November 28th

Sounds of the Season: Whispers

Light the first candle. Pause to listen for the Whispers of the voice of God

Read: Jeremiah 33:14-16 •  Luke 21:25-36

Reflect: Where do you hear the hope of God breaking in through Jeremiah and Luke?

Engage: Find ways to listen for the quiet voice of God this week.

Pray:  Open our hearts, O God, to the whispers of your voice in the world. Prepare our hearts and our minds for the arrival of your Son, Christ Jesus. We know and trust that you are continuing to move and speak in the world today. Help us to listen and to speak your presence in and through our lives. Amen.

  • Monday, November 29: Psalm 90
  • Tuesday, November 30: 2 Samuel 7:18-29
  • Wednesday, December 1: Isaiah 1:24-31
  • Thursday, December 2: Luke 1:68-79
  • Friday, December 3: Philippians 1:18-26
  • Saturday, December 4: Malachi 4:1-6

Upcoming Events

Sermon Series: Sounds of The Season

November 28, December 5, 12 & 19

The Sanctuary: 8:30 am & 10:45 am

The Vine: 10:45am & 5pm

Join us for worship as we prepare for the birth of Christ! Each Sunday we will reflect on the sounds of the season that draw us closer to the manger and the gift of the Christ child. 

Advent Wreath Creation

December 1st | 3-7pm | The Oak Street Center

Join your church family for our Annual Advent Wreath Creations Event as we prepare our hearts and homes to celebrate the birth of our incredible Savior! Click the link below to reserve your family's wreath.

Prime Time Wednesday Advent Series 

December 1, 8,15

Meal at 5:15 | Classes at 6pm | Youth & Children programs start at 6pm 

Join Pastors Mark, Laura, Barry, and Will for an advent study and conversation! Each night your pastors will be sharing some of their favorite stories and scriptures to help prepare our hearts for Christmas! 
Menu
  • December 1 -Baked Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread, Bread Pudding, Grilled Chicken Salad
  • December 8- Salisbury Steak, Mac & Cheese, 7 Layer Salad, Roll, Banana Pudding, Greek Salad
  • December 15- Turkey/Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Red Velvet Cake, Chicken Cobb Salad

The Oak Street Playhouse Presents: You Better Watch Out!

December 3-12
7:30pm:December 3rd-4th, 9th-11th
2:00pm: December 5th & 12th

It's Christmas Eve at the Willow Inn. The hosts Jenny and Tom are having Art, (Jenny's father who's still mourning the passing of his wife) see their bed and breakfast for the first time. There's a snowstorm raging outside, and three travelers are forced to lodge at the inn and wait it out.

The No Rehearsal Christmas Pageant

December 12th during 10:45 am service 

Dress your child up like one of the people from the Nativity Scene and bring them to church! Contact Beth Spears at bspears@fcumc.org for more information.

Guest Preacher: Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

December 12th during 10:45 am service 

Hear from the new Bishop of the Holston Annual Conference. She will be preaching in The Sanctuary and it will be simulcast in The Vine. 

A Festival of Lessons and Carols 

December 19th | The Sanctuary | 10:45 am

In this festive worship service, all will participate in the story of Jesus' brith as told in scripture, anthems, and carols accompanied by brass, timpani, and organ. 

Christmas Sing-A-Long

December 15th | The Vine | 6pm

Join us in The Vine for a fun time of singing and Christmas cheer!

Christmas Eve Services

December 24th

The Sanctuary: 12pm, 3pm, 5pm, 11pm

The Vine: 3pm & 5pm

Ways To Give Back

Cold Weather Supplies Needed 

Hypothermia is a real concern for those not living in the comfort of a warm home. As winter approaches, please help us collect cold weather supplies. We are collecting emergency blankets, warm socks, outerwear, and underwear. You may leave donations in collection barrels in the Welcome Center and Oak Street Center Lobby.

 If you don't have time to shop for these items but would like to help, you can donate straight to the United Methodist Women and they will buy the supplies. Make checks payable to United Methodist Women and designate Mustard Tree Ministries Winter Supplies. You can send the check to the church PO Box 208 37401 or drop it off in the church office.

