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

At an all-church meeting on February 11, the congregation of Faith UMC voted overwhelmingly to become an Altar for All church, which means that the church will welcome, honor and celebrate the wedding of any prepared couple who seek to commit their lives to one another in marriage.

During Lent, Faith UMC members gather with the congregations of Community UMC of Columbia Heights and Northeast UMC of northeast Minneapolis for joint Wednesday night services. A soup supper is served at 5:30 p.m., followed by worship at 6:15 p.m. Also, Faith UMC will have special services during Holy Week and Easter, April 1.


Several options are available for a study of the book Surprise the World, by Michael Frost. They include Tuesday mornings, Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

Faith UMC prepares and serves a community meal at Northeast UMC on the third Saturday of the month. The next dates are February 17 and March 17.

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