December 8th News

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Clara Pradeau as Amahl

Amahl and the Night Visitors!
First United Methodist Church of Boulder presents a family performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors. A perennial holiday favorite of audiences everywhere, Gian Carlo Menotti’s short opera tells a tale of the three Magi taking respite from their travels in the hut of a poor widow and her crippled son. More secular than sacred, it is a universal story of self-sacrifice, compassion, generosity and the miracles that can occur when one boy takes a leap of faith. Amahl and the Night Visitors has been the most frequently produced American opera in the world since its premiere on television (NBC) in 1951 on Christmas Eve. Stunning music, beautiful costumes, singing, dancing, and an inspiring story make Amahlan opera that will brighten your holiday season. Sung in English by a cast of 35, this one-act opera is offered free as a gift to Boulder families to brighten the season. Canned goods for Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) are welcome at the door.

Showtimes are Saturday, December 10th at 2 pm and Sunday, December 11th at 10:30 am.

Boulder Chorale Holiday Concerts This Week at FUMC
The Boulder Chorale and the Boulder Children’s Chorale will present their annual holiday concerts featuring Benjamin Britten’s classic A Ceremony of Carols and a carol sing-along at FUMC on Saturday, December 10th, at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, December 11th, at 4:00 pm. Some complimentary tickets are still available for both concerts for FUMC members and friends ; please sign up at coffee hour today if you are interested. For more information on the concerts, visit

Adult Forum
Advent Study continues through December 18, led by our pastors, Pat Bruns and Joe Agne. We will be using the study, Child of Light, written by Beth A. Richardson, the editor of Alive Now and friend of FUMC. We meet at 9am in the Parlor. All are welcome!

Sacred Bites
Join us for Sacred Bites on Tuesday, December 8th, at the Lazy Dog Saloon (on the Pearl Street Mall at 14th and Pearl). Gather around 11:30 am for catching up and ordering lunch; discussion of the week’s scripture passage, Luke 1: 26-38, begins at noon. Please join us!

Family Life Ministries News
Gift collection for Attention Homes: Please stop by the Christmas tree located by the glass entrance/exit to the church and select a paper “ornament” made by the children of our congregation. The ornament will have a description on it for the item(s) you can shop for to help less fortunate youth who are finding support at Attention Homes. Many of these young folks are homeless or have run away from home and may not have any other Christmas than what we can contribute to. Your gifts will be in the true spirit of Christmas and it will be the easiest shopping you do–gifts should not be wrapped! Please put your generous donations under the tree by Sunday, December 18th. They will then be delivered to Attention Homes in time to brighten Christmas for these at-risk youth in our community.

Help FUMC Youth fill the Rockin’ Sock Box for the Heartfelt Café! We are looking for new wool socks. You may drop them off from December 4th – December 18th in the Rockin’ Sock Box next to the Christmas tree by the front glass doors. We want as many pairs as possible to distribute on December 18th when the Heartfelt Cafe will be serving lunch to people who will appreciate not only having warm food in their bellies when they leave our church, but warm feet as well!

Help BCAP Make the Holidays Special
Many of Boulder County AIDS Project’s clients live at or below the federal poverty line and rely on our food pantry to supplement their basic nutrition. Each holiday season BCAP endeavors to offer additional food items around Thanksgiving and the December holidays so that these clients may have a special holiday meal with their families. Please consider helping us provide a special holiday meal to those in our community living with HIV/AIDS. Just $24.50 buys a complete holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.
Want to help? Here’s how:
1. Bring any or all of the above items to BCAP weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (before December 14th for the December holidays.)
2. Or send a monetary donation to BCAP:
ATTN: Holiday Meal Fund, 2118 14th St., Boulder, CO 80302
To make a donation by credit card or for more information contact Eric Berkemeyer at 303.444.6121.

United Methodist Women (UMW) News
Friday, December 9th at 9:30 am Quilters will meet at Barb Frey’s to have a tour of her studio and will come back to church for quilting. Wednesday, December 21st at 9:30 am in the Church Parlor, Ruth Circle will meet. This month UMW is collecting items for Attention Homes Welcome Baskets, please see the list on the UMW bulletin board, you can bring items to your group meetings or the Tea or the Holiday Bake Sale.

Coming Attractions! December 11th, world famous UMW Holiday Bake Sale. Calling all bakers for cookies, pies, cakes, breads and any other goodies. Proceeds go to support mission around the world and locally. Also, December 14th at 1:00 pm, is our Christmas Tea. Come celebrate Peace with Mother Earth, join in a carol sing and share fellowship.
UMW is faith, hope and love in action!

Christmas Hospitality
Between the Christmas Eve services, there will be a refreshment/conversation center in the Church Parlor. We are inviting members to bring 2 dozen cookies either that day or on Sunday, December 18th for the refreshments. This will be a time to greet old friends andmeet new people.

On Christmas Day, all are invited to a simple meal in the parlor following the 10:30 am worship service. Stay and join us for food, fellowship, and sharing Christmas cheer. If you plan to come, please indicate that on today’s Connection Card. If you’re interested in helping with the meal, please contact Julie Powers at 303.442.5679.

Grocery Shopping Cards
Purchase your King Soopers and Safeway grocery cards on sale each Sunday following worship. Join this easy fundraising project-$5 for each $100 purchase benefits the designated project. In addition to $100 and $50 cards, we have some $25 cards available for your holiday giving. This month, funds support our Pastors Discretionary Fund. Stop at the table in the Parlor to purchase grocery cards or to learn more about the grocery card program.

A Sacred Celebration – Sunday, January 1, 2012
FUMC – Boulder, on the Labyrinth at 1:30-3:30 pm

A Time of Letting Go, Letting Be and Entering the Mystery

As we enter the New Year and the mystery that it beholds we will let go of the previous year, we will memorialize significant events, experiences and people that shaped 2011 and we will prepare ourselves for the unfolding newness of 2012.

You may choose to prepare by reading Theme 11 of Original Blessing (Matthew Fox) as that will be the context of our discussion.

Facilitated by Susan Coppage Evans, D.Min. and participants from the Via Positiva retreat that FUMC co-hosted in October. For more information e-mail Susan.

New Men’s Choir
On Wednesday evening, January 18, we will begin rehearsals for a Men’s Choir under the direction of FUMC’s organist, Gerald Holbrook. Rehearsals will be from 6:00-6:50 pm each Wednesday evening right here at FUMC. The choir will sing everything from early music to barbershop. All men are invited, and no audition is necessary; just come with a love of singing!

Matthew Fox Retreat Series Continues
FUMC is happy to be a co-sponsor of the Creation Spirituality (CS) retreat series facilitated by Matthew Fox and Susan Coppage Evans. CS is a tradition and a movement that combines the wisdom of religious traditions, science and creativity to offer paths into transformation, sustainability and justice making. It is highly experiential spiritual practice which includes art, dance, music, contemplation, study and community building. The next retreat is January 20-22 at FUMC and focuses on the way of mystery, letting go and letting be (with wisdom from 13th century mystic Meister Eckhart). It is a hope that this retreat will offer individuals increased comfort with times of unknowing and be of special support to those suffering or in caretaking positions. For more information go to