Our Mission Team at First UMC has been in a yearlong process of discernment about the future of our mission opportunities. Join us for a 4-week worship series where we, as a congregation, decide the ways in which we will launch into mission for 2018 and beyond.
In the United States, Christmastime and thoughts of home just go together. “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” are two of the most popular holiday songs, year after year. Christmas movies and television shows regularly feature stories of people going to their family home or extended family home over the holidays. Among the rituals we create for this darkest time of the year in the Northern hemisphere, perhaps the majority of them are associated with either going home or doing special things at home-- whether lighting candles and having a time of family prayer during Advent, or decorating a Christmas tree, or caroling through a neighborhood, or hosting festive “open house” parties for friends, neighbors, and colleagues. It’s all about home.
Advent and Christmas Season are about another kind of homecoming, the homecoming of Christ to redeem and renew us, this earth, and all creation till “heaven and nature sing” with joy eternally. The Scriptures the church uses for Advent focus first on the final fulfillment, and later on the beginning of that fulfillment in Jesus. As they seek God’s joyous desire, they also make plain just how far from it we have been and challenge us with just how far we have to go, ourselves, to begin to live into it.
Join us on Sundays at 9am for coffee, snacks, and an engaging conversation about the book, "It's Complicated: A Guide to Faithful Decision Making" by Jack Haberer. Facilitator: John Goolsbey
Texts are provided, but if you'd like to purchase one in advance, the link to Amazon is here. https://www.amazon.com/Its-Complicated-Faithful-Decision-Making/dp/0664261248
Join us at our normal Sunday Worship time (10:30am on Sundays) for Brunch Church on July 9th, 2017. We will have our normal worship service in the Wesley Fellowship Hall over a prepared meal. This is the final Sunday in our Gastro-Spirituality Sermon Series, so bring your friends and hungry bellies!
Our 6-week summer discipleship groups will focus on Lament Psalms. Join us as we gather together in groups of 5-6 for coffee, conversation, and prayer. We will meet on multiple days at various times throughout the week, so sign up for your spot in the church lobby!
What's the point of Holy Communion? Why do we do it as often as we do? What does it mean? Can we do it in different ways?
These are all questions that this sermon series will address, and each week, we will receive communion in a different way. The series culminates in our Brunch Church Service on Sunday, July 9th at 10:30am.
The New England Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is a yearly decision-making meeting of elected lay and clergy members. This year, we meet to discuss the intersection of race and faithful Christian living within the context of The United Methodist Church.
Join us on the Campagnone Common in Lawrence (200 Common Street. Lawrence, MA 01840 at 10am for an 'impromptu' multi-cultural celebration of our Immigrant City. Contribute to the fun by displaying your immigrant pride in whatever way you choose!
At Noon we'll march around Lawrence.
On Sunday, April 30th, the town of North Andover is celebrating Earth Day with events throughout town. First UMC will join the fun.
Come to worship at 10:30am dressed in your "sloppy" clothes (outdoor work clothes). We will gather together for a short worship service, then be sent out with trash bags (and gloves) in-hand to collect trash around the church property, Peters Street, and Andover Street. We will re-convene at 12pm for a church-wide lunch. Those with mobility issues will be invited to help with the preparation of the meal.