Come to Worship on Christmas Eve 

There will be three worship services on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2019. Come to one, two or all three. Worship times this year are at 4:30pm, 7:30pm, and 10:00pm. (*note: not 10:30) 

4:30 p.m. 

A family-friendly service that tells the story of Christmas. The children will be able to participate in the service if they would like to. Candle lighting with “Silent Night”. 

7:30 p.m. 

A family service of traditional carols and candlelight. Featuring music by Myrna Cakerice/Barb Mittman, the Chancel Choir, and special guest soloists. Pastor Kerrin Kirkpatrick will be preaching. 

10:00p.m. 

A quiet, late night service of Carols, Communion and Candlelight. Featuring the music of Myrna Cakerice on the organ and piano. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated; Candle lighting with “Silent Night”. Pastor Kerrin Kirkpatrick, preaching. 

Blue Christmas

As Christmas approaches, the hustle and bustle can be overwhelming, leaving us feeling empty and emotionally drained, especially if we are grieving significant loss or stress. On Sunday, December 15, at 1:00pm, First United Methodist Church is offering a supportive service of worship in the chapel to all persons for whom the holidays are difficult due to a death, loss, tragedy, stress or depression. Our Blue Christmas Service allows participants to name personal losses and loved ones as we light candles in a time of sharing. 

Come, share and celebrate the rich memories of loved ones shining through and warming hearts no matter the weather. Come, experience a quiet time of peace and hope with others seeking the healing that is available to us in Christ Jesus. Come, share silence, gentle Christmas carols, and seasonal readings…and maybe a tear mixed with compassionate smiles of understanding. 

Advent Sermon Series : “The Redemption of Scrooge” 

Nov 30 & Dec 1: First Sunday of Advent – “Bah! Humbug! Living in God’s Economy” 

Dec. 7 & 8: Second Sunday of Advent – “Remembrance of Christmas Past: Jesus the Redeemer of Our Past” 

Dec. 14 & 15: Third Sunday of Advent – “The Life of Christmas Present: The Greatest Gift” 

Dec. 21 & 22: Fourth Sunday of Advent – “The Hope of Christmas Future: Accepting Christ’s Invitation” 

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve – All Candlelight Services 

Charles Dickens’s classic novel, A Christmas Carol, is a story of brokenness and redemption. The beginning of the story is dark—the book opens with the words “Marley was dead.” We soon meet Marley, former partner of the main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, as a ghost. Marley’s ghost promises Scrooge that a trio of ghosts will be visiting him, and the reader is to presume that none of the visits will be pleasant. Scrooge begins the story as an unrepentant miser whose greed has caused harm to himself and others and ends with him a changed—a redeemed—man. Just as Christ brings light and hope to a world of darkness, the events of A Christmas Carol shine light into the darkness surrounding Scrooge’s life, ultimately leading him to embrace the hope, peace, joy, and love we associate with Christmas. In The Redemption of Scrooge, author and pastor Matt Rawle examines Dickens’s classic novel, making connections between the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the story that Christians tell during Advent and Christmas. Through this series, Rawle looks at how we can draw important truths from the past, present, and future about brokenness and redemption and the Advent themes of hope, peace, love, and joy. 

Children’s Christmas Program – “Joy in the Noise” 

Join the children on December 15 at 10:00a.m. in the Sanctuary as they share with you a very special telling of the Christmas Story. This year the children will be traveling through time to get away from all of the “noise” of the season. Join them as they find out that some of the best parts of the season are noisy and full of the love that we share as we celebrate together no matter where we are! 

Christmas Caroling 

ALL are invited to join the Wednesday night groups as we travel to various locations in Ames to help spread holiday cheer. Carolers will leave promptly at 6:35p.m. and return to the church by 7:30p.m. They will head in groups to Northcrest, Northridge Village, and Green Hills. 

We will provide the music books – all that’s needed is a voice that can make a joyful noise… (that doesn’t mean that you need to have a professional singing voice! That just means happy voices!). We’d love to have this be a HUGE multigenerational opportunity. 

An Intergenerational Birthday Party for Jesus 

On December 22, there will be a special birthday party for Jesus in the multipurpose room from 9:45-10:45. During this party, all ages are invited to help decorate cookies and make other Christmas goodies that will then be plated up and distributed throughout the community to those in need and those who have to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. ALL ages are invited to attend and/or bring in your own special already made Christmas goodies to add to the plates. These plates can be taken for delivery beginning that Sunday to various locations or throughout the week to those who you know could use a little extra holiday cheer. We will sing some songs and share a special Christmas story too! 

Children’s Sunday School  

December 1 an Advent Celebration/speed rotation. 

December 8 they have a full rehearsal in the Sanctuary for their Christmas program 

December 15 Christmas program – 10:00a.m. . 

December 22 the children will have a Birthday Party for Jesus in the multipurpose room. They will decorate cookies and make other Christmas goodies that will then be plated up and distributed throughout the community to those in need and those who have to work Christmas Eve and Christmas. There will be NO Sunday school on December 29.