The Centenary Angel Tree Program 

Want to share your Christmas? 
  • Grab a decorated pine cone in The Lobby of The Vine & The Narthex
  • Attached you will find a wish list for a child with instructions
Thank you!

Mustard Tree Toy Drive

We've been asked by several families if we can help out with Christmas presents for their children this year. This is a common request this time of year but as we get to know more and more families each week, the need is greater. We are aware that there are other organizations that give out toys, however, from our experience a lot of the families we help have been forgotten or there are not quite enough toys to go around. We want all of the kids to have a gift for them under the tree, so we are accepting donations of toys, new or gently used (no guns or weaponry of any kind). If you would like to donate a toy, please drop it off at the First-Centenary Welcome Center. Thank you.

Full Calendar

November 28, December 5, 12 & 19

Sounds of The Season. Join us for worship as we prepare for the coming of Christ. In The Sanctuary at 8:30am & 10:45 am. In The Vine at 10:45am and 5pm. 

Sunday, November 28

8:30 a.m. Music by flautist Laurie Zeigler and soloist James Harr
10:30 a.m. Sanctuary - Gathering music by flute, organ and piano
10:45 a.m. Worship in The Vine and the Sanctuary.
5 p.m Worship in The Vine

Wednesday, December 1

3 - 7 p.m. Advent Wreath Creation in The Lobby of the Oak Street Center.
Join your church family for our Annual Advent Wreath Creations Event as we prepare our hearts and homes to celebrate the birth of our incredible Savior! Click here to reserve your family's wreath.
5:15 p.m Prime Time Wednesday Meal
6 p.m. Prime Time Wednesday Advent Series

December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and December 5 & 12 at 2 p.m. 

Oak Street Playhouse presents: You Better Watch Out.  Click here buy tickets. 
It's Christmas Eve at the Willow Inn. The hosts Jenny and Tom are having Art, (Jenny's father who's still mourning the passing of his wife) see their bed and breakfast for the first time. There's a snowstorm raging outside, and three travelers are forced to lodge at the inn and wait it out.

Sunday, December 5

8:30 a.m.Music by strings
10:30 a.m.Sanctuary – Gathering music by strings, piano and organ
10:45 a.m.Worship in The Vine and the Sanctuary
5 p.m Worship in The Vine

Monday, December 6  

Last day to bring your wrapped and labeled Angel Tree gift to the Welcome Center.

Wednesday, December 8

5:15 p.m Prime Time Wednesday Meal
6 p.m. Prime Time Wednesday Advent Series

Sunday, December 12

8:30 a.m.Music by violin, piano and organ
10:30 a.m.Gathering music by handbells and organ
10:45 a.m.Worship in The Vine and the Sanctuary  
The Children’s Christmas Pageant.  Guest preacher is the Reverend Dr. Debra Wallace-Padgett, the new Bishop of the Holston Annual Conference.  
5 p.m Worship in The Vine

Wednesday, December 15

5:15 p.m Prime Time Wednesday Meal
6 p.m Christmas Sing-a-long in The Vine led by The Vine Praise Band. 

Sunday, December 19

8:30 a.m.Music by brass and organ. 
10:30 a.m.Gathering music by brass, handbells and organ
10:45 a.m.Worship in The Vine. Worship in the Sanctuary - A Festival of Lessons and Carols
In this festive worship service all will participate in the story of Jesus’ birth as told in scripture, anthems and carols accompanied by brass, timpani and organ.
5 p.m Worship in The Vine

Friday, December 24

Noon In the Sanctuary - A Service of Hope and Healing – a quiet and meditative 
service for those who are in the midst of grief, or have experienced loss. 
3:00 p.m.Candlelight Communion Service in the Sanctuary and The Vine . 
(childcare available Birth - K)
5:00 p.m.Candlelight Communion Services in the Sanctuary and The Vine 
(childcare available Birth– K)
11:00 p.m.Candlelight Communion Service in the Sanctuary
Music will begin at 10:45 p.m.

Sunday, December 26

10:45 a.m.    Worship in the Sanctuary and The Vine
5 p.m Worship in The Vine