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  • The Wellspring December 2015 Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church

    December Worship Highlights

    Sunday, December 6 8:00 & 11:00 Worship Featuring Instruments of Praise Gathering music begins 10 minutes prior

    Sunday, December 13 8:00 Lessons & Carols 9:30 & 11:00 Worship Believe in Christmas Cantata

    Tuesday, December 22 7pm Blue Christmas Service (in the Chapel) Sponsored by GriefShare

    Sunday, December 20 8:00 & 11:00 Worship Featuring our FVUMC Handbell Choirs

    Sunday, December 27 - Note Change in Times! 8:00 Early Worship & Communion 10:00 Generations Worship with Christmas Hymn Favorites

    3:30pm - Childrens Nativity Worship Music from Kids NPraise, a Spontaneous Christmas Pageant and Holy Communion

    5:30pm - Contemporary Worship Music led by the FVUMC Praise Team, Holy Communion, and Candlelight Free childcare available

    6:30-7:30pm - Sounds of the Season Music at the fountain by Souly Brass

    7:30pm - Traditional Worship Music led by the FVUMC Choirs and Bell Ensemble, Holy Communion, & Candlelight

    11:00pm - Traditional Worship Including Holy Communion & Candlelight

    You and your family are invited to serve this Advent and Christmas season. There are many ways to help and get involved. Visit fvumc.org/serve-at-christmas to volunteer!

    December 24 Christmas Eve

  • Fair Trade Store Impact ReportBecause of your purchases at our Fair Trade Store, young adults in India were rescued from the slums and given a job and an education; men and women in Kenya were provided with literacy programs; and deaf women in Bangladesh were given a job with dignity.

    Thousands of men, women, and children in Fair Trade programs were blessed through your support of the FVUMC Fair Trade Store. A total of $9,000 was purchased and benefited artisans from 76 countries.

    Did you know that all profits FVUMC receives from the store ($900 this fall) are donated to Heifer International? Details about the Fair Trade and Heifer International projects are included below:

    Fair Trade Projects: $240 for a project in Ghana that provides a fair

    wage job, life skill training, and a home for 12 homeless mothers and their children.

    $670 supported 10 women in Uganda, providing them with a fair wage job, access to clean water, monthly health insurance, and school fees for their children.

    $320 benefited a womens cooperative in Guatemala, providing a fair wage job in their village, meaning that they dont have to leave their families and travel a dangerous road to Guatemala City for work.

    $870 directly helped artisans living in Nepal rebuild homes after a devastating earthquake.

    $750 supported women in Colorado who were previously struggling with extreme poverty and homelessness. This amount of money not only pays the women a livable wage, but also covers the expense of 3 months of life skills training, including parenting classes and financial planning.

    $890 aided survivors of sex trafficking in Cambodia. These funds pay the women a living wage, provide them with safe shelter, and cover the expense for one year of counseling.

    $200 supported a project building clean water wells in Haiti

    Heifer International Projects: $150 of our gift allowed Heifer to purchase three bio-gas stoves for their project families. For most families in the places where Heifer International works, cooking is done by gathering firewood, which

    is all too scarce. A bio-gas stove runs off methane gas captured from

    animal waste and burns cleanly, reliably and efficiently. This is not only better for

    the environment, it is more sustainable and healthier for families feeding their children.

    $300 of our gift helps a Rwandan family manage their dairy cattle assets in ways that generate consistently better nutrition at home. Farmers will also be able to secure a livable income through a competitive local dairy enterprise.

    $150 provides farmers with enough water to sustain their crops by installing treadle pumps. It will also give them training in water conservation and irrigation techniques.

    $90 provides three Guatemalan families with honey bees, hives, and boxes to build a thriving honey business.

    $150 buys an alpaca for a family in Nepal and in so doing will provide wool and generate income to put food on the table for their children. Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animal donations through Heifer can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood:

    $60 provides a trio of rabbits for a family in Southern Ghana.

    Thank you FVUMC for supporting Fair Trade and in so doing, transforming the lives of families and children around the world including: Guatemala, Haiti, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Peru, India, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, El Salvador, Nepal, China, Ecuador, Uganda, Cambodia, Kenya, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Mexico, United States, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Bolivia, and Ethiopia.

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  • Holy Conversation: Immigration Saturday, December 12 at 7pmAs a denomination, The United Methodist Church has adopted a series of statements, called the Social Principles, addressing issues in the contemporary world from a biblical and theological foundation. What do the Social Principles say about Immigration?

    We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination. We urge the Church and society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of those who are immigrants and to advocate for justice for all. From the Social Principles: The Social Community

    This principle is based on Leviticus 19:33-34, When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

    The FVUMC Peace with Justice team invites you explore the topic of immigration by attending Decembers Holy Conversation. We will be viewing The Stranger on December 12 at 7:00pm in Room 117. This documentary seeks to mobilize Christians to respond to immigrants and immigrant policies in ways that are consistent with biblical principles. Free childcare will be provided for families who request it no later than December 9 online at fvumc.org/childcare-request. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Gantt at [email protected]

    Blue Christmas ServiceTuesday, December 22 7:00pm in the Chapel

    The Christmas season is filled with joy, laughter, parties and the expectation of children receiving gifts on Christmas morning. For many of us, however, Christmas is not filled with laughter and joy. Rather some of the days of this season are filled with loneliness, painful memories, sadness and grief.

    Our Blue Christmas service is a time to join together in acknowledging the bitter sweetness of the Christmas season. This service gives us the opportunity to share and support one another in the range of feelings that come with Christmas.

    If you find yourself alone through grief, away from family, friends or other losses that cause this season to be more blue than merry, then join us as we share one anothers sadness for a time. It is good to be with those who know how you feel, too.

    Luminary Kits Available 12/13Boy Scout Troop 320 is selling holiday luminary kits to brighten your sidewalks and driveway this Christmas Eve.

    Kits will be for sale the morning of Sunday, December 13 or by contacting the Luminary Coordinator at [email protected]

    Replace Boy Scouts VansFor safety reasons, the Boy Scouts of America has banned any 15-passenger van older than 2005. The Troop needs to replace two vans.

    If you have information about replacements or would like to make a donation, contact Chris Kempin at 919-740-1396 or [email protected] or Tim Brady at 919-345-7019 or [email protected] 3

  • Believe in ChristmasThe angel said, Dont be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you

    wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in Davids city. He is Christ the Lord. Luke 2: 10 - 11

    Believe in Christmas is the name of our message series for the Advent and Christmas season as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the son of God, Jesus the Christ.

    As we take a deep breath from the incredible acts of evil we hear on the news, our hearts and prayers go out to all of those who have suffered from the senseless killings. We also pray for those who are misplaced from their homes and have lost loved ones because they too are victims of these ruthless attacks that lack any form of human decency.

    This is a time for deep prayer and soul searching as it relates to our response as Christians living in todays culture. What is our witness as Christ followers?

    I can think of no better time than for us as followers of Jesus Christ to flock to our churches and invite our unchurched friends during this Advent season. The Church has an answer to the darkness in the world, and His name is Jesus Christ, King of King and Lord of Lords. It is in this season we celebrate not only the birth of the Savior of the world 2,000 years ago but it is a season to remind the world of Jesus Christ return to the earth in final victory. The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church at Corinth who were going through perilous times.

    Death has been swallowed up by a victory. Where is your victory, D