Alternative Gift Market

Join us for our 4th Annual Alternative Gift Market!

Sunday, December 3, 9:00-10:30 am


Come to the Atrium and donate to local charitable organizations in the name of a loved one. The gift of helping others is perfect for that person who has everything!


Children’s Christmas Caroling 2017

Children in grades 1-5 are invited to carol with us on Wednesday, December 13! We will meet in the Fellowship Hall for a snack at 3:45 and then leave on buses to sing at area retirement homes. Sign up by December 11 to guarantee a spot on the bus!

Pre-registration is required to ride on the bus. Those who do not pre-register are welcome to follow in parent-provided transportation.

Liability Release Form

Children's Christmas Caroling Registration

Wednesday, December 13 from 3:45-5:30
Deadline for pre-registration to guarantee a seat on the bus is December 11.

Parent Name
Child Name

Advent Bible and Book Studies

Join one of our Bible study groups or Sunday school classes for an Advent study to help re-focus your energy on your relationship with God this holiday season. Click the book covers for more information on each study (you will be redirected to

Contact Rev. Georgia Harrison at 766-4231 with questions.

  • Sunday Afternoon Adult Book Study Group (4:00 pm, Sweeton Room)
    •  The First Christmas, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan
    • led by Kim English





  • Thursday Morning Bible Study Group (10:30 am, Sweeton Room)
    • All Earth is Waiting: Good News for God’s Creation at Advent, by Katie Z. Dawson
    • led by Rev. Georgia Harrison





Sunday school class studies (begin Nov. 26):

  • Genesis Sunday School Class (9:15 am, Room 302)
    • Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph, by Rev. Adam Hamilton
  • Exodus Sunday School Class (9:15 am, Room 301)
    • Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph, by Rev. Adam Hamilton






  • Bi-the-Way Sunday School Class (9:15 am, Room 17-U in the Undercroft)
  • Coffee with Jesus Sunday School Class (9:15 am, Room 303)
  • Living the Questions Sunday School Class (9:15 am, Parlor)
  • Open Door Sunday School Class (9:15 am, Room 2-R in the Rec. Lobby)
  • Aldersgate Sunday School Class (9:15 am, Room 304)
    • The Redemption of Scrooge, by Matt Rawle


Angel Tree 2017

We are once again participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program! Look for the tree in the office starting  November 19; gifts are due back in the office by December 12.

Stop by the church office and pick a name – or more than one – from the tree!

Angel Tree is a mission of the Salvation Army to help parents in need provide Christmas presents for their children. How does it work? Four simple steps:

1. Choose a tag from the tree. This tag contains the name, age, and gender of a child, along with clothing and shoe sizes and a few gift requests.

2. Sign out the child(ren) you choose. There is a list next to the tree for your name and contact information. This is to help us make sure all the gifts have been bought and returned when the Salvation Army volunteers come to pick them up.

3. Shop for that child. Take your tag for reference and have fun! Gifts can come from any store and you can spend as much or as little as you can afford.

4. Return the gift(s) to FUMC. Please bring them unwrapped by Tuesday, December 12. If you wish to place multiple items in a large gift bag for ease of carrying, that is fine. Be sure to return the tag from the tree as well, so the Salvation Army volunteers will know to which child the gift(s) belong. Remember to sign your child(ren) back in, as well.

Poinsettia Order Form

It’s that time again!  Poinsettias are available to order in honor or memory of loved ones. Get your Christmas poinsettia orders in by Wednesday, December 13, and help our Sanctuary look its holiday best! Bonus: you get to take your poinsettias home after the Christmas Eve candlelight service.

If you prefer, you can save and print an order form from the image below.

Christmas Poinsettia Order Form

Order deadline is December 13, 2017. Please bring or mail $12 to the church for each poinsettia ordered. Make checks payable to FUMC and write "poinsettia" in the memo section.

If choosing to purchase more than 4 poinsettias, please specify the number requested when remitting payment.

YES Christmas Shopping Trip




Cost of transportation is $15.00

Please make your checks out to YES Committee

Deadline for reservations is Thursday, December 7

Please send checks to Jeanne Rigg. Contact her for more information at or 642-6303.

Church Family Christmas Candle

Where the Heart Is

We have been talking lately about God’s provision and our priorities as a pathway to peace. If you have ever read through the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry you have probably discovered that Jesus spent a great amount of time talking about our relationship with our resources. Over 1/3 of the stories of Jesus have to do with money and possessions and the way these assets can either enhance or distract us in our relationship with God. Jesus once said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

How we manage the resources that God has entrusted to us says much about our relationship with God. It also says much about where we are on the discipleship journey to become more like Jesus. Our God is a generous and loving God. Jesus Christ gave everything in order to restore our relationship with God. As we follow Christ, how are we being called use the gifts that God has given us to advance God’s work on earth?

On Sunday, November 12, you will be invited to offer your estimate of your financial commitment to God through the ministries of our church. These estimates will represent a portion of the pledge we made when we became members of this church: to support the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. I continue to pray that as you consider your financial gift to the church that it would be an expression of your love for God. I pray that you will join Jennifer and me in offering a gift that is sacrificial and intentional. And I pray that you would experience the joy of making an offering like this to God so that the ministries of our church can happen in powerful and effective ways.

But ultimately, our giving is not to support a budget, although the church does carefully utilize its financial resources in order to advance God’s work in our community and our world. Anyone is welcome to review our church’s budget, which is available in the church office. Our giving is one way that we convey our gratitude to God for the blessings that God pours out on us. If we take the position that what we have belongs to us, it limits our capacity for generosity because we tend to hold tightly to what we possess. On the other hand, if we believe that what we have has been given to us to manage on God’s behalf, we tend to be much more generous because we know that God would want us to be as generous as God is. In short, we are not the owners, we are the managers. And how we manage should bring glory to God.

I look forward to your response on November 12 or before. I believe that God is preparing our church for a great season of spiritual growth and renewal and this begins as we entrust our most precious possessions to God through the work of the church. Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration of how you will express your love for God in the weeks, months, and year to come.

With love, and joy, serving as your pastor-
John McLarty


If you would like to print your Commitment Card at home, please click here for a PDF copy.