Weekly Announcements

These announcements are from the weekly bulletin and/or bi-monthly newsletter. You will find here information on regular announcements (i.e., signing up for newsletters, online giving) to special events scheduled. Please take some time to review these announcements. 

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Sunday Preaching Schedule (schedule may change without notice). Pastor Fisher preaching unless otherwise noted.

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December Communion

Missions Cause

January Communion

TBD

Pastor Christopher Fisher

​​(Individual message titles subject to change)

Sunday Services

December 4 - 2nd Sunday of Advent with Holy Communion ..... "The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah"

December 11 - 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 18 - 4th Sunday of Advent - Choir Christmas Cantata

December 25 - Christmas Day (10AM service ONLY)

January 1 - New Year's Day (10AM service ONLY)

January 8 - Epiphany Sunday with Holy Communion

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Daily Readings | December 1 through December 24
Click the image above and access daily readings from December 1 through December 24 in preparation of the Birth of Christ.

Reverse Advent Calendar | December 1 through December 24
Click the image above to access of a list of items that you can donate to our Vineyard or to the local Food Bank. Be a blessing to someone in need this Christmas season!

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Jingle Jam at Bubeck Park
Sunday, December 4 | 4PM to 6PM

(rain date is December 11)
Are you looking for something exciting for the whole family to do this holiday season? Take a break from the shopping, the wrapping, the baking, and come chill with us at the coolest party this side of the North Pole! We’ll have hot chocolate, cookies, games, prizes, and of course lots of laughs!

What is Jingle Jam you ask? It’s a highly interactive Christmas show… a family friendly faith-filled fun event… an event where you will get to engage with your kids in a memorable way during the show… something you DO NOT WANT TO MISS! Invite your friends, family, and more!

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Methodist Women Events | We will continue to meet the second Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM in Fellowship Hall unless otherwise announced. Our focus continues to be local mission work. All ladies are welcome. Please let us know of any ideas you have or issues that you would like more information.

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Young adult ministry is in its initial stage - meeting and having conversations with young adults in our church and community is ongoing program. For now, we are starting slow and small with programs listed below and with faith that God is up to something with young adult ministry - watch and see what God can do!

If you know any young adults between 18 and 30 years old who are seeking for a space to explore and grow in faith, it's here at First UMC!

Prayer Opportunities | Prayer is such an important part of a church's life. FUMC offers many opportunities to strengthen your prayer life. Please check out our prayer ministry page. We offer prayer groups, a prayer chain, an intercessory prayer group, and many other opportunities to kneel before our Lord and Savior and share your burdens and worship and praise. For what other great nation has God so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him?  
~Deuteronomy 4:7 (NRSV)

Requests for Prayer | Please remember to call the church office if you know of members in the hospital or if you are going to be in the hospital. A visit from our Pastor or visitation team can be arranged. Please continue to remember all those in the hospital, in mourning, and listed in the weekly bulletin in your prayers.

Website Prayer Request Page: You may also submit a prayer request by accessing our prayer request page.

Weekly Prayer Ministry | Wednesdays at 6 PM
Our Prayer Ministry will also continue to run every day of the week with prayer partners meeting for one hour a day with a one-week-at-a time commitment. Please sign up in pairs to pray for one hour a day during your week for the Kingdom of God to come more fully in our church and our community and beyond. We will continue to promote the prayer team ministry on Sunday mornings with the prayer clipboard circulated periodically.
 
Please join us as we seek God together!

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Missions Committee Evangelism CD | Jesus – Help in Times of Need Devotional CD

John Fatora and Irene Tomchik published a CD a few years back that shares the message of Jesus Christ in the spirit of John Wesley.

It is the vision of the Missions Committee that this CD will be a continuation of the Discipleship process that we are pursuing as a church. We have been growing and training as disciples over the past few years and feel now is the season to begin moving beyond our church family into the community using this CD as a tool to help share the life of Christ with our neighbors and friends.

Copies are available for drive-by pickup under the carport; or ask your small group leader for copies to give to friends who are open to receive them. Click here if you would like to listen or download the CD.

If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office at 570.385.3941 or office@havenfirstumc.org.

