2017 Advent Resource — The 2017 Advent Devotional is written by Beth A. Rupe. She has served congregations in Kentucky while attending Lexington Theological Seminary and in Illinois. Prior to going to seminary, Beth was an Outpatient Therapist at a community mental health center. She received a BS with honors in Psychology from Western Illinois University (1988) and a MS in Clinical/ Community Mental Health Psychology from Western Illinois University (1990). Beth received her M.Div. from Lexington Theological Seminary (2002). She was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) by the Christian Church in Illinois/Wisconsin (2002). She received her DMin from Lexington Theological Seminary (2014).

Beth is the Interim Minister of Women’s Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois/Wisconsin (CCIW). She is Regional Elder for the McLean Livingston congregations of CCIW. She is a member of the CCIW Ethic’s Investigation Team and the CCIW Pro-Reconciliation Anti-Racism Committee/ Team. She served as the Worship Coordinator for the 2010 International Disciples Women’s Ministries (IDWM) Quadrennial that was held in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has written Advent, Easter, and Week of the Laity Resources for the Office of Christian Education of the Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Special Offering Resources for the Reconciliation Office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and has published book reviews in The Lexington Theological Seminary Quarterly). Beth has published a bible study on I Corinthians 11 in (2016), provides quarterly study guides for (2012 – present), and is the author of the column Prayer Stations (2016 – present) in Just Women a publication of the International Disciples Women’s Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is a member of the Not in Our Town Faith and Outreach Committee of Bloomington/ Normal.

Beth is married to Mark. They have two children, Sarah (Aaron) and Benjamin, and two granddaughters Chloe and Emilia. She enjoys reading and learning new things especially computer skills. Her other hobbies include knitting, quilting and listening to all genres of music. She enjoys cooking, especially for her family and friends. Beth and Mark love to travel. She finds strength in contemplative prayer and studying scripture. She feels called by God to work for justice.

2016 Advent Resource
2015 Advent Resource
2014 Advent Resource
Introduction and about the writers
Meditation Scriptures
Daily Meditations for Thursday, November 27 to Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Daily Meditations for Thursday, December 4 to Monday, December 15, 2014
Daily Meditations for Tuesday, December 16 to Thursday, December 25, 2014
2014 Resource (includes all of the above)

For access to previous Advent resources contact Wilma Shuffitt.

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