Advent & Christmas

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.  Share this event on Facebook.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 11 p.m., Sanctuary; With Choir, Organ, Harp by candlelight. Share this event on Facebook.

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!

You may give online by clicking the button above then select Christmas Offering from the drop down menu.

Printed Advent Devotional Booklets Available at church.

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

 

Sundays in December

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

Angel Tree Project Sign ups on Dec. 1 and 8 – 11 a.m. after worship, Simkins Hall; A community effort to provide homeless families at Upward Bound House with much-needed household items.  Return your wrapped gift by Dec. 15 to church office or bring to Coffee Hour. 

Alternative Christmas Fair Dec. 1, 8, 15 – 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 22 and Christmas Eve. Order online, at the Sunday Hospitality Table or in the church office. Each plant is $13, and may be picked up after the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Deadline to order is December 13.

December 7 

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

December 8

Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary; A Christmas Celebration. – Featuring In Terra Pax by Gerald Finzi, and Magnificat, but Franz Schubert, for Choir and Chamber Orchestra, and the annual An Evening of Carols, Etc. with audience participation.  Read more.

December 14

Messy Church Family Service 4:30 p.m., Chapel & Simkins Hall; Crafts • Music • Story • Shared Meal …read more.

December 13

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

December 15

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

December 22

Sunday Worship Service of Lessons and Carols 10 a.m., Sanctuary; Beautiful annual service with Scripture readings, choir, organ, and brass.  Share this event on Facebook.

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 – an activity for children of all ages.  Read more.

simple church Blue Christmas service 5 p.m., Chapel;  A contemplative service for those who are experiencing grief.  Share this event on Facebook.

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. Share this event on Facebook.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 11 p.m., Sanctuary; With Choir, Organ, Harp by candlelight. Share this event on Facebook.