Sunday Morning Worship
Join us this Sunday for Worship at 8:30 and 11 AM with Sunday Wonder Hour at 9:45 AM.

Beginning November 27, we will have Sunday Wonder Hour at 9 AM with Common Grounds at 9:45 AM followed by our NEW Joint Worship Service time of 10:15 AM.

You can find past sermons and the upcoming order of worship on our website.

This week's scripture for reflection: Jeremiah 23:1-6
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry blesses many people in our congregation and we love to share messages of thanksgiving when we receive them. Here is one we recently received from Tibby Taylor:

Thank you for the beautiful prayer shawl. It is amazing how beautifully the color matches our living room where I often rest or nap on the couch. It brightens the room and is so handy when I need to wrap up. It is meaningful to be remembered even though I can no longer participate in church activities. As we age and health fails we cherish wonderful memories,especially the many First Presbyterian friends and activities. May God bless this ministry as you work to remember those in such a meaningful way. Your skills are amazing and the shawl a work of art.
With deep appreciation,
Elizabeth (Tibby) Taylor

The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 1 PM. Their next meeting is November 21. They love new members! Whether you have been knitting or crocheting for years or want to learn, contact Karen Hanson to learn more.
RideShare Ministry
If you would like to worship with us in person and the only thing preventing this is transportation, please contact Jane Herron (rideshare@fpcfranklin.org or 615.579.7466) to discuss how we might be able to help.
Flower Vases Needed
 
In order for the Flower Ministry to continue to bless those with flowers on Monday mornings, we need vases to deliver the flowers. Please do not bring bud vases. You can bring vases to the church office any time during the week. 
Wednesday Night Live
Sign up for dinner each week catered by Daily Dish! Suggested pricing: $10 per adult/youth, $5 per child, $25 family max. Remember to RSVP for dinner by the Sunday before each Wednesday night. Dinner starts at 6 and programming follows at 6:45 PM.

Tomorrow night we will continue to hear a lecture on two Short Stories from Victor Judge, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Lecturer in Literature and Religion at Vanderbilt University Divinity School where he teaches courses in literary-theology and in creative writing. He is currently in the forty-fourth year of his vocation as an educator. 

We have copies of these short stories in the church office if you'd like to pick them up before tomorrow night.
 
The Grammar of the Gospels as Incarnated in the Short Stories of Olive Senior 
Jamaican-born literary artist and historian Olive Senior (1941 -   ) is among Caribbean literatures leading voices. Her writings, though composed in English, remain heavily influenced by the regions patois and draw heavily upon the oral storytelling traditions. In the genres of prose and poetry, Senior presents a critique of the political and cultural ties that continue to bind Jamaica to a British colonial past. Her protagonists find themselves divided between the resulting two worlds of assimilation and preservation, and as the characters assume this posture of division, Senior reveals the ways colonialism fractures the grammar of the Gospels. From Senior’s canon we shall read and discuss “The Pain Tree,” and “Confirmation Day.” 
 
The WNL program is always free and open to the public, so bring a friend!
Room In The Inn
We are happy to be hosting Room In The Inn again this year after taking a break during the last couple of years.
We'll need volunteers for the following dates:
November 16, December 21, January 18, February 15,
March 15 SIGN UP HERE.

If you have any questions, reach out to our new RITI coordinator, Brent Sower.
We are collecting items for Hard Bargain's Thanksgiving Baskets. Anyone interested can drop off a basket/bag of food at the church by noon on the 16th to the counter by the Basic Essentials cart; donations after that can be dropped off directly at Hard Bargain. 

Below is a list of items that should be included in the basket: 
1-2 Boxes of Stuffing Mix
1 Box of Instant Potatoes
2 Box of Macaroni and Cheese
2 Cans of Yams
Brown Sugar
1 Bag of Marshmallows
2 Cans of Green Beans
1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Carton/Box of French Fried Onions
2 Cans of Corn
1-2 Cans of Cranberry Sauce
1-2 Jars of Gravy (Or packets)
1 Cornbread Mix
1 Dessert Mix (Pumpkin Pie Mix, Brownie Mix, Cake Mix, etc.)
2 Jello Mix
The giveaway is scheduled for Nov 19th. If you have branded reusable shopping bags, they could use them as the “basket”.
Also if anyone is interested in volunteering that day, please sign up using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4dacad2aa5fbc43-thanksgiving
2NDSAT recap
Thank you to everyone who showed up last Saturday as we made snack bags for Room In The Inn and picked up fleece blanket kits to make at home for DPC's clothing closet. You can drop off any new or handmade fleece blankets this week at the Basic Essential Cart until Saturday, November 19.
Sunday Wonder Hour
Our Children LOVE exploring and discovering during Sunday Wonder Hour. Have you found a class yet? We have many classes to choose from. Read more about them HERE.
Acolyte Training

If any of our FPC children would like to become an acolyte or help with our hospitality team, email Kim.
The Manger (GraceWorks Christmas Store)
Join in this annual tradition! Beginning November 20 through December 12, FPC will collect gifts for children age 0-18. You can pick up tags and drop off unwrapped gifts at the Angel tree in Wilson Hall. (Smaller gifts can be left in the tub at the Basic Essentials Cart.)
Turkey Trot: Thanksgiving Day

FPC LEGENDS! If you’re going to be in Franklin for Thanksgiving, let’s all meet up for a 5 or 10k as a church family to kick it off properly!

Register HERE.
Staff Update
Sara Chang has accepted a new position as the Communications Manager for the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She will begin this new position on Monday, November 28. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, her last official time in the office will be next Wednesday morning, November 23. Sara has been an instrumental part of our communication and office team since 2019. We are so sad to see Sara go but wish her all the best in this next opportunity!
The youth are hosting the annual Chili Cook Off competition and Live Nativity on December 11th! Young and old and in between, ALL are invited to partake or compete in this awesome Advent season event. We'll kick things off at 5 PM at the church with the Chili contest; anyone who wants to enter their dish (and try for the coveted first place trophy!) can sign up HERE.

This is a youth missions fundraiser, so the victor is decided by whoever's chili has the most cash donated toward it! During this cookoff event, our youth will lead the congregation through the stations of the Live Nativity, acting out and reliving the Advent story themselves! 
We'll hope to send people home around 7 PM. Join us for a wonderful, tasty, and festive tradition!
This Week's Schedule
Tuesday
6:30 PM: Congregational Care meeting

Wednesday
10 AM: Coffee Time
10;30 AM: Wed Bible Study
5 PM: Carillon Handbells
6 PM: WNL Dinner
6:45 PM: Chancel Choir
6:45 PM: WNL Program
6:45 PM: Room In The Inn

Thursday
6 PM: A Seat At The Table, Gottlieb's
7 PM: Facility Management Meeting
Friday
10 AM: Sisters in Spirit

Saturday
2 PM: Visitation for Don Fields
3 PM: Service for Don Fields

Sunday
Manger Tree in Wilson Hall
8:30 & 11 AM: Worship
9:45 AM: Sunday Wonder Hour
2:45 PM: Outreach Committee
4 PM: Session Meeting

Monday
1 PM: Prayer Shawl Ministry