Greetings from the RISE Student Ministry desk! We pray this finds you well and recovering from the Thanksgiving break. We're heading into the season of Advent, and I can't be more excited about what's coming up! On Sunday and Wednesday nights we'll be intentionally exploring the Christmas story, even from before the Gospels (oh yeah, the story begins way before the angel appears to Mary). As a whole church we're coming together on Wednesday nights for a small meal and study (children, youth, and adults with separate studies!). On Sunday nights our students will be looking at four aspects of Advent, in line with the four candles we light during Advent (hope, peace, love, joy). This is my favorite time of the year, mostly because of the sense of anticipation surrounding this season. We pray you find the time and the space this Advent season to become slow, more attentive to the meaning and anticipation of Christ's birth and his entrance into our lives. Don't let the business of the culture around us make you miss Jesus during this time!