First United Methodist Church
of Longview
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The Voice
November 17, 2021
In recent weeks I have noticed it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around town, and it's not just the shops and stores readying for the holiday. I have seen homes decorated and our local Christmas drive-throughs and walk-throughs open for business. Everyone is excited to shake off the worst of the last two years and start celebrating good vibrations NOW, even with pumpkins and fall colors still bountiful. I can't blame anyone for rushing into Christmas this year, but I hope we don't hurry. We need Christmas: What it means, what it stands for, and what it is. Christmas is a reminder of God's love, grace, and generosity.

Part of the excitement and joy of Christmas is the anticipation. We continue to be expectant even when we know what is in the "box." How exciting is the gift of knowing that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son for each of us? Christmas and its significance is to be lived out each day, and most especially in our Advent season. As the Christian community, we observe the four Sundays before Christmas as the time to prepare for the inspiring, provoking, thrilling, mind-blowing, astonishing, eye-opening miracle of Christ's birth. The gift of God loving you, me, and everyone so much that He sent His one true and perfect son! We do not need to rush or hurry it but savor the meaning of this beautiful, indescribable gift.  

On the first Sunday of Advent, November 28, FUMC will offer two worship services for all of us to join in the preparation and anticipation of Christ's birth. At 8:30 AM during Horizon Worship, Pastor David and Worship Leader Keven Braswell will lead the contemporary Hanging of the Greens, and at 10:45 AM, Beacon Worship will be led by Pastor Jay Jackson with special music under the direction of Paul Roberts. In both worship services, members of our church family will assist in the celebration of Hanging of the Greens.

To further celebrate this wonderful beginning of the Advent season, we invite everyone to join us at 9:30 AM in the Cook Foyer for a come-and-go breakfast reception.

Peace in Christ,
Janice Crane
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Janice and Pastor David are prepping for our Thanksgiving Potluck tonight! We hope to see you and your family in the Faith Center at 6:00 PM; what will YOU bring?
Volunteers needed for Pancakes With Santa
Set up and decorate December 2 from 9:00 AM-Noon and December 3 from 9:00 AM till finished. At the event on December 4 (9:00-11:30 AM) we need greeters, craft helpers, servers, table crews, and a clean-up crew. You can sign up for the following shifts: 8:30-9:30, 9:30-10:30, 10:30-11:30, and clean-up starting at 11:30. Call the church office or contact Pastor Romnie for more information.
The Children's Ministry will host the craft table at Pancakes with Santa, and we are in need of volunteers to assist children in assembling a simple craft. Each shift is 30 minutes, but you may sign up for more than one shift if you wish. We appreciate your willingness to be a part of this festive event!
We will be having a Confirmation parent meeting on Sunday, January 9th at 9:40 AM in the Purple Room. Please let Jana know if you will be unable to attend!
All children in grades 2-5 are invited to participate as an acolyte during Beacon Worship. Parents, please check your calendars and click here to sign your acolyte(s) up to serve! This will allow us to print their names in the bulletin each Sunday. Email Jana at jana@lvfumc.org with questions.
Please note: there will be no Ascension Worship on November 28!
**Seniors - we will have rehearsal for Hanging of the Greens on Saturday, November 27 in the Sanctuary at 2:00 PM!**
The Haverty's/Newgate Angel Tree is almost back!
The Haverty's/Newgate Angel Tree wishlists will be live on the website on November 12! We hope you will consider adopting a wishlist this year. Click the buttons below to visit our website or Facebook page.
Spring Semester Terrific Tuesday Volunteers Needed!
Interested in doing something fulfilling? Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Interested in a free supply of hugs and smiles? Sign up to volunteer with the spring semester of Terrific Tuesday! Click the button below to sign up or contact Pastor Romnie at romnie@lvfumc.org for more information.
Volunteers are needed to cook and serve breakfast at Newgate Mission.
If you'd like to cook breakfast at Newgate Mission on December 12 at 7:45 AM (we usually finish by 10:00 AM), please contact Pastor Romnie at romnie@lvfumc.org.

Volunteers needed for Handbells & Hot Chocolate before the Christmas Parade
Each year we offer hot chocolate to the spectators at the Longview Christmas Parade. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with our neighbors and spread the Christmas cheer by being a Beacon of Hope for All during this season. This year's parade is on December 2. Volunteers will need to arrive at 5:15 PM and the parade starts at 6:30 PM. Call the church office to sign up or contact Pastor Romnie for more information.
Poinsettias for Christmas!
Poinsettias can be ordered in honor or in memory of a loved one, or for your home and business. They are $18 each.

Please click the button below to download the order form, or you may fill one out at the Welcome Center and return it with payment to the Church office.

This is a fundraiser for the Music Ministry.
Life Together at FUMC Longview
If you or someone you know is sick or hospitalized and is unable to attend worship with us, please let us know!

Contact the church office at 903-753-4463 or email us at info@lvfumc.org
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First United Methodist Church of Longview
400 N. Fredonia St. Longview, Texas 75601
Tel: (903) 753.4463
Fax: (903) 236.7608