As part of our “Rooted and Grounded in Love” message, our congregation has numerous opportunities for fellowship and fun. Some of these are annual events and opportunities, such as Rally Sunday, the Fall Family Festival, Advent Workshop, Chili Cook-Off, Lenten Programs and Ladies’ Tea and others are one-time events. We hope you will join us for some of these and get to know our First Church family better.
BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH , 7 pm
Do the holidays make you blue? Yes, blue as in the blues. As in “I am feeling blue.” You aren’t alone. For many people, Christmas and New Year’s Holiday are not the season of joy and happiness that is advertised on television or in greeting cards. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other dis-ease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make this time of year painful for people in our congregation and community.
Blue Christmas Service is a time to gather for quiet reflection and to lift up in prayer our sorrows. Through this service of scripture, prayers for healing, music, meditation and acts of remembrance we are reminded of the comfort God offers during our darkest times.
Do the holidays make you blue? Do you have a friend, neighbor or colleague who has suffered a loss this year? This service may just be the gift you need to give yourself or someone you know this holiday season.
The Blue Christmas Service is open to the community.
ADVENT DEVOTIONAL SERIES
The season of Advent is the four-week period preceding the birth of Jesus the Christ. The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing.
To mark this special time and to prepare ourselves to receive God’s great gift, Jesus Christ, I invite you to join me for a special Advent Devotional series. We will meet every Monday through December 18th from 1:00-2:30 and gather in the Fireside Room to read scripture, pray and to color. Yes, I said, Color! There is an Advent Journey Coloring poster for each week of Advent (3’x2’), as well as a poster each for Christmas and Epiphany (6’x2). Each poster is based on scripture and comes with a devotional. Completed posters will be hung in the sanctuary!
WE ARE WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS
Are you interested in learning more about First Church? Have you been visiting and think you may be interested in joining this community of faith? Join Rev. Margret at 11:15 am. in the Parlor, on either Sunday, November 26th or Sunday, December 10th, to hear more about First Church and to prepare for joining on Sunday, December 17th.
Back by popular demand, on Sunday, December 17th we will be having a “cookie walk” in Fellowship Hall following the worship service. This will be your chance to purchase delicious home-made cookies for Christmas from our wonderful First Church bakers! Please contact Judy Robertson if you would like to participate in this event, either by baking the day before or helping out on the day of the event.
CHRISTMAS COFFEE HOUR, THE SHARING OF FELLOWSHIP
The Hospitality Crew is asking members of First Church to bring baked items to our Christmas Coffee Hour on December 24th. Please bring your home baked goods to share with others. A signup sheet will be located in the office. Contact Don Del Cegno with any questions or suggestions.
“The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.”
Mabel Yeterian and Janet Culton are starting a book club, which will meet here, at the church. Please see one of them if you are interested in joining. More information will follow.
Howdy Y’all, and thanks for your help at the Wild, Wild, West Fall Family Festival! Whether you helped set up, manned a table or “Trunk”, cleaned up, or was a First Church goodwill representative throughout the event, many thanks. It was a great day and we couldn’t have done it without you!
Wait ‘til you see what next year’s theme is!
Beth and Sharon
Please join us for our next Men’s Breakfast on Sunday, January 21st, from 8:30-9:30 am in the Fireside Room. Come Share in the Food & Fellowship of First Church. We hope to see you there!
A Coffee and Social Hour is held on Sunday mornings, immediately following worship, in the Fireside room. Please join us! The Hospitality Crew invites you to bring something to the weekly Coffee Hour. Sharing your food and stories with others is a wonderful part Fellowship. Make it, bake it or purchase it, just bring it to church and “The Crew” will do the rest.