Weekly News 12.21.17

By December 21, 2017


Christmas Eve Services

“Silent Night”
Candlelight Communion Services

Midday Candlelight Service
11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Offering the same special First Church Christmas Eve worship traditions as our 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00 pm evening services, including communion, candlelight, and special music, this midday service provides an earlier alternative to our evening services.

Family Candlelight Services
3:30 & 5:00 pm | Sanctuary
Dr. Tim Bruster & Mister Mark Burrows
Come join us for an evening filled with all our cherished traditions — candlelight, Christmas carols, Communion, and the wondrous story of Jesus’ birth. We’ll also have our kid-favorite Christmas Eve puppet show.

Traditional Candlelight Services
7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 pm | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
The traditions of Christmas and the beauty of this night are enhanced by uplifting music and proclamation of the Word, celebrating Holy Communion, singing carols, and lighting candles. The Sanctuary doors will open 20 minutes prior to each service, and special music will be performed by First Church Brass and our own Peggy Graff on organ.

Christmas Eve Connections
10:15 – 11:00 am
2:45 – 3:15 pm & 4:15 – 4:45 pm
6:15 – 6:45 & 8:15 – 8:45 pm | Cellist Dace Sultanov
10:15 – 10:45 pm | Wesley Hall
Arrive early before the Christmas Eve services to get a good parking place, visit with your friends, and beat the rush! Join us in Wesley Hall for refreshments and beautiful music while waiting for the Sanctuary to open. The doors will open 20 minutes prior to each service.

Valet Parking
Complimentary Valet Parking Assistance will be available from 10:30 – 11:00 am and 3:00 – 10:30 pm for anyone with mobility issues. Just turn into the Justin Building lot from 7th Street, and then come straight through to 5th Street where you’ll find the Valet Parking stand. You can drop your car off and take the ramp straight into the Sanctuary for all services. The doors will open 20 minutes prior to each service.

More Ways to Worship

Live Stream
Watch our traditional Christmas Eve services live online at 11:00 am and 9:00 pm and the Family Service at 5:00 pm.

WRR Radio
Listen to each previous week’s sermon and music on Sunday mornings at 7:30 am on WRR 101.1 FM.

There will be no adult, youth, or children’s Sunday School classes on Sunday, December 24. The nursery will be available for 0 – Pre-K.


Holiday Hours

Monday, December 25 | Closed
Tuesday, December 26 | Closed
Wednesday, December 27 | 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday, December 28 | 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday, December 29 | 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Monday, January 1 | Closed

Sunday, December 31

One Worship Service
11:00 am | Sanctuary
Join us as we combine our Traditional Worship, DiscipleChurch, The Gathering, and eleven:eleven celebration services to wrap up the year as one worshipping community.

There will be no adult, youth, or children’s Sunday School classes on Sunday, December 31. The nursery will be available for 0 – Pre-K.

The dawn of a new day. When the first glimmer of light makes its presence known.

The dawn of a new spiritual reality. When the first rays of God’s Incarnation in Christ herald the potential for new beginnings:

Hope’s poetry.
Love’s most precious gift.
Joy’s defiant smile.
New possibilities for Peace.
Through God’s love, just when our night seems darkest — dawn breaks anew. First Light.

“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” — John 1:9

New Opportunity for Connection for Ladies at FUMCFW

We are forming a new UMW Circle to meet the needs of women who are in their 40s and 50s or thereabout.


Thanks for Your Compassionate Response

Thank you to all whose generous donations to disaster relief via UMCOR last week totaled $17,405!


New Member

Lee Ann Levulis


Annabel Lee Gunn, proud parents are Kathryn & Stewart Gunn


Chuck Meneke
Hennon “Gil” Gilbert
Lela Mohrbacher
Leola Gochnour
Mary Ann Stegall

In Memoriam

Bobby “Blake” Cox
Elaine Brown

Memorial Gifts

Feed the Flock in Memory of:
Joseph Plocica by Kathryn Ann Plocica

First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Duncan Manning by Debbie Manning
Lou Friese by Joan and William Lanford
Rev. Sarah Andrews by Leigh Marks

General Fund in Memory of:
Dick Bayless by Dee and Carl Williams
W.L. “Bill” Hailey by Margaret Patison

Want to honor a special person or accomplishment?
Feel moved to make a gift in memory of someone you care about?




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