Welcome to First United Methodist Church, Sweetwater!

 
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CHURCH OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS
The church office will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan 1. The last day to make your end-of-year contributions is Wednesday, December 30. The office will be opened from 9:00-noon on Dec. 28-30.
 
Church Events and Announcements
 

CHILDREN’S VIRTUAL CHOIR

Margareth is putting together a virtual choir. These are the steps to participate:
*Contact Miss Margareth  to let her know you want to participate
*You will receive a CD with the music and also the lyrics
*Practice the music with the CD
*Video yourself singing on a cell phone
*Send the video to Miss Margareth  no later than December 10th.
The video will be featured in Church on both services on December 20th and also on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
All kids K- 6th grade are invited to participate!

 

ADVENT “KITS”

For households who don’t feel comfortable worshiping with us in person, we are offering “kits” for at-home Advent worship. These contain a small Advent wreath with candles, the candle-lighting readings for each Sunday, and a book of Advent devotions. We were able to obtain only 48 wreaths, so please call the office by Nov. 16 to reserve a kit. They may be picked up at the office during the week of Nov. 22. We are giving these for free, but a donation of $10 to help defray the cost would be appreciated. We would love it if you would share photos of your family as you celebrate this tradition.

 
NIGHT OF CAROLS
We are delighted to let you know that we will have a “Night of
Carols” on Wednesday, December 2, at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary
featuring some of the most traditional Christmas Carols. We will
not have a congregation. This service will be live streamed on
December 2nd via Facebook, and it will be also available on our
YouTube channel on December 9th. Join us for a beautiful night of
worship.
 
OUTDOOR LIVE NATIVITY AND CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
On Sunday, December 20 at 6pm our Youth will present a live
Nativity scene with animals by brick wall outside the Family Life Center. We will hear the Christmas story and the Praise Team will sing a couple of Christmas carols. We will also have a candle-lighting service. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!
 
LIVE-STREAMED CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Our Christmas Eve Service will be live-streamed at 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 24th, from the Sanctuary. Due to the overflow crowds we normally have, the decision was made not to have a congregation in order to prevent possible spread of COVID19.  We invite you, your family, and friends to celebrate Jesus’ birth with us via our Facebook page.
 

TASK

TASK (children’s afterschool program) will continue meeting outdoors in the empty lot across from the FLC on Tuesdays, 3:15-5:00 while the weather permits. We need one or more volunteers to help with TASK,
2:50 until 5:00, when we move indoors. Please contact Jacqueline if you are willing to help.
 
Current Opportunities to Serve
 

NEEDY FAMILY FUND 2020
Phil Roy of the Needy Family Fund has notified us that they will not be able to hold their fundraising auction this year due to COVID. They are requesting donations to help cover the $30,000 cost of providing boxes of food to approximately 300 needy families in the Sweetwater Valley, as they have done for over 40 years. You may send your donation directly to them at Needy Family Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 450, Sweetwater, TN 37874. They are a 501 c 3 tax exempt charitable organization.  Another option is to send your donation to FUMC in lieu of ordering a poinsettia. Because we are not having a congregation for the Christmas Eve service this year, the decision was made not to order a large number of poinsettias to decorate the church. However, you may still recognize your loved ones by making a donation to the Needy Family Fund. We will then send a check to the Needy Family Fund for all the gifts received, along with our church’s contribution.
We will recognize your gifts in the bulletin insert just as we have done in the past for poinsettias. If you wish to donate in memory or in honor of someone, you may make your check payable to FUMC with “Needy Family Fund” on the memo line. Include a note with the names of those you wish to recognize. Helping someone in need is a fitting memorial for our loved ones and a wonderful way to show Christ to our neighbors!

FOOD BOX ASSEMBLY
This year each church will be responsible for picking up its food allotments from Save-a-lot and assembling the boxes in their own buildings, rather than at the school. We will do this in the FLC the week of Dec. 14. Families receiving boxes will each be assigned a specific time to pick up their box to avoid crowding.  We will deliver boxes only to those without
transportation. We will use only a small number of volunteers for assembly and delivery.  Please contact Teresa Hickey if you are interested in helping.
 
ALTER FLOWERS 2021
It is time to start signing up to provide altar flowers for our Sunday worship services for next year.  The flowers are placed in the 9 am service and then moved to the 11 am service, so all of our members can enjoy them.  There is a sign-up sheet for 2021 on the bulletin board at the church office entrance.  Flowers can be from the florist or from your flower garden.  Please designate if you would like to honor or remember loved ones so that it can be noted in the bulletin.  You may take the flowers home with you after services or take them to our “shut ins.”  Please contact Bonnie Cleveland if you have questions or need assistance.
 
KIDS ROCK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are in need of 2 or more volunteers to work with Kids Rock when we resume indoor children’s worship.  Please contact Jacqueline if you can assist with this ministry.

BOX TOPS FOR SCHOOLS 

Sweetwater Elementary School (our adopted school) can benefit from your grocery shopping. Schools receive 10 cents for your purchase of selected items.  Please save your box tops, and Jacqueline will provide a box for collection.  Or if you prefer, you can install the Box Tops for Education app on your phone and simply scan your grocery receipts for the same benefits.
 
BE A BLESSING – PASS IT ON
 
Please keep our blessing box in mind when you shop.  If you would like to donate larger quantities, you may leave them in the office,
and we will add them to the box as needed.  Needs are great in our community at this time, with some people being out of work or having their hours cut due to the coronavirus. Your donations do make a difference in the lives of so many of our neighbors!


     

 

REMINDER OF CLOSURES FUMC follows the Sweetwater City Schools regarding closures.  If the schools are closed due to weather, all activities at church will also be canceled.