New - Hope Is Here: We’ll have an announcement on exciting progress soon! There is still time to prayerfully make a five-year commitment – either online or by mail to 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. We’re in a movement to do something significant for God, our people, our city, and our world, and we hope you will join others who have already committed and be part of a lasting legacy for our church! Questions? Contact Jamie Yearwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-295-4808.
LOA Youth T-shirts and Hoodies for Sale: Help the youth support the building campaign by wearing our new LOA (Love One Another) swag! All proceeds above the minimum cost will go toward the new building and the Change for Change competition. T-shirt minimum cost: $15; Hoodie minimum cost: $30. Click here to order.
Happening This Week
The God Who Sees Series, November 22, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Jubilee Hall: Join us as we gather in person for education, inspiration, and discussion of a topic central to our church's mission work: Equity & Empowerment. There will be theological reflection (why does this matter to our faith), spoken word from special guest Hannah Hasan, and local experts Justin Perry and Leondra Garrett will provide context for this issue within Charlotte. Click here to learn more about this four-week series. For more information, email Dr. Uiyeon Kim at email@example.com or Rev. Nathan Arledge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New - Wednesday Bible Study: Dr. Howell's weekly Bible study is on a break November 24 but will return December 1 with special guest Rev. Alisa Lasater-Wailoo. In the meantime, watch previous episodes on our website, Facebook, or YouTube.
Click here to stay up to date with all Advent events and opportunities.
New - Purchase Poinsettias and Wreaths to Decorate the Church, now-December 13: Purchase a poinsettia or wreath to decorate the church in honor or memory of a loved one. Poinsettias are $14 each and wreaths are $30 each. Click here to order online, or send a check to the church along with the name of the person you are honoring/remembering. Dedications will be shared in the December 19 worship bulletin.
New - Advent with Kids: Author Book Signing, November 28 and December 5, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Church member and author Wendy Wallace-Wright will sign copies of her new book, Advent with Kids, in the lobby of the Parish Life Building. Books will be available for purchase in Goodness Gracious.
New - Advent Small Groups, November 29-December 23, varying times: Prepare for the true spirit of Christmas by joining one of our clergy-led small group studies. Consider John Wesley’s means of grace or to learn how Christmas saved the Grinch! In-person and virtual options available. No registration required. Click here for details.
New - Advent Labyrinth, November 30-December 22, Francis Chapel: During this season of waiting, come to the labyrinth for a uniquely prayerful experience. A special setting and printed materials will be available to guide you in a walk of preparation for Christmas. Please call 704-376-8584 before coming to the church to ensure Francis Chapel is available for your walk.
Missions' Collecting Donations for The Merry Market: Missions is partnering with OurBridge for Kids to provide an empowering, joy-filled holiday shopping experience for more than 150 families. Your donations are critical to the success of the store so we have set up a convenient Amazon Wishlist from which you can shop. Thank you for supporting this favorite holiday tradition! If you have questions, email email@example.com.
Pre-Order Your Christmas Tree, Wreath or Garland, while supplies last: Then pick up your tree from the youth December 2-3. Due to a growing shortage, we have fewer trees this year. If you don’t see the size tree you need, please consider buying a smaller one or wreaths and garland. All proceeds this year will go to the Hope is Here capital campaign. Click here to purchase.
New - Music Ministry Christmas Concert, December 5, 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon Street: Join us in person for this wonderful Christmas tradition. The concert will feature our MPUMC Music Ministry Choirs, handbells and orchestra. A shuttle service will run between MPUMC and FUMC from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. No reservations or tickets are required.
New - Service of Hope and Consolation, December 6, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary: This service is for all who seek solace and hope from our many losses this past year. Join us in person or virtually here.
New - Marie G. Davis Christmas Wishlist, now until December 3: Marie G. Davis has identified families at their school who could use a little extra help and love this Christmas. If you are interested in purchasing a gift for one or more of the children in these families, please click here for specific instructions and to sign up. Please drop off your gifts in the Parish Life Building lobby Monday through Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Purchase an Advent Wreath Kit While Supplies Last: Kits are $15, and a portion of the proceeds will support Missions’ Merry Market program. Kits include candles, candle cups, greenery pins, foam, and a tray. Greenery is NOT provided. Once purchased, kits are available for pickup in the Parish Life Building lobby. Click here to order your kit.
New - Children’s Ministries’ Outdoor Movie Night, December 10, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Parish Life Building Parking Lot: Families, you're invited to an outdoor screening of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Bring chairs and a picnic dinner. Ben and Jerry’s hot chocolate truck will be onsite for you to purchase a warm beverage. The movie is 25-minutes long and will be shown at 5:45 p.m. and again at 6:15 p.m. Click here to let us know you're coming. Questions? Email Leslie Lowery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New - Kneeling at the Manger, December 12, 4:00 p.m., Hopedale Parking Lot: Join us for this annual service of story and song. Children may dress as their favorite nativity character. Please bring chairs for your family to sit in.
Goodness Gracious: Tis the season to be shopping! With Christmas approaching, Christmas inventory has begun to roll out in Goodness Gracious. Some of our favorite new items include peppermint scented lotion, flameless votive candles, gold reindeer napkin rings, and fairy twinkle lights! Not sure what to get someone this holiday season? We offer gift cards! Goodness Gracious is open Sunday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
More Events and Opportunities
Room In The Inn Returns: After a year off, Room In the Inn is returning to churches around our city! Because we do not have access to our former space in the Youth Building, we will partner with our across-the-alley neighbor Myers Park Presbyterian to host Wednesday nights in their Outreach Center. We still plan to host 12 guests and provide a meal, a safe place to gather and sleep, showers, and fellowship. There are several different ways to get involved in this ministry. Click here to learn more and sign up!
Applications for Summer Mission Trips Open: We hope all of you will join us for a mission trip experience this summer! Middle School: Atlanta June 11-17, High School: Mountain T.O.P. in Tennessee June 25-July 2 and Faith Ministry in Mexico July 17-23. Click here for more information.
New Podcast Episode - Been There, Done That: Learn from parents who have been there, done that and blazed the trail for the rest of us. Amy Jo Alspaugh is joined by two parenting veterans, Nancy Harrall and Ellen Spence, who answer your questions and provide reassurance. This conversation will give you the strength, encouragement and humor you need for your parenting journey. If you need a reminder that "this too shall pass," this is the podcast for you! Beyond Baptism: Wisdom, Encouragement, and Hope for Parents, created by Children’s Ministries and Youth Ministries, is intended for parents and adults invested in the young people of our church. Access all episodes here. Subscribe, rate, and review today!
Maybe I’m Amazed - A Podcast with Dr. James Howell: Throughout his career, Dr. Howell has developed meaningful relationships with a wide spectrum of people, and he’s taken time to learn each of their stories. Maybe I’m Amazed is a collection of amazing conversations James has with amazing people experiencing everyday miracles. Click here to access these and all previous episodes.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity!
We Love Our Church 2022 Stewardship Campaign: Check out information about our 2022 Stewardship Campaign and click here for a commitment card. We invite you to prayerfully consider your commitment to our church Operating Fund and Mission and Outreach Fund for the upcoming year. Commitment cards can be returned via mail to 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte NC 28207 or submitted online.
Your ongoing generosity to our church Operating Fund and our Mission and Outreach Fund makes it possible for our church family to come together for worship and fellowship and support our most vulnerable neighbors near and far.
Joyce West Witherington, mother of Laura Witherington and Ben Witherington, who died on November 18.
We are the body of Christ - growing and serving.