SOTH is a community of people on a journey of Christian spiritual formation. This is a lifelong process of greater wholeness with God, with others, and with oneself. We see education as a key component of spiritual formation but believe it also encompasses aspects such as spiritual practices, service, worship, play, retreats, music, creation care, engagement with neighbors, justice, relationships, and experiences. Here you will find opportunities for all ages to explore, discover, and grow in faith. All with the goal of deepening our capacity to impact the world with God’s love.
Advent Offerings 2021
Spiritual Formation | Advent Groups
This year during Advent, we will have three different groups you can choose from to journey with others in preparing your heart to celebrate the birth of Jesus and his return one day.
Sunday Morning Group -
Held in the library after worship, Nov. 28 - Dec. 19.
Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation, by Melissa Tidwell.
Why do we celebrate Christmas? Why was Jesus born? What does Jesus' birth have to do with my life?
Embodied Light invites you to ponder our Creator's daring adventure of becoming human and coming to earth to live among us.The Incarnation also says something to us about our own lives, about what being human means.
Using scripture, prayer, and daily reflections, Embodied Light leads you to think about how to follow the fully human, fully divine Jesus with your whole self—mind, spirit, and body.
We have a few copies of this book available in the office for $12.00 or you can buy a copy from one of the following:
Upper Rooms: Buy from Upper Room
Amazon link for paperback or Kindle edition: Buy from amazon
Monday Afternoon Group -
Held in the Library,
1:30 – 2:30 PM, Nov. 29 - Dec. 20.
Advent Bible Study:
“Luke: Songs of Arrival,” led by Pastor Matt.
Advent is a time to wonder, ponder, rejoice - to sing. Singing engages the heart and mind, the body and soul in community. During times of darkness and tribulation, songs have always had the power to anchor us in an older and greater Story. Luke’s broad themes root the infancy stories into a larger whole that represent all the longings and stories of the people of Israel, and the fulfillment of the promises of God. These Advent songs speak to us today! Pastor Matt will be leading a four week Bible study and meditation on four Lucan songs:
Nov 29 - Mary’s Song: The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)
Dec 6 - Zechariah’s Song: Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79)
Dec 13 - The Angel’s Song: Gloria in Excelsis (Luke 2:1-20)
Dec 20 - Simeon’s Song: Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2:29-32; cf. Rev 5)
Monday Night Book Group -
On Zoom, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Nov. 29 - Dec. 19.
Advent in Plain Sight:
A Devotion Through Ten Objects, by Jill Duffield
At Christmas, God came into our ordinary world in the form of a child, and still today, God is at work through the ordinary stuff of life, if we train our eyes to see.
In this daily devotional for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, Jill J. Duffield draws readers’ attention to ten ordinary objects that appear in the biblical narratives of messianic prophecy and incarnation—objects we encounter in our own lives. Through objects such as gates, trees, cloth, light, and water, readers will find new meaning in the biblical account of Jesus’ coming. By connecting everyday objects with biblical texts, Advent in Plain Sight prompts readers to see the near kingdom of heaven on earth and ponder what that divine proximity enables and asks them to do and be. Each daily devotional features a Scripture reading, prayer, and reflection, reminding Christians that God still dwells among us, even in the most ordinary places.
We will have a few copies of this book in the office for $9.00 or you can buy a copy from the following:
We believe engaging with scripture is a critical component of the lifelong journey of faith. Kids’ Connection is intended for kids aged 4 years old - 4th grade to have their own Bible story time. Teachers will guide kids in the Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible curriculum. They will help the children explore the stories through wondering questions, activities, and songs all with the goal of helping the children learn, connect to God’s love and grow in faith. This will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. On the 1st and 3rd Sundays, kids will be invited to stay for the whole service to be guided by parents and guardians in worshiping with the larger community. Worship bags with activities will be available every Sunday.
Registration and sign in for Kids’ Connection will be prior to the worship service on Sundays.