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Fellowship, Spiritual Growth & Missional Activities 

Current Events

UCM School Break Bags: Our goal is to fill all 450 break bags with a 13.5 oz  box of Instant Potatoes. They are being collected in the Asbury Room. Thank you for participating.  

Upcoming Events

Love Light Sale Begins Dec. 1 and Ends on Dec. 22: Traditionally, Love Lights are sponsored lights on our Chrismon tree, in honor or memory of a loved ones. This year, in addition to the postcards you receive for your donation, we will have luminaries with your loved one’s name. The luminaires will be lit Christmas Eve. Love Lights are $3.00. The sale will end on Dec. 22nd. Proceeds of Love Lights will got toward Camp Patton Springs.

1st Sunday Youth: A Collaborative Youth Experience: on December 1, 2019 5-7 pm @ Sylva First Baptist Church. Dinner, games, friendship, and faith for all youth ages 6th-12th grades. Every first Sunday from 5-7 PM. Leadership provided by First United Methodist and First Baptist Churches of Sylva. Next: Jan 5 from 5-7 @ First Sylva.

2019 Christmas Cantata Dec. 8, at 5:00pm. The chancel choir will present a Christmas musical on Sunday, December 8, at 5:00 pm in the church sanctuary. The choir will perform “Joy Has Dawned, a Christmas Celebration” by Lloyd Larson. Tommy Ginn is director of the Chancel choir. The Christmas story will be narrated by Bill and Lynne Johnson. Adult and children church members will portray the nativity scene. The Sylva Bells, a community hand bell choir, under the direction of Lori Merservey, will play holiday selections prior to the concert. 

Following the musical, heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served in the church’s Christian Life Center for all to enjoy. Various instrumental groups will present Christmas music at this time. The public is invited to attend this evening of music, joy and fellowship, Sylva First’s gift to the community. 

If you can help with the hors doeuvres please bring your items to the church kitchen before the program.

Community Events

Sylva Christmas Parade: Dec. 1st at 3pm on Main Street
Dillsboro Luminariers: Dec.6,7,13 & 14

Advent Activities:
12/1     Love Light Sale Begins
12/8     Christmas Cantata and Nativity in the Sanctuary  @ 5:00pm  followed by a reception in the CLC.
12/12   ELC Christmas Program in the Sanctuary @ 6pm
12/16    JOY (just older youth) trip to Dollywood Christmas
12/24   Christmas Eve Worship @ 6pm & 11pm
12/29   ONE Worship @ 10am, followed by a fellowship lunch of soup, salad & bread in the CLC.
Experiencing Christ, Offering Christ to Others
Coming next week pictures from events from last few weeks, we hope you were with us, if not we missed you. Please join us for upcoming activities. 
Sylva First facility need and charitable contribution opportunity
Our Allison building is currently heated with steam and cooled with window AC units.  We have no backup for either of these systems.  Our little ones in the Early Learning Center and nursery need a system that is safer, more efficient and more reliable.  A modern replacement will cost $22,500.  

To make a donation toward this needed upgrade, please write “Allison heating” on your check.  We will keep you updated on the funding status through the end of the year.  Thank you, in advance, for your support.
Pews available for a donation
There are presently 10 pews not being utilized in the church therefore they are available to the congregation for a donation to the church to support paying off the CLC loan. The recipient of the pews will be responsible for transporting the pews from the church and any modifications to the pews they desire. Contact the  church office if you are interested in obtaining one or more of the pews. Cushions not included.  Deadline is January 1, 2020. Any pews that are not obligated will be offered to local churches, etc.   Wiley Harris, Property Chair
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