“What Can’t Wait” Sermon Series
Advent is a season of waiting, but is idle waiting what God wants of us? In preparation for the coming Messiah, we wonder together—what things can’t wait? What demands our immediate attention? What requires our work and preparation? What is it that God can’t wait for? Is it our praise, reconciliation, and proclamation? Is it the end of suffering, isolation, and fear? This Advent, we invite you to join us in imagining, prioritizing, and preparing. As we wait, what can’t?
Discipleship and Fellowship
Sanctuary Foyer During Advent
“What Can’t Wait” Devotional
Beginning with December 1, 2019, this daily devotional invites you to read, reflect, pray, and color your way through the end of 2019. Each day in the devotional offers something new, including: poetic prayers, original visuals inspired by scripture, written reflections, prompts for visual meditation, prompts for journaling, colorable pages, and active prompts. This is a great resource for older youth and adults, but parents could also invite children to help them color and embody the weekly active prompts.
An Advent Action Calendar for children and young families is available in our Sanctuary foyer. Hang the calendar on your fridge and count down the days of Advent by moving a magnet to mark each day. Then, complete the daily action prompt together as a family.
December 1, 8, and 15, Sundays
Advent Visio Divina Study
10:00 a.m., SAN Wesley Hall
Visio Divina, latin for “divine seeing,” is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Visio Divina extends the 6th century Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina by the use of visual imagery. Traditionally, Visio Divina was accompanied by Benedictine iconography and illuminations, however, different faith traditions have adapted the process over time, utilizing both secular and nonsecular images. This class, led by Cindy Walter, blends visual meditation with group discussion and Bible study.
Family and Youth
December 14, Saturday
Kids’ Day Out
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., EDU Room 102
While parents enjoy a morning out, children play, eat pizza, make holiday crafts, and watch a movie with our trained childcare staff. We accept infants through fourth graders on a first-come basis. The cost is $25 for the first child and $10 for siblings. Make reservations online no later than the Wednesday prior to the event. Register Here.
December 15, Sunday
Youth Christmas Party
4:30-7:00 p.m., Family Life Center
During Engage, all youth are invited to come and celebrate together for our last Engage of the year, December 16 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. There will be food, games and music, and we will be having a white elephant exchange, so bring a gift that cost $10 or less.
December 15, Sunday
FUMC Choir Presentation
9:00 & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Come sing praise to God and celebrate through the gifts of others with a special musical offering by our FUMC choir during worship.
Children’s Choir Presentation
10:15 a.m., Sanctuary
The Children’s choir presents their Christmas musical, “Carriers of the Light”, on Sunday, December 15th at 10:00 am. This creative Christmas musical is inspired by scriptural passages focusing on Jesus as the Light of Salvation. Through traditional carols and original music, it celebrates the passing of God’s light from Mary to Joseph to the animals in the manger; from the shepherds in the countryside to the Wise Men in the East. We hope you can join us!
December 24, Tuesday
Christmas Breakfast for the Homeless
6:30 a.m., FLC Great Hall
This year’s breakfast will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Our guests will enjoy coffee upstairs with Christmas music beginning at 6:30 a.m., breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m., and a worship service will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Garrison Chapel. Many in our church family have made this a significant part of their Christmas season. Want to volunteer? Sign up coming soon. Check here for updates.
December 19, Thursday
Blue Christmas Service
7:00 p.m., EDU Murchison Chapel
How come I don’t feel it? In the midst of the wonder and expectation of Advent, many of us might feel out of step with the joy and excitement of Christmas. Some of us have lost loved ones or face the “happy” holidays feeling blue with grief or depression. Senior Pastor Taylor Fuerst will lead this special worship service on the “longest night” to acknowledge our grief and longing for hope.
Christmas Eve Services
December 24, Tuesday
Christmas Eve Breakfast Service
8:00 a.m., FLC Garrison Chapel
A service that is interactive and reflective on the Christmas message. It is a time of fellowship, music, and prayer with our guests and each other.
Christmas Eve Noon Service</strong
12:00 p.m., EDU Murchison Chapel
This traditional service features carols, Scripture reading, and Holy Communion and is ideal for those who wish to celebrate early and for those whose plans make it impossible to participate in our later services.
Christmas Eve Family Service
4:00 p.m.*, Sanctuary
For the young and young at heart, this 45-minute service is a wonderful way for families with young children to worship together and enjoy the holiness and excitement of the Christ child’s arrival. Experience the traditions of Christmas carols, the Nativity story, Holy Communion, and a candlelit Silent Night. Toward the end of the service, the children are invited to enjoy a special treat in Wesley Hall while parents experience time for quiet reflection.
Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion
6:00*, 8:00* & 11:00 p.m., Sanctuary
These traditional services will feature carols, choral offerings, scripture, Holy Communion, and candle lighting to celebrate Christ’s birth.
*Childcare is provided during the 4:00 p.m. Family Service and 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Candlelight Services.