We invite you to join us for our Sounds of Christmas Concert Series, 12:00 to 12:30pm, in the sanctuary, followed by a light lunch in the fellowship hall. Free and open to the public. Click here to R.S.V.P. for lunch.
December 13: The Methodaires Gospel Quartet; Christy Farrior and David Griffin, keyboard selections
December 20: Patti Cook and Karen Dear, Sopranos; Barbara Mann, Flute; Ted Wagner, Violin
Bells of Christmas
Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary, following the Fellowship Feast in the fellowship hall. Be sure to R.S.V.P. here.
Called Church Conference ~ Thursday, January 4
The purpose of the Conference shall be to comply with the requirements of para. 2544.8 of The Book of Discipline, 2016 which calls for the Building Committee to present detailed plans and specifications, along with cost estimates and financial plans, for final pre-construction approval of the building project. At 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall – everyone is invited; full members of First UMC Cary may vote.
The Cary Christmas Parade is on Saturday, December 9 beginning at 2:00pm. The parade route travels in front of our church on Academy Street. In support of our upcoming trip in July 2018, the FUMC Youth Bolivia Mission Team will be serving hot chocolate and bottled water to the festive spectators and parade participants. Please stop by our table so we can share our experiences from previous trips to Bolivia. If you are interested in joining us in this outreach, please contact Kelley Davis at email@example.com.
Join the UMW for Our Holiday Meal and Meeting
‘Tis the season to be thankful and festive and we’d like to share an evening of fellowship and friendship with you at our Christmas dinner and meeting on Monday, December 11 at 6:30pm.
It will be informative—our speaker is Elizabeth Santana with the Wake County “Wake Up and Read Program”—joyful—we have special musical entertainment—and delicious—Terrie Jernigan will provide a delicious meal.
You don’t have to be a member of the UMW or First Cary UMC to join us. All are welcome. Reservations for dinner and childcare, if needed, can be made online HERE. Payment for dinner (12.50) can be made on line or by check before December 6. Please bring a children’s early reader or chapter book that can be donated to children in Wake County.
Please contact any UMW circle member or me directly if you have any questions. Deanna Day, UMW President firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-459-9588. Visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CARYUMW/ for more information. Click here to R.S.V.P.
Bridge the Gap Toy Collection
Bridge the Gap Mission is collecting new unwrapped toys until December 13 for our Santa’s Workshop event in Southeast Raleigh. Please place them in the Bridge the Gap box in the office.
Thanks to everyone who contributed coats for our Coat Drive. We served around 50 families last Saturday!
Stay active and help feed hungry children during Advent: December 3 through 24
Please join Health Ministries in The Walk To Bethlehem. Over the 21 days of Advent, we will track our physical activity. The goal is to accumulate 96 miles (the estimated distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem) in any type of physical activity you choose, including the steps you take during the day!
Along our 96 mile journey, we will celebrate our progress by stopping at a “rest stop” every 12 miles to “share a meal.” Each time you accumulate 12 miles, please consider donating at least one can to support Backpack Buddies. There will be a Walk to Bethlehem rest stop bin in the church office. Our goal is to be more active while providing for hungry children!
Participate individually or create a team and divide the mileage between teammates (a team of 4 people means only 24 miles per person!). Click below to register:
Stand by Me NC—Collecting Through December 12
Stand by Me NC is a local organization whose mission is to alter the perception of those living with mental illness through education and to change the outcome for those same individuals and their families by promoting stronger advocacy, comfort and support. We are planning our second annual holiday drive to support Holly Hill and Wakebrook behavioral health facilities. More than 200 of our neighbors will spend the holidays hospitalized in one of these facilities. Patients in these hospitals are seldom the recipients of community giving campaigns this time of year – Let’s stand by them and show our support!
Please consider coordinating a donation with your neighbors, family or community groups. All items must be received by December 12. For more information or to arrange a drop-off, please contact Kelli Poe email@example.com. Follow us on Facebook or check out our website www.standbyme.org.
Items Needed (New):
- Sweat shirts and sweat pants (no draw strings) for men and women (all sizes)
- T shirts and pajama bottoms (no draw strings) for men and women (all sizes)
- Sports bras (all sizes)
- Hats and gloves
- Hair care items; brushes, picks, shampoo, conditioner, gel, grease
- Travel-size toiletries
- Journals (black & white composition books)
- Adult coloring books
- Puzzle books
- Colored pencils
- Playing cards
- General cards or letters of support
The Puppets Are Coming! – And they’re bringing breakfast.
Are you and your family ready to relax and be enjoy a great holiday treat? Then come see FUMC’s own Hands Held High puppet team perform Miracle on Main Street! This wonderful musical tells the story about a group of kids who are determined to share the Christmas story in their hometown.
