Knowing Christ

ASSISTANT ORGANIST OF THE DAYmusic
If you have ever wondered what it is like to sit on the organ bench on Sunday mornings, then now is your chance to find out. Dr. Matt is looking for assistants, ages seven and up (including adults), to help him at the organ on Sunday mornings. Tasks will include turning the organ on and off, preparing the next hymn on the music rack, staying a step ahead of the worshipping congregation, pushing pistons, and turning pages if confident enough. The assistant will meet with Dr. Matt at the console approximately ten minutes before the beginning of the service to go over the tasks. Please click here to sign up.

LESSONS AND CAROLSAdoration_of_the_Shepherds
Come join us Sunday, December 17 at 10:45am for our annual service of Lessons and Carols.  This year's service takes the form of the “Lessons and Carols” found in The United Methodist Book of Worship, which was drawn from sources ancient and modern by E. W. Benson, Bishop of Truro, in 1880. This service tells the entire story of Christmas by weaving nine lessons with the singing of hymns and carols.  This year will feature a string quartet with Michael Sparks, Violin I, Andy Bonner, Violin II, Chloe Gude, Viola, and Lindsay Stipe, Cello. The service will also include our Chancel Choir and Epworth Ringers.  PLEASE NOTE:  There will be ONE worship service this day and no Sunday School for children and youth.
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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
Circles 1, 2 and 4 will meet in the chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 4th.  Matt Brittain and Amy Marsh will present a musical program for the holiday season.  All women are invited to join us for this special program and then for the luncheon afterwards.  Circle 5 will meet Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  For more information, please contact Doris Jefferson at 336-228-0130.
 

 

 

 

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In order to make Sunday School safe and fun for our children, we are seeking volunteers to serve as a ROAMER in the Sunday School hour.
The responsibilities of this position include:
  • Walking the 300 and 400 hallways during the Sunday School hour
  • Checking in with the adults in the children and youth classes periodically to see whether any assistance is needed.
  • Stepping in as the second adult in a classroom when necessary.
Volunteers can sign up for one Sunday a month, or one Sunday a quarter.  For more information about this position, please contact Marcy McAdams at marcy@frontstreetumc.org.  
 

real-discipleship-surveyREAL DISCIPLESHIP SURVEY

Don't forget to take the Real Discipleship Survey. 

How can we know how far along the discipleship path we are?   As we walk the journey as a follower of Christ, wouldn’t it be nice to have some idea whether we are making any progress in our spiritual life?   Or maybe you would like to know where the places are in your life, as a disciple, that you need to work on – where are your areas of opportunity for growth?

Take the Real Discipleship Survey online and begin this journey of discovery, click HERE.  

Thank you for taking a few minutes to invest in your discipleship journey. 


MEN'S BREAKFAST BIBLE STUDYmen_header
Men of Front Street UMC, want to get a great start to your day at least once a week?  Come to the Men’s Breakfast Bible Study on Tuesday mornings from 7:00 a.m. Yes, some of our group are retired, but our mindset is not retired and we would celebrate the presence of any and all men.  Breakfast is available from 7:00 a.m. with a choice of diet (cereal or fruit) or ham biscuits, as well as coffee and juice.  The Bible Study portion begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes by 8:30 a.m.  Click here for more information.
 

 


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Did you know our prayer team meets twice a month to pray for the people and ministries of Front Street UMC, as well as our nation and the world?  They would love to have you join them!  Gatherings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 9:30-10:00 a.m. in the Prayer Room (located in the Heritage Center).  For more information please contact Lisa Smith at 336-266-2425.

 


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A small group study of the book Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado will be offered this Advent season.  This is a four-session study facilitated by Tom and Carol Sineath that will remind us that God knows what it is like to be human.  When we talk to God about our challenges, our struggles, and our tough times, He understands. This group will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the John Wesley Room beginning Nov 29.  
Christmas Eve Lunch

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Christmas Eve Lunch

Following the 11 a.m. worship service on Christmas Eve, a spaghetti lunch will be served to our neighbors from Allied Churches of Alamance County (ACAC). 

All are invited and encouraged to remain after the 11 a.m. service to serve and dine with our neighbors from ACAC.

 

Volunteers are needed to:

· Make meat spaghetti sauce (enough for 4-6 people) in advance.  Please deposit your sauce in the freezer in the kitchen (labeled Christmas Eve Sauce).

· Help set up, serve, and clean up.

To volunteer, please sign up by visiting

www.frontstreetumc.org or contact Patrick at Patrick@frontstreetumc.org.

 

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YOUTH OUTREACH PROJECTWHS youth outreach alternate 3
Alamance County has high school students who live in unstable situations, which can result in homelessness.  When this occurs, these students often leave home with just the clothes on their backs.
Front Street UMC is collecting hygiene items, which will be assembled into “Necessity Packs” by our youth and stored with high school social workers for distribution as needed.
It is our hope that these “Necessity Packs” will provide some comfort to those students facing incredible challenges.
Download a list of items being collected or pick up a copy from outside the church office.  Monetary donations are also welcome.  Make checks payable to FSUMC with "Youth Outreach Project" in the memo-line.  For more information about this project, please contact John Charles Steele.  Thank you for your support!

