First United Methodist Church

The season of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During this time, we prepare for the coming of Christ. Join us each Sunday as we renew our Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace to center ourselves on the love of God and neighbor during this special season.

  • Week 1: Hope – Nov. 27, Contemporary 9am & Traditional 11am
  • Week 2: Joy (Festival Gloria) – Dec. 4, A Special Christmas Concert 9am &11am
  • Week 3: Love (Advent Serve Day) – Dec. 11, Worship 10-11am, Service Projects 11:15-12:30pm
  • Week 4: Peace – Dec. 18, Contemporary 9am & Traditional 11am
Looking for a way to serve? Consider reading scripture during worship, serving as a greeter/usher, or helping with the Family Advent Experience. Learn more and sign up at the link below!
 

Special Advent Services

Our annual Christmas concert is a gift we invite you to share with your friends and family. Come and enjoy the outstanding music-led worship at both services featuring the Christmas Festival Choir and a professional orchestra. Nursery will be available. 

Click the link below to sign up to service or donate food for the Musician Breakfast. 

On Advent Serve Day we will hold one blended worship service from 10-11am followed by several opportunities for relational service in our community. Our hope is to spread God’s love, lend a helping hand, and build relationships both in and out of the church! 

Click the link below to learn about our service projects.

Sometimes the holidays can be more difficult than joyful. We would like to invite you to a quiet, contemplative time to find comfort, understanding, and HOPE this Advent season. Nursery will be available. 

Christmas Eve Candlelight

Friday, December 23

Lessons & Carols – 7pm, Sanctuary (Nursery available)

Saturday, December 24

Family Service – 3pm, MFLC Gym

Contemporary – 5pm, MFLC Gym (Nursery available)

Lessons & Carols – 5pm, Sanctuary (Nursery available)

Traditional – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25

There will be no worship services on this day. We encourage you to spend time with loved ones and celebrate the birth of Christ.

What to Expect!

Review the descriptions below to find a Christmas Eve service that fits your worship style.

Family “Candlelight” Service
Gather your family and join us for an interactive Christmas Eve service. We will sing, pray, and invite everyone to participate in the story of Christmas. To include our little ones, we will use glow sticks for our “Candlelight” during this service. 

Contemporary Candlelight Service
Enjoy contemporary Christmas and a special seasonal sermon. This service ends with candlelight and singing “Joy to the World.”

Lessons & Carols Candlelight Service
Join us as we read the Christmas story in scripture, sing and hear familiar carols, listen to a brief message from a pastor, and end the gathering with candlelight and “Silent Night.”

Traditional Candlelight Service
Sing along to your favorite Christmas hymns – accented by instruments – as we hear a special sermon, light candles, and close the celebration with “Joy to the World.”

Explore More this Season

Click the images below to learn more about our upcoming events and service opportunities.