Ministry Updates – Late December 2023

Upcoming Worship

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 7:30pm

There is a place for you on Christmas Eve at Morristown United Methodist Church! We’ll have candles, the music you look forward to at Christmas with choir, organ and brass quintet Parallel Brass, along with tidings of good news and great joy! All we need is you to complete our celebration. Gather with us at 7:30pm on Christmas Eve, in-person or via our livestream on our website.

Christmas Eve Morning Worship – 10:30am

Lose yourself in a nativity tableau as we hear the story of Christ’s birth through scripture and song in this participatory service. Sing the sweet Christmas hymns that have a lullaby quality to them as we welcome Jesus into the world and our hearts.

Lessons and Carols of Epiphany
Sunday, December 31, 10:30am

Ring in the New Year with Gospel lessons of the infancy narrative, and famous Christmas poems from Dr. Maya Angelou and Rev. Howard Thurman. Join your voice and sing those beautiful carols that take us through the Magi’s arrival, and learn from them how to be amazed!

Dinner Church

Dinner Church is a casual, mid-week worship experience centered around sharing a meal together. We sing, pray, and eat together! We gather on Wednesdays at 6pm; the next Dinner Church is Wednesday, January 10.

After Dinner Church, we have a Confirmation class that meets at 7pm in the Youth Lounge and a Mid-week Adult Conversation Group that meets in the Wesley Room. Curious about our mid-week offerings? Pastor Luana would love to share more information with you. Send her an email at

Spiritual Formation For Children
Resumes January 7

Children age 3-10 are invited to join our Sunday School team for  Sunday School each Sunday morning. Gather in the Sanctuary at the beginning of worship then head to the Prayground for activities designed to help children learn the stories of our faith in a positive and affirming way.

Sawdust Gang

Sawdust Gang, the community outreach and service team of Morristown UMC, seeks to use our hands to serve God’s mission in the world. In 2024, members of this team will support Appalachia Service Project, Habitat for Humanity, UMCOR and projects around the church and for church members. No skills necessary – we will provide training! Kristi Midboe Miller is our coordinator for this team – to get notifications about team meetings, send her an email at

Spiritual Formation For Adults

Have you ever wondered what the Holy Land might have looked like through Jesus’s eyes? Join New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado as he takes you on an unforgettable journey following Jesus through his life on earth, giving you a chance to see the Holy Land and God’s heart for humanity in a brand-new light.

In the Footsteps of the Savior begins Sunday January 7. Jack Scharf and David Mitchell will facilitate Sunday mornings at 9am in the Wesley Room.

Appalachia Service Project

For over 30 years, a team from MUMC has traveled to Appalachia to help make homes warmer, safer, and drier for Appalachian families. The 2024 trip will be June 29 – July 6, 2024. Everyone with an interest in serving with ASP – Youth, Parents & Adults) is invited to reach out to Kyler Coutts at Kyler Coutts for more information.

Rummage Sale Dates

The Annual Rummage Sale to support the ASP team will be held May 4, 8 and 11, 2024. Donations will start being accepted on March 1, 2024.

Chili & Cornbread Cookoff

January 21, 2024 at 12pm

Sponsored by Morristown UMC Sawdust Gang supporting ASP, UMCOR and Habitat for Humanity

Do you have a recipe that shines above the rest? Sign up to try and be the crowd favorite. Entries can be chili, cornbread, or both.

Sign up after church on January 7th or 14th. Signups open until January 16th – Questions, please contact Kyler Coutts or 973-216-5994.

Office Closed

The church office will be closed from December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024 as the staff takes a long winter’s nap. Or celebrates most of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Probably a combination of both.

We’ll be back in the office at 9am on January 2, 2024.

Pastor Luana can be reached on her cell phone at 570-832-0542 for emergencies.

Interfaith Food Pantry Support

Tonight we are collecting non-perishable items for Interfaith Food Pantry, as part of our Reverse Advent Calendar challenge. In the last year, we donated 3,169 lbs. of food! We’ve set another goal of 3,000 lbs for 2024. Our next big collection challenge will be Souper Bowl of Caring in February.

First Night

Morristown UMC is a venue for First Night Morris County!

Frank Vignola Trio 7pm & 8pm

Rio Clemente, the Bishop of Jazz and His Abbotts 10pm & 11pm

Tickets and more information at

Caregivers Support Group

January 8

January 22

7:00pm – Wesley Room

Are you (or have you recently been) in a caregiving role? Are you supporting a parent, partner, child, or friend through an illness or medical uncertainty and looking for a time to talk with others who share in the challenges of caregiving?

Please join us to share experiences, resources, and challenges in an atmosphere of compassion.

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