 


COLUMBARIUM AT FRONT STREET
The Board of Trustees and the Building and Grounds Team have been working for several months to put a plan of action together for establishing a columbarium at Front Street.  There has been a lot of ‘buzz’ about having a place to inter the cremains of the saints of the congregation by various families.  We are close to finalizing the details of this endeavor, but first we need to know how broad the desire is for vaults.  If you are interested in reserving a vault(s), or need more information, please contact Mike Mitchell at jorganinvest@aol.com, or call the church office.  The cost per vault is yet to be determined due to design, materials and other factors but be assured it will be a ‘bargain’ when compared to off-site facilities.

 

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COME SHARE 
 
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This is a chance to share about our losses and the pain of losing special people in our lives.  We have had many loved ones pass from our midst and we need a safe place to share the feelings and maybe just stories of what we are experiencing. Pastor Randy will lead this group and you are invited to attend no matter how long it has been or who it is, just let this be a time to… Come Share. No sign-up necessary. Anyone is welcome to attend.  Meetings will be held the 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm in the Library of Elon Community Church

dog peachskinsSupport the Front Street UMC Missions Fundraiser!
Are you looking for a great Christmas gift idea? 
How about the one thing EVERYONE needs...a new set of sheets!
- for the child or grandchild who is off to college or moving into a new apartment or house
- for YOURSELF!
- for that guest room that has the same old sheets that you've had forever
- for that family member who has everything and you don't know what to get them
Why not get them a new set of sheets.  Each set includes: 1500 Thread Count Soft Luxury Sheet Sets
Sets (1) Flat Sheet, 1 (18”) Deep Pocket Fitted Sheet and (2) Pillowcases. 
Visit www.peachskinsheets.com to order. When checking out, type “HAITI” in the
DISCOUNT CODE box for an automatic $30 off of your purchase! 
*$49.95 with Online Fundraiser Code HAITI before the Fundraiser ends* 
Your order ships straight to you within two business days - no waiting for the fundraiser to close! $20 for each Sheet Set sold helps fund our mission trip to Haiti! Please note that fundraiser pricing cannot be combined with other promo codes, discounts, or specials including Colors of the Month pricing.  Thank you for supporting the Haiti Mission Team.

 


BRICK CAMPAIGN
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We are excited to announce that Front Street UMC is offering an engraved brick campaign to raise funds to support church missions and initiatives. Leave a lasting tribute by purchasing yours today!
Bricks are available for purchase at $100 each and can be personalized with up to three lines of text (14 characters per line). Please be aware purchased bricks will be placed in quantities of 20, so installation times will vary.
Personalized bricks will be placed on church walkways. They can be used to honor a loved one, make a statement, share a favorite scripture or commemorate a milestone such as a birthday, birth or graduation. Personalized bricks make great gifts as well.
Order forms can be found here
 

AN ACT OF LOVE: A GUIDE TO HELP COMMUNICATE FINAL WISHESAct of love
Have you ever been to a funeral or memorial service and noted as you left that it was a worshipful and memorable service?  What made that experience meaningful to you?  Was it the meditation, prayers, hymns, special music or witness that touched your heart?  Because it can be difficult under emotional stress to plan wisely, pre-planning your funeral or memorial service is a gift you can give your loved ones, family and friends.  An Act of Love is a guide to inform your loved ones of your final wishes respecting music, scriptures, readings, etc., to be included in your service.  Copies of this guide are available to download or in the Welcome Center.

 


SANCTUARY FLOWERS  Altar flowers 1
 
The 2018 Flower Chart is now available in the Welcome Center.
 
For more information please contact Linda Paul at 449-4717 (home),
336-543-5081(cell) or email kpaul5@triad.rr.com.

 


TREES OF LOVE
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This season, share Christ with our neighbors by adorning our Trees of Love:
The Tree of Joy has angel decorations which list toys that can be purchased for Christmas Cheer families.  Please take one and put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.  Place unwrapped gifts under the tree by December 17th. Gifts will be distrubuted as needed to families throughout Alamance County. 
 
The Tree of Life Allied Churches and Meals on Wheels continue to serve the elderly and homeless throughout the year.  Star ornaments will list items greatly needed by Allied Churches such as:  food pantry items, cleaning supplies, donations, bed linens (extra-long) sheets, socks, coffee, blankets for beds, volunteer opportunities and more.  Silverware ornaments will be on the tree for donations to Meals on Wheels.  It takes $5.00 a day to feed each recipient.  Ornaments are for you to keep!! 
 
*The Tree of Hope.  This year, we ask that you support Our Sister’s House with laundry pods, paper products, linens, bus passes, AA and AAA batteries, shampoo, body wash, wet wipes, and basic kitchen staples (flour, sugar, etc.).  Take an ornament from this tree and bring hope to our neighbors who need our help the most.  Of course donations are always welcome.  Make checks payable to FSUMC with “Our Sister’s House” in the memo-line.

 

 Adorn our Trees of Love with the spirit of giving! Thank you!
 

OUR SISTERS HOUSE
Our Tree of Hope is dedicated to Family Abuse Services Our Sisters House.  This shelter facility is in need of some larger blessings that are bigger than a Christmas ornament!  Outside projects are:  a privacy fence or trees/tall shrubs for more privacy and an ADA compliant ramp (correct slope and no step up).  Inside projects include:  paint/remodel staff office bathroom and bedroom and paint the front room.  The Dream blessing is a van and insurance to pay for it!
 
Please consider these opportunities for a small (or large) group to help!  Please contact Kathy Roberson at 336-380-5664 or Carol Sineath in the church office.
 
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