This is a beautiful way to begin the Advent Season. Enjoy a thoughtful and beautiful service as we decorate our Sanctuary and prepare for the Christmas season. There will be a reception following the service in the Parlor and everyone is invited to stay, visit and finish placing the Chrismons onto the tree. The children will make their own Chrismon and decorate a tree in the Narthex at the same time. There will be and assortment of refreshments of available to sample. Be sure to vote for the best decorated table. This will be a fun time to fellowship with our church family and begin the season of Advent in a truly glorious way. There are a few areas to read and the youth and children are encourage to sign up to participate too. Sign up sheet in in the Narthex.

Advent Workshop
Advent Workshop of
Christmas’ Past
Sunday, December 9th
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Please join us for Advent Workshop as we celebrate Christmas through the years. We will be re-experiencing crafts from God’s Winter Wonderland, Gingerbread Village, Santa’s Workshop and Jesus, the Light of the World. All children ages 4 to 12, please join us in Ciruti Hall where there will be plenty of Christmas crafts, yummy snacks and fun games! Come ready to have a good time and please be sure to invite your friends to celebrate the Advent season with us.
If you would like to place an Evergreen Wreath or Poinsettia in the Sanctuary during the Christmas Advent Season, please fill out a Wreath or Poinsettia Order Form and turn it into the church office along with your payment of $15.00 per wreath or $8.00 per poinsettia, by December 10th. 
Wreaths will be hung at the beginning of Advent and the Poinsettia plants will decorate the Sanctuary during the holiday season. You may take your poinsettia with you following the Christmas Eve Services. 
The order form(s) are located in the church office and the Narthex and should accompany your payment and please note “wreath” and/or “poinsettia” as a memo with your payment.
Christmas Cantata
Sunday, December 16th at 10:00 am
The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. In this service, we listen to nine Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News of the Birth of Jesus. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message and a brief prayer. FUMC Choir will present the scriptural readings followed by familiar Advent-Christmas tunes for our congregation and visitors to enjoy and sing along. This will be a combined opportunity to worship and will be the only service that Sunday. Sunday School and Children’s Church will not meet as well.
Youth Host a Children’s Christmas Play Day
Saturday, December 15th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
 
Drop your children off (ages 4-12) for the afternoon and have some adult time or go Christmas shopping all by yourself! $20 for one child, $10 for each additional child. We will watch “The Star”, play fun games, eat yummy snacks and have lots of fun. Please sign up by December 12th. All proceeds will benefit the Youth traveling to Gatlinburg, TN for their worship conference. Please contact Grace or Emily to register or for more information.
Youth Christmas Carol Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 16th
2:00 – 4:00 pm
The youth will set out on a scavenger hunt for food items to fill food baskets for families in need. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex if you would like to be added to the Scavenger Hunt Approved House List. We will also publish a list of the prospective items so you can prepare in advance. You will be rewarded with a Christmas Carol and knowing you helped a family have Christmas dinner too.
Advent Bible Study
Join us for a four part Bible Study during Advent. We will meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the home of Beth Lafargue beginning November 28th.
There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex, or you can contact Debi in the church office, and she will add you to the list.
We will study The Redemption of Scrooge by Matt Rawle. Which looks at Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol, through the lens of faith.

2018 Christmas Play

Something a little different – we’re doing five performances this time, two in Ciruti Hall and three in SLU’s Wesley Student Center. We hope the out-of- our-own-box performances will attract some folks who are not aware of all the good stuff we do here at FUMC and maybe entice a few to take a closer look.

Here’s the schedule.
Friday, November 30th at FUMC Ciruti Hall
Saturday, December 1st at FUMC Ciruti Hall
Thursday, December 6th at SLU Wesley Center
Friday, December 7th at SLU Wesley Center
Saturday, December 8th at SLU Wesley Center

Food will be served at 7:00 pm and the play will start not long after. The home performances in Ciruti Gall will feature, as usual, a full dinner. The performance at SLU Wesley will only be dessert and coffee. As always, we need bakers and servers and signup sheets are ready and waiting. No surprise there, huh?

Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Services
Monday, December 24th 4:30 pm & 6:00 pm
A family Christmas Eve Service will be held at 4:30 pm for our church families with small children or those who enjoy the Christmas Story for the children. There will be singing your favorite Christmas Carols, retelling a Child Filled Reenactment of the of the Christmas Story, Family Communion, and special Family Candlelight Benediction.
A Traditional Christmas Eve Service will be held at 6:00 pm for our families wanting to participate in a more hymn and scripture based Christmas experience. Communion will be served and the service will close with a special Candlelight Benediction.
Combined Worship Service
Sunday, December 30th 10:00 am
We will wrap up 2018 with a special combined worship opportunity. This is a great opportunity to worship together as a congregational family and end this year as a united community. We hope you will join us for this great experience.