The word “advent” comes from the Latin adventus meaning arrival or coming. We celebrate the Season of Advent for four Sundays before Christmas. It is a time to remember the coming of Jesus, embrace the presence of the Holy Spirit, and anticipate the return of our Lord. Most of us spend this time decorating, shopping, and coordinating our calendars for family gatherings. In the Church we prepare for cantatas and light candles to mark to the passing of time. Children are excited about gift giving and receiving, and we adults love to retell the story of Jesus’ birth. This time of year can be exciting, stressful, and even meaningful all at the same time.
From my childhood I remember the anticipation of gifts and the nervous hope that seemed to fill my young mind. Of course I remember Nativity Scenes and the story of Jesus’ birth, but it was the toys that filled me with excitement. Our gift giving at Christmas and the anticipation of Advent are meant to remind us of the gift God offered the world with our Savior’s birth. I wonder what it would be like if, as adults, we were filled with the same anticipation of Christmas Day as a child.
What if this year we were filled with the anticipation of a new birth within us? What if we anticipated and allowed the Holy Spirit to be reborn within our hearts? What would the world be like if peace and love ceased to be ideas and became realities in our lives? What would the world be like if enemies broke bread together? What if our opinions, our desires, and our needs, all gave way to God’s truth, God’s will, and God’s plan for all of creation? What if by making a room for the birth of our Savior in our heart, we could be part of the transformation of the world?
These are not just “what ifs.” These are the promises and plan of God. This is the gift that keeps being offered and keeps being asked for. Could you get excited about that? I can. In fact, this year I hope we are filled with the anticipation of a child as we ask for and await the rebirth of the Holy Spirit within us this year. God is willing if we are willing. This year, let us celebrate, remember, anticipate, and actually be part of the change God is offering the world. That would be an awesome gift.
Praying for the coming of our Lord,
Rev. Jimmy Hendricks
Ladies Christmas Tea
Ladies, join us on Saturday, December 2, for fellowship, a traditional tea menu, cake auction, and a silent auction at our Annual Christmas Tea. Table previews are at 1:30pm, the tea is 2-4pm, and live music will be by Fish and the Chips. Tickets are $15; contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Holiday Tour of Homes
Mill Creek Middle School Band Presents the Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 2, 11am-3pm and it will include our beautiful Sanctuary! For tickets and more information, visit the PTO website.
Go Tell It: A Twelfth night Jazz Concert
Come celebrate the twelve nights of Christmas with unique original musical arrangements of popular carols in a modern jazz setting on Sunday, January 7, at 6pm.
Bake Sale Follow-Up
Thank you to everyone who baked, purchased, and donated to the bake sale to benefit the Powell family! Because of the generosity of our church, Jennifer and Timothy have twelve house cleaning visits, which will get them through the holiday season and then some! This is a true love offering from our church to Jennifer, Timothy, Danny, and Patrick, and they will be feeling it for many weeks to come!
Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. Please join us!
1st Sunday in Advent: December 3, 8:30am & 10:45am
2nd Sunday in Advent: December 10, 8:30am & 10:45 am
3rd Sunday in Advent, Festival of Lessons and Carols: December 17, 8:30am & 10:45am
4th Sunday in Advent: December 24, 8:30am & 10:45am
Peace and joy. A star and a manger. You are invited to join us as we gather together to experience the real gift of Christmas, the unconditional love God gave the world all those years ago.
Sun - Dec 3 - Youth@514 (5-7pm)
Wed - Dec 6 - Youth@Midweek (5-7pm) (STUFFED ANIMALS DUE!)
Sun - Dec 10 - Youth@514 (5-7pm) (WARMTH IN WINTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE)
Wed - Dec 13 - Youth@Midweek (5-7pm)
Sun - Dec 17 - Christmas Party (5-7pm)
Wed - Dec 20 - Youth@Midweek (5-7pm)
YOUTH@WORK - The youth are collecting stuffed animals for the South Nashville Refugee Outreach Christmas Party. Bring in a stuffed animal for a toddler by December 6. We need at least 25. Let's see how many we can get!
