We look forward to a wonderful Christmas season at First Church! During the week of Christmas, there will be limited office hours:

December 23, closing at 4:00 p.m.
December 24, closing at noon
December 25 through December 27, closed
December 30, closing at 4:00 p.m.
December 31, closing at noon
January 1, closed

If you have questions or need special access to the building, please contact the office at 717-766-4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

All are invited to a special Cru mission presentation on Sunday, December 1 from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the multipurpose room. Hear from our church missionaries serving with Cru, regarding their overseas mission and their work to connect people to Jesus at West Chester, Eastern and Cheyney Universities.

Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) is an interdenominational Christian parachurch organization for college and university students. Cru has active communities on 1,740 college and university campuses. For more information about Cru, visit their website at cru.org.

First Church invites you to join us for our Christmas Eve services:

5:00 p.m. Family Service – Tailored to families with young children, includes candle-lighting (battery-operated candles available)

8:00 p.m. Service of Christmas Eve Simplicity – A quiet service with communion, instrumental music, candle-lighting and time for prayer

11:00 p.m. Service of Light and Wonder – Communion, candle-lighting and carols sung by our choirs

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church will host the Marketplace of Miracles on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is a shopping event like no other! Several organizations and merchants will have a variety of unique and inexpensive items for sale, with all proceeds benefitting the education and prevention of human trafficking, and fair treatment of workers in lesser developed countries.

Your purchases really can make a difference!

Participating merchants include WAR (Women at Risk), She’s Somebody’s Daughter (handcrafted jewelry), Change Purse (new or gently-used handbags starting at $1), Ten Thousand Villages (fair trade items) and Trades of Hope (jewelry, handbags, accessories).

For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

Love Christmas cookies but don’t enjoy baking them? Attend the Cookie Walk at First Church on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by the Youth Group.

For one price, attendees can fill a container with a variety of homemade holiday cookies. Nut-free and Gluten-free cookies available. Proceeds benefit youth mission projects.

For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

“Joy to the World,” a beloved Christmas classic, turns 300 this year. Composer Isaac Watts wrote the words based on Psalm 98, calling us to sing a “new song” in celebration of the coming of the Lord into the world.

Join us for worship this December as we discover the depths of “joy” we proclaim whenever we sing these ancient words. As we “receive our King,” we find joy in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion – a message the world so desperately needs.  Click here to view a trailer of this series.  Find the Daily Reading Plan here.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Dec. 1 First Sunday of Advent Prepare Him Room: Hopeful Joy (with Holy Communion)
Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14

Dec. 8 Second Sunday of Advent Repeat the Sounding Joy: Loving Joy
Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12

Dec. 15 Third Sunday of Advent Make the Blessings Known: Unabashed Joy
Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46b-55

Dec. 22 Fourth Sunday of Advent Make the Nations Prove: Peaceful Joy
Isaiah 7:13-15, Matthew 1:18-25

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve The Lord Is Come: Incarnate Joy
Isaiah 52:7-10, Luke 2:1-20

             Candlelight Services: 5 p.m. (Family) 8 p.m. (Informal) 11 p.m. (Traditional)

Dec. 29 First Sunday after Christmas Wonders of His Love: Compassionate Joy
Isaiah 63:7-9, Matthew 2:13-23

Travel to ancient Bethlehem to experience what it was like the night Jesus was born! Visit the interactive marketplace to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Bethlehem on Sunday, December 8 starting at 5:15 p.m. There will be a preview for special needs guests from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.

A Mission Meal will be provided by the Youth in Fellowship Hall. Proceeds benefit Youth Mission trips.

All ages welcome, but especially designed for children and families. For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com. No registration required.

First Church will hold a Christmas Service of Hope and Remembrance on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. This is a special worship service for those who have lost loved ones or will not be with family this Christmas.

All are welcome. For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or office@fumchurch.com.

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