First United Methodist Church
72 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801
www.firstumc.org
Worship plus three is how we define
our ministries. We believe worship is
of prime importance and is our foundation. In addition, we are to invite others into a relationship with God, grow in our own relationship with God and our neighbor and serve others as a continued sign of God's work in our lives.
INVITE
First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 2
Sermon:
S imple Christmas: Faith
Scripture:
Mark 10:14, 15 and
Matthew 18:2-4



Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
8:15am, 11am
Rev. David McEntire will preach

Contemporary Worship, Fellowship Center
9:30am, 11:20am
Rev. Andy Whitaker Smith will preach

Holy Communion offered at all services.
Sights and Sounds
Join us Sunday, December 9, at 4pm and 7pm in the Sanctuary as we celebrate The Sights and Sounds of Christmas, featuring our children, youth and adult choirs and the Handbell Ringers and Singers, A Cappella Praise and the Sights & Sounds orchestra. Make this wonderful concert a part of your family’s holiday plans. Admission is free and childcare is provided for ages six weeks through four years old. Fine Arts Patrons and Sponsors will enjoy reserved seating in the front of the sanctuary.
Advent Love Feast
A pot-luck lunch will be offered following the 11:20 worship service on Sunday December, 16 in the Fellowship Center. Attendees will gather for a Love Feast, a time of sharing food, celebrating Advent, and sharing how we’ve been experiencing God in this Advent season. There will also be a time to “stuff stockings” with adult-sized socks which will go to those who are homeless. If you would like to attend, help provide food or socks, contact Pastor Andy ( email here ).
Don't Miss Out on the Church Directory
We want everyone included in our Church Directory - including winter visitors. Schedule your appointment at firstumc.org/directory for the final sessions Jan 29 to Feb 2. Appointments can also be made at sign-up tables on Sun mornings in Jan. Everyone receives a $10 off coupon and seniors (60+), military and first responders are eligible for another 20% off.

Prayer Yoga
Sunday evenings in the Fellowship Center, join Rev. Morgan Whitaker Smith and Dion Koch for a time of Prayer Yoga. Using Yoga poses and prayer prompts, you will have the opportunity to connect mind, body and spirit in an accessible and non judgmental environment. All fitness levels are welcome. A signed waiver is required to participate, found under the ‘Prayer Yoga’ tab at: click here .

United Methodist Women
All women are invited to the December 10 General Meeting, at 10:30am in the Fellowship Center. The program is: Incarnation: The Sacred Space of God with Us/in Us. Make your lunch reservations by December 5 click here .
($4/full lunch).

Advent Class Continues on Wednesday Afternoons
Our Wednesday afternoon Advent class continues through December 19, led by Jason Rogers. The group is using Magrey deVega’s book Awaiting the Already . This study takes us on a tour through the Gospel narratives, showing us what parts of the Christmas story come from which Gospel, and helps us to recognize that each Gospel writer invites us to encounter a fresh experience of the birth of Christ. Join us at 4pm in room C-205. Register at click here or call 863-682-1912.

From Hurt to Hope
Sundays at 9:30am through December 30 in room C-201B. If you find this season of the year difficult or simply want to be around people who are seeking support, understanding and joy, we invite you to attend. Led by Rev. Terry Heck. Register click here , email here or call 863-682-1912.

Christmas Caroling
Join your church family for a fun night of Christmas Caroling. Meet at 5pm in F1 on Saturday, December 15. Church vehicles will be available. Refreshments will be served after caroling.

GROW
Our Brain Fitness Club begins in January 2019
This program, designed for early memory loss patients, will help them learn healthy brain activities and lifestyle adaptations. Each session is 14 weeks long and the club meets twice weekly. Contact Vicky for more email here

How are you observing a Holy Advent?
Explore the many opportunities for a meaningful Advent on our website at click here . You’ll find info on the #PictureAdvent daily photo challenge, studies, online classes and retreats, daily devotions, prayer practices and more.

United Methodist Women
All women are invited to the December 10 General Meeting, at 10:30am in the Fellowship Center. The program is: Incarnation: The Sacred Space of God with Us/in Us. Make your lunch reservations by December 5 click here .
($4/full lunch).

Advent Class Continues on Wednesday Afternoons
Our Wednesday afternoon Advent class continues through December 19, led by Jason Rogers. The group is using Magrey deVega’s book Awaiting the Already . This study takes us on a tour through the Gospel narratives, showing us what parts of the Christmas story come from which Gospel, and helps us to recognize that each Gospel writer invites us to encounter a fresh experience of the birth of Christ. Join us at 4pm in room C-205. Register at click here or call 863-682-1912.

From Hurt to Hope
Sundays at 9:30am through December 30 in room C-201B. If you find this season of the year difficult or simply want to be around people who are seeking support, understanding and joy, we invite you to attend. Led by Rev. Terry Heck. Register click here , email here or call 863-682-1912.

Children
Sunday School begins at 9:30am:
  • Nursery through fourth grade: Zechariah gets a visit from an angel. Luke 1:13
  • Fifth grade: Even though Zechariah loved and served God and even though he and Elizabeth had prayed for a child, he still did not believe the angel when he said God would answer their prayers. Luke 1:18, 20

Sunday Night, December 2 : Make n Take! 5-7pm children will make gifts. 4:30pm, is a pizza supper (optional, $3/person) and the event is 5-7pm.

