November 29

Join us for our Advent Festival at University Station on Sunday, November 29 at 4:30pm. We will have a family-friendly Christmas sing along, Christmas minute-to-win-it games, and advent wreath making. We will watch The Star on the big screen — a Christmas favorite your family is sure to enjoy! Be sure to bring your tailgate chairs or blankets to sit on. In addition to the event, we will be giving out an Advent box. This box will have Advent devotions and activities for families to do together each week of advent.  These will be available outside of Epworth beginning Monday, November 30 for families who are unable to attend the Advent Festival. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Stearns at michelles@aumc.net.

December 1

We will be having an Online Christmas Carol Sing on Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30pm on the Music Ministry Facebook page! What better way to get in the Christmas Spirit than singing Christmas carols?! Folks from our Music Ministry will be singing your favorite carols via Facebook Live beginning at 6:30pm. The best part is that YOU get to make the song requests! Be on the lookout for a post on Facebook where you can drop your favorite Christmas carols and hymns. We can’t wait for you to join us!

December 6

!! New !!

Introducing a new, in-person, contemporary worship service at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall! Please be sure to visit www.aumc.net/reservations/ in order to plan your visit! This service begins Sunday, December 6 and will continue on through December 20. After that, we will pick back up sometime in early January. Exact date is TBD!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, with Organist-Pianist Chris Nemec  ||  Sunday, December 6 at 6:30pm

This fabulous concert will include Advent selections (J.S. Bach’s Wachet auf, featuring trumpeter Pam Schroeder; and an ethereal setting of “O Come, O Come Emmanual), several Christmas standards for the organ (George Wright’s “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”; Max Drischner’s noel “O Run, Ye Shepherds”; a playful setting of “Caroling, Caroling” by Ovid Young; and two medleys of Christmas Carols, “Christmas Fantasy” by Diane Bish, and Richard Purvis’ “Carol Rhapsody”. Additionally, several piano selections will incorporate a holiday pops feel – “Rudolph”, “White Christmas”, “Let it Snow!” and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” — as you can see, Chris will play something for everybody! This concert will be broadcasted live both on Facebook and on Vimeo. The archived service will be embedded here after Dec. 6.

**Limited registration to see this concert in person will be available beginning November 29. Please check back here for the reservation form!**

Chris Nemec, SPC, CAGO,

Chris Nemec is the Organist-Music Associate at Auburn United Methodist Church, a position he has held since January 2020. Previously, Nemec was the Organist-Minister of Music at Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis, TN, where he served for nearly 37 years. In addition to conducting the Chancel Choir, he developed and conducted three children’s choirs. The middle/high school choir, Laudate!, sang at The Riverside Church in New York; Washington D.C.’s National City Christian Church; Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel; Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in St. Louis; and Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, among others. Chris has been an intern with the American Boychoir and James Litton, where he assisted in preparing Bach’s “Mass in b” with the New York Philharmonic. In January 2011, Chris sang the Berlioz’ Requiem with maestro Robert Spano as part of the 20th anniversary Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, marking Chris’ eighth performance at Carnegie Hall. In January 2012 was selected by Chorus America to be a Conducting Fellow in New York City, and was selected in 2007 by Choristers Guild as one of five exceptional children’s choir leaders.

December 13

Join us for an online concert, Music from Quarantine, by Heather Sorenson! Heather, the multi-talented musician, has written all songs and music during the Covid-19 Pandemic, and is sharing her talents with us virtually through this concert. You will be able to watch this concert on Sunday, December 13 at 6:30pm via the Auburn UMC Facebook Page or the Music Ministry Facebook page!

Heather Sorenson

Heather Sorenson is an internationally known composer, arranger, and songwriter from Dallas, TX, whose works are performed in churches, universities, and concerts worldwide. She is contracted by the Hal Leonard Corporation, the largest print music publisher in the world, and has hundreds of compositions in print through various publishing houses. Initially recognized for her skill as a pianist, she is now widely known for her choral, piano, and orchestral works. Heather has performed multiple times at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Constitution Hall, and her works are performed regularly at competitions, concerts, recitals, and churches worldwide.

