As John the Baptist identified the arrival of the Messiah, this Advent season, that role falls on us.
As we bring our tithes, offerings, and ministries to You, we pray that our giving continues to point to the Christ who comes in love and compassion, with more concern for those who don’t have enough and little concern that those who have so much will get more.
May our giving in this season reflect our hope for a new kind of kingdom to reign in our world.
We pray this in the name of the Messiah, Jesus our Savior. Amen.
from Mark 1:1-8
We have a benevolence fund to serve those in need. Your gift “left at the chancel rail during Holy Communion” is what fuels this ministry. Please remember those in need when we gather at the Lord’s Table virtually.
Most winters, we love our neighbors by working with Room In The Inn (RITI) and inviting homeless men to our church for an evening consisting of a warm meal, worship, fellowship, and a safe place to sleep. However, due to covid restrictions, we will instead help RITI stock supplies. We invite you to help ‘Stuff the Bus!’ by ordering items from RITI’s Amazon wish list and choosing the option to send them directly to Nolensville First UMC. We will have regular updates letting everyone know how many supplies are gathering.
One of our favorite Nolensville First UMC Christmas Eve traditions is the singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight. This year, we ask everyone to participate in a virtual candle lighting: please send a family or individual picture with a lit candle. Please submit your photo to the front office by Sunday, December 20.
We also want to be sure you have candles for virtual Christmas Eve worship this year. On Sunday, December 20, Pastor Jimmy will be handing out candles 2pm-5pm at the pavilion. Please come by and take some candles for your family and friends so that on Christmas Eve as we sing “Silent Night” we can know that we are all remembering the light of the world together.
From Pastor Jimmy: I am excited to start praying about Confirmation Class, open to sixth graders and above. It is a time to learn about our faith, ask questions, and discern how to respond to God’s call on our lives in a small group with the Pastor. The classes will be from January 10 through May 16 on Sunday afternoons. That will give us plenty of time to learn together and allow us to finish just in time to celebrate on Pentecost Sunday. We will set a specific time based on the number of interested parties and the size of the group. If you or your young person is interested in Confirmation Class this year, let Pastor Jimmy know at email@example.com. We would love to have adult mentors for our confirmands. Being a mentor involves weekly check-in chats, praying for your confirmand, and being an all around amazing supporter of a young person exploring their faith. If you are interested, let Pastor Jimmy know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 dropped off at the front office. Thank you!