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ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS

CALM AND BRIGHT: 200 YEARS OF SILENT NIGHT

Center First UMC’s theme for Advent season is Calm and Bright: 200 years of Silent Night and we will be decorating our sanctuary with glass globes and candles. If you would like to donate a light in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one, the cost is $8.00 for each globe. Please contact Kelli at the church office at (936) 598-2707 or mail your request with payment to the church at 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935 by the deadline Monday, December 10, 2018.

COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE EACH SUNDAY IN DECEMBER AT 10:00 A.M.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018: 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT | COMMUNION SUNDAY
9:00 a.m.    | Sunday School
10:00 a.m.  | Calm and Bright: Peace | Hanging of the Greens
Select your Angel Tree Gift Tag | Fellowship Hall Foyer

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018: 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
9:00 a.m.   | Sunday School
10:00 a.m. | Calm and Bright: Joy | Rev. Don McAvoy, Guest Pastor | Methodist Children’s Home
4:00 p.m.   | Churchwide Christmas Caroling (POSTPONED)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018
9:00 a.m.   | Lucretia’s Christmas Wish
6:00 p.m.   | Sacred Sounds of the Season

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018: 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
9:00 a.m.   | Methodist Men’s Breakfast | Fellowship Hall
10:00 a.m. | Calm and Bright: Love | Sing a Song of Christmas | Christmas Cantata
2:00 p.m.   | Open House at the Odom Parsonage until 4:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2018: 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
9:00 a.m.   | Sunday School
10:00 a.m. | Calm and Bright: Hope

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2018: CHRISTMAS EVE
5:00 p.m.   | Come and Go Communion until 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.   | Candlelight Service – 200 Years of Silent Night

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2018: CHRISTMAS DAY

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 – 7:00 P.M. TO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2018 – 7:00 A.M.: YOUTH LOCK-IN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2018: 1ST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
9:00 a.m.   | Sunday School
10:00 a.m. | Calm and Bright: Christ is Born!

WORSHIP SERVICES & TIMES

(Schedule will resume after Advent):  First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas offers two traditional services of worship every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. The services include scripture, prayer, singing of well-loved hymns led by the Chancel Choir, a children’s message and a sermon by Pastor Karen Jones. Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month during both services. Nursery is provided for both worship services. Sunday School classes begin at 10:00 a.m. Please stay for fellowship and refreshments in our Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. following our early worship service.


SAVE THE DATES

Sunday, December 2 – 10:00 a.m. | Hanging of the Greens | 1st Sunday of Advent

Thursday, December 6 – 5:30 p.m. | Trustees Committee Meeting | Parlor

Sunday, December 9 | Churchwide Christmas Caroling – Postponed

Monday, December 10 | Deadline | Center First UMC’s theme for Advent season is Calm and Bright: 200 years of Silent Night and we will be decorating our sanctuary with glass globes and candles. If you would like to donate a light in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one, the cost is $8.00 for each globe. Please contact Kelli at the church office at (936) 598-2707 or mail your request with payment to the church at 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935 by the deadline Monday, December 10, 2018.

Tuesday, December 11 – 9:00 a.m. | Our church will host our annual Lucretia’s Christmas Wish. Special needs students from the county schools are invited to choose a gift for their parents and grandparents in order to enjoy the gift of giving. Many of these students would not have the opportunity to get gifts for their parents. As parents, we know that any gift, no matter the cost, is precious when given to us by our children. Please bring any new or gently used items you have to the church office for this worthy project. Gift items such as Christmas decorations, costume jewelry, knick-knacks, garage sale type items, new socks, new caps, or things you think a parent would like. Men’s things are especially needed. Christmas sacks and tissue paper are also needed to wrap the gifts in. Thank You for your support with this important mission of our church that was so close to Lucretia Bussey’s heart.

Tuesday, December 11 – 6:00 p.m. | Sacred Sounds of the Season

Sunday, December 16 – 10:00 a.m. | Sing a Song of Christmas Cantata by Joseph Martin

Sunday, December 16 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Christmas Open House | Odom Parsonage

Now through Monday, December 17 | Christmas Angel Tree | There is nothing more special and heartwarming than a child’s smile on Christmas morning as he or she opens their Christmas present. Unfortunately, there are children right here in Shelby County that won’t be smiling on Christmas morning. But you have the opportunity to give a child a smile and warm their heart with God’s love. Our Angel Tree is up in the fellowship hall decorated with tags with the name of a child in need on them. This year we are supporting Gary Rholes and his effort to bless some of the children in our area. Please take a tag and sign your name to the corresponding child’s number on the sign-up sheet. Then return your gift to the church office by Monday, December 17, 2018. Thank you for supporting this wonderful ministry and changing the lives of those children who are blessed by these gifts!

Monday, December 17 | Deadline for 2019 Committee Chairs to submit their January meeting dates on Kelli’s Calendar!

MYF New & Events

Sunday, December 2 | Youth will lead the Hanging of the Greens Service
Wednesday, December 19 | No MYF or BCF
Thursday, December 20 – 6:30 a.m. | Breakfast B4 School at Daryl’s
Wednesday, December 26 | No MYF or BCF
Friday, December 28 – 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, December 29 – 7:00 a.m. | Youth Lock In/Out

Each week, we meet in the youth area for fellowship, activities and food. We welcome all youth in grades 6-12 to join us at 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are always needed to provide snacks for the youth on Wednesdays evenings. You are also welcome to join us for the remainder of the night if you choose! If you need any information or have any questions, please contact Sarah Odom, Director of Youth Ministries, (936) 598-2707 church office, (903) 841-1518 cell or sbohannon14@gmail.com.

DOLLAR-A-WEEK CAMPAIGN

Have a passion for what hurts God’s heart in our community? Want seed money to kick off a ministry that addresses that need? Know of an area non-profit meeting needs we can’t meet on our own? Know of a teacher that has a creative project that is beyond the school budget? This campaign will allow us to reach our community in significant ways. 

We will set aside every $1 bill in the collection plate for the Dollar-A-Week Campaign.  Here’s how this program works:

  • We are asking that every member put $1 bills in the collection plate above and beyond your regular tithe or giving.
  • This money will be collected throughout the year, and in the Fall 2018, individuals and groups in the church, and in the community, can apply to receive grants that can be used to meet needs in our community. 
  • Please visit the Dollar-A-Week Campaign page for all the details!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – COFFEE FELLOWSHIP 2018

Please contact Kelli in the church office if you want to sign up to host our Coffee Fellowships on Sundays! 

WALL OF CROSSES

We need your assistance and we want you to be included!

The trustees have approved the creation of a Wall of Crosses that will begin on the wooden wall across from the parlor. We are asking that each household bring a cross to the church that represents you or your family. Please be sure that it is no larger than 11” tall. We will print your name and the year on the back of each cross (or you may do this). It is important that every household be represented. You may bring your cross to the church any time. We will begin hanging them when we have several collected in the office. Once we fill up that wall, we will add an additional space for hanging elsewhere in the buildings. Thanks ahead of time for helping create a beautiful and meaningful wall in our church building.