THIS WEEK'S ADVENT OFFERINGS

Don't miss our Virtual Mission Gathering THIS SUNDAY, 5:30pm!!
In lieu of our annual Christmas Mission Dinner we will gather virtually for a special presentation from our children & youth, music, memories, and an opportunity to take up an offering to benefit the Lee County DHR and Salvation Army. You may make your donation at any time at www.fpcauburn.org/give by entering the amount under "Special Offerings." Click HERE at 5:30 to join us for the celebration.


Send Us Your Advent Wreath Pictures
As we prepare for this year's virtual Christmas Eve service we are hoping to include images of members' home Advent wreaths. If you have a wreath set up, please snap a picture of it with one or more of the candles lit and email it to Rev. Nick Reed.

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Saturday, December 5

9-11am: Drive Thru Cookie Walk (Habitat for Humanity) at Grace United Methodist Church. The WeHelp Coalition of Churches will host a drive-through donation event in the parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church. As you enter the parking lot, you drive through a line of 70 Habitat homeowners, volunteers, and supporters—each one holding a house that represents the 70 homes that Habitat for Humanity has built in Lee County since its founding. At the end of the line, monetary donations will be collected by volunteers, and in keeping with our Cookie Walk theme, each donor will receive an individually wrapped cookie.

Sunday, December 6

  • 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 - As we continue to worship at home we invite you to participate in the lighting of the Advent wreath. On this second Sunday of Advent, may the PEACE of Jesus Christ illuminate our homes and our hearts:

Sunday's Advent Wreath Reading and Prayer: Peace - Psalm 23
"When despair for the world grows
in me… I come into the peace of
wild things who do not tax their
lives with forethought of grief . I
come into the presence of still
water . ” - Wendell Berry

When everything feels hopeless,
God calls us to breathe in the holy
breath of peace. When we light the
candle of Peace, we breathe in the
One who restores us.

  • 4:00pm: Outdoor Worship - As circumstances permit, we will continue our outdoor worship service throughout the season of Advent. Please note the 4pm time; we hope to avoid conflict with the City of Auburn Christmas parade which should end at 3pm. Sign up online!
  • 5:30pm: Virtual Children's Program Christmas Mission Gathering - In lieu of our annual Christmas Mission Dinner we will gather virtually for a special presentation from our children & youth, music, memories, and an opportunity to take up an offering to benefit the Lee County DHR and Salvation Army. You may make your donation at any time at www.fpcauburn.org/give by entering the amount under "Special Offerings." Click HERE at 5:30 to join us for the celebration

Tuesday, December 8

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 10

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: Justice – Isaiah 40: 1-11.
 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.
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.
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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Presbyterian Women Circles will continue to meet via Zoom on Tuesday, December 8. Circles 1 & 2 will meet at 9:30 am, and Circle 3 will meet at 2:30 pm. Members will receive a reminder email prior to the meeting including the Zoom link. If you are not already in a PW Circle and would like to join, you are most welcome. Circle leaders are Barbara Dunham #1 (229.881.2957), Marianne Cone #2 (404.375.3940), Barbara Fletcher #3 (334.203.1484).
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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

This Sunday is our Jr. and Sr. High Youth Christmas Party. We will gather in the church courtyard at 7pm to watch the movie Elf. Please bring a chair and 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. 7 - Lily Wells, Duncan Whatley
Dec. 9 - Mary Baird, Hap Reeves
Dec. 10 - Doug Booth, Emmie Larson, Terri Rouillard
Dec. 11 - Conrad Bonsi, Sean Cooper
Dec. 12 - Noah Dimick, Sarah Wolak

Anniversaries

Dec. 6 - Ed and Dorothy Moran
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.

We wanted to let everyone know the sad news that longtime member of FPC Auburn Rona Phillips passed away last week. Rona moved to Columbus a few years ago to be closer to family as she received care for her diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Rona was a faithful member of our church who served as an elder, and was very involved with PCM and Presbyterian Women. Prayers of comfort for all of Rona’s family and friends as they grieve her death and celebrate her life. At this time there are no details for any funeral arrangements.

We also wanted to let you all know of a few more prayer concerns in our church:
Prayers of comfort for Denise Salo and her children as they grieve the death of Daniel Long, Sr. Daniel was Denise Salo’s previous husband who had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and had been undergoing treatment. Please keep Denise and Denise and Daniel's children Katie, Dan Jr, Tami, grandchildren, and Daniel’s wife Sharon in your prayers. 
• 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.
• Continued 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 of comfort for those in our church community who will not be able to travel home to be with family for Christmas. 
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