Fruitland First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
A Small Church With a Big Mission.


"The Word is my Parish." John Wesley
Fruitland United Methodist Church    February to April 2011
Corner of 2nd and Nebraska   Fruitland, Idaho
Pastor: Christa Klosterman
GreenChurch News Editor: Holly Hutchinson
“Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!”
Note: Throughout the month of December, members are invited to bring mittens and gloves for school children. The school nurse also welcomes gifts of socks and underwear, as many children are in need of those items. These may be placed on or under the Christmas tree in the sanctuary.




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. 17. There will be a sign-up sheet for this at the Christmas Luncheon.
The group’s Christmas Luncheon will be held at the Apple Bin on December 10th.
Thanks to the United Methodist Women for the childcare they provide in the church nursery each Sunday during worship. 
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: The new list for 2012 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. Iran Trenkel will be with us again. 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. 
Some items we would like to borrow are clothing accessories that “country people” would wear—old hats, scarves, sweaters in muted tones, aprons, too. 
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 Day is on a Sunday this year! New Year’s 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 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.
On New Year’s Day we are planning a later service, held in Ontario at 11:00.  Families with children are also encouraged to attend on New Year’s Day. 
ADVENT DRAMA:     Our thanks to Jay Whitcomb for the monologues he has created for each Sunday of advent, and to the members he has cajoled into performing them. Here is a very fine example of Christians offering their gifts and talents; and what an effect this has had on the flavor of our advent worship!      
WHAT’S A METHODIST?   Watch for news of a special evening coming up in January.   A program will be presented, followed by discussion of the past, present, and future of the Methodist Church. If you are new to the church, you may have questions you have been too shy to ask.   If you are a longtime attendee . . . you also may have questions you’ve been too shy to ask! We want our members and friends to feel comfortable in their faith, and the best way to do that is by talking about it.