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Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  
We encourage all who can to join us for our In-person Worship Services on Sundays at our 9:00 am Praise and Worship Service or our 11:15 am Traditional Service.  For those who are unable to attend, you may join us for our service by livestream on the church’s Facebook page or immediately following the service via our church website at www.ferncreekumc.org.  



Monday, December 4, 2023

  •    7:00pm – Cross Cultural Team Meeting

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

  •    5:30pm – Open Table (FCUMC)
  •    7:00pm – Scouts

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

  •   12:00pm – Pastor Prayer Time
  •    2:30pm – Heaven and Earth Advent Bible Study*
  •    6:00pm – Youth
  •    6:00pm – Praise and Worship
  •    6:30pm – Global Latin Bible Study
  •    2:30pm – Heaven and Earth Advent Bible Study*
  •    7:30pm – Chancel Choir 

Thursday, December 7, 2023

  •    8:00am – Men’s Discipleship Group
  •   11:00am – United Women in Faith
  •    7:00pm – Cubs Troop 56

Saturday, December 9, 2023

  •    8:00am – Global Latin Prayer Fast    
  •   9:30am – Quilters/Card Makers

Sunday, December 10, 2023

  •    9:00am – Praise and Worship Service
  •  10:15am – Sunday School
  •  11:15am – Traditional Worship Service
  •  12:30pm – Hand Bell Choir Practice
  •    1:30pm – Global Latin Service
  •    5:30pm – Church Council Meeting

We are now live streaming the service during our 9:00 am Worship Service.  You can view the service live at 9:00 am or any time after the service concludes.  You can see this on the church’s FaceBook page or by going to our YouTube page at :https://youtube.com/channel/UCP9eMqb1die7hhk5NwzxTvQ

The Nursery is available during both worship services and the Sunday School time.

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” Isaiah 12:2-6

Up-coming Dates to Remember:

  • December 5 – Open Table
  • December 6 – Advent Bible Studies
  • December 6 – St. Nicholas Day
  • December 7 – UWF Mtg
  • December 9 – Global Latin Prayer Fast
  • December 10 – Church Council Mtg
  • December 21 – Winter begins
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve
  • December 25 – Christmas Day
  • December 31 – New Year’s Eve 

Hello Church!  See the below link to a recent article written by Alan Wild,  our Conference Communications team.  The conference wanted to do a story on our new cross-cultural ministry.  I am really thankful for and proud of our Cross-Cultural ministry team and team leader, Cheryl Stout, for continuing to work so diligently to navigate the details of making this a reality.  Please continue to pray that God will bless us with growth and funding to reach people in our communities for Christ.  I hope you enjoy the article.


This Tuesday at Open Table our main dish will be mini meat loaves… we will need you to bring sides to go with the meatloaf and some desserts.  Please call John Hrenko and let him know what you will be bringing. John Hrenko: 502-240-7551 Appreciate your support in the Open Table Ministry!


All ladies are invited to our United Women in Faith meeting on December 7 at 11:00am at church. Please bring your cash donation for the baby pantry at Red Bird Mission in Beverly, KY. You may bring a greeting card for someone who needs good cheer for all of us to sign. Be sure to stamp and address the envelope. We may bring Christmas cookies to share. We will eat our brown bag lunch after the business meeting. We will not meet in January. May your Advent be filled with restoring love and peace.


The Inspiration Class places the Big Red Stocking in the Narthex during December for donations of new underwear for children at the Home of the Innocents.  Undershirts, underpants and socks are needed in sizes toddlers to teens.  As you do your Christmas shopping, please remember the Home of the Innocents children.

Hello Church Family,
  • Last Sunday Pastor John introduced a prayer ministry called “Secret Prayer Partners”.  If you would like to participate, begin by filling out a note with you name on it and place it in the basket (on the table in the Narthex).  Next, draw a name from the basket of names.  Pray for that person during the 40 days of Advent.  Then, after Christmas Eve, send them a greeting card letting them know that you have been their Secret Prayer Partner.  You will also get a card from your Secret Prayer Partner.
  • The day we will place our pledge, or estimate of giving cards in the offering plates and pray over them will be December 24th, at the morning worship service.  The date was announced in the communication we mailed to you, but some have asked about it so we thought it good to post a reminder.


