Taize – A Service of Worship, Music and Prayer
Wednesday evenings November 28, December 5, 12, 19
Aldrich Chapel of FUMC at 5:30 AM-6:00 PM 

The Taize style of Worship creates an atmosphere for prayer and contemplation as it blends music, scripture, song, and silence in harmony with God’s presence and grace. Gathered in the presence of Christ, the community sings rhythmic, uncomplicated songs allowing the presence of God to become tangible, real and life-affirming. Join us Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:00 PM in the Aldrich Chapel of FUMC.

Advent Day Retreat
Saturday, December 1
Wesley Foundation Chapel at LSU
333 E. Chimes Street

Advent is a time of waiting and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ. Perhaps you would like to say “yes” to a day away from the hustle and bustle of the season as you take time to relax, read, pray and connect with others. Join us December 1 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Bring your lunch. Facilitated by Lisa Frost, Margaret Johnson and Cindy Mann.

A Feast of Carols
Sunday, December 9
Sanctuary at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM

The FUMC Chancel Choir and Festival Orchestra will lead worship. The theme of the service will be A Feast of Carols and will feature seasonal favorites: O Come, All Ye Faithful, The Holly and the Ivy, Carol of the Bells, Lo, How a Rose, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. 

Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage
Sunday, December 9

Join us in this great downtown tradition as we journey from church to church and hear a wonderful assortment of music celebrating the season.

5:30 PM – Mt. Zion First Baptist
6:00 PM – First United Methodist
6:30 PM – First Presbyterian
7:00 PM – St. Joseph Cathedral
7:30 PM – St. James Episcopal
8:00 PM – Fist Baptist

The Longest Night
Thursday, December 20
Sanctuary at 7:00 PM

On one special night in December, we celebrate the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. We host a service of healing, hope, and encouragement at this time as a reminder that even on the darkest day, Christ comes to offer light into our world. This service speaks particularly to persons who have had a difficult year and to all of us who have spoken concerns and needs.

Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24

Our 11:00 AM Family-oriented Sanctuary Service will feature a retelling of the Nativity as seen from the eyes of animals at the Nativity. The service will end with the lighting of candles and singing Silent Night. Festival Brass will provide prelude music beginning fifteen minutes prior to the service.

The 3:00 PM America Street Service is our contemporary worship experience and will be held in the Conference Center. This service will feature a Christmas meditation, the band will lead us in worship, and Holy Communion will be served. The service will end with the lighting of candles during the singing of Silent Night.

Our 5:oo and 7:00 PM  Sanctuary Services include a Christmas meditation and Holy Communion. The service will end with the lighting of candles and singing Silent Night. Festival Brass will provide prelude music beginning fifteen minutes prior to the service.