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Harmony, Unity, Wholeness, and Justice, Peace, and Salvation—all are Shalom. Welcome to FUMC, where it is our desire to be a place of Shalom for all, a faith community joining together in the movement towards God’s vision for the world.



Announcements

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.

Announcements for the week of November 29 to December 6, 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 2 - 10:30 am Worship Service

Joint First Advent Worship Service with the First United Spanish Mennonite Church. 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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Monday, December 3 - 12:30 pm FUMC Prayer Time in the Sanctuary

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

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Monday, December 3 - 7:30 pm This is our monthly evening prayer time where we gather in the church basement to pray about our church and our community.

Lead by Rose Bergen, this is a time of meditation, discernment and reflection as we pray for our church.

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Tuesday, December 4 - 12:00 pm Wohltatigkeits Verein will be gathering for their Christmas luncheon
7:00 pm Rege Hande Verein in the lower auditorium
7:00 pm St. George Small Group Potluck at Jon & Janna's - this is our young adult group that meets every Tuesday night in the Vancouver area. If you are looking for directions, please call the church office at 604-321-2131.
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Wednesday, December 5 - 2:00 pm - Christmas German Sing-a-long

Join us for festive Christmas German songs accompanied by our favourite accordian player Hans Schirr!