The United Methodist Men invite you and your family to join us for this special Holiday Breakfast Celebration. The event starts at 8:00am on Saturday, December 9 in the fellowship hall with a delicious southern style family breakfast of bacon, eggs, pancakes, sausage, fruit, grits, biscuits and more. Breakfast is free for all kids and first-time visitors. It’s only $5 for all others. So come join us, this will be a great addition to anyone’s holiday schedule. To register for the event, please click here.
Church Library News
Advent and Christmas books from the Church Library are now available for checkout in 1st Cup room. While getting your morning coffee or just visiting, look at the books available on the bookcase. There is also a DVD “Charting Christmas: discovering the origins of Christmas traditions” that is good family viewing.
The History Committee has had some response to our request for help with producing a book celebrating out 150th anniversary in 2021. We still need some help from people who are interested in doing some research, then writing up their results. If you don’t want to write, but have memories you want to share, you should contact us. The success of the book depends on you. Please contact me at 919-467-0088 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Timmons Player at Timmons@monkeyplayground.net if you can help. — Bob Warner, FUMCC Historian
Financial Peace University
When we offered Financial Peace University at First Cary a few years ago, more than one hundred couples signed up. We are thrilled to be able to offer it again in the new year!
Financial Peace University is a financial course that will help you find freedom in your financial life. During this course, you will learn how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give generously. This video-based course, taught by Dave Ramsey, will walk you through all these steps over nine weeks while connecting you to others who are eager to find freedom of their own. Our class will meet on Sundays from 2:00-4:00pm, beginning on Sunday, January 14.
Registration is $109/person, though a limited number are available through the church office for $93 (please call the church office to purchase one of these discounted kits, while available). If married, the spouse attends for free.
Questions? Contact Cheryl Randecker at email@example.com for more information. Ready to register? Sign up at https://fpu.com/1052700. We can’t wait to see you there, and we’re excited for you!
Prison Ministry: Kairos 47
Kairos 47 is basically right around the corner! I want to ask if some of the men of the church would consider becoming team members for this Kairos. It is a commitment! There are four team meetings at St. Andrews UMC to get you ready to go into Central Prison. They are December 16, January 6 and 27, and February 3. These meetings are from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The program is February 7 through 10, 2018. There is a follow-up meeting on February 17 at Central Prison. We also go into the prison on the third Saturday of each month for reunion which the residents plan and we support. Three of us volunteer to go into the Central Prison Chapel for Prayer and Share each Tuesday from 6:00-7:00pm. If you feel a nudging from God to be in a ministry and in service to others, please consider being a part of this. I guarantee, you will bring away more from the experience than you put into it. I have applications on hand and would be glad to talk to anyone interested in becoming a Kairos Team Member. Call me 919-851-8515 or 919-614-3475 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I don’t pick up, please leave me a message. Please pray about this and become a team member.
JOY Upcoming Lunch and Learn
This Lunch ‘n’ Learn will be held at The Egg & I on Walnut Street in Cary on January 18, 2018 from 11:30am – 1:30pm.
The speaker will be Phil Kirk who has had a long career working with the politicians of our state. His humorous presentation tells of his many experiences with multiple past governors. Each person will need to bring money for lunch. Click here to register.
An ARK Experience
Have you heard that there is a full-sized Ark built to Biblical proportions in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area? The JOY group is sponsoring a trip to visit the Ark and other attractions in that area. The trip will last for six days starting on June 4, 2018. The cost is $549 each for doubles and $744 for singles.
Deposits will be due January 15, 2018.
If you are interested or for more information, call Lois Kievit at 919-803-0140 or email email@example.com. This trip is suitable for adults of all ages.
SUMMER TRIP, ASP WEEK 2:
Date: June 17-23, 2018
Center location: TBD
SUMMER TRIP, ASP WEEK 7:
Date: July 22-28, 2018
Center location: TBD
2017-18 Fellowship Feast Host Sign-Up
If your Sunday School class, small group or ministry team would like to host a Fellowship Feast, please click here to sign up.
1:17p.m. Daily Prayer Text or Email
If you would like to receive a daily prayer, you can either text @117pray to 81010 or you may sign up to receive daily emails by clicking here.
Legal Clinic for Immigrants
Do you know a refugee or immigrant that needs immigration legal help? There is a low-cost Legal Clinic for Immigrants: Apex Immigration Services, 203 E. Moore Street, Apex, NC 27502. The clinic will be open on the second and fourth Fridays of every month from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Talk in private to a BIA certified representative about an immigration legal issue. Please call in advance. To make an appointment, call (919) 589-5231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Adult Ministry
18-35 year old? College-aged? Young Professional? Young Parent? Get plugged into our Young Adult Ministry: FOUNDRY. Visit firstcary.com/youngadults or email Kollin Absher-Baer at email@example.com to find out how!