Posts by Alison Thomas

Posts by Alison Thomas

Advent@FUMC Allen

The advent season, a time for preparation and anticipation as we await the birth of the Christ Child, begins on Sunday, November 27, and ends on Christmas Day when we celebrate and rejoice the birth of the baby Jesus. First United Methodist Church of Allen offers an extensive list of activities for the entire family, ranging from worship, concerts, crafts, and even a field trip. Our Holiday Challenge is in full-swing with many ways you can give back to others…

Christmas Eve

Please join us on Christmas Eve on Saturday, December 24, when we offer four services of communion and candlelight. At 6:00pm, we celebrate Christmas Eve with a traditional worship service in our main sanctuary featuring carols led by our Chancel Choir and orchestra. This service will be broadcast via livestream on our YouTube and Facebook platforms. At 8:00pm, Christmas Eve worship returns to our courtyard with acoustic music, scripture, and prayer. In the event of inclement weather, this service will…

Order of Worship

ORDER OF WORSHIP December 11 2022 Second SUNDAY OF ADVENT Worship Check In   The Table 8:30am Gathering & Welcome Songs  Let There Be Peace; Glory (Let There Be Peace) Lighting the Advent Candle Song Light of The World Children’s Time Scripture Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25 NRSV Message Surprised By Peace Gratitude Moment Song of Gratitude O What A King Communion Invitation & Benediction Song My Soul Magnifies The Lord Exit Traditional Worship 11:00am Prelude  Welcome  Voluntary Fanfare for Christmas…

Holiday Challenge 2022

HOLIDAY CHALLENGE UpdAte Part of our tradition at First United Methodist Church of Allen is to serve our neighbors over the holiday season. We call this tradition our “Holiday Challenge.” We kicked off our 2022 Holiday Challenge on Sunday, November 6, with two family-friendly hands-on opportunities: stuffing stockings for our soldiers serving our country during this holiday season and assembling nutritious meals for Kids Against Hunger. We have received some initial feedback from Sunday’s event. Our Military Support Group filled 200…

Charge Conference Follow-Up

A Message from Pastor Mary Beth Charge Conference Follow-Up October 20 2022 We had a beautiful and worshipful gathering with several of our sister UMCs on Sunday afternoon as we met with North Central District Superintendent Reverend Debra Hobbs-Mason for a “cluster” charge conference. As we worshipped, we also did a bit of work, approving several items for 2023. One of the items approved by our church was the 2023 Administrative Council, sometimes known as the Church Council. This team consists…

Fall Festival Trunks (or Trucks) Needed

  Trunk or Treat at Fall Festival Sunday, October 30 12:00pm-2:00pm FUMC Allen Hey small groups! Families! and others! You are invited to host a trunk at Trunk or Treat, an annual highlight of our Fall Festival on Sunday, October 30. You would be asked to decorate a car or truck, set up some games or activities, and pass out candy or small prizes. Email Adam Lubbers, AdamL@fumcallen.org, if your group is interested!  

Because Someone Gave: A Story of Hope

Emily Wiley van Oosterom grew up at FUMC Allen, was confirmed here in 2002, graduated from Allen High School in 2008, and now lives in Amsterdam. When her daughter Charlotte was born three months ago, Emily began to reconnect with her faith family at FUMC Allen through our livestream and online presence. Emily reached out to me in July, knowing that she and her husband Marco were planning a trip to Texas. She very much wanted to have Charlotte baptized…

Children’s Ministry Needs Sunday School Teachers

You have the awesome opportunity to share your love with the children of our church! Children’s Ministry needs volunteers to teach at the 9:45am Education Hour to help with elementary Sunday school. The lessons are easy to do and all materials are provided. You can help out just once or twice a month. Email Dana Allison at danaa@fumcallen.org  with questions or to help.

Confirmation and On Deck Programs Return on September 11

FUMC Allen’s sixth grade confirmation and the fifth grade On Deck program return on Sunday, September 11, during the 9:45am Education Hour. All fifth and sixth grade students are welcome to participate. Confirmation for sixth graders meets in the Youth Wing in room W260 at 9:45am on Sunday. Our fifth grade On Deck students meet at 9:45am on Sundays in room C172 of the Children’s Ministry Wing. Both groups will be commissioned during the 11:00am worship hour on Sunday, September…

Focused on Hope Survey

Hope means to keep living amid desperation and to keep humming in the darkness. Hoping is knowing that there is love; it is trust in tomorrow; it is falling asleep and waking again when the sun rises.  In the midst of a gale at sea, it is to discover land. In the eyes of another, it is to see that he understands you. As long as there is still hope, there will also be prayer. And God will be holding you in his…

Stewardship 2023: Because Someone Gave

“Because someone gave…” Have you ever considered what happens because someone gave? Because someone gave…the Vatoni Ragsdale Bible fund makes sure every child, youth, and adult who wants a Bible receives one. Because someone gave…a leaking kitchen sink and broken dishwasher were replaced for a family of 10 during Change the World Allen. Because someone gave…All Community Outreach has been helping families in Collin County avoid hunger and homelessness and gain financial security since 1985. Because someone gave…children in Honduras…