Diversity is the characteristic that makes Heather somewhat of an anomaly in the industry: she easily maneuvers both the traditional and contemporary genres of Christian music, often combining the two for a unique blend that has become her artistic fingerprint.

Years of experience as a church music administrator and music educator have proven to be invaluable experience, and teaching has become a large part of Heather’s ministry. She taught all elementary levels of music at Grace Academy of Dallas for 4 years, served as an adjunct music professor at Baylor University, and has served on many master class panels in piano and songwriting. Heather regularly is a guest speaker and conductor at churches across America, and leads scores of sessions each year at various worship conferences, schools, and universities.

Currently, Heather spends her time juggling a full writing load as well as traveling as a guest artist and lecturer. In her spare time, she loves catching up with friends over coffee, reading, and trying new-to-her restaurants. A list of “favorites” would include the perfect bowl of mashed potatoes, a great pair of heels, visiting beautiful churches, and exploring historic cities. She also collects stained glass windows and old newspapers with major headlines. Heather makes her home in the Dallas, TX area with her beloved (and very vocal) beagle, Lucy.

December 20

Nine Lessons and Carols, also known as the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, is a service of Christian worship traditionally celebrated on or near Christmas Eve. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings or lessons from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir anthems.   The service was inaugurated in December, 1880 and has become an annual tradition at Auburn UMC for many years. We invite you to join us online on Sunday, December 20 at 9:30am to watch with us on Facebook or Vimeo!

Christmas is a time of loneliness, sorrow, alienation and sadness for many, especially in a year like this where grief is harder than usual. If your heart is hurting because of grief, illness, broken relationships, loss of a job or another reason you are feeling more darkness than light this season, this service is for you. Come to our Longest Night Service on Sunday, December 20 at 5:00pm for meaningful worship that acknowledges the hurt and hollowness you feel, and also allows you to experience the comfort and compassion of our loving God in the midst of it all.

Join us on Sunday, December 20 at 6:30pm for our annual Christmas Festival concert.  2020 marks the 20th anniversary of this highly acclaimed presentation.  This year, in spite of the pandemic, the Music Ministry will provide moving and uplifting music to share the sweet, sweet spirit of Christmas in a new way — online!  The production will feature our 6 For Him, the Jubilate Singers, and our Chancel Choir split into smaller groups accompanied by Chris Nemec on organ and piano, strings, and harp.  You’ll hear all your holiday favorites including inspiring carols, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” “Mary Did You Know,” and many of your favorite Pops tunes to bring a spirit of hope, joy and cheer to your Christmas season.  The premiere of this virtual concert will be broadcasted live at 6:30pm on the Auburn UMC Facebook page, the Music Ministry Facebook page, and our Vimeo page; after the concert, you may view it any time by visiting this page (ChristmasInAuburn.com) and watching the embedded video.

December 23

6:30pm

Christmas “Eve” Worship Service

Live in the Sanctuary (reservations required)

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December 24

12-3pm

Live Nativity Experience with Communion

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6:30pm

Christmas Eve Worship Service

Live in the Sanctuary (reservations required), live streamed on Facebook and Vimeo

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8:30pm

Drive-In Christmas Worship Service

Join us in the Gay Street parking lot for a brand new service!

11pm

Lessons & Carols Online Service

Tune in from Facebook or Vimeo!

December 27

9:30am

Online-Only Worship

Worship with us online via Facebook or Vimeo!

11am

Online-Only Worship

Worship with us online via Facebook or Vimeo!

January 3

11am

One Worship Service

Worship with us online via Facebook or Vimeo or in-person (reservations required)!

**Check back soon to make reservations for this worship service**

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