Sundays at 10am: In-Person Worship Continues in the Sanctuary
• Self-screen before attending and do not attend if you feel you have respiratory problems, don’t feel well, or have a fever.
• One worship service at 10 am in the Sanctuary. The style will be blended and similar to what we have presented online with a shorter time format. There will not be greeting your neighbor, children’s sermon, or passing the plates for offerings.
• Facial Coverings Required. Masks will be required to enter the building and participate in the service. No Exceptions. Please bring your own mask. We will have a limited supply, should you forget yours.
• Hand Sanitizer will be available in the entrance.
• Chairs will be spread out in clusters with 6 feet in-between. The Sanctuary has been set up. With proper safe distancing, the building can accommodate between 95-100 people. Currently the pews are set up with every other pew roped off. If you are a single, do not join groups which are not your immediate family.
• We will not use bulletins or connect cards. The order of worship will be displayed on our screen.
• Baskets will be placed near the entrance to the worship space for your offering, as you arrive or as you leave. We continue to recommend online or electronic giving through your financial institution.
• Holy Communion will be shared with the utmost care by adhering to CDC and denominational guidelines. Ushers will direct rows to the communion station. Tape has been placed on the floors to be sure everyone can maintain proper spacing. Masked and Gloved servers will place a small piece of bread in your hand and will ask you to pick one of the individual communion cups. '
• No Nursery will be available.
• Sunday School Classes will not meet.
• There will be no gatherings prior to worship or following.
• The Welcome Center will not be open. The Education building will be kept locked. The Familly Life Center will be locked. Feel free to bring your own coffee in a container from home.
• Worship will be dismissed in an orderly fashion to allow distance between congregants.
Help Fund Angels & Elves during COVID-19
Most years the youth would work on fundraisers to help support this giving event to our community. COVID has complicated much of that though. In a year that families in our community could use help the most, we were hoping you would donate to help fund the shopping trip.
You can do this by using all the ways (including online) we use to give, just make sure that in the memo or Additional Information box online, you write Angels & Elves. Thanks for your giving to support this great cause as it takes about $3,000 to make this event happen.
If you are unfamiliar with the Angels & Elves Shopping Trip:
Beforehand, we contact local schools for names of students needing some extra love and help for Christmas. We get sizes, wish lists, and all kinds of information before the big shopping day for the whole family. One child from the family, the "angel," gets to come shop with us, picking out all the goodies to surprise their family. We secretly get some goodies for that child too. On shopping day, we divide our youth and chaperones into groups, "the Elves." Each group goes and picks the Angel up at their house, brings them shopping, returns to the church with the Angel, and all the goodies. There, we tell them the real reason for Christmas and why we bought things for them, play games, and feed them while we have teams wrap all the surprises in a separate area. At the end of the night, we return the Angel to their family where they get to deliver wrapped gifts to their family. We also have a bag of household necessities like cleaning supplies or paper goods we deliver as well. This has been the longest continuing youth mission or possibly any mission (Maybe Back To School is longer?) our church has done. We know our youth have done this probably 40 years, but I haven't found anyone who remembers an exact date.
Salvation Army Christmas Angels
This year we will once again participate with the Salvation Army Christmas Angels. We will have them available at the church for pick-up or they can call Carolyn Hillsten 409-670-7145 and she will drop one by your home. The need is for clothing this year. They have 350 children in need this Christmas.
November 22, 12:30pmish: Church Decoration for Advent Day after Services
November 29, 11am-12:30pm: Church Trash Clean Up (Meeks)
Meet us in the Little Cypress Elementary parking lot (5723 Meeks Dr, Orange, TX 77632) 30 minutes after the service concludes. We will serve our community by picking up trash along Meeks Dr. The process should take under 2 hours at the most. We will provide trash bags and trash picker-uppers. You may wish to bring gloves and water. It'd also be a good idea to wear rubber boots or shoes that can get muddy especially if it has rained that week. This is a great activity to start advent off with by giving back.
ALL participants must bring a City of Orange Waver of Liability form and bring it to participate that day
December 4: Kiwana's 72nd Annual Christmas Parade
FUMC is hoping to take part in the Christmas Parade on the evening of Dec. 4. again this year. However, we need your help!
We are looking for:
a person with a trailer we can use for the float as well as those who’d like to participate in putting the float together.
This year’s theme is A Texas Christmas so we’re also looking for those who want to ride on the float or walk along in cowboy or cowgirl gear.
Time is ticking so if you can help with this, please reach out ASAP. If you can help in any of these areas, email Randall at email@example.com
December 13: One Service in Sanctuary
Join us this Sunday for our Christmas Cantata