CHRISTMAS PARTY - All parents, youth, and youth volunteers are invited to the 2017 NFUMC Youth Christmas Party from 5-7pm on Sunday, December 17. We will have dinner, hot chocolate and cider, and a white elephant gift exchange. Please bring a $5-10 gift for the gift exchange.
YOUTH@514: SUNDAYS 5-7pm - Join us for a time focused on growing together in our faith through food, games, worship, a lesson, and small group discussions.
YOUTH@MIDWEEK: WEDNESDAYS 5-7pm - Join us for a time of food, fun, and fellowship. This time is laid back and you are welcome to bring homework and friends! We will always begin our time with dinner and end with a short devotion.
Peace, Meggie McDowell, Youth Director, email@example.com
Second Sunday Breakfast
Please join us on December 10 at 9:30am for Second Sunday Breakfast. Bring a favorite breakfast dish to share and come fellowship between the services with church family from the other service!
The Journey Sunday School Class is responsible for set-up, drinks, and clean up on December 10. Please remember that the class responsible for Second Sunday Breakfast is also requested to provide cookies, donuts, or other snacks for all other Sundays of the month.
Please put all food away after fellowship on ALL Sundays. We are called to be fishers of men, not of mice and ants! This class is also responsible for returning the Fellowship Hall to “Sunday Setting” after breakfast. Diagrams are posted on the kitchen doors.
United Methodist Women
The UMW met on November 8 with eighteen members and two visitors present.
The UMW will host two tables at the Ladies Christmas Tea at the Christmas Tea, as well as individual members hosting their own tables.
Our program was on World Thank Offering given by Marcia Woodcock. Marcia had put a great deal of thought into her program, and we all enjoyed it tremendously. She had handouts, board illustrations, and had us all participating in the program. It is amazing how many people are in poverty and starving in the United States and around the World. It was truly an inspiring program. We adjourned with prayer led by Barbara Belden and headed to Southern Hospitality for lunch.
Our meeting on December 13 at 10:30am will be our Christmas Celebration. Jackie Green will be catering with a cost per person of $7. We also will be doing a $10 gift exchange. The meetings are open for anyone that would like to attend. Our vision is to be “a neighborhood church where people experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus in a welcoming church family.” Please feel free to come and join in the fellowship of the United Methodist Women. We meet the second Wednesday of each month.
Karen R. Hoffmeister, Secretary
Mary & Ed Martin will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on December 1!
May God continue to bless you with joy, peace, understanding, and love to last you another 50 years. Amen.
12/1 Jack W, Grayson S; 12/4 Jon Anderson, Terri Anderson; 12/5 Katie L; 12/8 Katie M; 12/9 Hank L; 12/10 Chloé M; 12/15 Olivia M; William S; 12/17 Joe Allen, Hazel W; 12/19 William Edmondson, Porter Walker, Denise Gavin, Paul Duty; 12/21 Kristy Threet, Jordan Hunter; 12/24 Dave Belden; 12/25 Nick Mucci; 12/27 Sam S; 12/28 Jeff Eubanks; 12/29 Kathy McGee; 12/30 Tom Howell, Rainey M
12/3 Susan & Mike Nichols (29); 12/9 Meredith & Andrew Church (11); 12/14 Jan & Jerry Jones (49); 12/15 Lesa & Tyson Smith (39); 12/16 Mary Beth & Mike Hagan (17); 12/20 Patsy & Larry Elliott (47); 12/27 Nancy & Joe Allen (57); 12/27 Cindi & Clay Cooper (43); 12/28 Terri & Jon Anderson (51)
Church Council of Stewards
All are invited to the Church Council of Stewards meeting on Tuesday, December 12, 7pm. Come and hear what our church leaders are planning for the ministries of Nolensville First UMC in 2018.
Budgeted YTD Income $ 302,047.38
Budgeted YTD Expense $ 362,987.36
Difference ($ 60,939.98)
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)