Blue Christmas Service at First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church (118 King Street) will be hosting a Blue Christmas Service on December 19th at 6 pm. A service for those who find the holiday season to be difficult, stressful, sad and lonely as they are coupled with suffering, loss of loved ones, loss of jobs and/or depression.  The Worship Service will be a service of word, song, prayer, candle lighting and litany of remembrance.  What a wonderful opportunity we have to come alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ and comfort them and remind them that they are not alone as they journey through this season. Pastor Carolyn Westlake will be participating in the service. 

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Caroling at Publix

Caroling at Publix

Everyone is invited to join in Christmas caroling at our neighborhood Publix (Moultrie Square) on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 pm. You don’t have to sing well, just with gusto!  Songbooks will be provided. Bring your lawn chair if you need one. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors! There will be hot chocolate and cookies back at the church, in the Christian Education Building, afterwards.  Merry Christmas! 

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S.W.A.G. December Schedule


Wednesday December 12th– Movie Night “Arthur Christmas” 6pm-8pm.

Wednesday December 19th– Pajama Christmas Party, Secret Santa Exchange and Bible Trivia games.

Wednesday December 26th – NO class.  Merry Christmas everyone!


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Help The Street Homeless

Let’s Help the Street Homeless in  St. Augustine                                                             Once again this year, the Sunset Circle is asking for your support as they collect new and gently used blankets, socks, and coats for the homeless. Beginning on November 25th, these items can be placed in the specially marked bin in the Caring Corner (near the nursery door, in the overflow room). Blankets, bedspreads, afghans, quilts, and throws are gladly accepted.  Also, socks and coats for men, women, and children can be placed in the bin.  All of the items will be taken downtown to First United Methodist Church.  The volunteers at FUMC will distribute items or use them on “cold weather nights” when they open the doors of the Fellowship Hall to provide a warm place for the street homeless to shelter.  The collection will continue until January.

If you have any questions about this mission, contact Cheryl Jeffries, Vicki Hall, or Linda Meyer.


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Children’s Christmas Party

Children’s Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, December 12, the Children’s Ministry is hosting a Children’s Christmas Party for children Pre-K4 to 6th grade and their families starting at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  There will be Christmas Caroling, a dessert bar, refreshments, and a Cookie Exchange Party.  All children and parents from the community are welcome!  To reserve your seats, please RSVP the church office at 797-4416.

On December 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the church Sanctuary, Children/Youth Music Director, Suzann Maass will lead children and families in singing a variety of popular and traditional Christmas Carols.

At 6:00 p.m., the church cordially invites all families to the Christian Education Building for a pizza buffet and dessert bar.  Afterwards, the children will play Christmas Bingo for prizes and have a Cookie Exchange Party.  We are requesting parents to bring a dessert to share such as cookies, brownies, and/or cupcakes to be dropped off at the Education Building.

For reservations to the Children’s Christmas Party, we need parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) who plan to attend to fill out a RSVP form located in the Christian Education Bldg or call the business office at 797-4416.

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December Events


Children’s Christmas Party

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 12

Christmas Carols & Cookie Exchange

All Children and Parents Welcome!

Call Church Office RSVP 797-4416

Chancel Choir  “Christmas through Song”

Sunday, December 16th

8:45 a.m. Traditional Service

All are Welcome!

Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24

4:00 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Service

6:00 p.m. Contemporary Candlelight Worship Service


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Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

Dear Friends in Christ,

Living in a sacred place where you can explore the rhythm and love that community can bring to the heart of the sojourner is upon us now in the Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation, March 10-15, 2019, at the Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park, FL.

Spiritual formation is at the heart of the discipleship.  Come be among those seeking a deeper walk with Christ; experience living in a sacred community of trust, openness and confidentiality; listen to wise teachers exploring spiritual disciplines; and taste the joy of participating in daily Eucharistic celebration with friends!  The week follows a monastic rhythm of worship, listening, discerning, sharing and resting.  Covenant groups in the evening are a place to explore with a small group the mystery and challenges of the day living out the Gospel in varied ways.

Our guest faculty will be Ray Buckley and Rev. Kathryn Damiano.

Ray Buckley is a lecturer on Native American studies at several universities as well as a teacher, and storyteller.  Along with Buffy St. Marie and Albert White Hat, Mr. Buckley was a featured presenter at the Threshold Arts Series in Iowa.  Mr. Buckley‘s sculptures and art are in the permanent collections of museums in several countries. Ray makes his home in Palmer, Alaska, and is a traditional basket-maker and wood carver.  You can only imagine what our sessions will be like with this gifted man!

Kathryn Damiano is a Quaker and lifelong contemplative.  As a teacher of in-depth spiritual life studies and retreat leader, she sees her ministry as working for peace and justice through spiritual formation.  Kathryn has been a spiritual director for 35 years and has served in this capacity at Pendle Hill, a Quaker center for study and contemplation.  Kathryn moved from Philadelphia to Wichita, Kansas, 17 years ago to join the Friends of Jesus Community.  Their ministry was living in a low-income area of the city to be a presence to promote interracial reconciliation.  What a gift it will be to learn more about opening the eyes of our heart so that we may see with the eyes of Christ.

As you see we have a diverse and interesting pair of presenters.  Many who come to the Academy go home refreshed and renewed in their spirit and calling.  ALL are welcome.  Come, see and join this exciting ministry opportunity!  You will be changed.

See link below for brochure.



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Children’s Exploring LIFE Camp

Children’s Exploring LIFE CAMP

Join us for the fun and excitement of the Wild West at Wrangler Roundup!  Parents plan now to have your child participate in the fun of Wrangle Roundup.   Kids will learn about the ULTIMATE gifts God provides for members of his family!  Each Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Christian Education Building, your child is invited to a time of Bible Stories, Games Galore, Crafts, Creative Art, Missions and more!   Children will enjoy an evening meal of pizza, fruit, dessert and drinks.    All children from Pre-K4 to 6th grade are welcome to join in the fun. For more information call the church office at (904)797-4416 or visit our website

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Pastor at Panera

Pastor Carolyn will be having office hours in the community.  Every Wednesday she will be at Panera from 9am-11am.  These office hours are open to anyone who would like to stop by during those hours.  This is also an opportunity for her to be visible and approachable within the community.  You are invited to join her for coffee and conversation.


No Community Hours on November 14th.



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Leading Ladies

Leading Ladies

The December Holiday luncheon for the Leading Ladies will be held on December 19th, at 11:30 am at Conrad’s Steakhouse.  All recent widows are invited to attend.  Contact Helen Tenney if you have any questions for more information.


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