Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions to God
John Wesley, Methodism's founder, liked to do a special service on New Year's Day.
It was a service of re-dedication to God,
sort of like renewing your New Year's resolution to God.
The prayer below is drawn from Wesley's Renewal Service.
What would happen if you prayed it every day for a year?

Wesley Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Eve Schedule

 Morning Worship 
10:30 a.m.
Emphasizing the 4th Sunday of Advent
 Christmas Eve Service
7:30 p.m.
Emphasizing the birth narrative and candlelight service

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Different Kind Of Christmas

A Different Kind Of Christmas
Modified from poem by Joanna Fuchs

Sometimes Christmas is just overwhelming, it seems,
As we rush around buying up stuff.
We spend without end, and we rack up those bills,
But it feels like it’s never enough.

So this Christmas, let’s all take a different approach:
Let’s try to be more in accord with God’s Christmas gift, the best one of all
Our Sweet Jesus, our Savior, our Lord.

We’ll be gentle and patient, and loving and kind,
 And we’ll keep our priorities straight;
The gifts of the spirit, the gifts of the heart,
Are the ones that we all need celebrate.

As we decrease the stuff our stress will decease,
For we’ll feel more at peace as we package and trim,
Our true Christmas gifts of joy and delight;
As we try to be much more like Him.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Choir Cantata Sunday

Christmas Cantata presented by our church choir, 
Sunday, December 3, during 10:30 a.m. worship.  
All are invited!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sunday, November 19

This Sunday, November 19, please bring something that you’re grateful for to church.  It can be the actual object, or a symbol that reminds you. Instead of a usual sermon, YOU will create the sermon together by taking turns bringing the objects to the altar and sharing about the objects---what makes you say “Thanks!” 
Following this sharing time, we’ll continue to share as we partake in Holy Communion. During the offering time we will offer thanks for your returned pledge card(s). Following worship we will continue our thankful theme as we partake in our annual Thanksgiving meal beginning at noon.
Hope to see many of you and your sharing objects this Sunday!
Giving thanks and praise,
Pastor Alan

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Upcoming Events

On Sunday October 29  we will observe All Saints Sunday and celebrate Holy Communion for all to receive.

Following worship on Oct. 29 we will have our monthly free potluck meal.
These monthly meals are open to the public.

Faith UMC is participating in the Citywide Trunk Or Treat held at the fairground parking lot on Halloween. Contributions of candy can be dropped off at the church office. Office hours are M-F 8 a.m. to11:30 a.m.

UMW Country Fair will be held on November 4, 9am to 2pm. Lunch will be served from 11am to 1pm.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

"Unity In Diversity" Community Worship

"Unity In Diversity" Community Worship Service
Sunday, October 22    6 p.m.    
Hosted At Hutchinson First United Methodist Church

The NAACP is taking the lead in organizing. The numerous music groups and brief speakers (there will not be a "main" speaker) are all chosen to celebrate our community's diversity. It will be about worshiping together!