Advent and Christmas 2017

GROW

Advent Devotionals   Seasonal devotional booklets are available, beginning November 26th, in the narthex on the information table, while quantities last. Help yourself. Spend time daily being still during the season.

Advent Workshop   Our annual Advent Workshop will be on November 26th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Carpenter Hall. Together, we will prepare for Advent by slowing down while making Chrismons, Advent  chrismonwreaths, nativities and more as we take time in the busy season to be reminded of all that awaits us- celebrating the birth of our Savior. Plan now to join us. There will be activities available for folks of all ages along with resources to encourage your family to mindfully and intentionally participate in the Advent season. Participants are asked to bring a crock pot of soup to share.  Register here to let us know you will be coming!

Away in a Manger   Children and families of all ages are invited to join us for a retelling of the Christmas story on December 19th at 5:30 p.m. for dinner in Carpenter Hall. Following dinner, attendees will journey outside to see live animals and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.  At 6:30 p.m. our actors will retell the story of Christmas to us and then participants will make a craft to take home and use on Christmas morning.  Register here.

SERVE

Feeding the Children   During the winter break, we will be delivering hot meats to children whose parents request assistance during the Christmas break Teams will prepare and deliver meals each day.  Sign-up here to volunteer.  Meals are delivered each weekday when school is out, except Christmas day.

GIVE

Alternative Giving   Our fundraiser to support ZOE will be our Alternative Giving mission during the Advent Sezoe-color-no-byline-smallerason from November 26th to December 17th. This will be an opportunity to give a gift of food, livestock or supplies to deserving children in honor of family, friends or a teacher. Look for more information in the Narthex. To give online, click here. 

WORSHIP

The Sundays of Advent   Join us on Sunday mornings, December 3- December 24 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. for Advent worship, preparing us for the coming of Christ. Pastor George will preach each Sunday connecting beloved Christmas movies to our spiritual preparation for Christ’s return: December 3- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, December 10- Home Alone, December 17- Miracle on 34th Street and December 24- A Charlies Brown Christmas.

Candleliglovefeastht Love Feast   Carol singing, the smell of warm coffee and cookies, and fellowship with our church friends are all reminders of our Moravian Love Feast. This year, we will celebrate this long-held tradition on Sunday evening, December 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. Our youth and children’s choirs will lead us in music and we will be served by our confirmands and mentors. Please make plans to join us for this most loved service.

Pray-Where-You-Are Vigil   You’re invited to pray where you are on Tuesday, December 12. Sign up for a 30-minute prayer time in the narthex or click here to sign up online. The sanctuary will be available from 9:00 am. – 5:00 p.m. for those who would like to come and pray on our campus during their chosen time. Prayer ideas will be sent to participants who sign up on December 10th and be available in the sanctuary if you come to the church.

Lessons and Carols   Join us on December l7th at the 11:00 a.m. worship service as the Chancel Choir leads us in hearing the Christmas story through scripture and song.

Service of Hope and Consolation   On Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 p.m. there will be a special service held in the sanctuary for those who have suffered the death of a loved one or other loss. The service will include Scripture, prayers, candles of remembrance, and special music. All are welcome.

candlelightChristmas Eve   Join us on Christmas Eve for worship. Our 5:00 p.m. service will include carols, a nativity for children, and music from our youth and college students. Our 7:00 p.m. service will include carols, Holy Communion, and music from our chancel choir. Both will conclude with candle lighting. *Special note: morning worship services will celebrate the fourth Sunday in Advent.

New Year’s Eve  Normal Sunday morning schedules will be observe with worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am. on New Year’s Eve. Sunday school will be at 9:45 a.m.

CELEBRATE

Christmas Cookie Decorating   Join us on Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. (after the Candlelight Love Feast) for a fun night of cookie decorating.  We’ll make cookies to enjoy and share with others in our community.

Christmas Caroling   The Youth invite you to join us Sunday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m. to go caroling. We will be singing songs of the season as we visit some within our faith family Following caroling, we will grab a quick meal out and go see the McAdenville Christmas Lights. Join us for some or all of the evening!

Primetimers   Our Primetimers will have a Christmas lunch and celebration with Christmas music on December 14th  at 11:30 a.m.  Email Kristen@fumcbelmont.org to let us know you are attending.

Christmas Handbell Concert   What is more fehandbellsstive than hearing bells ring at Christmastime? Come and hear our adult handbell choir, BELLissimo, ring favorites such as The First Noel and Carol of the Bells. Our concert will be held on December 17 at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Christmas Dinner   On December 17 at 6:00 p.m., our annual Christmas dinner will follow the BELLissimo concert. Adult meals are $6/person, children ages 3-10 are $4, There is a $25 maximum per family.  Register here or forms are available in the narthex.  The night concludes with a festive bonfire and special visitors to celebrate the season.  Dress warmly.

Youth Events

To see all the ways in which the youth will participate during this Advent season, go to their Upcoming Events page here.