Advent 2018

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Amidst your giving at this time of year, we invite you to consider sending a special Christmas offering this season. The ever-expanding ministry of First UMC is due to your generosity and faithfulness.  Through the mission and ministries supported by your gifts, we are able to touch the lives of so very many individuals and families, and neighbors near and far, during this sacred season and throughout the year.  Thank you for your support!

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Advent Devotional Booklets Available December 2, 2018

The devotionals are written by First UMC parishioners and provides a wonderful opportunity to share Advent with family and friends. Click below to subscribe and receive devotionals by email during Advent and Lent.


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Sundays in December

Advent Worship Sunday Services – 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship; 5 p.m. simple church chapel service

Angel Tree Project Dec. 2, 9, 16 – 11 a.m. after worship, Simkins Hall; Support a family by gifting much-needed household items to Family Place by signing up at their table during Coffee Hour.  

Alternative Christmas Fair Dec. 2, 9, 16 – 11 a.m. after worship, Simkins Hall; Support mission projects and programs in the community and around the world, by giving a financial gift in the name of a loved one. Share the SPIRIT of Christmas! Read more. 

Taking Orders – Poinsettias Beautiful poinsettias will once again grace our sanctuary during services on Sunday December 23 and Christmas Eve. Order online, at the Sunday Hospitality Table or in the church office. Each plant is $12, and may be picked up after the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Deadline to order is December 14.

December 1 

Christmas Concert Rehearsal 9 a.m., Sanctuary; Open to the congregation at no charge.

December 2

Fireside Room Art Advent Exhibit Opening – View the art of John August Swanson.

Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary; An Evening of Carols, Etc. – Featuring the Premiere Performance of Magnificat by Michael McClish.  Read more.

December 10

Messy Church Family Service 4:30 p.m., Chapel & Simkins Hall; Crafts • Music • Story • Shared Meal – The Filipino community of First UMC invites all to a special Filipino-themed Messy Church.

December 14

Preschool Christmas Program 9:15 a.m., Sanctuary; Open to the congregation

December 16

Sunday School’s Faith in Action – After the Children’s Message at the 10 a.m. Sanctuary worship, the children will go to Sunday School for Faith in Action, a hands-on community service project for children of all ages.  Read more.

First UMC Labyrinth Open for walks 3 p.m. with the last walk at 4:30, Simkins Hall; Quiet your mind and open your spirit to the presence of the Holy. Every step a prayer. Then continue your spiritual practice by attending simple church

simple church  special service 5 p.m., Chapel; Details to be announced.

December 23

Sunday Worship Service of Lessons and Carols 10 a.m., Sanctuary

December 24

Christmas Eve “No Fuss, No Muss Family Worship” 4 p.m., Sanctuary; Christmas Pageant for all ages. Costumes will be available at the door for all children to participate.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 11 p.m., Sanctuary; With Choir, Organ, Harp by candlelight