Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata
The staff of Foothills United Methodist Church invites the public to join us on Sunday, December 17, 2017 for our Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata during our 10:30 a.m. service. The Cantata is entitled "Darkness Into Light" and is Composed by Mary McDonald. Our narrarators will be Ernie Clapper and Beth Brower with solo's by Lori Farnham, Linda Cramer and Ed Goodemote; the Cantata will be directed by our Choir Director, Vivienne Cirillo. Please note that there will be no 9:00 a.m. Praise Worship Service that day and we invite you to join us for Coffee Fellowship at the conclusion of the service.
3rd Week of Advent
The staff of Foothills United Methodist Church invites the public to join us on Sunday, December 17 as we celebrate the 3rd week of Advent during our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service, which includes Children's time. Sunday school starts at approximately 10:45 a.m. This week, during Children's time, our Children's choir will be singing "Behold That Star". Please note that there will be no 9:00 a.m. Praise Worship Service as our Chancel Choir will be presenting their Cantata entitled, "Darkness Into Light", composed by Mary McDonald and directed by our choir director, Vivienne Cirillo. The Scripture Readings this week are taken from Isaiah 61:1-7 To view this Scripture Reading, please click here and Luke 2: 8-15 To view this Scripture Reading, please click here. Please join us after the 10:30 a.m. service for Coffee Fellowship and meet Pastor Kim and his wife, Insouk. Come and see what Foothills UMC has to offer to you and your family! Foothills UMC is family friendly and handicap accessible. We welcome all and should you have any questions, please contact the church office at 518-725-9611.
Merry Christmas from Pastor Kim
Season's Greeting from Pastor Kim,
Paul received a new automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve, when Paul came out of his office, a boy was walking around the shiny new car admiring it. "Is this your car, Mister?" he asked. Paul nodded, "My brother gave it to me for Christmas. The boy was astounded. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you nothing? Boy, I wish..." He hesitated, and Paul knew what that boy was going to wish. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels. "I wish," the boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that."
In fact, the boy is broke. He has nothing in his hand to buy a car with for his brother. Yet, his spirit is pretty matched to the original meaning of Christmas - his spirit of being a Giver rather than a Receiver! His spirit brightens our gloomy heart. Even if there is nothing in our hand to give to others, we still have something precious in our heart. Let us take it out of our life and give others as a Christmas gift this year. When compared to the ray of the sun or the glare of the electric bulb, the light of a candle seems to be almost nothing. But the sun goes down, the night comes, and the tensions of the passing day sometimes call for candlelight. Candlelight gives a steady flame which softens the harsh glare into shadows.
This year when we light the Advent Candles one by one every week, we are reminded that there are still candle people in this dark society. In the sunshine of the easy summer days we pass them by unnoticed. But the long winter comes to all with its dreary twilight; or the sudden storm pounds with its frightening fury. We huddle in the cold, lonely and lost, but just when the darkness becomes intolerable, a candle person can remind us of God's gift of light, Jesus Christ, and renew his promise that dawn will again break the eastern sky.
Particularly, I’m proud of many of our church people who are always endeavoring to be a candlelight in our community as well as in the church. Without these candle people whose light reflects God's Christmas message of love and joy, we sometimes find ourselves in times when only blackness seems to prevail. Thanks be to God who gave me an opportunity to work with such candlelight people in our Foothills United Methodist Church. They have the word of the prophets made more certain. And you and I will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
This year Foothills United Methodist Church will celebrate the birth of Christ with special festive events as follows:
1. Sunday, December 17, 10:30 AM
A Christmas Cantata - “Darkness into Light” presented by our Chancel Choir.
2. Sunday, December 24, 7:00 PM
A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Congregation Carol Singing, Scripture Readings of the First Christmas along with various music presentations.
Invite your family and friends to such joyful Christmas events. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Rev. Dr. Moon Ho Kim, Pastor of Foothills UMC