Monday, December 3 : Pray & Play from 10-11:30am

Wednesday, December 5: Advent Classes for children from 6:30-7:30pm.

Childcare is available 6:30-7:30pm for children six weeks through PK2 for families participating in events on campus. Reservations are required. Please visit firstumc.org/children.

Thursday, December 6 : Early Connections from 9-10:30am

Saturday, December 8: Breakfast with Santa from 9-11am. Free! Located in the C Building on the second floor.

For more information, contact Cristi Moore( email here or 863-682-1912).

Youth
Sunday Morning Bible Study (sixth-twelfth grades) at 9:30am in F-1: Join us for in-depth study and discussion.

Sunday, December 2: Join us from 5-7pm in F-1 for a meal, recreation, worship and small groups.

Monday, December 3: Youth Worker Meeting at 7pm in F-1

Wednesday, December 5:RECHARGE: 6-7:30pm in the Youth Game Room. Join us for snacks, fellowship and a dynamic discussion on our callings.

Thursday, December 6: Talbot House Ministries, 5:15pm, meet at Talbot House, 814 N Kentucky Ave.

Friday, December 7: Youth Caroling at 5:45pm in F-1

Sunday, December 9: No evening program. We hope you enjoy the Sights & Sounds of Christmas.

For more information, contact Brett ( email here or 863-687-9856).
Adult Education
Classes are from 9:30-10:30am. We welcome visitors to any class. For more info, contact Warren Pattison ( email here or 863-682-1912). You can listen live to Rev. Brian Tiffany’s lesson with the Homebuilders Class - dial 863-225-0968 at 9:30am.

The BYKOTA Class is led by Dr. Doug Hallman teaching “The Characters of Christmas” exploring The Politicians, The Relatives, The Couple, The Bethlehem Locals and The Child. Room C-207

The Genesis Class welcomes you as they begin “Advent Again!” an original study taught by Rev. Jose Bove. Room C-202

The Homebuilders Class is taught by Rev. Brian Tiffany. They follow the Adult Bible Studies curriculum. December theme is “Our Love for God.” Chapel.

The Koinonia Class is exploring the Gospel of Matthew, with Rev. Terry Knight leading. Room C-205

The Searchers Class begins their Advent study of Matt Rawle’s book, The Redemption of Scrooge , led by Nina Rehberg. Explore Charles Dickens’ character from A Christmas Carol in a new and engaging way. Room C-206

The Sendero Class is studying The Gift of the Nutcracker by Matt Rawle. Discover how this classic whimsical story can help us to understand God’s greatest gift of the Christ child and the kingdom he came to establish. John Naser leads. Room C-204

Storyline is an intentionally intergenerational class for adults. Their Advent study is Magrey deVega’s book Awaiting the Already , led by Jason Rogers. Room C-201C

The Vanguard Class is exploring the theme “Our Love for God” with texts from Genesis. Bishop Bob Fannin is teaching. Room C-203
SERVE
Annual Pecan Sale
Pecans are available from the UMW for holiday baking and gifts. $9/cinnamon or chocolate and $12/pieces and halves. Purchase in 'Our Giving Tree Bookstore and Gift Shop' at Wednesday evening PHOENIX, at Tracy’s Hair Designs, 1211 S Florida Ave (863-688-5962) or by contacting Pat Bradford (863-859-3339 or email here ). They will be sold outside worship areas and in the fountain courtyard on December 9.

Order Your Holiday Poinsettias
It's time to order your poinsettias to honor a loved one or in memory of loved ones. Poinsettias are placed in our worship areas on Christmas Sunday. They may be taken home after the 9 and 11pm Christmas Eve Worship Services. ($12/each) You may order here or visit the church office. Orders are due by December 14.

Ring the Salvation Army Bell
First UMC is ringing the traditional Salvation Army Bell in two hour shifts until Christmas eve, 10am - 8pm (except Sundays). We are ringing at the Publix at the Highland City Towne Center, 5185 Hwy 98S. Click here to sign up

Our Giving Tree Bookstore and Gift Shop has new hours!
Save 20% on all Nativities through Christmas in "Our Giving Tree." We are now open: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am - 5:30pm; Wednesday from 10am - 7pm and Sunday from 9am - 12:30pm. All proceeds go to missions!

Monthly Mission Opportunity
We are sending a work team on the third Saturday of each month to assist in FL Annual Conference Disaster Recovery. December 15 is our next mission day. Times till be determined by the location of the project and communicated a least two days in advance. Paperwork must be filled out and returned to Forrest at least 2 weeks prior to serving. The Conference requires that you be at least 14 years of age to serve. Contact Forrest for more information and paperwork email here

kidsPACK USA
Help hungry children in our community by assembling meals Wednesday, December 5, at 4pm in the Welcome Center. Questions? Contact Nelson Kimball ( email here ) or Forrest White (863-686-3163 or email here ).

Have you ever considered becoming a Foster Caregiver?
Information is available through Heartland for Children. Attend one of their free monthly information nights in Bartow. For information or to sign up, call (863-519-8900x289).