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Opportunities for Fellowship, Spiritual Growth & Missional Activities
We hope you will join us this  Season!

Current Events

Love Light Sale has begun and runs through 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 luminaries 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.

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.  Please join us on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00pm we will gather in the mission hall of Sylva First Baptist Church to pack the Break Boxes.

Upcoming Events

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 d’oeuvres, please bring your items to the church kitchen before the program.

We are having a 10am worship service on DECEMBER 29, with a soup, salad, and cornbread luncheon after church to fellowship with each other!  Please email Kim Woodard at berlyjo18@gmail.com if you can help with the following:
Soup – recipes are in the 2013 Feast & Fellowship church cookbook on pages 44 and 45  cookbooks are still available for purchase in the church office
          – Margaret Cogdill, Kim Woodard
         – need at least 3 more
         – need 5 crockpots
         – need several
         – Karen Clarke, Mary and Alan Brown, Vicky Frazier
        – need at least 2 more
       DESSERT – cookies or brownies
          -need severa

Advent Activities:
12/1     Love Light Sale Began and continue through 12/22
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 Candlelight Worship @ 6pm & 11pm
12/29   ONE Worship @ 10am, followed by a fellowship
             lunch of soup, salad & bread in the CLC.
Sylva First facility need & 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. We have collected $4,400 of the 22,500.
Pews available for a donation   There are presently 7 unadopted pews left that are 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 is responsible for transporting the pews from the church as is. 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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Our Church Calendar:  sylvafumc.org/calendar-of-events
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