the second week of advent  events and announcements

"Stories for Advent: A Daily Devotional" Now Available

Printed copies of the FUMC Advent Devotional are now available at the Welcome Center, Spiritual Formation Desk and in the Sanctuary Narthex. It is also available on our website by clicking Advent Devotional. This daily devotional was written by FUMC members and friends, and we hope you find a blessing in each day as you prepare your hearts and minds for the coming of the Christ. May your Advent be filled with Hope, Love, Joy and Peace!

Sunday, Dec. 10: Ignite Baby Shower for Jesus

Ignite will have a Baby Shower for Jesus at 9:15 a.m. Please bring items appropriate for newborns or very young babies (onesies, diapers, bottles, blankets, baby wipes, other clothing, etc.). All items will be donated to Safelight, a local organization that assists victims of domestic violence. You may drop your donations off at the Welcome Desk the week before, or there will be a time during the ignite service when the items are brought forward.

Sunday, Dec. 10: "Dare to Dream" Study begins, 10:30 a.m.

"Are your goals too small? Are you living the "just get by" plan? Or is there a greater "God dream" for you that, if lived to the fullest, could permeate every move you make? PJ White will be leading a study on "Dare to Dream" by Pastor Mike Slaughter that draws on the Bible and a lifetime of ministry to help us discern God's dream for us and learn to live it out, prayerfully and enthusiastically. If you are interested, join the discussion in the Library starting at 10:30 on Dec. 10 and continuing for 6 weeks.

Sunday, Dec. 10: Second Sunday Soup

Thank to all for buying soup last month! We will be selling soup by the Welcome Desk from 8 a.m. til we sell out. The money goes toward the FUMC Women's Retreat fund. Soup is $5.00 per quart and it goes fast! If you are interested in making soup for a Second Sunday Soup day, contact Jennifer Gompf at Thanks so much!

What's coming soon...

Sunday, Dec. 17: Service of the Longest Night, 5 p.m.

Is the holiday season difficult for you? Is Christmas a reminder of loss, family tensions, broken relationships and other struggles? Do you feel tired and overrun? Then we invite you to our Service of the Longest Night on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. in the Christian Life Center. It will be a rich time of experiencing God's grace and wholeness.

Sunday, Dec. 17 thru Thursday, Dec. 21: You Are Invited to the Advent Labyrinth

The labyrinth will be set up for anyone to come experience this walking prayer form to help connect you to the holy presence of God. Come when it is convenient for you and spend what time you have. There will be a greeter and written instruction on how to walk a labyrinth. The labyrinth will be open: Sunday, Dec. 17 in the evening for an hour following the special Longest Night Worship Service; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Dec. 18-20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Monday opens at 10:30); and Thursday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to noon.

Art Gallery Exhibition Through December

You are invited to view the Art Gallery on the 2nd Floor music wing of artist Revecca Gottesman. She states, "I love to take in the beauty of a place or an arrangement of flowers and then reflect deeply on it using paint. Painting allows me to share these moments and ideas with you, the viewer. Maybe you know and understand what I am expressing... or maybe it's the first time you are experiencing the subject this way, through my eyes and heart and hand. I truly hope that my work touches you and lifts your spirit. Enjoy!" Her work will be up through the Holidays and is available for purchase. Also, check out the Narthex in the Sanctuary which speaks of our journey through Advent.

Coming in January: "WHY JESUS?" Book Study

Our pastors will lead us in a four-week study of the book "WHY JESUS?" by Will Willimon. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31. Copies of the book will be on sale at the end of December for $10. And be sure to SAVE Saturday, Feb. 3, when Bishop Willimon will be at FUMC for our annual Spiritual Formation weekend.

News you can use

The November Word Newsletter Is Ready For You!

Click The Word to read the October issue. The Word is available in paper format at our Welcome Desk, and is delivered to shut-ins by our wonderful volunteers during their scheduled visits.

Check out the November-December Youth Newsletter

Click November-December Newsletter to read about the many planned events.

Inclement Weather Policy

As the winter season approaches, please view our Inclement Weather Policy on the FUMC website to get information on church closures and cancellations.

Reserve Your Meeting Room for 2018

Be sure your meetings and event rooms are reserved for 2018! Do you lead a group or committee - even one with recurring meetings and events? Ensure your activity has a room reserved in 2018. Contact Cindi Ledford 828.435.3531 or

Financial Update

The October 2017 Stewardship Update Letter keeps you current on the status of our five stewardship initiatives. Click Stewardship Update to read about these projects. The Kairos Leadership Team shares with you the financial report as of September 30. Click Operating Fund Summary for the latest financial data. Thank you for your generous support of this church!


Tune In To Our Live Radio Broadcast Every Sunday Morning

Our 11:00 a.m. service is broadcast live on WTZQ's two stations: 95.3 FM and AM 1600. When you can't join us in Sunday worship, tune to WTZQ and hear the complete service.

Pastoral Care Line: 828-702-1454

Because our pastors' individual schedules vary, please call the Pastor Care Line at 828-702-1454 if you have a Congregational Care need. The Line is monitored 24/7 to ensure your needs are promptly met.

Deadline for "Word" Newsletter Articles

The deadline for The Word monthly newsletter articles is the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Please submit articles by using the Communications Request form on our FUMC website under the Connect tab.