A message from Rev. Diane Christianson

Dear Friends,

We are moving into Advent, Christmas, and the Season after the Epiphany! Your Worship Design Team and I have been making plans for this year’s worship experiences.

December 3, First Sunday in Advent, is a service of Holy Communion. We’ll begin the lighting of Advent Candles and the journey toward Christmas.

December 10, Second Sunday in Advent, is when we’ll have our cradle-rocking ceremony. All babies are invited to be rocked in the cradle as we sing soft hymns.

December 17, Third Sunday in Advent, will be the morning for our Choir Cantata, “Sing Out with Joy.” As part of the joy of the day, we’ll serve cake to celebrate our 125th anniversary as a congregation.

December 24, Fourth Sunday in Advent, is when Mary, the mother of Jesus, will appear, via the acting talents of Ruth Wendell.

Also on December 24, Christmas Eve, we’ll offer the Service of Lessons and Carols at both the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. services. At 5 p.m., the children are encouraged to participate by donning costumes as angels, shepherds, or wise people to illustrate the scripture readings. Costumes will be provided.

December 31, First Sunday after Christmas, celebrates the new beginning we have in Christ. Rev. Susan Mullin will be preaching.

January 7, Epiphany Sunday, marks the arrival of the wise men to honor Jesus. We will share Holy Communion together.

January 14, 21, 28, and Feb. 4, Sundays after Epiphany, have focus scriptures from the first chapter of Mark. You might want to read Mark 1 prior to each Sunday.

February 11, Transfiguration Sunday, is the day we’ll explore the meaning of Jesus’ transfiguration on a mountaintop and what the disciples experienced in his presence. This is also Scout Sunday.

I look forward to worshiping with you in church!


Pastor Diane M. Christianson

News at Faith

Two special music performances plus Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. highlight the calendar for Advent at Faith UMC.

Faith UMC continues its commemoration of its 125th anniversary as a church through the end of December. The final special events are a cradle-rocking ceremony on Sunday, December 10, and cake and fellowship on December 17.

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, we had another celebration of our 125th anniversay.

Faith UMC members will be making and donating blankets in December to help the children at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

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