Fruitland First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
A Small Church With a Big Mission.


"The World is my Parish." John Wesley
Fruitland United Methodist Church   
Corner of 2nd and Nebraska   Fruitland, Idaho
Pastor: Jim Hardenbrook
GreenChurch News Editor: Holly Hutchinson
“Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!” 



UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: The U.M.W. organized a Thanksgiving food basket for a needy family in November and will also be providing a family Christmas.   If you haven’t had the opportunity to contribute, please talk with Merle Schmelzel. 
At their November meeting, the women discussed ways to make their organization more accessible to members of various ages. It was decided to hold the meetings at the church, instead of private homes, and to provide child care for each U.M.W. meeting, starting in January. All women are invited to attend, whether longtime members or new to the congregation.
The U.M.W. also voted to provide lunch and offer assistance with the Childrens Christmas Festival on Dec. 16. There will be a sign-up sheet for this at the Christmas Luncheon.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: The new list for 2018 will be enclosed with this newsletter. Please post your copy so that you will be reminded of your turn.
CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: We had such a good time with this last year! It was a fun project—working together, and inviting new people into our church. Holly, Leslie, and Ramona have been busily planning this year’s day camp with a country theme. The play script is adapted from a children’s book “Christmas in the Stable” by Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren.   
Members of the congregation are invited to come and help with crafts, lunch, costuming and general crowd control. 
Be sure to invite grandchildren, children of friends, and kids from the neighborhood. If you know someone is coming, please call Holly or Ramona by the 15th, so we can get a headcount. The children will present a nativity pageant on Sunday morning.   
CHRISTMAS WORSHIP EVENTS: Here’s a heads-up: Christmas Eve Day is on a Sunday this year! New Year’s Eve Day is too!   The worship committee spent a great deal of time considering how to provide holiday worship services that are both meaningful and convenient, so that most people can attend.   Fruitland United Methodist will host its usual candlelight service on Christmas Eve (6:00) with scripture and beautiful music. The morning worship on Christmas Day will be a joyful service featuring Christmas carols sung by the congregation and a shortened sermon. Families are encouraged to bring children to this service. There will be no Sunday School on Christmas Day.