Worship This Weekend
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This Sunday, the third of December, we begin Advent.  In the 9:00 service we will celebrate with a traditional, "Hanging of the Greens" service.  If you love Christmas songs and traditions, this service is not to be missed.   
Worshiping in One and All, our 10:15 progressive service, will be equally unique, with the Symbols of Christmas being discussed by James Nussbaum, who graciously accepted the invitation to be our guest speaker.  You will find it interesting, and informative! 
Music is an integral part of the worship experience in both services.  Enjoy a solo and a men's ensemble, as well as performances by the Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir at the 9:00 service.  The One and All Band will lead us in song at the 10:15 service.   Enjoy a light breakfast as you worship in this service, in Fellowship Hall.     
The first candle of Advent, the Candle of Hope, will be lit in both services. 
A message about Gifts for Another Table:
In December we will replenish the items that we sometimes distribute to those who are in need of a non-perishable single-serving item when they drop by the church office.  Needed are microwaveable meals and pull-top cans of soup.
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Activities/Events at Our Church THIS Weekend


9:00 a.m.         Traditional Worship in
                             Sanctuary (The Hanging of
                              the Greens)  
                        Worship and Wonder for 
                             children age 4 through  
                             2nd grade (begins after  
                             Time for Children) 
10:15 a.m.       Sunday School for Adults  
                             (Sunshine Class) and for  

10:15 a.m.       One and All Progressive
                              Worship in Fellowship     
3:30 p.m.          Youth Grades K-12 meet at  
                              FCC to leave for Martin  
                              Health Center.  See Youth
                              section above right. 
Prayer Concerns

CARD SHOWER:  Marlyn Mahannah
PRAYER FOCUS :   Keeping the discernment process in our minds and hearts




HOSPICE: Harold Goyen, Marilyn Thompson, Virginia Warren






OSF ST. JOSEPH: Juanita Elliott, Gilbert Kopp, Connie Lindenbaum


AFTERCARE: Jackie Hux, Erma McDaniel


SYMPATHY to Jordan (Ashley) Nechkash family on the November 23 death of his father, Jeffrey Nechkash.


BIRTH: Callhan Bradley Smith was born November 12 to Nick & Kylie Smith. Great-grandparents are Frank & Lois Lipscomb.

Serving this Sunday 

Please note:  This is current data as of Friday Email publishing date.  If you know of changes to your own duties, please continue as you have planned.   Thank you!

Acolytes:  Bethany Warren, Lydia Warren
Child Care:  Trish Logan, Michelle Kiesewetter
Deacons: 9:00 Justin & Kim Cox
10:15Peg Larson, Matthew Davis
Jr. Deacons:  Drew Logan, Bryce Reed
Drivers:  Frank Lipscomb, Darrell Arvik
Elders:   Susan Cleaver, John Hensley
Homebound Elders:  Beverly & Al Leight
Fellowship Host:  Bill Robitske
Fill Candles:   Marla McElroy, Kathie Chapman
Greeters:  Brian Metz, Austin Metz, Mark & Michelle Gramley
Information Center Host:  Sharron Wright      
Recycle:   Frank & Lois Lipscomb                       
Scripture:   Marla McElroy               
Time for Children:  Heather Damery
Sound Techs:  Brian Metz, Austin Metz  
Video Tech:  James Nussbaum
Worship & Wonder Greeter:  Karen Crusius

Things to Do While
You Are at Church

  Pick up an Advent Devotional in the Narthex, at the Information Center, or on the table outside Fellowship Hall.
Sign up for the Disciples Women's Ministry December meeting by December 3 at the Information Center.  See The Messenger for details.   
Choose a tag on the Adopt-A-Family tree. Our Reach Out Ministry invites you to look for the Christmas tree in the Centrum this Sunday. Choose a tag for a gift to give to a family in need.
Bring a new or gently used donation for the Start Fresh ministry.  Items to bring for this men's prison clothing ministry include coats, scarves, hats, and gloves. 

Check In on Facebook while you are at church.  And at the One and All service feel free to use your device for social media, to share photos and thoughts about your worship experience as it happens.  

Make a new friend!  Greet a visitor.  Show folks around and help them with questions they might have.  Invite them to worship and/or to share fellowship over a cup of coffee or breakfast treat.  The bulletin is a great source of information for visitors, as is the Information Center.  Let's be a welcoming church!   
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Youth News

Sunday School for children and youth meet this Sunday morning.

Children and youth grades K-12 will go to Martin Health Center and sing at 4:00, leaving the church at 3:30. We will go out to eat (church's treat) and return to church by 6:00.

Regarding Youth Group:  Please note that there will only be a meal at Youth Group on the first Sunday of the month. 

Brown Bag Bible Bunch meets at noon on Wednesdays. The group is studying I Timothy.  Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study!

Christmas Musical Rehearsals: If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir for just the Christmas musical, we will rehearse 7:15 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Disciples Women's Ministries December 7  
Christmas Musical December 10
Tasting Party December 10 at 10:00 a.m. in Centrum.  One and All begins at 10:30.  
Christmas Eve Services in Sanctuary:
10:00 a.m.  
5:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Sharing FAITH beyond the FCC walls.  Opportunities to be involved in our community...
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