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FUMCCR Email Blast December 7, 2022

This Sunday, December 11 Third Sunday of Advent: Joy Sermon Series: “The Colors of Christmas” Scripture: Luke 1:46b-55

Join us for Worship this Sunday, December 11 for 9 am Modern Service or 10:45 Traditional Service. Wearing your name tag is always appreciated..

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is the theme for the children’s musical program presented at the 9 am service.

Communion will be will be served between services on December 11 and 18 in the church library.

The Giving Tree needs your help. 32 paper ornaments remain waiting to bring some added cheer to the neighborhood children, their families, and residents of Brookside and Castle Care nursing homes. All gifts should be wrapped and returned to the church by December 11 or first thing Monday morning. If you would like to give a $25 grocery gift card, the church has already purchased them and will track all donations accordingly.

The Denver Brass Concert is this Friday, December 9 in our sanctuary at 7:30 pm.

A nationally recognized award-winning ensemble, the Denver Brass will delight and excite you and your guests with well-known holiday melodies and energetic, unforgettable favorites. Get your tickets today! FUMC-Cr members will receive a special discount, whether purchasing their tickets at the door or online here:

Castle Rock Orchestra’s December 18th Concert at 3 pm.

Little Blessings Christmas program – always a delight -- is tomorrow, December 8 at 10 am & 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Come watch the little ones sing their hearts out.

Leah Circle and Love Circle of UWF will meet tomorrow December 9 at 11:45 in Fellowship Hall for a Christmas luncheon and program. Members are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for a child and/or a birthday bag” (cake mix, frosting and candles) for the Help and Hope Center . Both Circles welcome new members as guests at our monthly meetings.

S.O.C.K. Volunteers are needed to provide and prepare meals for our Tuesday afternoon SOCK program (Serving Our Community Kids). Sign up at the Welcome Center.

Thanks to all who donated or purchased cookies at the UWF Annual Cookie Walk.

Have you noticed the beautifully decorated Toy Shop as you enter the church?

In addition to welcoming us to worship, the Toy Shop is a key part of our children’s ADVENTure into Advent. Throughout the season, children will be playing an “I Spy” game involving the Toy Shop and a book titled I Got the Christmas Spirit. The book’s focus on the joys of the holiday season will be celebrated at the 4 pm Family Christmas. Be sure to encourage your children and grandchildren to join in the fun. Prizes will be awarded! (And thank you, Tammy Klos and Lisa Stead for the Toy Shop’s artistic presentation.)

Rev. Sarah’s text for the Contemporary Studies Group Advent Study isThe Angels of Christmas: Hearing God's Voice in Advent, by Susan Robb. This four-week Advent study explores the four angelic visits surrounding the birth of Jesus with Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds and how these four angelic appearances hold meaning for listeners both then and now.

In Person Sessions: Mondays, November 28 through December 19; 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Zoom Sessions: Fridays, December 2 through December 23; 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Church Photo Directory is live at this time.

To view the directory online, go to and follow the prompts under “Sign In” to “Create a login now.” Please remember, you must confirm your email address before you can sign in.

There is also a free mobile app available for download at the Apple® App store in iTunes®, Google Play™ store and the Amazon Fire App Store. Simply search for “Instant Church Directory” to get the download.

You will need to use your email address as listed in our directory to create a log-in the first time you use the directory online and via the mobile app.

We will have print copies available by December 18th.

We can still add you if you missed the picture dates. Just let Pastor Matt know.

For questions or changes, please email Pastor Matt at

Save these dates:

  • December 8: Leah and Love Circle Christmas luncheon at 11:45, Fellowship Hall

  • December 9 : Denver Brass Concert 7:30 pm in the church Sanctuary.

  • December 11: Children’s Musical “A Charlie Brown Christmas” 9 am

  • December 18: Castle Rock Orchestra “An Animated Christmas” concert 3 pm

  • December 21: Blue Christmas Service at 6:30 pm

  • December 24: Christmas Eve Services at 4, 6, and 11.

  • December 25 & January 1: one service at 10 am

November-December Upper Room and copies of the December Newsletter are available at the Welcome Center.

Want to become more familiar with #beUMC ?

Take a look at the video from the UMC website.

Please contact the church office for links to these Zooms:

  • Stephen Ministry Supervision meets the second and fourth Thursdays at 6:30 pm on Zoom

  • Rev. Sarah’s Contemporary Discussion Group, Zoom Sessions: Fridays, December 2 through December 23; 6:30pm to 8:30pm

  • Coffee Time with Rev. Sarah every at Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Reminder: Social Media Have Been Updated to help us be easier to find and connect with.

All the links in one place:

In Our Prayers -- Please lift up the following people in your prayers:

Jeri and Guy Groves, Joyce Carmella, Betty Grant, Sarah McAneny, Tracy Beaman , Betty Grant, Patty Claussen, Jan and Bud Richter, Cynthia and Tom Johnson, the family of Shirley Spencer, the family of Dave Archer.

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Luke 2:10

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.”

Helen Keller


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