The longest night of the year happens at the time of the winter solstice. This year, it arrives on Thursday, December 21st, which is the date of First United’s Longest Night service, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel. This time of worship is for members of our church family, along with our friends and neighbors in the community, who may be experiencing sadness or grieving a loss, and struggling to find comfort and joy during the Advent and Christmas seasons. The Longest Night service offers a reflective, sacred space, holding out healing and hope.
We will all receive a very special Christmas gift on Wednesday, December 13, when master storyteller Donald Davis delights us with “Stories For the Holidays” at The Table. Donald, a retired United Methodist Minister, grew up in Waynesville, where he heard all kinds of tales and stories of his family and neighbors. As a preacher, he found that he loved to weave such entertaining stories into his sermons. After retiring, Donald became a fulltime storyteller. In the years since, he has become one of the most famous storytellers in the world. He has performed at the World’s Fair, on National Public Radio, ABC, in many countries, and he is a headliner each year at the International Storytelling Festival. His stories captivate children, youth, and adults. You do not want to miss this! Invite friends, make your Reservation Here, and come laugh, cry, and celebrate the coming of Christmas with FUMC at The Table. The menu features a Christmas Ham Dinner. Cost for this special program and dinner is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 10, and $35 maximum per family.
Men will meet the first Tuesday of each month for breakfast, fellowship, and time for prayer in the Gettman Room from 9:00 am - 10:30 am. Reservations are not required.
FUMC recently installed solar panels to lower our carbon footprint and to reduce our electric bills. Another Green Initiative we are undertaking is to replace fluorescent and incandescent lamps with LED equivalent bulbs. LED lighting advantages include energy efficiency, zero toxic elements, and longer life.
“Adopt” your room (Sunday School, mission, etc.) and help fund the conversion to LED lights, $65-$70 per fixture. Identify your donations, “XX Class, Room #, LED Replacements.”
David LaMotte - Singer, Speaker, Author
You Don't Want to Miss it!
The Staff-Parish Relations Committee announced on December 3rd that we are collecting a Love Offering to show our wonderful staff how much we love and appreciate them this Christmas. They work hard, share their gifts and talents, and serve and lead us so well all year long. If you would like to participate in the Love Offering for the staff, please send your donation to the church by check, cash, or online gift, marked Staff Love Offering, no later than December 17. Thank you.
Popcorn and Christmas cheer! Join us on December 17th during the small group hour for a First Kids Christmas movie in the Youth Room! We will be watching The Star : a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day, he finds the courage to break free, embarking on the adventure of his dreams. Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told -- the first Christmas.
Each family-sized meal serves 6 and comes complete with a recipe and a how-to video link. For an extra treat, we're also offering a weekly soup option. Meals are priced at $25 each. Interested in more savings? Each soup, designed to serve 2, is available for $12. Convenient pick-up options on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Welcome Center, or delivery for our weekday school families. Find full details and registration HERE. Join us for deliciousness at FUMC Curbside Café!
Wednesday and Thursday 9 AM to 4PM
First United Methodist Church 204 6th Avenue West,
Hendersonville, North Carolina