Advent 2017

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 here and selecting Christmas Offering from the drop down menu.

Advent Devotional Booklets Available December 3, 2017

The devotionals are written by First UMC parishioners and provides a wonderful opportunity to share Advent with family and friends. Click buttons to view, download, or subscribe.

DECEMBER 3/10/17

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

Angel Tree Project 11 a.m. after worship, Simkins Hall; Support a family by gifting much-needed household items to Family Place.

Alternative Christmas Fair 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! 


Fireside Room Art Exhibit Shining Through: Photographs of the Sanctuary Stained Glass Windows

Poinsettias Beautiful poinsettias will once again grace our sanctuary for the Lessons & Carols Christmas Eve service, and Christmas Eve Family and Candlelight Services. Order at the Sunday Hospitality Table or in the church office. Each plant is $12, and may be picked up after 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Deadline to order is December 12.

December 2

Christmas Concert Rehearsal 9 a.m., Sanctuary; Open to the congregation

December 3

Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary; An Evening of Carols, Etc. – Featuring Gerald Finzi’s Magnificat

December 9

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

December 15

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

December 17

First UMC Labyrinth Open for walks 2:30 p.m., Simkins Hall; Quiet your mind and open your spirit to the presence of the Holy. Every step a prayer.

December 24

Sunday Worship 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 with the Children & Youth Choir.

December 24

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

December 31 – Mark your calendar…

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.

simple church  covenant renewal service 5 p.m., Chapel