The youth will be operating their annual Christmas Card “Exchange” until December 24 for the exchange of cards within the current FCUMC congregation.  If you’d like, you may give a love offering to the youth group.  The exchange is for those who regularly attend services at FCUMC—please, please, do not place  cards in the “Exchange” for those who live out of town/state and/or are not likely to be in attendance. Cards not picked up will not be mailed—they will be recycled. To prevent congestion, just leave your cards for exchange on the way in to worship and  pick your cards up on your way out.


Fern Creek Baptist Church is starting Celebrate Recovery.  Anyone interested in benefiting from this program is invited to attend on Thursday Nights.  So if you or someone you know may want to attend, please call Fern Creek Baptist for more information. 502-425-1888


We are needing Meals On Wheels drivers.  Do you have a couple of extra hours on Thursdays?

We could use the extra help delivering meals boxes to our local seniors. Please call Lynn at 502-762-9608 about volunteering.

Hello Church Family,

I have some information that I want to pass along to you regarding the upcoming Advent season.  First, a reminder that our Advent Bible study, Heaven and Earth”, began on Wednesday, Nov. 29.  You can choose to attend the afternoon session at 2:30 or the evening session at 6:30.  The book is recommended but not necessary.

Do you like to use a daily devotional during the time you set aside to spend in contemplation and prayer?  If so I have a daily Advent devotional that I can share with you.  It is called The Gift of the Present and is published by the Society of St. Andrew.  The electronic file is in .pdf format and usable on your computer and/or mobile device.  Just let me know and I’ll send it to you – free of course.


  • We need ushers for the offerings during worship.  If you can help a Sunday a month or so please let us know.  Everyone is welcome to serve.
  • We need volunteers to read and share an Advent devotional and light the candle for worship during December.  Please see Rose if you and/or your family would like to participate.  

Finally, something new.  Would you like to have and be a secret prayer partner with someone during Advent?  Put your name in a basket, draw someone’s name, pray for them during Advent (shhh, don’t tell them you have their name), after Christmas send them and receive a greeting card letting them know that you have been their secret prayer partner.  Sound like fun?  Begins Sunday, Dec. 3.


Pastor John

Watch the Sunday Services and View the Weekly Bulletin 

In the event you cannot attend Sunday services, remember you can watch our Sunday Worship Services online! Go to fcumc@ferncreekumc.org and click on the service you would like to view.  Something new–now you can watch the weekly email Broadcast and print/view the Sunday bulletin to see as you watch the service.

We are in need of a Nursery Lead. Hours are 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Sunday’s.  Additional hours may be available with our new Global Latin Ministries, special studies and services. This position requires a Love for Children, a background check, Safe Sanctuary and CPR certification (provided by the Church). This is a Paid Part-Time Position!        WE NEED YOU!  

Send resume to fcumc@ferncreekumc.org   Attn: SPR Team Leader

Questions? Call the office for a call back from the SPR Team Leader.


You may pick up your order form for your Poinsettia in the Welcome Center.  They are $12.25 each and you may choose red or white.  Please complete the form, front and back, and return to the Church Office or place in the offering plate by Sunday, December 3, 2023.  Payment should be made with the order.  Orders will be placed Tuesday, December 5.


In an effort to keep our Daily Broadcast more current, the following changes will take place. We will begin a 3-week rotation of Prayer Concerns. As a concern becomes 3 weeks old it will drop off our list. You may call the office and place the concern for another 3-week cycle. Dated events will drop off the day after the event, i.e. surgeries, doctor appointments, tests. We will drop and add other items to help shorten your Daily Broadcast as needed. 


We are needing volunteers for the Advent readings each Sunday after that in December.

Please call the office if you would like to be a reader and Kathy will pass your name along to Pastor John. Thank you for your consideration. 

