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First Methodist's Weekly Newsletter

by Ann-Marie McLain
First Methodist's Weekly Newsletter
We have many activities happening on our campus making our Newsletter longer than normal. Please take a moment to read through the many ways you and your family can take part in serving our church and our community this Christmas season!
We are celebrating The Perfect Gift with a variety of Christmas services to fit your families worship style. We also need ushers and greeters to help welcome out-of-town guests and members. To register your availability to volunteer and see the complete list of services and descriptions, please visit our website.
Angel Tree Gift Return & Help Needed 
This weekend is gift return for Angel Tree. In addition to the gifts, we need as many people as possible to help receive the gifts along with sorting and distributing them. This is a great way to start serving in our church. Say you will help by visiting the website to sign-up or contact Vicky Hale with any questions you might have.
Poinsettias for the Holidays
This is the last weekend that United Methodist Women will be selling Poinsettias. The sale of these flowers will benefit the Methodist Children's Home and United Community Centers. The poinsettias will decorate our Sanctuary throughout Advent and may be taken home after the Candlelight Service on December 24. To order poinsettias online, visit our website.

Remembrance Service
Holidays can be a tough time, especially when you have experienced a loss. Our annual Remembrance Service is for families who have lost a loved one and wish to honor those cherished relationships. Families are encouraged to bring pictures of loved ones to display at the service along with an opportunity to honor them by lighting a candle during the service. Families may also bring an ornament to place on our Remembrance Tree in the C Building. (We ask that all personal ornaments be retrieved no later than January 7, 2018)

Sensory Santa
The Special Needs Ministry is excited to partner with the IDD Council and host a sensory Santa photo opportunity for all ages and disabilities. Sometimes the loudness and excitement surrounding the Christmas season can be too much for children and creates an extremely overwhelming negative experience. This is the perfect setting to come enjoy hot cocoa and cookies and get your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a calm and peaceful setting. Visit our website at www.fmcm.org/sensorysanta.
Nursing Home Party
2:30 PM • DECEMBER 12 • Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
Our church has a heart to serve and do we have an opportunity for you! This Christmas we need your help with the Nursing Home Angel Party. We need help bringing over the gifts donated by our congregation and then celebrating with the residents by sharing refreshments and passing out the presents to them. To offer your services and get information on meeting location, please contact Vicky Hale.

Creative Bible Journaling
We have a perfect activity for mothers and daughters— Creative Bible Journaling! Bible journaling is a way of combining scripture along with art, to bring biblical verses to life with your own unique interpretation. Everyone can do this and no art experience is required. This is a great opportunity to spend time with family members and meet new friends. Note that childcare will not be available for this event. To register, refer to our website and if you have questions contact Anne Rabjohn

Boomers and Beyond Luncheon
Come celebrate the 3rd annual Boomers and Beyond Luncheon. We will have a great speaker, entertainment, and fellowship as we celebrate another wonderful year together. Please register to allow us an accurate count for food preparation. Childcare is available with registration and there will be a love offering taken at the event. Register on the website. If you have any questions, contact Sherrie Dodds.

UMW Advent Outreach Project

Did you know the United Methodist Women (UMW) sponsor a special project for the Advent season? Small gifts contributed by church members are sent to homebound members and they open one gift each day of Advent. The gifts serve as a reminder to these special people that their church family is thinking of them. UMW would like to thank Cub Scout Pack #534 for their help in delivering the Advent bags. 

First Methodist Mansfield is a church dedicated to loving God, loving others and serving the world. We would love for you to join us for worship this coming weekend. For all worship opportunities and ways to get connected, please visit our website.