Advent 2018: A Season of Hope!

Please join us for Advent and Christmas at First United Methodist Church as we prepare for and celebrate Jesus’ birth. Most of us are very good at decorating and preparing our homes for Christmas; but how well do we prepare our hearts? The activities, ministries, Scripture readings, musical offerings, and worship services detailed on these pages are designed to help us prepare our hearts for the arrival of the Prince of Peace, the Christ child. I invite you to take advantage of these activities and suggestions to make the season holy, and to keep it about Jesus. Of course, the high points of our Christmas celebrations are our three Christmas Eve Candlelight worship services. Each service (5:00, 7:00 and 11:00) celebrates in unique ways, and includes the singing of carols, and concludes with the entire congregation holding lighted candles and singing “Silent Night.” Let there be Christmas!
Pastor Cathe
 
Christmas Eve December 24
5:00 p.m. Family friendly candlelight service, Christian Life Center
6:00 p.m. Live Nativity on Front Lawn
7:00 p.m. Traditional candlelight service with Congregational Carols, Sanctuary
11:00 p.m. A Meditative service of Communion, Candlelight and Carols, Sanctuary
In celebration of the birth of Christ, everyone is invited to bring a bell from home to ring during the singing
of the Gloria in “Angels We Have Heard on High” during ALL three evening services.
 
Christmas Cantata: “I Hear The Prophet Callin’” by Pepper Choplin
This year’s Christmas cantata will, without a doubt, become your new best favorite, just as it has become one of ours! How can we be so sure of this? Because of the beauty and majesty that shines brightly throughout the cantata. Each song has its own character, it’s own unique style – a musical fingerprint, so to speak. You will love it!
Come hear this beautiful Christmas music, lovingly prepared for you by your dedicated choir
Sunday, December 23 @ 8:00 & 10:30 AM traditional services.
 
Children’s Pageant Information
This year the Children will be performing ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on December 16th during the contemporary service. Any child 3 years old- 5th grade is welcome to join us! Practices will be during Sunday School on November 25th, December 2nd and December 9th. Please join us for some holiday fun singing your favorite carols and celebrating the birth of Christ.