ADVENT 2022

THIS SHALL BE A SIGN FOR YOU

Isaiah 7:14
Luke 2:12

The Prophet Isaiah and the Gospel of Luke spoke of a Sign - An act of God speaking forth Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. That Sign is ultimately Jesus, the very incarnation of God’s hope, peace, love, and joy for his children and creation. With this Sign, God breaks in to save – to forgive and redeem - those who embrace the Sign. May this be US!

Hope, Peace, Love, Joy. Here is your sign!   “You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Place a sign in your yard so that neighbors and those passing by will get to share in this good news.  We will begin distributing signs starting Monday, November 28th. So look on your doorstep/porch, then place the sign where you’d like to share the news of the birth of a son - Immanuel. Advent Devotionals with daily scriptures and readings from our friends have been made available for this advent season. We wait and prepare our hearts to celebrate the joy on Christmas Morning.

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Order a Poinsettia

We invite you to donate a poinsettia in honor of or in memory of a loved one this Christmas season! The poinsettias will be used in our decorations for the Christmas season. Please complete the order form below by December 11th. Thanks!






Love Feast and Candlelight Service

December 4th at 5:00pm

You're invited to the Moravian Lovefeast and Candlelight Service held in the Sanctuary, Sunday, December 4th at 5:00 pm. Share in the love and joy of the season through this unique worship service. Coffee and Moravian bread are served as we sing carols and light candles. This service has been a tradition at First Methodist since December 1988.

Chancel Choir Cantata

Festival of Christmas - December 18th

Celebrating the joyful news of Christ’s birth, the Chancel Choir will perform Mary McDonald’s “Festival of Christmas” which features the exciting and inspiring music of the season. Incorporating more than a dozen well-known Christmas carols and five original songs, the story unfolds through music and narrative. We invite you to the Festival of Christmas on Sunday, December 18th at 8:30 and 11:00 am in the Sanctuary.

Christmas is a time of journeys.

Long ago a young couple journeyed from Nazareth to Bethlehem - To welcome a child who had journeyed from the riches of heaven into the poverty of a manger - On a mission to redeem the world. On December 18th, you are invited to make a journey with us here at First Methodist Church.

Enter using Bay Street
4:00 - 6:00 pm

From 4:00-6:00pm you are invited to drive through our parking lots pausing at scenes of the first Bethlehem journey - seeing and hearing the announcements of the prophets, God's words to Joseph and Mary, the busy Bethlehem Inn, the shepherds in the field, the angels, the wisemen, and of course, the little baby lying in a manger. Family groups will be setting these scenes; luminaries will light your path. You never have to leave your car! Just room down the window to remember and celebrate the Journey to Bethlehem.

Adopt an Angel

The time of year is fast approaching when we give to those who desperately need our help as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. With your help, First Methodist will adopt 50 families from Project Christmas Cheer. If you would like to adopt a family stop by the church office or visit our website once the angels have arrived.

Children's Advent

Kids check your mailbox!

Advent books are being mailed to families with children 12 and under. It is a wonderful way for families to get ready for the big day!

Joy to the World!

Sing the carols and share the joy of the season as we travel from home to home. All are welcome. We will gather at the church and divide into small groups and drive in our separate cars to 5-8 houses per group and sing! Gathering time will be announced closer to the date. This is a gift of joy and love sure to bless both those in their homes and those singing.