreats, and art exhibits.

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