Worship This Weekend
It is the third Sunday of Advent and we continue to prepare for Christmas.  This week Rev. Jim Warren will preach at both services on the passage Luke 1:46-55, Mary's response to being chosen as the mother of the Messiah.   
 
We will have wonderful music in both services, including a Gift of Music by Abby Logan in the 9:00 a.m. traditional service, and carols and contemporary Christmas music by the band in the 10:15 a.m. service.   
There will be donut holes and coffee in the centrum around 10:00 a.m., and the usual light breakfast in Fellowship Hall during One and All.  Bring a friend for warm fellowship and hot coffee!
 
Can't attend either service this Sunday?  Tune in at 9:00 a.m. on Facebook (go to our Facebook Page), or on our website ( www.blmfcc.com) to see a live stream!  You can watch the 9:00 a.m. service and worship along with those at FCC Sunday morning.  Be sure to tell your friends! 
 
food_drive_girl.jpg Gifts for Another Table:
This month we continue to collect food products for the Salvation Army.  Please bring a few items each week.   Needed items include rice and rice dinners, potato dinners, pasta of any kind, pasta sauce, Hamburger Helper, dinner meals, cereal, mashed/boxed potatoes, and canned fruits and vegetables. Especially appreciated is peanut butter. 
Don't Miss It
Activities/Events at Our Church
THIS Weekend
Sunday:   
 
9:00 a.m.           Traditional Worship   
                              in the Sanctuary                               
10:15 a.m.         Sunday School for Adults
 
10:15 a.m.         One and All Progressive
                              Worship in Fellowship Hall
 
5:00 p.m.           Youth Christmas Party for  
                              grades K-12 
Prayer Concerns
 
Reminder: Please let the church office know if you know of someone who needs a call or is in the hospital.
 
   
AWAITING TESTS/SURGERY:  Richard Malone  
 
AFTERCARE:   
  • Justin Cox
  • Dave Eyman
  • Frank Lipscomb
HOSPICE:
  • Harold Goyen
  • Marilyn Kopp  
 
MILITARY:
  • Adam Jacobs (Army)
  • Harley Scott (Phillis' niece/Navy, VA)
TO BE VISITED THIS WEEK BY THE ELDERS:
  • Peggy Penn
  • Mickey Armstrong
  • Merle Murray
CARD SHOWER:   Adam Jacobs (Army)

PRAYER FOCUS:  That all will find the joy of Christmas, especially those experiencing grief


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.   Please make sure the office is aware of changes.  Thank you!
 
Acolytes: Kosiers
Building Lock-up:  John Dailey
Child Care: Trish Logan, Kathie Chapman 
Deacons:
·          9:00 Susan Cleaver, Jim Underhill
·          10:15 Peg Larson, Libby Nussbaum
Jr. Deacons:  Mason Janvrin, Logan Janvrin
Drivers:  Gary Thompson, Ralph Lehmann
Elders:  Art & Camille Taylor
Visiting Elders:  Tamara Shields, Nancy Trefzger
Coffee Fellowship: Betty Steinlicht, Susan Hinrichsen 
Fill Candles:  Becky White, Kathie Chapman
Greeters:  Alan & Kathie Chapman
Info Desk:   Mary Helen Haskell  
Livestreaming Tech:  Dave Phillis
Scripture:  Ryan Newton
Sound Tech:  Dave Phillis
Time for Children:  Camille Taylor
Video Tech:  Austin Metz
Pulpit:  Jim Warren
Reminders
Things to Do While
You Are at Church
 
 
 
Drop off Plastic Caps and Lids.   Disciples Women's Ministries is collecting plastic caps and lids of (almost) all types in coordination with St. Luke Union Church. The caps can be donated at the FCC office counter or Info Desk.  Please remember lids must be free of any food residue and liners must be removed, as food residue and liners interfere with the recycling process. We cannot use plastic food containers, metal lids, or lids from drive-thru drink containers.  Thank you & keep them coming.
 
Sign Up for the December 19 Third Thursday Food and Fellowship Meal.  The meal will be at Shannon's Five Star Diner.  If you would like to attend, note number
coming on Sunday attendance pad in the far right column, OR phone FCC office BEFORE 2:00 p.m. Tuesday,  
December 17.     
     
Drop Off Sweatpants for Bent School Students, who are in need of gender-neutral colored pants sized 4T-7.  A collection bin will be at the Info Desk.  
 
Drop Off School Supplies and other items for school children. Reach Out is collecting supplies for Sheridan School and Bent School.  Teachers have requested a number of specific items.  Please find a detailed list of needed items at the Info Desk.  Some examples:  Ziploc gallon bags, paper towels, plastic shoeboxes, glue sticks, tissues, pens, and Playdoh.  Also, gently used tennis shoes, coats, clothes for kids to change into in case of accidents, and new boys' and girls' underwear are needed.
 
Volunteer to Help Around FCC.  Find signup sheets at the Info Desk.   
 
Drop off your Box Tops for Education in the Disciples Women's Ministries mailbox outside the church office door.  
 
Make a new friend!  Greet a visitor. Greet someone another member has greeted!  Several contacts truly make a person feel welcome.  A great resource for helping a visitor is the bulletin, and you can also walk them to the Info Desk for another warm greeting,  more information, and a welcome gift! 

"Check In" on Facebook while you are at church. 
December 13, 2019 
In This Issue
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Weather Questionable?

If you suspect Sunday services or another event might be canceled due to inclement weather, see the FCC Facebook page or website, or the WJBC website.
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Office Hours

The church office is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Mondays, when the office closes at 3:00 p.m. instead.  The office is closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. daily.      
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See the Youth Bulletin Board in the Centrum for Youth news and opportunities. 
   
Worship & Wonder and Sunday School for Children are on break until after the holidays. 

The Youth Christmas Party is this Sunday at 5:00.  Grades K-12 are invited for fun and food.  Bring a friend!

Upcoming
 
Brown Bag Bible Bunch meets at noon on Wednesdays.  Jim Warren leads the group, which studies the scripture for the upcoming Sunday.   Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study.  All are welcome!  Note the group will meet offsite this coming Wednesday.  Call the office for details if you aren't a regular attendee.

December 19 Third Thursday Food and Fellowship will be at Shannon's Five Star Diner at 12:30 p.m.  See "Reminders" section to the left for RSVP instructions.

December 24 Christmas Eve Services:           
  • 5:00 p.m. This service has an emphasis on the Christmas story with a Spontaneous Nativity Pageant.
  • 7:30 p.m. This service is saturated with musical sounds of the season and we light candles as we conclude in song.

Sharing FAITH beyond the FCC walls.  Opportunities to be involved in our community...
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The One and All Song Lineup
for December 8

The First Noel
O Little Town of Bethlehem
When Love Was Born
When God is a Child 
Hope Was Born This Night 
FCC Vision and Mission Statements
 
Vision: To be a growing church who welcomes all, grows spiritually, and serves others.
 
Mission: To invite and welcome all to the Lord's Table, to strengthen our spirituality with God and one another through prayer, worship, study, and fellowship, and to serve our community with compassion.


401 W. Jefferson St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
  (309) 829-9327

  To contact Jenifer Petri about Church Communications, email her at Info@blmfcc.org or call 309 533-4912