FIRST UNITED METHODIST, DECATUR – NEWS December 7, 2017

The FIRST UMC DECATUR DEC 2017 NEWSLETTER  is available for you to download and read or print. You may also pick up a paper copy at The Connection Center at church.

Our Advent series is “The Star – A Journey to Christmas”   Devotionals are available at The Connection Center – you can view a sample by clicking this link TheStar_Devotional_Sample.  We are also celebrating Advent at Fishes and Loaves each Wednesday night as well.  Who will you invite to share the experience of Advent?

We closed our church calendar year with the UMC Discipleship series “Season of Saints,” culminating in Christ the King Sunday.  Pastor Amy shared a powerful message and asked “Have we made Jesus Lord of our lives?”

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Connect in Community, Grow in Faith, Serve in Love – all three were fulfilled at our Thanksgiving praise and worship at Golden Meadows. Pastor Amy helped the residents grow in faith as she shared a special meditation on Psalm 23.  The residents enjoyed treat bags decorated and filled by our children, and everyone enjoyed singing led by Wuaneta Reinhart.

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The FIRST UMC DECATUR NOV 2017 NEWSLETTER is available for you to download and read or print. You may also pick up a paper copy at The Connection Center at church.

First UMC, along with Grace Fellowship, served in LOVE as we held our second annual Trunk or Treat – complete with music from our Praise Team, a prayer station, hot chocolate and tons of fun and candy

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We kicked off our “CHURCH CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE” campaign with church in the parking lot.  It was all good, thanks and praise to God – beautiful morning, an awesome witness to those driving by, several families from the neighborhood joined in, and we enjoyed a delicious cookout – thanks for cooking Boyds!

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Youth Sunday – our Youth shared their experiences from the mission trip to Copperhill, TN

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Hero Central VBS – we shared God’s amazing love and power with over 120 children this summer through Hero Central – glory be to God!

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The FIRST UMC DECATUR JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER is available for you to download and read or print. You may also pick up a paper copy at The Connection Center at church.

We are pleased to announce we have 8 persons signed up for the Redbird Mission trip in September

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A beautiful and blessed Easter morning

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Our children  learned about the Last Supper on Passion Sunday during Junior Church

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The FIRST UMC DECATUR APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER  is available for you to download and read or print. You may also pick up a paper copy at The Connection Center at church.

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We give thanks to God for a very blessed and full Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.  We connected in community and grew in our faith, and reached out to our community.  Praise be to God!  See some of our highlights below and keep in constant touch by liking our Facebook page

New Year’s Day offered a message of light – the light we have in Christ, and how once we have that light, we can and must offer that light to those in darkness.

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Christmas morning was bright and sunny and a big attendance as we encouraged our Church Family to attend – No Excuses! – Even if they were still in their pajamas after opening Christmas presents!  Our photo booth and fun props offered families and friends a great chance to capture Christmas morning as a family and Church Family.

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We celebrated the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, with candle light, Christmas carols, and a message of Hope on Christmas Eve.

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Ugly sweaters and Agape Family Puppets on December 18 as we connected in Community and Grew in our Faith as a  Churh Family and beyond.

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We enjoyed “The Animal’s First Christmas” Children’s Christmas Program on December 11.  Written by Jolie Lee, the play told the story of the birth of Jesus through the eyes of the animals in the stable and the fields.  Thanks to all involved.  Afterwards, we shared a pizza lunch and played some super fun games at our Happy Birthday Jesus family party.  Check out the video!

Advent and Christmas series “The Redemption of Scrooge”  Join a class!

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We had a super turn out for our first Trunk or Treat – we passed out 700 glow sticks, over 1000 invitations to our Glow Party and shared our Christmas calendar with all the trick or treaters.  Connecting in Community to help Grow in Faith and Serve in Love.  Let’s pray for this outreach as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our world.

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We celebrated our 50 (and 50-Plus) year members as we marked our 175th anniversary.

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