Advent & Christmas 2013

UM4GI includes a number of worship and other opportunities during the weeks and days leading up to Christmas. Join in to any or all of these and discover the joy of Christmas all over again!

Jump to each event here:

Live Nativity
UM4GI members start the Christmas season with a reminder that it’s not all about shopping. Come to the Red Barn at Fonner Park on December 1 between 5:00pm and 7:00pm where members of the community embody the characters of the Nativity story to music and narration. The Live Nativity is open to the public at no cost, and the story is told each 15 minutes.

Also enjoy a Soup Supper served by our United Methodist Men serving from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children age 5-12, and children 4 and younger are free.

Advent Sermon Series
Our Advent Sermon Series focuses on hope in the face of difficulty and challenge.  The series runs during worship services beginning December 1st until December 22nd.  Worship at First-Faith UMC is on Sundays at 9:30am and at Trinity UMC on Saturdays at 6:00pm and on Sundays at 9:30am and 11:00am.

Advent Study Groups
Before the rush of Christmas preparations overtakes each of us, make plans to prepare your hearts and minds to enrich your lives before Christmas. UM4GI invites you to join a group or read alone this devotional:  Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam by James Moore ($8).  The following groups have been organized thus far for this book study:

  • Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Sharon Sorensen’s house. Contact Sharon or First-Faith UMC.
  • Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity UMC with Pastor Matt, starting November 26th.
  • Sundays at 6:00 p.m. beginning December 1st at Karleen & Dale Beckman’s house, led by Joyce McKinny & Karleen.  Contact First-Faith UMC.

Advent Conspiracy materials are also available for those interested in studying alone or with a group.  Contact your church office to learn more.

Trinity’s ReCHARGE young adult group will be studying Adam Hamilton’s The Journey this advent on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Contact Amy Hostler or Pastor Bob to join in!

Children’s Programs
Children’s programs for Christmas are scheduled at both UM4GI locations. Support our children with your presence and your joy.

  • Trinity UMC: December 15 – 9:30am & 11:00am
    During Sunday morning Worship
  • First-Faith UMC: December 15 – 5:00pm
    A Soup Supper follows supported by your freewill donation

Blue Christmas Service
First-Faith UMC: December 22 – 4:00pm. This service is designed for persons experiencing grief during the holidays.

Christmas Eve Worship
Christmas Eve is a special time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For many, this is a special time for family to gather and worship together and to renew our spirits for our ongoing faith journey.

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