Knowing Christ
LESSONS AND CAROLSlessons and carols long
Join the us on Sunday, December 12 at 10:45 a.m. for our annual service of Lessons and Carols.  The 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.  It tells the entire story of Christmas by weaving nine lessons with the singing of hymns and carols. 
(Aldersgate service worships as usual)

CHRIST OFFERINGchrist offering
On Sunday, December 12, as has been our tradition, we will receive this year’s Christ offering. This offering assures that we not only meet our obligations for the year, but that we testify to the light which is Jesus Christ our Lord.  If you will not attend church in person that Sunday, please mail your offering to the church, drop a check by the church office, or send it by any electronic means you prefer. Just indicate “Christ Offering” on your gift.


- a sermon series
November 29-January 2
Sundays @ 8:45/11:00 am
Advent is an invitation. For many, it is the invitation to get into that Christmas spirit, to count down the days to the grand celebration, and let the holiday transform everything around us. We’re not all about Christmas, the holiday, about December 25 with all the jingle bells and tinsel. We are about Christmas, the Mass of Christ, the celebration of the Incarnate one who comes to remind us that we are not alone, and God is with us. We are about the longing for the coming kin-dom, where we will study war no more, where people will walk in the light, where joy will be found, and love with be the tie that binds us together. That’s the home for which we long. That’s the invitation we extend to you this Advent season : “Come home for Christmas.”
Life is just too busy. Which makes it harder and harder to “Remember the Sabbath;” let alone keep it holy. It’s past time we do something about that. Join me in a sweeping study of Sabbath. This study will focus on a deep understanding of the effectiveness of Sabbath in our lives, and together we will work towards the goal of creating Sabbath practices for our future. Can you think of a better time to learn about Sabbath than right before choosing your new years resolution?  Join Pastor Stephan on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. beginning December 2 for this 4-week study.  Please sign up here.

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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 Room 402.  Alternatively, participate via Zoom. Check your email for the Zoom link.  Questions?  Contact Mike Mitchell.

The Men's Breakfast Bible Study meets on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.  Jim Pace will again lead the Bible Study using the lectionary readings for the Sunday that follows that week's Bible study.  If you would like your email added to the list receiving the Zoom link each week, contact Dex Peach or the church office. 
Front Street’s Advent Devotions 2021 will be available Sunday, November 28. Please pick up a copy in the Welcome Center, Narthex, or Heritage Center. We ask that you only take one copy per family. Beginning November 28, a daily devotion will be posted on Front Street’s Facebook page. ‘Like’ us to receive notifications. Alternatively, sign up to receive a daily Advent devotion straight to your inbox. We hope these devotions will be a source of renewal for you this Advent season.

United Methodist Women invite all women of the church to join us on December 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel for a program including music by our own Matt Brittan and for our guest speaker, Joanne Soliday, who will present "The Silver Boxes." Joanne is a well known speaker at higher education events and serves as an ordained minister at St. Mark's Church in Elon. There will be no small group Circle meetings that day as we will adjourn after the presentations to Aldersgate for fellowship and lunch. In place of our traditional holiday covered dish event, those attending can either bring their own "bag" lunch on December 6 or can pre-order a boxed lunch for $10 through your Circle chairs by December 2. Those who are not circle members but wish to attend the this event should email kvroberson@yahoo,com to pre-order your lunch by December 2. In addition to the December 6 event, Circle #5 will meet on Tuesday, December14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Center.
During the past months UMW has worked "Stronger Together" to facilitate the following mission opportunities:
(1) Our Congregation for Children (C4C) school, which is Eastlawn Elementary, was provided holiday snacks for its teachers both for Fall in October & for Thanksgiving in November. Nearly 100 letters of gratitude were also written by UMW members and were passed on to these teachers during a most difficult time in education,
(2) UMW provided funds to assist in the church-wide purchase of Thanksgiving meals for some families of Eastlawn Elementary,
(3) Members contributed to the UMC Conference's World Thank Offering initiative in November. There is still time to send your offering to Martha Brannock, the UMW treasurer, if you missed the opportunity to acknowledge gratitude for God's abundance and grace in our lives.
Join us and become a part of the great things that are happening in United Methodist Women at Front Street UMC.
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This season, share Christ with our neighbors by adorning our Trees of Love:
Tree of Grace: Share love with our neighbors in financial distress by making a gift to the Pastor’s Discretionary Community Relief Fund. Specifically, this fund helps to pay for electric, gas and water bills.
Tree of HopeOur Sister’s House has women and children residing there over the holidays. Help make Christmas special for them by taking an ornament and returning the item listed on the reverse. Let’s bring some hope to our neighbors who need our help the most.  
Tree of Life: Support Allied Churches by providing the following specific items of which they are in need:
• carryout/to go trays (the clam type)
• garbage bags
• paper towels
• toilet paper
Adorn our Trees of Love with the spirit of giving! Please return all items (unwrapped) to the trees in the Welcome Center by Sunday, December 19. Note: if you are donating money or gift cards, please return to the church office. Thank you!


The Missions Team at FSUMC is looking for individuals to fill jobs for next year’s Buchner Mission Man Triathlon! This mission opportunity supports several ministries in our area and farther out with tens of thousands of dollars in support! It is a HUGE opportunity and our Missions Team wants you to be a part of it. Here are the current jobs:
  1. City Contact and Venue Coordinator: responsible for obtaining permits and permissions and scheduling dates with phone calls or visits. Usually 1+ hours of time
  2. Sponsor Captain: coordinate with previous sponsors and committee members to raise money for missions. Usually 5+ hours during spring
  3. Swim Course Captain: responsible for obtaining lifeguards from city, kayaks and water safety. Coordinate with our event hosts, and some race day help. 1-2+ hours in late spring
If you feel called to be a member of this amazing mission opportunity please email Pastor Stephan.

The Front Street UMC Columbarium is now ready for us to take reservations for niches.  As mentioned before, the columbarium contains 60 niches that can each accept up to two urns.  The following persons are eligible to purchase a niche: (a) member(s) of Front Street United Methodist Church; (b) spouses of members; (c) children or stepchildren of members; (d) parents or step-parents of members; (e) current or past ministers of the church; and, (f) former members as approved by the Buildings and Grounds Committee after a written request.  The prices approved by the Church Council are $1,000 for the first set of cremains, and $500 for a second set. Click here  to view the policy.  Please contact the church office and make an appointment to select a niche and complete the appropriate paperwork.  Either Pamela Shields, Tammy Page, or Pastor Ross can assist you.
CEREAL SUNDAYCereal Sunday 2016
Sunday, December 5 is ‘Cereal Sunday’ at Front Street UMC.  Please deposit your boxes of cereal (or other canned/dry goods) in the bins located in the cabinet in the Welcome Center. Thank you for your support.



The following dates are available to place flowers in the Sanctuary in honor or memory of a loved one:
December 24 and 26
For more information, please contact Linda Paul at 336-543-5081 (cell) or (email).

The Bereavement Committee at FSUMC is seeking additional people who might like to serve our congregation by assisting with a reception or meal preceding or immediately following the funeral for families at the passing of church members. Volunteers would be "on call" for one month annually and would serve with a team of 6 or 7 other people.  Click here for full details.  

Would you like to spend a few hours with our littlest friends? We need loving individuals to serve in our nursery on Sunday mornings, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. These are paid positions ($12 per hour). All our workers must undergo a background check and participate in Safe Sanctuary training. To learn more or apply, please contact Melissa Miller at

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