Alternative Gift Market
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
First Sunday in Advent
Living In Expectation

8:30 am Worship in the Chapel
9:45 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsa l
10:30 am Worship in the Sanctuary
10:45 am Church School
WEEKEND DETAILS
Hanging of the Greens
Saturday, November 30 at 9 am - Sanctuary/Plaza

All are invited to join members of the Board of Spiritual Life and friends for the traditional Hanging of the Greens in the Sanctuary and on the Plaza on Saturday, November 30 starting at 9 am. Trees, garlands, nativity scenes and lights will grace our church home in time for the
First Sunday of Advent on December 1. Coffee, treats, and good spirits will lighten the workload; bring your energy! All are welcome.
Advent Calendars Available on Children's Table
Please pick up an Advent Calendar from the Children’s Table to take home with you as you celebrate the 4 weeks of Advent as a family. Grandparents can give them to their grandchildren. Adults can explore your inner child as you do the suggested activities. We encourage you
to celebrate Advent everyday throughout the season!
Advent Devotionals Available Now
The Board of Spiritual Life invites you to read A New Earth, daily reflections on Scripture for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany written by the UCC Still Speaking Writers Group. Books for $5 will be available for purchase after both worship services this Sunday.
Alternative Gift Market  –
Your First Cong Gifts at Work
Sundays, December 1 through 22 - Link & Plymouth Hall

This Advent marks our 25th year with the Alternative Gift Market. In this 25th year, our cumulative support for this special offering will pass $200,000! In lieu of traditional gifts for loved ones, the Market allows you to donate in their name to a cause, microloan or organization from the 30 groups vetted by Alternative Gift International, Select a card and receive an insert describing your contribution to give at Christmas Learn more about the organizations here. Contact Susan Bryant to volunteer to help.
Share a Gift Collection for Boulder
County Families in Need
December 1 and 8

Our collection of new and gently used toys in good condition will run for TWO WEEKS ONLY. Bring your donations now. This is a great time, just before Christmas, to cull through toys and books and games and instill
a generous spirit in gifting these things to children who will love
and appreciate them. Learn more here.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Community Table
Wednesday, December 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 

Volunteers are needed to serve a meal to Bridge House Path to Home members. The meal is served at 2691 30th Street, Boulder. You can sign up at the bottom under the Useful Links or email  Denise Cone for more information.
Keeping it Real - Art Reception
Friday, December 6 from 6-9 pm

The McMane Arts Ministry is proud to announce our next show by two
of our own church members, Catharine Millar Woods and Melody Fuller. Catharine’s watercolors are part of an on-going series of Christmas-themed paintings. Melody’s work focuses on faces, some familiar and some from around the world. Both artists primarily work in watercolors. Chappell Kingsland (pianist), will provide music. Mindful works, Bonney Forbes and other artist will have sale items. Refreshments provided.
Boulder Parade of Lights
Saturday, December 7

FCC has participated in Boulder’s Parade of Lights for the last several years, and each year we’ve increased our presence. We host a “Jingle
& Mingle” after the parade and hear our amazing Congregational Bells, visit our Crèche display, warm up with hot chocolate and cookies, and where children can decorate Christmas Cookies. We will have a potluck dinner at 4:00 in Plymouth Hall before we get into costume and go to our starting position on the parade route at 6:00ish. Email Deborah for info.
Sign-up to Join Jingle and Mingle
Saturday, December 7

Jingle and Mingle time is fast approaching on December 7th following
the Lights of December Parade. This annual treat is fun for ALL ages but takes a village to put on for our Boulder community. Signup to bake sugar cookies to be decorated, cookies to serve or help in our Christmas Crafts room or sing with our Broadway Carolers. There are lots of fun ways to be involved! Visit our Signup Board in the Link AND plan to attend this wonderful church hosted community event!
SAVE THE DATES
Art Lectionary Advent Series
Sundays, December 8 and 15, 9:30 am - Standish Room

How does God communicate to us? Join Mark Meyer as the Art Lectionary Class will explore art of Joseph's dreams as described
in Matthew’s gospel. 
Contemplative Prayer  Blue Christmas
Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30 pm - Chapel

Although we think of Christmas as a season of joy and celebration, there are many who find this time of year difficult as they grieve the death of a loved one, struggle with depression, or experience estrangement. Join us for a special contemplative prayer service, a space beyond Sunday morning worship to acknowledge our sorrow. Scripture, soft carols, poetry, and candlelight surround this time of extended silence, gentle community, and expressions of Advent longing.
Advent Service of Visio Divina
Sunday, December 15, 8:30 am - Chapel

