Youth Group – December 16, 6 PM

Students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to join us for snacks, games, and Christmas fun.  Meet in Fellowship Hall.  You are welcome to and encouraged to bring friends.

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Advent in Narnia Activity Night

Join us on Tuesday, December 18 at 6 PM for a night of craft projects and activities related to our Advent in Narnia worship and study theme.  Fun for all ages!

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Blue Christmas/Longest Night worship

Friday, December 21, 7 PM in Brown Chapel.  Sometimes it is hard to feel as “joyful” as everyone else seems to be during this season, especially if you are dealing with grief, sadness, or loss.  Come and join us in this sacred space where we acknowledge this struggle together, and find hope and strength in the promised Christ child.

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Community Christmas dinner, December 24, 12 Noon

The First UMC Gouverneur is sponsoring a free Christmas dinner for our community.  Please call 315-287-2440 or email firstumcgouverneur@gmail.com to reserve your dinner.  Eat in, take out and deliveries available for those unable to pick up a meal.  Reservations a must, by 1 PM on Friday, December 21.  On the menu will be ham and baked potatoes and all the trimmings.

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Christmas caroling

Join us Saturday, December 22 at 1 PM as we head out to carol for some of our friends and neighbors in the Gouverneur community.  You don’t need to be a great singer – you just have to have a big heart, ready to share God’s love with others!  All are welcome!  Meet at church.

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Christmas Eve worship 5 PM and 9 PM

Please join us for one or both of these worship opportunities, they will be filled with song, scripture, drama and candlelight as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!  At 5 PM, Pastor Beth’s brother and sister-in-law, Todd and Emma Quick, will perform dramatic monologues of the nativity story.  At 9 PM we’ll celebrate with Holy Communion.  Hope to see you there!

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December newsletter

December 2018 newletter

There are lots of activities for you and your family in December, check the newsletter for complete information.

The calendar section of this website also has daily activities listed.  http://gouverneurumc.org/calendar/

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Angel Tree

Our Council of Ministries will one again host the Angel Tree, a gift giving opportunity for you and your family.  Angels will list the gender and age of the child receiving the gift as well as a suggested item.  Angels will be color coated by family so you can decide if you wish to choose a sibling group for your gift giving.  Angels will also be available for the adult family members with a gift suggestion.  Please leave all gift items unwrapped so that the parents/guardians may see the items prior to wrapping and presenting to their children.  We will provide wrapping paper for each family. Please turn in all gifts to the office by Monday, December 17.  Thank you!

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Christmas Cookie Sale and Gingerbread House contest

Saturday, December 15, 10 AM – Noon.  Need cookies for your Christmas parties, gatherings, or just to enjoy at home? We are selling homemade cookies for $7/lb, or $20/3 lbs. Choose any mix and match variety you’d like.

We’re also having a Gingerbread House contest during the Cookie Sale. Children and adults of all ages are invited to submit a Gingerbread House for display. Want to enter? Contact the church for guidelines. We’ll have prizes for a few age categories. Show us how creative you can be! Shoppers at the cookie sale will get to vote on their favorites.

Want to donate cookies? We will gladly receive your donations for the sale. Just contact the church office (315-287-2440 or firstumcgouverneur@gmail.com)  to let us know how many cookies you plan on bringing.

Gouverneur First UMC Gingerbread Contest

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Rules: 1. Everything must be edible and sold as a food item, even if you wouldn’t actually want to eat it!

2. Gingerbread and/or graham crackers must make up the majority of the structure of your house.

3. You can use a pre-made kit or make your house from scratch. 4. Only one entry per person please.

5. Categories with prizes are: Family Creation, 10 and under, 11-18, and Adult.

6. Please place your name in a sealed envelope to submit with your entry. On the outside of the envelope, write the category of your entry.

7. Your house must be brought to the church by ​Friday, December 14th at 7pm. Houses can be dropped off between Monday, December 10th and Friday, December 14th between 9am-1pm, or on Friday, the 14th between 5pm-7pm.

8. Please pick your gingerbread house on ​Sunday, December 16th after worship.

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Blessings Box

Blessing Box – have you seen the new Blessings Box outside the church Key Bank entrance?  This box (cabinet) is meant to provide non-perishable food items and toiletries for folks with an immediate need.  Take what you need, give what you can, share the word if you know of someone who needs a little boost.  You may add items to the box at any time, if the box is full you may drop items off at the church office (Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 1 PM) to replenish when supplies are low.

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