If you request special prayer, PLEASE contact the Church Office (502-239-8405 or email FCUMC@ferncreekumc.org) to update or to remove someone from the list. Thank you.


The United Methodist Men (UMM) have been asked to form an “Emergency Response Team.”  The vision is for people who have a need to contact the team.  A team leader will then look over a list of people and resources and try to help anyone in need.  If you are someone who is willing to serve on this team, please contact Mike Brown.  We are looking for: people who have branch loppers, willingness to help, chainsaws, generators, etc.

Please pray about your willingness to help in this ministry. 


Stephen Ministry will meet the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm


The December Birthdays list is in the bin in the Narthex.


Follow Street Reach on Twitter!! @street-reach

Almost every day of the week there are Street Reach team members in the streets of Louisville supplying much needed items such as water, clothing, food and tents to our Homeless Community. 

You can help by supplying water, batteries (all sizes), sternos, tents, gloves, $5 McDonald gift cards, socks, blankets, sleeping bags, hoodies, jeans. Drop items off in Darryl’s office or join the team in this vital outreach mission on Thursdays at 6 pm when the entire team heads out on the FCUMC bus.  

Contact Rev. Darryl Glass about these outreach opportunities for the Homeless.


Please drop off ANY Street Reach donations outside the double doors by the entrance driveway (across from the church kitchen in Fellowship Hall) AND, it’s very important you call the church office & let us know you are doing so! Otherwise your donations may “walk away”!  Thank you.  

Donate Now to some of Our Ministry Opportunities:

You may bring non-perishable food/snack items to stock the Baptist Health Palliative Care Pantry where families of palliative care patients may get something to eat while caring for loved ones, and Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries always needs non-perishable food items for the area ministry which assists our local community.  Donations to these groups may be placed in the black boxes under the coat rack in the Narthex.  You may recycle your aluminum cans and help the FC Women’s Club provide scholarships for FC High School students; place them in the small designated bin beside the garage.  Bring in shoes rubber-banded together and place them in the box outside room 113; WaterStep Shoes for Water sells the shoes and the funds are used to purchase well-drilling rigs, water filtration systems and supplies to bring clean water to those in need.

We are now live streaming the service during our 9:00am Worship Service.  You can view the service live at 9:00am or any time after the service concludes.  You can see this on the church’s FaceBook page or by going to our YouTube page at :https://youtube.com/channel/UCP9eMqb1die7hhk5NwzxTvQ

When you are mailing in your giving to the church, please use ONLY the P. O. Box 91316 LOUISVILLE,KY 40291,  DO NOT PUT THE CHURCH PHYSICAL ADDRESS ON YOUR ENVELOPE! If you do, it will come back to you!

Reminder: you may continue to give online. In lieu of not having the opportunity to give through your tithes and offerings during the offering time at Church, you may mail them to the church office, use your mobile app, or give on-line.  Thank you for your faithfulness!

  • mail it to Fern Creek UMC, P. O. Box 91316, Louisville,  KY 40291
  • utilize the pushpay app; text “FCUMC” to 77977
  • online:www.ferncreekumc.org

 “The Helping Fund.”  

We would like you to prayerfully consider making a donation to “The Helping Fund.”You can make a check out to “Fern Creek UMC” and memo it “The Helping Fund.”  Thank you for your extreme generosity

The Finance Team has drawn up policies concerning “The Helping Fund.” 



  FCUMC APP–Get the Church app for all of your devices.

You can open the Google Play app or Apple App Store app on your device and simply search for “Fern Creek UMC” to find our app.

Church Ministry–Get Plugged In!

God has created each of us to serve Him. When we serve, we not only find joy in serving Christ, we also grow closer to Him and we make a difference in the lives of others. Please also be in prayer for God to guide you to where your talents can best be shared.


Just a reminder that you have available to you a way to give online to FCUMC. You may set up recurring or one time gifts to the church using your debit card, credit card or bank account.

  • You just need to text “FCUMC” to 77977.
  • Online: ferncreekumc.org
  • Envelope: Cash or check

Thank you for your diligence in giving to your church.

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