12/6/18 Involvement and Support

Advent is a season of preparing to greet the Christ in the many surprising ways he comes to us. Sometimes we feel interrupted by Jesus coming in some pretty distressing disguises. We see it everyday at the Neighborhood Services Center. A family struggling with homelessness, a senior woman who counts on a daily hot meal to stretch her social security check through the month, a man in a wheel chair with no where to go, a person struggling with addiction and mental illness. Jesus said, “when you have served the least of these, you have served me.” We also celebrate small and large miracles — someone getting sober, another finding housing, and another who finds spiritual meaning and God’s love. This is a wonderful ministry that we have here at First UMC. Your involvement and support is greatly needed and appreciated.
Last Sunday we received commitment cards from many of you indicating what you intend to give to your church in 2019. Thank you very much for filling these out. We will have these available for the next few Sundays. If you have not filled one out yet, please take the time to prayerfully do so. This will make it possible for your Leadership Council to responsibly plan and budget tor the new year.
While we are on the topic of giving, please keep the church in mind for your Christmas and end of the year gifts. We are hoping to have a strong December in order to end the year in a good position for 2019. It is a joy to be in ministry with you.
Peace to you,


11/29/18 Advent Is Here

This coming Sunday begins the season of Advent — that beautiful season of longing, waiting, and preparation. It leads us to the holy day of Christmas. But it is more than that. It is about preparing for the many ways God comes to us. It is about training ourselves to be alert to the spirit. 
December 2 — 
We will have Commitment Cards on Sunday. Your Leadership Council wants to do careful Financial planning for the year ahead but we need your help. Would you fill out a Commitment Card this Sunday that informs the Finance Team what you Intend to give per week or per month in 2019. This will be kept private but will help the Council to estimate our income for the year. 
Finally this Sunday evening, December 2nd, is Dinner and Church Decorating at 5 PM. Come share in a simple meal and help us decorate the building for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. 
Advent Blessings,
Worship in Advent – Our theme this season is Interruptions. I was always taught as a child not to interrupt others. But it seems to me that life is full of interruptions. Our plans are always being interrupted. Maybe God interrupts us quite often. Is Christmas an interruption?

Pastor Steve Lundin