Weekly Newsletter

as of December 4, 2022

Second Sunday of Advent

In-Person Worship

Please join us in our historic Sanctuary:
8:30am Blended Worship
10:45am Traditional Worship

Sunday School for all ages at 9:45am

Online Worship

All services will be will be live streamed on our website
and archived on our YouTube channel.

Sermon Series: The Cast of Christmas

During the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas, we will experience the anticipation of the prophets, the joyful proclamation of the angels, the journey of the shepherds and wise men to honor Jesus — and how all of this fits in with how we prepare and celebrate for Christmas now.  


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Serving & Mission Opportunities

Benevolence Fund

We have a benevolence fund to serve those in need. Your gift left at the chancel rail during Holy Communion today is what fuels this ministry. Please remember those in need when we gather at the Lord’s Table. 

Operation Santa

Operation Santa is a local effort to provide Christmas to Williamson County youth and children that are in need. The program is a collaboration between Williamson County Juvenile Services, Williamson County CASA, and our local DCS office. NFUMC is providing an opportunity to assist a single father and four children, ages 8, 5, 3, and 2, with the joy of Christmas this year. There is a tree in the Breezeway Bridge with tags with the children’s sizes and wish items. To participate, please select an item (or two) off of the tree and sign it out on the list provided. Return the purchased items to the tree in the Breezeway Bridge, unwrapped and with the child’s name and gift tag attached, next Sunday, December 11. Gifts will be wrapped and delivered to the family.

 UMW and GraceWorks

Our United Methodist Women are serving through giving to GraceWorks Ministries. Each month they are concentrating on a particular need of GraceWorks, and they encourage the entire congregation to help. In December, they are collecting tomato products and pasta, and every month they are collecting the following items for the Fuel Bag program: peanut butter crackers, fruit snacks, cereal bars, granola bars, fruit cups, and pudding cups. Items can be left in the GraceWorks bin in the breezeway or in the basket in the foyer. Thank you! 

2023 Serving Opportunities (Time & Talent)

Doing Christian works is serving Christ Himself. There are many opportunities here at Nolensville First for serving. Now is a great time to find your way! We ask that you serve in at least one area during the course of the year using your gifts. Visit here to fill it out online. Questions? Contact Pastor Jeremy at pastorjeremy@nolensvilleumc.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Give blood and help save lives! There are two opportunities to donate blood next month: December 8 and December 23. Please make an appointment at www.RedCrossBlood.org using the sponsor code “Nolensville.” Want to streamline your donation? Visit www.RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass

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Congregational Care & Prayer Concerns

Request for Prayer

Current Prayer Concerns (must be logged in)

Neighborhood Resources & Support

Nolensville Gratitude Group

Ebenezer UMC is hosting the Nolensville Gratitude Group, an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting, every Monday at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall at Ebenezer, 101 King Street. The meetings last one hour.

 

Nolensville Food Pantry

Providence Baptist Church hosts the Nolensville Food Pantry on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9am-12pm. At other times call first: 615-283-8197.

 

Join a NAMI Support Group

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, research, raising awareness, and building a community of hope for all of those in need. For more information, visit nami.org or contact Cory & Mark Gatliff.

Worship & Discipleship

 Come Join Us for GROW (Growing Relationships on Wednesdays)

Our fall growing season will continue through December 14. Visit here to see our schedule!

RSVP for Grow Dinner 

Visit here to RSVP for the dinner on December 7 by noon on Tuesday, December 6.

Merry Christmas to All!

The NFUMC Music Ministry presents a night of Christmas celebration led by our NFUMC Choir, and our Children in their musical “Christmas Road Trip.” on Sunday, December 11, at 6pm. There is plenty of humor and Christmas music as the twenty members of the extended Smith family head for Grandpa's house. Come enjoy this special evening celebrating Christmas!

Blue Christmas: A Service of Healing & Hope

It is a time to recognize that Christmas can be a bittersweet time of the year. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the loss of a loved one, the pain of isolation — all these can make us feel very much alone in the midst of the festive season.  So on the almost longest night of the year, Wednesday, December 21, at 6:30pm we invite you to experience a meditative worship service that takes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ.  

Poinsettia Dedications

If you would like to dedicate a poinsettia in honor or in memory of a loved one, please use the envelopes in the foyer or back hall, or visit our giving webpage. Dedications will be listed in the Christmas Eve bulletin.

Children’s Opportunities This Week: 

Kids Music and WonderKids! on Wednesday Night: The kids will meet in the choir room at 6pm to practice the songs for the Christmas Children's Musical. Then, during part of our 6:30-7:30 hour we will be rehearsing the speaking parts for Christmas Children's Musical.  

 Youth Opportunities This Week:

Today: youth who signed up to be in Town of Nolensville Parade meet in Fellowship Hall at 2pm to get ready. All other youth are encouraged to come cheer on our church at the parade today, which starts at 4pm.

ReCharge Wednesday meets in the Foundation Area from 6-7:30pm with dinner provided. We will be continuing our Advent study "The Heart That Grew Three Sizes."

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Connecting Ministries

Town Holiday Parade

The Town of Nolensville will be having their second annual Holiday Parade today, December 4, at 4pm. Come out and see what Nolensville First UMC is doing in the parade!

Staff Appreciation

Join us next Sunday, December 11, during Second Sunday breakfast for staff appreciation Sunday. Our staff at NFUMC work as the hands and feet of Jesus, going above and beyond so that our church provides meaningful worship experiences for our members and visitors. Additionally, throughout the year, the staff organizes and leads opportunities for fellowship, engagement, and faith developing activities. Their work is appreciated all year long, but this week is a special invitation to show them how much we appreciate them through gifts and cards. We ask that you prayerfully consider showing them your appreciation by: telling them how much you appreciate them, give them a “thank you” with words of encouragement expressing your appreciation, purchase them a gift card they can use to defray some living expenses, a donation to a ministry in their name, or some combination of all of these. For your convenience, SPPRC will place a basket in the Fellowship Hall with notes and pens that you can use for this purpose. A summary of staff favorites may be found here.

Kevin Gavin, SPPRC Chair and Zannie Martin, SPPRC Co-chair 

Second Sunday Breakfast

Please join us next Sunday, December 11, at 9:30am for Second Sunday Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a favorite breakfast dish to share and come fellowship between the services with church family.

Administration

Church Council of Stewards

The work of the Church Council of Stewards is to envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate Nolensville First UMC’s ministry and mission. All are invited to the Council meeting this Tuesday, December 6, at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall.

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