This Week's Advent Offerings

Sunday, November 29
  • 9:30am: Advent Sunday School Series: Peace, Justice, Joy, Salvation - This year's study will take us through significant passages in the book of Isaiah and explore the themes of God's Peace, Justice, Joy, and Salvation. No preparation is necessary, simply click HERE to join us at 9:30am Sunday mornings. 
  • 11:00am: Advent Virtual Worship and Communion - Have your bread and cup ready and be sure to stop by the church this week to grab some candles for your at-home Advent wreath! We will celebrate the Lord's Support from our homes and invite you to participate in the lighting of the Advent wreath as well. On this first Sunday of Advent, may the HOPE of Jesus Christ illuminate our homes and our hearts: 

Sunday's Advent Wreath Reading and Prayer: Hope - Psalm 25: 1-7
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” - Emily Dickinson

Hope is the Spirit of God dwelling
within us, reminding us we are
never alone. When we light the
candle of Hope, we embrace God’s
presence among us.

  • 3:00pm: Outdoor Worship - As circumstances permit, we will continue our outdoor worship service throughout the season of Advent. Please note the 3pm time that will allow for more light and warmth during our time together. Sign up online https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050548A8A92CA3FC1-outdoor6 

Tuesday, December 1
  • 12:00pm: Office Hours Bible Study - Throughout the Advent Season, the Office Hours Bible Study will be offering a thematic series on the figure of Mary in the New Testament and beyond. Topics include Mary in early Christian thought, Mary in the Qu’ran and Islam, and Mary in Orthodox Christianity and in Christian Art. You can sign up for Office Hours at https://www.ctsnet.edu/advent - watch the lecture on Facebook or You Tube (search Office Hours Bible Study) and email Rev. Kathy Reed (kreed@fpcauburn.org) to receive the zoom link for the Tuesday discussion group.

Thursday, December 3
12:00pm: Bible Art Journaling - Because this Christmas season will be different from years past, our focus will be on exploring God’s unwavering promise to us during the season of Advent. Advent is a season of waiting. While we wait for a vaccine, for a cure, to be able to see our families and friends, to be able to go to church, we will focus on how God’s promises in Isaiah helped his people wait until they were fulfilled in Luke. We wait for: Peace – Isaiah 64: 1-9
 You do not need to be artistic or creative to participate. You can journal in your personal Bible, a notebook, a prayer journal, or on a sheet of paper. You can use any medium you like such as colored pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolor paints, even a pen or pencil. Contact Susan Fillippeli at fillise@att.net to be sent the Zoom Link and a brief introduction to Bible art journaling.

NEXT WEEK:
Saturday, December 5
9-11am: Drive Thru Cookie Walk (Habitat for Humanity) at Grace United Methodist Church. Habitat is still in need for volunteers for this event - volunteering would be outdoors and socially distanced. Please contact Mark Grantham at mark.a.grantham310@gmail.com or 334-745-2123 if you are able to help on December 5.

Sunday, December 6
5:30pm: Virtual Children's Program and Christmas Mission Gathering via Zoom
Please send your favorite FPC Christmas photos (family moments, church events, Christmas programs and worship services) to Elder Katherine Irwin (skejgi@gmail.com) by Dec. 4! (Please note: You may make your donation to the Lee County DHR and Salvation Army at any time at www.fpcauburn.org/give by entering the amount under "Special Offerings".)
Our church’s COVID Task Force has determined that we are now in Phase 2 of our reopening plan, however our outdoor worship activities and outdoor youth activities will continue during this time.
Welcome New Members Carlie and Alex Kaeppler

At its November meeting, the Session welcomed Carlie and Alex Kaeppler into membership. Carlie and Alex began worshiping at FPC two weeks before we began worshiping virtually. We are so glad they decided to stick with us! Alex is currently working as a school-based therapist and is pursuing his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies. Carlie has her master’s degree from Auburn and has worked as a youth program coordinator and facilitator. Carlie has become active in the Office Hours Bible Study and both Carlie and Alex have been regular attendees of our outdoor worship service. If you'd like to send them a note of welcome to our church family, their email addresses are: carliekaeppler@gmail.com and akk0021@auburn.edu.
Opportunities to Worship 

It is our hope to worship together via our church’s YouTube Channel.  To view the service you can go directly to our church’s YouTube Channel via your computer, smartphone, or Smart TV app (https://tinyurl.com/t7dl8vh) or you can access the worship service through our website or Facebook page. Knowing we are at the mercy of technology, we appreciate your patience and grace if all does not go according to plan. Attached you will find a bulletin for this Sunday’s service.

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION**
Sunday Worship now on 99.9FM
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Children Pre-K through 5th grade

Two Sundays a month we will have Zoom Sunday school classes taught by our Sunday school teachers.
December 6 and 20

Pre-K through 1st grade will be from 9:45 – 10 am; 2nd through 5th grade will be from 10:15 – 10:30 am


Jr. and Sr. High Youth
We are in Phase 2A!
Jr. Highs will meet this Sunday in the church courtyard from 5 until 5:45pm. Please enter through the gate entrance on Thach. Bring a chair. Masks are required.

Sr. Highs will meet in the Sarkowski's backyard from 6 until 7 pm. Please come down the driveway to the backyard. Bring a chair. Masks are required.

Meetings are all weather permitting. Keep an eye on your email for updates.

Jr. and Sr. High Youth and Parents, follow us on Instagram @fpc_auyouth
Birthdays

Dec. 1 - Shannon Huggins, Bobbie Thurlow
Dec. 3 - JoAnn Hall, Isobel Prater
Dec. 4 - Curt Bailey, Anna Carter
Dec. 5 - Lisa Glasscock
Prayer Concerns & Celebrations

For the time period in which our church family is worshiping virtually, our pastors have decided that prayer concerns will be shared via weekly email. These individuals will most certainly be prayed for during our Sunday worship service, but their names and specific concerns will not be shared via broadcast.

  • Prayers of healing and wholeness for many in our church family who are dealing with significant health and wellness issues but do not wish to be mentioned by name at the moment.
  • Prayers for those in our church community and in our local community dealing with health issues related to Covid-19. We also continue to pray for all the health care workers as they tend to everyone’s well being.
  • Prayers of joy that Charlotte “Lottie” Lynn Moss was born this past week. We are rejoice with new grandparents Carolyn and George Crandell!
  • Prayers of joy that Alex and Carlie Kaeppler have joined our church.
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