Join us for worship this Sunday!
On November 29 we will begin our Advent sermon series about “The Blessings of Christmas.” Our sermon will be about “An Unexpected Blessing,” focused on Matthew 1:18-25. Rev. David McEntire is preaching in our 8:15, 9:30 and 11am services and Rev. Ed New is preaching in our 11:20am service.
You may view recent Sunday worship bulletins by clicking here.
We hope you’ll join us for these special Advent events.
Wednesday, December 2: PHOENIX Advent Workshop. Dinner, 5pm; Create Items, 6pm, Fellowship Center. Come enjoy a delicious dinner and age-appropriate crafts for both children and adults.
Saturday, December 5: Make N Take. 9-11:30am, Wesley Center. Bring children kindergarten through fifth grade to make gifts for parents, siblings and friends. They will leave with gifts wrapped and ready to place under the tree. Cost is $10/child. For information, contact Molly (863-682-1912 or email@example.com).
Sunday, December 13: Birthday Party for Jesus. 9:30-10:30am (during the Sunday School hour). Children are asked to bring a gift for the First United Methodist Children’s Clothes Closet.
Sunday, December 13: The Sights and Sounds of Christmas. 4 & 7pm, Sanctuary. This annual festival of seasonal Advent and Christmas music features the Chancel Choir, Kids PRAISE, Youth Choir and A Cappella Praise along with the Sights and Sounds Orchestra and Handbell Ringers & Singers.
Saturday, December 19: Christmas Caroling. 5-8pm, meet in F1. Caroling doesn’t take a lot of time or skill, but the value of your smile and your presence at the door of one of our home-bound members is immeasurable. To reserve your spot, contact Karen (863-687-9856 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday, December 23: Christmas Eve Eve Service. 6pm, Fellowship Center. Come dressed as your favorite character from the nativity: angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph, wise men/women and animals of all kinds are welcome. If you don’t have a costume, we have some to share with children that attend! This is a memorable service for the entire family.
Thursday, December 24: Christmas Eve Worship.
- Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship at 5pm in the Sanctuary
- Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship at 7pm in the Sanctuary
- Contemporary Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship at 9pm in the Fellowship Center
- Holy Communion Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship at 11pm in the Sanctuary
It’s time to sign up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle! This is a century-old Christmas tradition to help shoppers remember those in need. We will ring Monday, November 30 through December 24 from 10am-8pm in two hour shifts (except Sundays). You can now schedule your shift using the Volunteer Pro Scheduling program by clicking here. If you’d prefer, contact Lea Ellen (863-686-3163 or email@example.com).
November 29 is the first Sunday of Advent. Make sure to pick up your copy of the 2015 First United Methodist Advent Devotional outside our worship areas and at the Welcome Center beginning November 22. Inside, you’ll find a brief devotion for each day of Advent written by our congregation and staff. If you prefer to receive it by email, click here to sign up to receive each day’s devotion. You can also read the devotional online below.