Worship This Weekend
This Sunday we continue to focus on thankfulness.  Rev. Jim Warren will preach from Philippians 4 and the sermon title is, "Always."  About the sermon, he says, "The Apostle Paul encourages us to rejoice always, no matter what may be happening around us.  He tells us that he's learned to be content whether he has little or plenty.  Regardless of the circumstances in our life, we are called on to be a thankful people."  Read the scripture before you come:  Philippians 4:4-13 
At the 9:00 traditional service, the Gift of Music will be presented by the Chancel Choir, with Jake Scheuring directing and Susan Cleaver providing percussion.  For t he 10:15 progressive One and All service, the band will be on a break but we will sing along to familiar music via lyric videos.  Don't miss this unique service  -- you will find excellent teaching, prayer stations, and coffee and pastries.  
Please take a moment to review the Upcoming section of this email, as many wonderful services are being planned for Advent.  You won't want to miss them!   
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 is the last Sunday we collect food items for the Center for Hope Food Pantry.  Let's finish November with gusto!  Please bring items like 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
9:00 a.m.           Traditional Worship in  
                            the Sanctuary and  
                          Worship & Wonder (begins
                            after Time for Children) 
10:15 a.m.         Sunday School for Adults,  
                             Youth, and Children 
10:15 a.m.         One and All Progressive
                              Worship in Fellowship Hall
Prayer Concerns
Reminder: Please let the church office know if you know of someone who needs a call or is in the hospital.


  • Justin Cox
  • Richard Malone
  • Myra Komnick
  • Payten Presley
  • Harold Goyen
  • Marilyn Kopp  
  • Adam Jacobs (Army)
  • Harley Scott (Phillis' niece/Navy, VA)
  • Marlyn Mahannah
  • Neil Sallee
  • Barbara Thatcher
CARD SHOWER:   Corena Meyer
PRAYER FOCUS: Thankfulness for God's goodness and love  

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!
Acolyte: Khloe Nussbaum  
Building Lockup: Joe Bandy    
Child Care: Trish Logan, Abby Logan      
Deacons: 9:00 Robyn Loftin, Holly Rocke
              10:15 Jenny Henneberg, Doug Reed
Jr. Deacons: Clark Kosier, Sadie Newton
Drivers: Frank Lipscomb, Ralph Lehmann
Elders: Gregg Kiesewetter, Madonna Courtright
Visiting Elders: Leslie Frizzell, Bill Robitske
Coffee Fellowship: Ron & Nancy Gramley        
Time for Children:  Jim Warren
F ill Candles: Deb Bomeli        
Greeters: Matt & Naomi Kosier, Marla McElroy  
Info Desk: Karen Crusius
Livestreaming Tech: Dave Phillis
Scripture Reader:               
Sound Tech: James Nussbaum
Video Tech: James Nussbaum 
Worship & Wonder Greeter: Ryan Newton
Pulipit:  Jim Warren 
Things to Do While
You Are at Church

Order a Poinsettia for the Christmas Season for the sanctuary.  This will be the last Sunday for orders, and forms are available in the attendance pads in each pew.
Visit the Info Desk to find out more about or drop off a donation for the Share the Warmth Collection, and to pick up a need slip from the Adopt-a-Family Tree.  See details in The Messenger.
Sit Toward the Front at the 9:00 a.m. Service.  Please move up a few rows or move from the back area to the front area so that the viewers on our livestreaming broadcast can see that we have good attendance!  Let's show them how excited we are to be at FCC and maybe they will join us!  
Drop off Plastic Caps and Lids at the church office counter.   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 (look for a container) and will be upcycled into a bench with the help of Green Tree Plastics. Types of caps accepted include caps from medicine bottles, milk jugs, detergent, hair spray, toothpaste, deodorant, apple sauce pouches, drink bottles, spray paint, ointment tubes, baby food, and shampoo/conditioner. Also, lids from cottage cheese containers, mayonnaise jars, yogurt, peanut butter jars, ice cream buckets, cool whip containers, coffee cans, cream cheese containers, margarine containers, and Pringles are acceptable. All caps and lids must be Recycle #2, 4, or 5.    
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.
Pick Up a Third Thursday Food and Fellowship Schedule at the Info Desk.  
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. 
November 22, 2019 
In This Issue
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.     
The office will be closed Thursday and Friday of next week, November 28 and 29, to allow staff to enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.  
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See the Youth Bulletin Board in the Centrum for Youth news and opportunities. 
Worship & Wonder and Sunday School for Children meet this Sunday. 

Sunday School Classrooms:
1st grade -- nursery
Grades 2-5 -- room 122
Grades 6-12 -- room 109

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!

Monday, November 25 Pre-Decorating will take place at 5:00 p.m. to get the sanctuary ready for Hanging of the Green.  Many hands are needed for this fun event, which will include chili by Vicki Hall.  Please bring sliced cheese (for crackers), or a side dish or dessert.


December 1 Hanging of the Green Service As we adorn our sanctuary, we welcome guests, including many who use our facility regularly, and learn about various Advent and Christmas symbols including the crèche and Chrismons.


December 8 Music Sunday, with Tasting Party  At 9:00 a.m. we will experience the musical joys of the season at our traditional service, and then we'll gather at 10:00 a.m. in the Centrum for our annual Tasting Party. Bring  your favorite holiday treat that morning.  Church-wide caroling in the neighborhood begins at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome!

Sharing FAITH beyond the FCC walls.  Opportunities to be involved in our community...
The One and All Song Lineup
for November 24

Start a Fire in Me
God of Brilliant Lights
Faithful One
Light Up the Sky 
Your Grace is Enough 

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