We at First United Methodist Church invite you and your family to join us at one or all of our Advent activities leading up to Christmas.
What is Advent
During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.
What does the Advent wreath mean?
During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. Others consider the lighting of the first candle to symbolize expectation, while the second symbolizes hope, the third joy and the fourth purity. The Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world. The order and exact wording vary among churches, but the wreath continually reminds us of whom we are called to be as followers of Jesus.
Red kettles and United Methodists
When Christmas shopping, many encounter the red kettles and ringing bells of The Salvation Army. Not all will know that the Salvation Army has Methodist roots.
William Booth, a Methodist minister, started The Salvation Army in London in 1865. His passion for reaching the poor, homeless, and hungry with gospel of Jesus Christ led him to open a mission to meet people’s physical needs. That mission continues to grow today.
Free Spaghetti dinner with special guests, the congregation from Church on the Street. Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Minnesota Ave, followed by the singing of Christmas carols lead by the First Church choir. Tom Roberts will also join and do a special reading of his newest book “On That One Christmas Eve”, with cookies and hot chocolate for everyone!
Traditional Children’s Christmas Program
Pre-Christmas Eve Service with Choir & Organ
We know that families are busy with school and work and activities, but still longing to have fun together and talk about more than just the day to day. How do you find time for conversations, both silly and meaningful, and play as a family. Join us for Family Game Night!
This FREE event is a time for families with children of all ages and stages to intentionally connect with each other this advent season.
Pre-Christmas Eve Worship with “The Light”