Disappointment seems to be a common experience these days. Things aren’t the way they used to be, nor the way we want them to be. The best we can do is be creative in adapting to the limitations placed upon us.
In the meantime, Dr. King reminds us not to lose hope, which is infinite. Imagine a spring in the ground that wells up with hope, bubbles of hope always gurgling close to the surface. Hope is everpresent, sometimes unseen, but always eager to open our vision to the rich possibilities of God. May you taste the gift of infinite hope given by God.
O God, things are not exactly as we’d like them to be. We are anxious about what the weeks ahead will hold. Nothing is normal anymore. We grieve all that has been lost or changed.
Help us to live into the mystery of the unknown, trusting that You are at work. Receive our disappointments, and compost them into new life. Quench our aching thirst with droplets of hope to sustain us and lead us forward with courage. In the name of your Hope Child, we pray. Amen.
The worship service link for
Sunday, December 6th will be here:
We hope you will take our brief survey to let us know what’s working and how the church can better meet your needs. Please return the paper copy you received in the Thanksgiving letter or you may complete the survey on our website at www.fumcsantarosa.org/survey.
Please ensure that your survey is returned by Sunday, December 6th
What's going on in the Youth Room?
Join the UMYZoom on Dec 6 to find out!
Contact Su Rood Cox for the Zoom login information A Virtual Art Gallery offered by
FUMC Gallery 1551
This project provides an intimate look at the lives of women who are or who have been homeless. During my year and a half of volunteering at The Living Room, I made friends with the women and children, led art and meditation groups, and sketched stories of the activities.
As women got to know me, they talked about their lives, let me sketch their portraits, and helped me to to tell their stories. When the pandemic hit and the doors were shut on indoor services, I sketched the transition and switched to portraits of women wearing masks as they came for the food and other services at the outdoor location.
By sharing the women’s stories in a unique and relatable way, the portrait stories help to erase judgment and encourage empathy towards a group of individuals who have been dehumanized by society. Each story is unique andbreaks down the illusion of a “typical homeless person”.
Like me, you may find yourself wishing that you could know them more personally, to learn how they found the strength to deal with adversity, including surviving without a home. My own life has been immeasurably enriched with these encounters and the generosity of women willing to share their difficult stories.
This Saturday, December 5th
members of the Outreach and Service Commission and Children's Ministry Commission will be at the Montgomery Patio from 10am-12pm to receive your donations.
FISH Food Pantry groceries
Just for the Principal of It Banks
Socks and Underwear
Giving Tree Gifts
Special Charge Conference
A Special Church Conference will be held Tuesday, December 8 at 12:00 p.m.
via Zoom for the sole purpose of adjusting Pastor Lori’s 2021 compensation package to reflect a change in her health care insurance. All church members have a vote at a Church Conference. If you’d like to participate, click the link below in your computer browser. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89439942575?pwd=a0JVQ1h6Y1RmT0dwdVdrVVpVbEtjQT09 Meeting ID: 894 3994 2575
OR you may call in by dialing 16699009128;
Entering Meeting ID 89439942575# and Passcode: 198958#
Contact the church office if you would like a hardcopy booklet mailed to you.
Advent Study: Making Room by Ed Robb
Learn how to make room in your heart for God and neighbor this Christmas.
One of the things we love most about Christmas is gathering with dear family members and close friends to celebrate Christ’s birth. That’s an important part of the season, but Dr. Ed Robb, author of Making Room, says if we look at the Advent story we’ll quickly learn that the focus of the coming of the newborn king is outward. This four-week study explores the warmth of welcome at Christmas following interactions with the Holy Family, the shepherds, and the magi. The story of Christ’s birth encourages us to widen our borders and increase our sense of community—and make room for others.
Or call 1-669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 83496643958# Passcode: 321434#
Blue Christmas Service Monday, December 21, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Zoom link will follow
Are you feeling a bit “blue” this season? Missing someone special in your life? Overwhelmed by the cumulative losses of this year? We’ll gather to acknowledge that Christmas is a difficult time for many. Readings, prayer, music, and sharing will provide an opportunity to acknowledge the “blues” and invite God’s healing presence.
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We the people of First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa commit ourselves to the mission of growing loving communities of faith centered on Jesus that express themselves through both personal spirituality and social responsibility, reaching up to God and reaching out to all people in God’s love.
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