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Weekly Update



December 11, 2019


December 15, 2019

Services at 8:30 AM in the Chapel and 10 AM in the Sanctuary

Texts: Isaiah 35:1-10, Matthew 11:2-11

Title: Count On It!

Theme: The promises of God are sure, even if they are not immediately at hand; Christ will surely come, but it may be awhile. Even in the face of suffering, we are called to believe that God’s promises will be fulfilled. Advent is a time to remember such faith—a time to trust

God’s promises.


*Roseann and Scott Benoit for organizing the annual Hometown Christmas concert. $1775 was raised for the general fund! Thanks also to all who attended/supported the concert in any way (set-up, clean-up, refreshments, ushers)!

*G.R.A.S.P. for performing at the Hometown Christmas concert! Well done!

*Those who helped build the church float for the Rochester Holiday Parade, and those who braved the cold to walk in the parade passing out candy canes! We received third place in our category!


Nurture, Outreach, and Witness (NOW) News

December MIssion of the Month

Donations for Christmas Food Baskets - Due this Week!

A New Event!!! Keep the Spirit of Christmas Alive!!!

Keep your calendars open for a Ham & Bean Supper and Carol/Hymn Sing on Dec 28. It will be supper from 4:30-6:30 PM with Carol/Hymn Sing at 7 PM in the Sanctuary. More info to follow!

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY HELP NEEDED - If you love to knit or crochet, you are the person we are looking for! We have run out of shawls for this wonderful Ministry. If you can help out, that would be wonderful. There are skeins of yarn & folders with information/instructions in the hallway by the sanctuary. 

The Committee Meets on the third Sunday of each 11:30 AM.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Come learn about what we do and how you might become involved!  Got an idea to share? Bring it to a meeting or share with Chair Pat Hewitt, Lay Leader Roy Brill, or Pastor Jeff.


We are pleased to report that we have received 88 estimates of giving amounting to $155,500 to the General Fund and almost $25,000 to the Building Fund! We still have a ways to go, so if you have not had a chance to fill out your estimate of giving card, pick one up on Sunday or stop by the church office. Thank you so much for your stewardship and generosity! Our ministry is a blessing to so many in so many different ways, thanks to YOU!

Christmas Pageant 2019

We would love all who want to help or be a part of the pageant cast join us! All ages are welcome!  Practice will be Saturday, December 21st from 9:00am-12:00pm. The pageant will be on Sunday, December 22, 2019 during the 10:00am service.



Once again we’ll have our special mailbox for Christmas cards to be delivered to people in our church only. Please make sure both first and last names are on the envelope.  The box will be in the Welcome Center on December 8, 15, and 22. Cards will be delivered to the recipients each Sunday at the church.


Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 or Thursday afternoons at 12:15. We will be exploring Adam Hamilton’s book, 

Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph.

From his beginnings as a humble carpenter to his all-important role as the earthly father of Jesus Christ, Joseph's place in the nativity story is sometimes overlooked but contains valuable lessons for all of us. Join Adam Hamilton as he examines Christmas through the eyes of Joseph. Absent from much of the biblical narrative, Joseph never spoke a word, but his courageous actions were crucial to the birth of Christ and God's salvation plan for humanity.  Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don't understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides.

RADA CUTLERY: Makes excellent Christmas gifts!

Knives and other products are still available. Please speak to Sharon Parker if interested.  



The pies are frozen - just bake and eat.  If interested, please see Sharon Parker or Kate Marcotte.  The cost is $12. Thank you for helping us empty the freezer!

Check out the “Veterans Corner” on our Welcome Center bulletin board--active service members, veterans and their families are encouraged to take a look! 


The worn hymnals are available to any who are interested in “adopting” them for their own use. They make a great daily devotional source or may be used for making Christmas ornaments or other artwork from the pages. They are located by the organ. Please take one (or more!). You may also email the Director of Music, and make arrangements to pick up your copy. 

CASSEROLE COMMITTEE - provides meals for people in our church family during difficult times.  Anyone who is in need of meals may call one of the two Chairpersons: Diane  Marzoli 332-1766 or Dottie Bickford-Longo 664-5552. If you cannot connect with either of them, contact the office for assistance. Please also let us know whether you have any dietary restrictions! We always bring enough food for the whole family. In addition, If you can help, either by cooking or buying a meal, we need you! Thanks.

We Need Liturgists (aka. Lay Readers) to help lead worship for both services. Sign up in the Welcome Center!

ONLINE PRAYER GROUP: Prayer requests may be sent to Pastor Jeff ( by 11 AM on Wednesdays. If you are interested in joining the group, please let Pastor Jeff know. 


Volunteers to Serve Christ by Serving the Church

The Nominating/Lay Leadership Committee has several leadership positions we are trying to fill. Please be in touch with Pastor Jeff if you are willing help us as soon as possible:

Finance Committee Chairperson *must be church member

Financial Secretary * must be a church member

Staff/Pastor - Parish Relations Committee (S/P-PRC)Chairperson

*Must be church member 


December 14 -Memorial Service for Julie Wood at 11 AM

December 19 -Fellowship Kitchen Christmas Party at 5 PM

December 21 -Pageant Rehearsal at 9 AM to 12 Noon

-MYF Christmas Party (Letourneau’s) at 6 PM

December 22 -Annual Christmas Pageant at 10 AM

-Service of Lessons and Carols at 3:30 PM

December 24 -Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 7 & 11 PM

December 25 -Christmas Day Worship Celebration at 10 AM

December 28 -Ham and Bean Supper at 4:30 PM and Carol Sing at 7 PM

Help First UMC While You Shop - If you shop Amazon, use this link . When you do, a percentage of what you spend is donated to our church. Thank you for supporting FUMC!

See you in church!!!