COOKIE WALK — DEC. 1-2
Saturday, 4:30 PM and Sunday, 10:00 AM in the Garden Room. This will be a fund-raising event for the “Love Well” National Youth Conference in Kansas City, MO, this summer. Come, enjoy the fun and fellowship! Choose from a Variety of Holiday Treats.  Bring your own container or we will provide one for you $10/baker’s dozen!
Poinsettias
have become a living symbol of Christmas. This Advent, please help us decorate the sanctuary with these beautiful flowers. Plants may be given in honor of or in memory of a family member or friend, or simply given as a gift. This is your opportunity to purchase quality plants for our church sanctuary. Please fill out the form found in the VISITOR to  acknowledge your gift in the Christmas Eve program. If you wish to give more than one plant, please either pick up an extra form outside the church office or place the information on a separate sheet of paper. The cost to order a plant is $11.00. Enclose payment (payable to First United Methodist) with this order form. All orders must be received in the office by Sunday, December 9. Poinsettias may be picked up after the 10:00 pm service on Dec. 24. Plants left after Sunday, Dec. 30, will be given away.Order Deadline: Sunday, December 9
Special Charge Conference to be Held December 3
District Superintendent Carol Kress has authorized a special Church Conference for the purpose of addressing an error made in the salary of Carol Myers. Said Church Conference will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls on December 3, 2018, beginning at 5:15 pm.  Rev. Carol Myers has been authorized to lead the meeting on behalf of DS Kress.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES
December is abuzz with activity for our young people! The Sunday School students are preparing to present their Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the 9:00 am worship. Dress rehearsal will be during Sunday school on Dec. 9—it’s so important that all students be present! December 20 will be the last J.A.M. Club date for this semester. B.A.S.I.C. will not meet Dec. 26 or Jan. 2 for the Christmas break. Next session will be January 9, 2019!
Upcoming Sermon Series
Listen: Hearing that Still, Small Voice and Finding Your Own
How do you listen for God’s voice on the journey of faith? How do you determine how God is leading you to share your time, talent and treasure? What about the needs of our church in the transition of clergy or, on a denominational scale, the impact of the Special General Conference’s decision concerning human sexuality?
Have you ever misplaced your phone—which is on vibrate of course—and then asked someone to call it? We get really still and really quiet. Our ears perk up in all directions in order to be ready to hear that little buzz. It is a quieting down and high alert all at the same time. In this sermon series, we will quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of God and our own Ture Self. Listening through prayer as well as meditation on holy texts is an ancient spiritual practice. Come and rest, come and listen.
Advent Sermon Series
Calm and Bright This year is the 200th anniversary of the debut of “Silent Night, Holy Night.” This hymn has become the best-loved worship moment of many Christians—even those who only come to church once a year. Something mystical occurs as we light our candles and sing the hope of “all is calm, all is bright” —peace and light for the world. This worship series will celebrate the carol’s message over the entire season of Advent and highlight its call for our lives that can guide us all year long.
December Worship Schedule
     Regular Worship Times:
      Saturdays 5:30 pm Saturday Nite Alive
      Sundays 9:00 am Traditional Worship
      10:00 am Sunday School for all ages
      11:00 am Praise & Worship
      Wednesdays 5:30 pm Chapel Worship
   Sunday, December 16
     9:00 am Worship will feature our Children’s Christmas Program.
    10:00 am Sr. High Youth will host Breakfast—a Love Well fund raiser.
    11:00 am Praise & Worship
   Saturday & Sunday, December 22-23
    Saturday & 9:00 am Worship will feature selections from the Chancel Choir.
    NO Children’s Sunday School
   11:00 am Praise & Worship
  December 24 — Christmas Eve
    5:30 pm Candlelight Family Service
    7:30 pm Candlelight Eve Service at Alden UM
   10:00 pm Candlelight Service with Holy Communion
  Wednesday, December 27
   No Chapel Worship