Messiah Sing-Along | Thursday, December 18 at 7pm in the sanctuary
Be part of one of Sherman’s most popular free holiday events, the North Texas Concert Chorale’s Messiah Sing-Along! The concert begins at 7pm on December 18th in the sanctuary, and features members of the North Texas Concert Chorale, guest soloists and a very enthusiastic audience singing Handel’s masterpiece. The event is free, but donations are welcome and will go to Grand Central Station Soup Kitchen.
Christmas Brunch and Children’s Pageant
Christmas Brunch and Children’s Pageant | Sunday, December 14 at 9:30 am in the CCLC
Combine one of the best meals of the day—brunch—with Christmastime and singing children, and you’re sure to leave church with a full stomach and a smile on your face! Our annual Christmas Brunch will be December 14, during the Sunday School hour, from 9:30 to 10:40am, in the CCLC. We’ll provide the ham and rolls. Please bring your favorite brunch dish to share. The Children’s Pageant will begin at 10am.
Advent Recital Series
Advent Recital | Wednesday, December 10 at 12:00 pm in Hopkins Chapel
Come hear the beautiful voices of Jeremy Blackwood and Sylvia Rivers this Wednesday at noon in the chapel. What a great way to renew your spirit this holiday season!
Blue Christmas Service
Blue Christmas Service | Sunday, December 7 | 4:30 pm | sanctuary
Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people in our congregations and communities. Through our Blue Christmas Service, we are creating sacred space for people living through dark times. Tonight our worship time will be reflective, accept people where they really are, and hold out healing and hope. All are welcome.
Holiday Blues, Part 2
Having a Tough Time With The Holidays?
- Staying involved with the holidays can be a symbol of life continuing. Let the holiday routine give you a framework during these tough times.
- Try the holidays in a new way. Grief and loneliness have a unique way of giving us the permission to really evaluate what parts of the holidays we enjoy and what parts we don’t.
- There is no right or wrong way to handle the holidays. You have to decide what is right for you and do it. You have every right to change your mind, even a few times. Friends and family members may not have a clue how to help you through the holidays and you may not either. And that is okay.
- It is very natural to feel you may never enjoy the holidays again. They will certainly never be the same as they were. However, in time, most people are able to find meaning again in the traditions as a new form of the Holiday Spirit grows inside of them.
First Methodist’s annual Christmas Cantata is THIS Sunday, December 7, at 8:30 and 10:50 am!
The Chancel Choir, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, will perform Love Came Down at Christmas: Celebrating God’s Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. This week, both services will be held in the sanctuary.
Advent Recital Series
Our Advent Recital Series begins this Wednesday, December 3, at noon in the sanctuary, featuring the amazingly talented Dr. Stewart Mayers on the organ. What a nice way to renew our focus this holiday season.
The holidays are hard for some of us. But have hope! You can and will get through the holidays. Rather than avoiding the feelings of grief or loneliness, lean into them. It is not the grief or isolation you want to avoid, it is the pain. Feeling is the way out of the pain. Following are some suggested ways to cope shared with us by David Kessler (davidkessler.org).
- Have Plan A and Plan B – Plan A is you go to the Thanksgiving, Christmas Day or Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends. But if it doesn’t feel right, have your plan B ready. Plan B may be to watch a movie or look through a photo album or visit a special place. Many people find that when they have Plan B in place, just knowing it is there is enough.
- Cancel the Holiday All Together – Yes, you can cancel the holiday! If you are going through the motions and feeling nothing, cancel it. Take a year off. The holiday will come around again.