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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

1509 Fallston Road
Fallston, Maryland, 21047
410-877-7255
Email: fallstonumc@fallstonumc.org

As we prepare for the coming of the Christ child, we have 4 services for you and your family, friends and neighbors to choose from on Christmas Eve.

11:00 am - Worship - with coffee and cookies afterwards

4:00 pm - Christmas for Kids - a 45 minute worship designed for families including "candlelight" with lightsticks

7:00 pm - Candlelight Worship - with a variety of musician including the band, candles and lightsticks  

10:30 pm - Christmas Concert - featuring a variety of music and musicians

11:00 pm - Candlelight Worship - featuring choirs and musicians

 The Christmas Cantata "A Blest Messiah Born - The Christmas Story through Timeless Carols" will be performed by our own chancel choir with additional vocalists and instrumentalists this Sunday, December 16th at 10:15 am.  Come, listen and enjoy!  

 

This Sunday, December 16th we will gather to organize and wrap gifts for needy families.  This is always a great time to have fun and serve our community!  We will meet right after the 10:15 service.  Some groups will stay at church to wrap and some will go to Walmart to pick out small gifts to fill children's Christmas Stockings. 
 
After wrapping, we will have our Christmas Party! This is a change. We will NOT have Youth Zone on December 19th. We will be finished with our wrapping and party at 3:00. Parent help will be needed and younger siblings who would like to help and then enjoy the party are welcome. Parents, please let me know if you are able to help. Please plan to bring a side or dessert to share. Meatball subs will be provided.
 
Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help or if you have any questions.  Looking froward to seeing everyone there!  

Angel gifts are a great way to honor a loved one while supporting the church and mission. As you think about giving this holiday season, consider a monetary gift in the name of someone else. A card will be sent from the church at your request. Please note the changes! Click Angel Gifts to download a copy of the form and the current list of angel gifts. Thanks so much for your gifts thus far!

This Sunday all gifts are due for our Adopt-A-Family outreach at ARC, Elmwood Elementary School, and local schools. Please return gifts in gift bags with the gift tags in the bag by the 16th. If you did not have a chance to "adopt" and would still like to participate, you may make a donation to the church on Sunday that will be used to purchase gift cards for the families. Thank you for our generosity with this program.  

After services, the youth group will sort gifts for delivery. Youth and adults are needed. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help.  

Christ caring for people through people.  

If you are hurting, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a caregiver to listen.

The Sharing Table provides a free meal every Saturday to anyone in need. This meal provides nourishment for senior citizens, families with children, and anyone having a hard time making it through the month.  There are no requirements and no qualifications.  All in need of a good meal are welcome.  Each family that visits The Sharing Table also receives a bag of groceries to take home.

FUMC is preparing and serving on Saturday, December 29 from 10-2 at Prince of Peace church in Edgewood.   We need 13 casseroles for that day (email Jamie for the recipe).  Casseroles need to be in a disposable foil pan and brought to the church anytime December 26-28.  Casseroles should be labeled as The Sharing Table and placed in the freezer.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities to give back to our local community, please contact Jamie Bobo at 443-470-2060.

Our gift card program will be discontinued. Many thanks for your support this program. The last Sunday to place an order is this Sunday, December 16.

We are collecting hats and mittens for children and teenagers in need.  Please hang your donations on the tree in the Welcome Center.

 

Join the monthly men's group on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00 pm for dinner and devotions at Fisherman's Catch at Forest Hill Bowling Alley. 

We are continuing our annual tradition of providing mailboxes for our church family.  You are welcome to put your Christmas cards in the appropriate slots (below the lettered boxes) addressed to anyone within our church family.  Check to see if you have received any cards!

As members of the United Methodist Church, we have been represented by the motto: open hearts, open minds, and open doors.  Tragically, there are situations and circumstances that make it difficult for us to live out this motto because we are afraid to open our eyes.  We are afraid to see the social and economic injustice, afraid to see the devastation caused by poverty, afraid to see situations that burden people and break the heart of God.  We are confronted, yet again, with the fierce urgency of now.

Friends, we must prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.  We, clergy and laity alike, must find the courage to open our eyes so that we might be prepared to provide comfort, encouragement and support to our brothers and sisters in Christ.  During the 2019 Special Session, the Council of Bishops will examine paragraphs in the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.  This can be an uncomfortable issue to talk about – we know.  Still, we have the charge from our Bishop to “be informed, be engaged, and be pro-active.” 

Please join with Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and other members of the Baltimore Region, on Sunday, December 9, (3:00 to 5:00 pm) at Fallston United Methodist Church as we look at the proposed plans for the Way Forward.  Please join in the discussion of the impact on the local church and the global church.  This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eleanor Emerick (age 90) died on October 5.  Rev. Louis Emerick is a former pastor of our congregation. He and Eleanor were married for 72 years and were partners together in ministry.  You can send cards to: Rev. Louis Emerick, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713.

Each year we gather with neighbors from our community and light up Fallston for all the world to see. December 2nd was a beautiful night.  Our tree, however, is dying so it will be replaced before the next growing season. A portion of our Christmas offering will go toward the new community Christmas tree. The wood from the current tree will be crafted into a cross that is used for our community walk to bless the schools and incorporated into the Good Friday service at St. Mark's Catholic Church.   A portion of our Christmas offering will go toward the new community Christmas tree. 

If you have not had a chance see the other videos, they are available for viewing on our Facebook page.  

Youth Zone (Middle / High) - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:00-8:30 PM - Dinner, Games, Small Group!

Senior High Youth - 4th Wednesday of each month - 7:00-8:30 PM - Small Group! 

Adult volunteers needed.  Contact Joy Bufano joy.bufano.gmail.com for more info or to sign up to help!

THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU!  Being part of a connecting group is one of the commitments we make when we join the church. It can be a truly uplifting part of our faith experience as an extension of the community we find in worship. We have many new connecting groups starting and we would love to have you join us!  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on any of the groups. 

 Moms and Grandmoms in Prayer - Tuesdays – 9am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Men’s Book Study - Tuesdays – 7pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Women’s Book Study - Thursdays – 10am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Child Care Provided.

 Early Morning Study - Wednesdays – 7am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Men’s Burger Crawl - 2nd Wednesday Monthly – 6:30pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Pastor-led Bible Study - Tuesdays 10am & Thursdays 6:30pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Coffee & Conversation at IHOP - Monthly - Fridays – 10pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Adult Sunday School - Sundays – 9am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Mom2Mom - 2nd Tuesday Monthly – 6:30pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

It’s that time of year where we’d all like to be a little warmer.  Manna House is running low on cans of coffee and we need donations.  We are serving at Manna House on December 10 and an extra cup of coffee to those in need goes a long way!

The video says it all!

What an amazing week in Puerto Rico in October.  Thank you for your continued support with our missions and ministries.

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