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Lenten Prayer Meetings

Every Wednesday morning at 9:00 am we will be meeting in the sanctuary for a time of Lenten prayers. Everyone is welcome to join our Pastor Lydia Cruttwell for a time of reflection and devotion, meditating on the way of the cross and what it means to grow deeper in our personal relationship with God during this time of Lent.

Prayer Week 2013 - January 7 to 10. All are welcome to join us for our prayer services.

As we enter into 2013, we'd like to set aside some time as a church to invite God into our lives and to listen to His guidance.

 
There are all sorts of opportunities to pray in this coming week, including Monday night at 7:30 (in the church basement), 10:00 am on Wednesday (in German), and Thursday night at 7:30 pm (a Listening Prayer meeting in the church basement). Also, every midday from Monday to Thursday Lydia will be leading a brief (15 minute or so) prayer adapted from the Celtic Daily Prayers of the Northumbria Community. During each of these prayers we will be using Psalm 90 as a guiding text. Please feel free to attend any or all of these sessions, as we commit ourselves into God's hands in 2013.

Sunday School 'Being a Faithful Church' Sessions:

Following last year's MC Canada conference in which we discussed the "twelve paths and six ditches" on the road to good interpretation of scripture, we're going to be having a four-week Sunday school series on this material, using two case studies (apartheid/the civil rights movement, and state-sanctioned violence/pacifism) as a way of testing our interpretive framework.   This is exciting material, and our responses to the studies will be sent on to Willard Metzger of MC Canada, so do come out!  Sessions start Sunday January 20th and will run from 9-10:15am in the Education Building.

FUMC Christmas Events - Mark your calendars!

Along with our regular Sunday services we also have these special events:

Fourth Advent, December 23, 10:30 am

We will be having a special worship service with musical offerings from different groups within our church. We hope to have many participants of all ages who sing or play musical instruments, in groups, trios, duets or solo.

Monday, December 24 at 6:30 pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Join us for a candlelit service in which we remember the birth of Jesus through scripture & song.

Tuesday, December 25 at 10:00 am

Christmas Day Traditional Worship Service followed by lunch - For all those who don't have family engagements to go to, we will be having a lunch after our Christmas Day Service, and all are welcome!  The service will start at 10:00 am, with lunch to follow at around 11:30 or 12.   Chef Lydia (our Pastor) will provide the main course (Tourtière -- a French-Canadian meat pie traditionally eaten after Christmas services), but please bring either a salad, bread, or a plate of Christmas cookies to contribute to the feast.  A vegetarian option will be provided as well.

Announcements for December 6 to December 13, 2012

Thursday Nights in Vancouver

- Listening Prayer Group at Jon & Janna's - this is a Listening Prayer group which practices different forms of prayer (Intercession, declarative prayer, etc.)

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Sunday, December 8 - 8:00 pm Abendmusik Advent Vespers in Abbotsford at Emmanuel Free Reformed Church, 3386 Mount Lehman Road

"Here Us Sing - Abendmusik Vespers Choir" This is an ensemble of 20 singers from the Lower Mainland. The choir gives evening services at Thanksgiving, Advent and Lent where they provide an opportunity to worship and meditate with sacred music and prayers written across the centuries. Please feel free to bring friends who might appreciate this type of music and this opportunity for reflection.

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Sunday, December 9 - 8:00 pm Abendmusik Advent Vespers in Vancouver at Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava at West 41st

"Here Us Sing - Abendmusik Vespers Choir" This is an ensemble of 20 singers from the Lower Mainland. The choir gives evening services at Thanksgiving, Advent and Lent where they provide an opportunity to worship and meditate with sacred music and prayers written across the centuries. Please feel free to bring friends who might appreciate this type of music and this opportunity for reflection.

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Sunday, December 9 - 10:30 am Worship Service

Second Advent Worship Service lead by John Goossen with worship music from Karen Thiessen and her group and the sermon from our Interim Pastor Lydia Cruttwell titled "The Mighty Acts of God". Join us for a time of worship as we sing together, pray together and share what it means to anticipate the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Our regular Monday Prayer Time at 12:30 pm will be cancelled for December and will resume again in January.

Lead by Craig Thiessen, this is a time of discernment as we pray for our church during this time of transition.