Lectio divina is the slow prayerful reading of Scripture. Visio Divina adds a step in this contemplative practice with art. For our chapel worship on this day, join us for a quiet service of listening and seeing Luke’s story of the Annunciation, the visitation of the angel Gabriel to Mary, through the art of Titian and Gerhard Richter. 
Music Sunday
Sunday, December 15, 10:30 am - Sanctuary

The Chancel Choir will join the Faith Singers to sing “Magnificat” by Kim Andre Arnesen. Born 1980 in Norway, Arnesen, has rapidly gained an international reputation as one of the most prominent young composers of our time. “Magnificat,” his first larger work for choir, organ, and orchestra, premiered in 2010. Arnesen was Artist-in-residence with the Denver based ensemble Kantorei during their 2015-16 season. Come to worship early to enjoy an extended prelude by our Congregational Bells.
Newcomers Coffee
Sunday, December 15, 11:45 am - Heritage Room

Are you new to the First Congregational Church community, and looking
to find out more and get better connected? Join us on December 15
after 10:30 am worship to get to know some of ministers and leaders
at FCC, ask any questions you may have, and learn more about the many ways you can get involved. 
Colorado Interfaith Alliance
Legislative Training Day
Sunday, December 15 from 2:30-5:30 pm - Denver

Join others in the Progressive Congregations Network to review the legislative process, practice telling your story for change, hear about the 2020 legislative session priorities, and learn how your faith-rooted voice makes a difference in our community! 1st Baptist Church Downtown - 1375 N. Grant St., Denver. Sign up for PCN Leg Day  HERE
Welcoming New Members
Sunday, December 22, 10:30 am - Sanctuary

We invite you to jump in, roll up your sleeves, and enter deeply into
the life and ministry of our congregation. We’re receiving new members at 10:30 am worship. If you would like to join us, please contact
Holiday Services
Christmas Eve Services
4:00 pm Christmas Pageant with Faith Singers and Joyful Noise Choir
7:00 pm Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols and Bells
9:00 pm Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols and Choir

CHRISTMASTIDE – Sunday, December 29
10:30 am One morning Intergenerational Service in the Sanctuary
Women & Friends Retreat: The Stories We Live
January 31 – February 2, 2020

What are the stories of your life that make you who you are? What might you learn about yourself and who you are becoming by sharing your stories with others? How might our relationships grow and our faith deepen as we tell them? What might we discover about God? Join us as we explore our stories in conversation, in writing, in art, and in worship at the Highlands Retreat Center in Allenspark. This year’s retreat begins with dinner on Friday evening. Find out more and register.  
NEWS
Sawyer Memorial Organ Concert A Huge Success
Thank you to everyone that made our 2019 Sawyer Memorial Organ Concert a huge success! It takes a community to put on an event like this, and you did it. From promoting the event, to planning the reception, moving instruments, handing out programs, and attending the concert! Thank you all! Love, Kajsa
Christmas Pageant Signup 
Christmas Pageant signup is now open to children in Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School grades. To sign your child up please go HERE. The Pageant is on Christmas Eve at 4pm with the mandatory rehearsal on the 23rd from 9-noon for Middle Schoolers and 10:00-noon for Elementary and Kindergarten. Please see the registration site for more information or contact Deborah Voss
December Birthday? How About Ushering?
We’re starting a new way of volunteering to usher. Please consider signing up during your birthday month---for just one Sunday or all four. That way, we will have new ushers every month, and you will only have to consider volunteering once a year. So, you December babies, give it
a go! Ushering is a unique opportunity to demonstrate the welcoming atmosphere of our church, to members and newcomers alike. Simply sign up here. If you have questions, please contact Peter Oakes.
King Soopers Habitat for Humanity Direct Support 
If you link your SooperCard to First Cong, 5% of your grocery and gas purchases made using your SooperCard will be rebated to Flatirons Habitat for Humanity via First Cong – at no additional cost to you!

If you have questions, please contact Tom Woods.
Want to Give a Year End Gift to the Church?
We have a wish list! These are items that the church is saving up for
and if you want to add to the savings, now is a great time.

One new 12-foot artificial Christmas trees to grace the chancel, replacing the ones that have seen much better days (one has already been given!)

New vinyl tile flooring in Plymouth Hall that will include an inlay
of a Labyrinth!

New sound equipment for Plymouth Hall so that we can have
Dinner Church without technical difficulties.

Eco friendly storm windows for the windows on the first floor
of the Faith Center.

There are several ways you can give. Simply identify how you would like your year end gift to be used...

Write a check to First Congregational Church.

Use a credit card through text to give.
Send a text to 73256, with "joy2givefcc" in the message.

Transfer assets.
For further information, please contact Beverly Miller or 303-442-1787. 
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