The Perfect Way to Dive Into Advent

Lisa HelmAdvent is in full swing at FUMCFW! The Welcome Center has been a hub of activity as a constant crowd of people flock to pick up their copies of the Advent Devotional, take tags off the Gift of Warmth tree in the Welcome Center (other trees are located in the Children’s Wing and Wesley Hall) to give children coats to keep warm and toasty this winter, and pick up boxes to fill with treats for our First Responders.

Members of the Genesis Class spent their class time the first Sunday of Advent in the Welcome Center where they were assigned a family, went to Target to shop for them, and brought their gifts back to the Welcome Center so that the Justice Ministry could deliver them. Last Sunday, members of the Aldersgate Class assembled 1,000 candles and holders to be used at our services on Christmas Eve. The Tapestry Class, as well as the Youth Ministries and Confirmation Class, will assemble 3,000 more Christmas Eve candles in the coming weeks so we will have plenty of candles on hand for our six Christmas Eve services this year.

Watching all of this, for me, is the perfect way to dive into Advent because it is a perfect illustration of what I love so much about this church. In a season that can be a blur of shopping, parties, and decorating, it’s so easy to forget what Christmas is really about. Seeing the members of FUMCFW focused on reaching out and giving to others — and sometimes finding new ways to serve — puts our Advent theme into motion (and follows our Healthy Plate Discipleship model!) to remind me of the many gifts God offers to us and to our world.

If you and your family are looking for a way to serve our church, consider this: with six services on Christmas Eve (last year more than 1,700 people attended the 5:00 pm family service alone!), we need even more smiling Christmas Eve ushers than ever before! This year we’ll start with services at noon, 3:30 and 5:00 pm for families, as well as 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00 pm. If you would be interested in ushering at one or more of the services that day or volunteering in the Welcome Center, we would love to have you! And, for those who serve, we will have seating roped off downstairs and in the balcony for volunteers and their families — and snacks and refreshments in Room 154 between services. So you can greet people in the Welcome Center or usher and enjoy reserved seating with your family!

It’s truly a fun and festive way to serve our church on Christmas Eve. If you are interested in ushering at one or more services, please contact me ( | 817-339-2403) and let me know which service — or services — you would like to volunteer in, or click here to sign up online.

See you Sunday!

Lisa Helm
Director of Welcoming Ministries


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