First United Methodist Church of Amite
Advent & Christmas Special Events 2016

December 4: A Taste of Christmas with Family Fun for Missions
(5:00 p.m.)

Put on your festive attire. Bring your favorite, homemade Christmas goodies along with copies of the recipe. While we walk around and enjoy the music and food, Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus will be there for Christmas photos. We will unveil the Angel Tree gift giving for missions. We will paint a congregational paint-by-number mural that will be given to the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home. We will collect sippy cups & donations for Kensey’s Hope, and we will begin a Christmas mission offering for our church members most affected by the flood.

December 11: Youth Progressive Christmas Party (5:00 p.m.)

For the Youth Ministry’s final event of 2016, students will gather at the church first and then travel to Mr. Casey & Mrs. Alison Blades’ home to enjoy Christmas appetizers. From there they will travel back to Ms. Tanya Sparks’ home for the main course, and then on to the Millirons’ home for dessert and games. Students should bring a wrapped inexpensive “white elephant” gift, as well as a healthy appetite!

December 18: Children’s Birthday Party for Jesus (10:30 a.m.)

During the Choir Cantata our children are invited to a birthday party for Jesus. While the congregation goes to the sanctuary for the cantata, the children will go directly to the children’s Sunday School room. At the party children will decorate a birthday cake for Jesus, then get to eat it! There will be a Christmas story and a Christmas art project if time permits. All children pre-K through 6th grade are invited!

December 18: Tapestry of Light Choir Cantata (10:30 a.m.)

Here’s more information about this year’s choir cantata. Joseph M. Martin is a composer from North Carolina. His church cantata, "Tapestry of Light," is a joining of traditional carols, primarily from the British Isles. Here is what he writes about the cantata.

"The Music of Christmas is a treasure for both the ear and the heart. Each winter it covers our lives with a hopeful blanket of sound and reminds us that even in the silence of winter, there is a song. Each tradition offers its own rich vocabulary of holiday carols joining together faith and art into a glorious fabric of melody and truth. From angelic acclamations to delicate lullabies, the message of God's love leaps from the pages of our songbooks and finds a home in the tender places of our hearts. Through the singing and sharing of this work, may the grace that inspired these time-honored tunes surround and inspire you. As you light the candles and raise your voices, may the joy and peace of Christ fill you and shine through you. May the Father of all lights gather us all to His heart and weave us into a wonderful tapestry of Light." - Joseph M. Martin