This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Advent, in addition to enjoying a very special morning of music from our Fifth Street Bells, we’ll be looking at the interesting connections to be found between the word, “life” — which is another favorite word of John’s — juxtaposed with the concept of life as we see it in that beloved Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. This week, as you follow the clips and reflections in our Advent Devotional, I invite you to also consider these questions: If you never existed, what would your world and community be like? What difference did Jesus’ coming make? How did the life he lived and the life he brings — and wants us to have — make a difference to the world? In the absence of that, what would the world be like? I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!(see more)
Sunday, December 21 | Life
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary
Special Music: Fifth Street Bells, Laura Logan, harpist, & Melissa Arthur, flautist
Reel: It’s a Wonderful Life
“Each man’s life touches so many other lives . . . you see, George, you’ve had a really wonderful life.” — Clarence Odbody, Angel 2nd Class
Real: “It’s a Wonderful Life” | Dr. Tim Bruster
“What came into being in him was life, and the life was the light of the people.” — John 1:1-18; Luke 12:15-18
Each Sunday | 10:30 – 10:55 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
December 21 Special Music: Dace Sultanov & Jeff DonahueWith special music, prayer and readings, this quiet contemplative full communion service led by Dr. Len Delony and other FUMCFW clergy is available each week for those who want to add communion to their weekly worship experience.
Saturday, December 20
Featuring Peter Mayer and Elizabeth Wills
6:00 pm | Annual Winter Drum Circle (drums provided — or bring your own!)
7:00 pm | Doors open | 7:30 pm | Music begins | Wesley Hall
$20 | Free parking across the street | Enjoy coffee, pastries, hot chocolate, and hot apple ciderPeter Mayer writes songs for a small planet — songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. “Elizabeth’s voice wraps around the listener’s heart with instant familiarity and warmth, like a long lost friend you’ve been waiting to meet…” — Sara Hickman Click here to buy tickets online or pay at the door with cash or check!
November 30 – December 24
Celebrate the “lovely intangibles” of the season — love, hope, faith, and joy — with gifts of blessing. Use the First Church Christmas Advent Giving Catalog and find just the right fit for your heart-felt gift this 2014 Season of Advent. Questions? Contact Rev. Page Hines (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5063.
Pick up your catalog of giving opportunities at the Welcome Center or Main Office OR click here to view the catalog and donate online.
Looking for a daily pick-me up that connects the fun and frivolity of your favorite holiday classics with their deeper meanings and reflections? Our 2014 Advent Devotional began Monday, November 24 in order to focus our individual studies and reflections each week in advance of the Sunday sermon.
Lay Ministry Hospitality Initiative
Pick up boxes for treats | December 7 & 14
9:00 – 9:30 & 10:30 – 11:11 am | Welcome Center
Deliver treats to local first responders | December 7 – 20
Share hospitality with others by baking goodies and taking them to local fire and police departments. Click here to learn more or contact Sammye Dunn (email@example.com) or Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Noon Service | Leonard Memorial Chapel
Family Service | 5:00 pm | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
Celebrate Christmas Eve in this meaningful family friendly worship service timed especially for young families — perfect for kids of all ages!
Traditional Candlelight Service | 7:00, 9:00, & 11:00 pm | Sanctuary
Our traditional Christmas Eve music and worship experience with carols and Christmas songs to herald our celebration of the birth of Christ.
January 9, 2015
6:30 – 11:00 pm | 3 mo. – 12 yrs.
$30 for first child | $40 for 2 | $45 for 3+ | $20 no show fee
Reservations due 1.7.15We’re having a Frozen party including indoor snow ball fights, making an Elsa cookie castle, snacks, and of course the movie. Space is limited so make reservations early to Paula Wagstaff (email@example.com) at 817/546-4414.
Sundays in February 2015
$100 per couple | Register by 1.26 | Childcare available
Led by Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div.This workshop helps couples to quickly recognize and develop strategies for approaching issues in their relationship that may limit their satisfaction. Cost includes materials as well as an individual session with Joy Allen.
This Sunday, December 21, will be our FINAL eleven:eleven celebration for 2014! And, since we will be joining in with all the options for worship in the Sanctuary on Christmas Eve, as well as the single, all-church worship service on December 28, this Sunday will be our own “It’s a Wonderful World – A Pre-Christmas Eve Celebration” with carols, stories, special readings and featuring our musical guest from wintry Minnesota, Peter Mayer!(see more)