Next Community Lunch is December 10 at 12 PM
All are welcome to share this time of fellowship. If you would like to sponsor a Community Lunch, please contact the Church Office at 570.385.3941 for contact  information regarding available dates.

Men's Breakfast | December 17 at 8:00 AM
For more information, please contact the Church Office at 570.385.3941.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Update

Since 2011, this ministry has gifted 171 prayer shawls to men and women in need of prayer within and outside our church walls. Prayers are lifted over the shawls before gifted and often while in the process of being created.

Can you knit or crochet? We could use your help. Would you consider creating a shawl for the church's prayer shawl ministry to gift to others in need of prayer? Please help us keep our shawl inventory plentiful. We need the talents of you, the church family, to help keep the closet full. It doesn't matter if it's one shawl or many; any will be appreciated and in being a blessing to another, you will also be blessed in return. If you are interested in this ministry, there are two ways to help:

  • Let us know of a need through contact Donna Miles, Linda Wagner, or the Church Office

  • Crochet or knit a prayer shawl wrap of any color or style. The rectangular shape measuring 15-18 inches wide by 5-1/2-6-1/2 feet long makes a comfortable wrap. Some donated yarn is available for your creation.

We thank all who have created beautiful prayer shawl wraps through the years. Some folks have been thanked personally while others donated anonymously and with this note, we thank you so much. There are no church funds used for this ministry. These wraps are a gift from the heart and the blessings are many from the first stitch of the giver to the gentle touch of the receiver.

For more information, please contact Linda Wagner, Donna Miles, or the Church Office. Thank you very much for supporting this wonderful outreach of our church and her ministries.

There are times when things are not going well for each of us, perhaps we ourselves are sick, perhaps there are loved ones who are sick or hurting, maybe there is a family emergency or crisis, during these times you don't need to be alone. Our Pastors, Minister of Visitation, or even our Lay Leader would be very happy to come and visit with you. Before you reach a place where you feel alone and that no one cares, please call the Church Office and let the office staff know that you are in need of a visit. The message will be passed along quietly to the Pastors and a time for a personal visit can be arranged. Others of us tend to prefer to weather these times quietly and by ourselves; if that is you, please be aware that there is a Prayer Ministry team that is willing to intercede and pray for you. You can access the Prayer Ministry through the website, by calling the church office, or prayer chain.

 

Most importantly, remember that you have a church family that is willing to walk along side of you at all times. Also, please know that you don't need to be a Pastor or Lay Leader to visit and care for your Brothers and Sisters in Christ. You can visit our homebound members. If you enjoy getting to know new people and would like to spend some time with members of our First Church family that can no longer make it to church on a Sunday morning, please call the Church office or simply put a note in the offering plate and someone will contact you. Thank you for taking the time to spend a few minutes sharing the love of Jesus with our members who can no longer come to church!

Did you know…?

FUMC saves Redner’s receipts

  • Do you shop at Redner’s? If so, do you have a Save‑A‑Tape /Pump Perks/Rewards Card?

  • FUMC participates in the Redner’s 1% Save‑A‑Tape program. Remember to use your Redner’s Save‑A‑Tape/Pump Perks/Rewards Card and put your entire receipt in the plastic containers on the table in the narthex marked Redner’s receipts.

  • By using your rewards card each time you purchase merchandise (excludes, fuel purchases and items controlled by the federal or state government such as tax, milk, and tobacco products) at Redner’s Warehouse Markets, your receipt will be designated as a 1% Save‑A‑Tape customer receipt with a Save‑A‑Tape total printed on the receipt. Receipts that have been highlighted or written on are not eligible, so please do not mark or circle the receipts. Participating in the 1% Save‑A‑Tape program does not exclude your ability to receive gas points, etc.

  • If you don’t already have a rewards card, you can pick one up at any Redner’s locations. The card is free and you DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION to receive the card. Your name is not on any mailing list if you request a card.

  • Our church gets 1% of the total of all receipts. For example, if the receipts total $5,000, we would get $50 to be divided between Christian Ed and the Youth Group. Please consider participating in this easy program.