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If you missed it, see the November 12
Advent Edition of the First Church News here.
Features: Advent and Christmas Worship News, Special Services, Holiday Happenings, and
other opportunities to explore this Advent season.
ADVENT EDITION UPDATE: The Free State Brass Band Holiday Concert scheduled for December 11, has been canceled due to personnel conflicts.
The Seabury Academy Chamber Singers will be singing at the 11:00 am service in the Downtown Sanctuary this Sunday, December 5.
Investing in Our Ministry
‘Tis the season to give … and we are encouraging you to make commitments to two opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives through First Church:

Still Forever First capital campaign to provide places to which we can invite persons to find healing and hope and from which we can go to people to offer grace and peace.
Beyond the Mountains: Continuing the Journey stewardship campaign to support the ongoing mission and ministries of our church, including worship, small groups, children and youth, congregational care, and mercy and justice.
Read Giving and Campaign Details goals, and timeline here.
To make your commitments, go here:
As of November 29, we have received pledges totaling $190,009 for Still Forever First (which will be matched by grants) and estimates totaling $327,144 for Beyond the Mountains: Continuing the Journey.
Remember that we are challenged to walk more closely with Jesus and grow in faith every day through five essential practices: Worship/Pray, Study, Serve, Give and Share.
CALLING ALL 3RD GRADERS!   3rd Grade Bible will be this February.
If you have a 3rd grader in your family, please contact Julie Hutchinson
at to assure they are on our invitation list.
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Homeschoolers, how can we help you with your creative and activity requirements?

Art Cafe Wednesdays 2-5 pm,
First Church West Campus 

FREE after-school arts and
activities program for grades 5-12

Questions? Contact Tami Clark at
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WesleyKU at Westwood House
WesleyKU hosted 45 students for the annual Gaysgiving/Friendsgiving Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday, November 21 at Westwood House. The event was a collaboration with KU OSTEM and KU Hillel. On hiatus last year due to covid restrictions, students were thankful to be able to gather together this year.
The final event for the fall semester is a Christmas Bazaar on October 8. During the Bazaar, students will be able to select items for personalized self-care kits, enjoy treats and warm beverages, and celebrate the season with student-led coffeehouse worship featuring music, poetry readings, skits, prose, and more. The event is from 5-8p, with Coffeehouse Worship at 7. Email Pastor Susan at for more details!
See the latest edition of the Westwood House newsletter here.
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Socially Active SeniorS

Read the SASS
December Newsletter

Interested in more information?
Contact Karen DeVictor at:
Interested in being part of the Justice Matters Network?  Contact one of our Team Leaders:  Deb Engstrom, Janelle Johnson, John Krehbiel, Rose Schmidt, Gary Schmidt, and Ann Spangler.
There will be no December Dismantling Racism Conversation.
We will return to this important work in January.  If you would like to view some of the monthly videos we have discussed visit our Justice Ministry webpage.
DECEMBER 14   Caregiver Support Group
with John Koonce, Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer Facilitator.
Contact or 479-644-5733 for more information
Family Promise of Lawrence Winter Emergency Shelter Family Sites

Volunteers Needed

FPL will provide shelter in partnering congregations, overnight volunteer hosts, bedding, and donated snacks
from the FPL network for any families who preregister
for the city-run Winter Emergency Shelter program. 

Find details and volunteer
sign-up here.
The DARE Center 944 Kentucky St. 66044
Is in need of Winter Camping Survival Items and Hygiene and Daily Living Items
 See the full wish list here.  

Donations can be dropped off at the
DARE Center or at either FUMC Campus
on Sundays in November.
LIKE MOVIES?  Christmas With The Chosen: The Messengers. A special episode about the birth of Christ through the eyes of Mary and Joseph. Now playing at the Regal Southwind 3433 Iowa Street Lawrence, KS 66046    DEC 1-5 ONLY
Learn more and pre-order your tickets at
Are you going?  Share plans on Facebook. Movies are always more fun with friends!
News from the office…
God loves you and so do we!

If you need anything or just want to say hello
you are welcome to stop by the church office
Mon-Friday 9 am to 4 pm.

Please note, the church office will be closed
for the holidays on December 27 & 31.
Note from the finance desk:
Thank you for your generous giving that supports the ministries and missions of First Church! Please note the following deadlines to be sure and receive credit for 2021 donations. 
  • Cash or checks delivered to the office must be delivered by 4 pm on December 30 due to the office being closed on December 31. 
  • Checks coming through the mail must be postmarked by December 31. 
  • Online contributions or stock transfers must be completed by 11:59 pm on December 31. 
May God bless you and your family with the joy of knowing your investment in First Church makes a positive difference in the lives of people in our community and beyond. 
Your Giving Makes All This Possible!  Thank You!
Donations help First Church to continue and grow in ministry
to the Lawrence community and beyond.
Or mail checks directly to First UMC 946 Vermont St., Lawrence, Ks 66044.
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