Sunday, December 11
Rev. Sara Baron
"Justice Seeking Mothers"
ADVENT WREATH LIGHTING
FUMC Youth Group
Today we light the candle of joy.
May it shine brightly through us all this year long
as we keep paying attention to joy and sharing it.
Sunday, December 18
In keeping with our long-standing Christmas tradition, we at FUMC will hold our annual worship Service of Lessons and Carols on December 18th, the Sunday before Christmas. In a Service of Lessons and Carols, the story of the Nativity of Jesus is told through song and word. This year we will be using Come Ye Faithful, a worship service by Hal Hopson which was recently given to the church by members of the choir in memory of Fred Brumbaugh, FUMC’s organist and choirmaster of more than 33 years.
Readings in the service are from the Gospels and poetry inspired by Scripture, and will be read by two readers. The music will include anthems sung by the Chancel Choir and carols sung by the congregation with the Choir. The carols are a blend of familiar and unfamiliar ones and are drawn from many different cultures. There will also be instrumentalists to accompany the singing and play the Prelude and Postlude. These musicians will include:
The Emery String Quartet
Flutist Amanda Dame
Harpist Karlinda Caldicott
In addition, members of our congregation will add to the music with handbells, drums and a cowbell.
Dominick Giaquinto will serve as organist, and Mitch Haverly will be the conductor.
FUMC is involved in missions locally in Schenectady, nationally in many parts of the US, and internationally with special connections in Nicaragua.
We serve a community breakfast free of charge on Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 AM.
We have a long standing relationship with CEPAD in Nicaragua. (See our mission page).
We take the Bible seriously, but not literally.
A forward looking and caring community where ALL are Welcome!
Adults and Children
Small Group Book Study
CAROLING TO OUR HOMEBOUND & LUNCH - Sunday, Dec. 11, 12 noon Young and old alike - come caroling to bring some joy and Christmas music to our church family members who are not able to get out often. Lunch will be available prior to heading out. This event will fill both singers and the listeners with a full dose of Christmas Spirit!
LONG NIGHT ADVENT SERVICE - Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7:00 PM A Long Night Advent Service, held on or near the longest night of the year, is designed for those who find Christmas a difficult season. We hear constantly about the happiness of the season and about getting together with family and friends. Yet, grief, broken relationships, unemployment, illness, pain and isolation can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating. This special service, which will include music, prayers and readings, is to help us reflect on God as Emmanuel, “God-with-us,” who comes to us in times of struggle and reminds us of the true preciousness of the gift of Emmanuel and how we can gain comfort by knowing that we are never truly alone. Our Stephen Ministers, a care giving ministry, will provide light refreshments following the service.
CAROL SING AROUND THE FIREPLACE - Sunday, Dec. 18 11:30 AM Following worship and Coffee Fellowship, everyone is invited to gather around the fireplace in Fellowship Hall for our annual carol sing, led by Dominick Giaquinto, our Music Director.
CHRISTMAS DAY - Sunday, Dec. 25
6:30 AM — Dawn Service This special service will feature a live Nativity! For over 70 years, First UMC has welcomed Christmas with a Dawn Service. Families and friends gather in the sanctuary by 6:30 am for carols and the Christmas story. The church is lit only by candles as the worshipers enter silently into the sanctuary to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Come as you are!
8:30 AM — Breakfast Fellowship Our Community Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:30 am Christmas morning in Fellowship Hall. The meal is free and everyone is welcome.
10:00 AM — Joint Service with Emmanuel Friedens. We’ll gather with our neighbors at Emmanuel Friedens Church, just up the street on Nott Terrace, to worship together on Christmas.