Knowing Christ
Advent @ front streetADVENT AT FSUMC
Click here for a full list of all that's coming up at Front Street UMC this Advent and Christmas, including worship services and mission oppoertunities.  There is something for everyone!

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 CAROLSLessons and Carols 18
Join the Chancel Choir and Epworth Ringers on Sunday, December 16 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. 
PLEASE NOTE:  There will be no 8:45 a.m. worship, and no Sunday School for children and youth.

CHRIST OFFERINGchrist offering
On Sunday, December 16 a special Christ Offering will be taken . This offering assures that we not only meet our obligations for the year but we testify to the light which is Jesus Christ our Lord.

We have successfully found a ringer to fill the opening that we had for the 2018/2019 season; however, we would like to have a list of substitutes. Inevitably, we end up relying on our substitutes quite a bit, and it would be nice to have a list of three or four people upon whom we could contact. If you would be interested in being a substitute for Epworth Ringers (Front Street’s adult handbell ensemble), please contact Matt Brittain. Many thanks!
PRAY WITH US!prayer and med
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.



Front Street’s Advent Devotions 2018 is now available.  Please pick up a copy in the Welcome Center.  A daily devotion will be posted on Front Street’s Facebook page.  ‘Like’ us to receive notifications.  Alternatively, sign up here 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.


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.


Carol Sineath (in her retirement) plans to revive our Family/Life Ministries, and is seeking individuals to join this ministry team.
The vision for this team is to offer both inter-generational and generational opportunities for our church family.  Some of the possible ideas are:
  • Grandparent buddies - think Bible buddies but connecting families with our shut-ins
  • A parenting class
  • Marriage enrichment class
  • A family advent workshop
The possibilities are limited only by our ability to envision!  If you would like to be a part of this ministry team, please contact Carol at
A team planning meeting will be scheduled in January 2019.


TREES OF LOVETrees of love cropped
During Advent this year, which begins Sunday, December 2, we will be sharing Christ’s love with our neighbors through our Trees of Love ministry.  This year, however, those trees will look differently than they have in previous years.  We will be looking to make an impact locally, regionally, and internationally.  Look for three decorated trees near the Heritage Center:

Tree of Hope:  Our 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:  Let’s continue to remember and support those rebuilding their lives in eastern NC after Hurricane Florence.  Ornaments on this tree list one or more items included in a flood/cleaning bucket.  Take an ornament from the tree and return the item(s) listed on the reserve side.  The Missions Team will assemble full Flood Buckets with these donations.

Tree of Joy:  Place toboggans, gloves or mittens for infants, children, and youth on or under this tree.  These will be made available next summer to those of you who are packing AGAPE Christmas boxes for our brothers and sisters in Armenia, when these items are almost impossible to find.

Monetary donations are always welcome for all these ministries.  Make checks payable to FSUMC with “Trees of Love” in the memo-line.  Questions?  Please contact the church office.

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


SAVE THE DATE!BMMT logo static
Mark your calendars for the Buckner Mission Man Triathlon 2019 on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Lake Cammack. BMMT is an event aimed to create a positive tangible impact to missions in our community through good deeds and praise for our Father in Heaven. We hope to see you there supporting this important church mission as committee chairs, volunteers, or participants! More details to come soon. Questions, email

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.
Our Family WinterFest and Chili Cook-Off will be on Sunday, January 27 from 5-7 p.m.  Ms. Marcy and the Children’s Council have planned all kinds of fun, winter activities for all ages.  Think you make some pretty good chili?  Enter our Chili Cook-Off and let your Front Street friends be the judge!  Full details of the Winter Festival and how to enter the Chili Cook-Off competition coming in the  New Year.


Thank you to everyone who supported our 15th annual Buckner Mission Man Triathlon in July.  $35,000 was raised and disbursed amongst the following ministries:  Allied Churches of Alamance County, Positive Attitude Youth Center, Methodist Home for Children, Missionary Air Group, Sustainable Alamance, Family Abuse Services, and FSUMC’s Adult Mission Fund.  We couldn’t have achieved this without you!  Interested in taking more of a leadership role in planning this event?  We’d love to have you!  Email for more information.


CEREAL SUNDAYCereal Sunday 2016
Sunday, January 6 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 2019 flower calendar is now available in the Welcome Center.  The following dates are available to place flowers on the altar in the sanctuary in honor or member of a loved one:
January 6
February 3, 10, 17 and 24
For more information, please contact Linda Paul at 336-543-5081 (cell) or (email).




Are you looking for a holiday gift that is meaningful?  Struggling to find something unique to give a loved one? Consider honoring them with a gift that is personalized, long-lasting, and that benefits the mission outreach of Front Street UMC.  Buy a brick!  Click here to order online or contact the church office for a paper order form. Forms are also available in the Welcome Center.


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