Worship This Weekend
We are back to our usual two-service schedule this Sunday.  Attend at 9:00 a.m. for a traditional service, and/or at 10:15 a.m. for a more progressive service. 
This Sunday we observe Epiphany (the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi).  Rev. Jim Warren will preach on, "Another Way Home," as he explores Matthew 2:1-12.  About the sermon he says, "The Magi followed the star in search of Jesus, but ran into Herod along the way.  Herod wanted to eliminate Jesus because he saw Jesus as a threat.  The Magi were warned in a dream to take another road home and avoid Herod." 
Holly Irvin will be sharing a gift of music on flute at the 9:00 a.m.  service, and our One and All Band will be playing upbeat tunes at the 10:15 service.  The latter service is held in Fellowship Hall where a light breakfast will await you!    
Happy New Year!  As the new year symbolically provides fresh opportunities, why not make one of your priorities inviting a friend to worship with you?  All are welcome! 
Can't attend this Sunday?  Tune in at 9:00 a.m.on our Facebook Page, or on our website ( www.blmfcc.com), to see a live stream of the traditional service!  You can watch  and worship along with folks at FCC.  Be sure to tell your friends! 
food_drive_girl.jpg Gifts for Another Table:
Let's start strong in our collection of items for our January recipient, the Regional Alternative School.  Needed items include shampoo and conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, hand lotion, Chapstick, and diapers.  
Don't Miss It
Activities/Events at Our Church
THIS Weekend
9:00 a.m.           Traditional Worship   
                              in the Sanctuary 
10:15 a.m.         Fellowship Time (coffee and  
                              donut holes) in the Centrum
10:15 a.m.         Sunday School for Adults
                              (Conference Room)
10:15 a.m.         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.
OSF ST. JOSEPH:  Rita Bell
  • Justin Cox
  • Richard Malone 
  • Richard Brandt
  • Max Chapman
  • Connie Rapp
  • Neil Sallee
  • Harold Goyen
  • Marilyn Kopp  
  • Adam Jacobs (Army)
  • Harley Scott (Phillis' niece/Navy, VA)
Dorthy Neal   

PRAYER FOCUS:  Fires in Australia
  • Daniel Sperry and family on the December 23 death of his wife, Gerada
  • Tom (Michele) and Katie Pugh and family on the December 24 death of their father/grandfather, Larry W. Pugh, of Pella, IA

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: Doug Reed
Child Care: Trish Logan, Heather Damery
Deacons: 9:00 Doug & Stephanie Reed
                   10:15 Juan & Emily Mejia 
Jr. Deacons: Jaci Cox, Lydia Warren     
Drivers: Rich Crusius, Ryan Newton   
Elders: Jill West, John Dailey
Visiting Elders: Scott & Valerie Fisher
Coffee Fellowship: Julie Robinson
Fill Candles: Marla McElroy
Info Desk: Nancy Guither
Scripture Reader:  Susan Cleaver 
Time for Children:  Tamara Shields    
Livestreaming Tech: Dave Phillis              
Sound Techs:   Brian Metz, Austin Metz        
Video Tech: James Nussbaum
Pulpit:  Jim Warren 
Things to Do While
You Are at Church
Sign up for Third Thursday Food and Fellowship. The group will gather January 16 at 12:30 p.m. at Famous Dave's.  To RSVP, note number attending on Sunday attendance pad far right column or phone the FCC office before 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14.  In case of inclement weather, be sure the office has your current email and/or mobile number for text.
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.
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.
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. 
January 3, 2020  
In This Issue

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.
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 resume on January 12. 

Upcoming Events include a Lock-in on January 18 and Mid-Winter Retreat January 25-26.  See your bulletin for details.

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! 

This Sunday,     January 5, we will "undecorate" the sanctuary after the 9:00 service.  Come one, come all!  Be sure to take home any poinsettias you purchased, as well!

January 12 Congregational Meeting after the 9:00 service to approve the church budget

January 16 Third Thursday Food and Fellowship at 12:30 p.m. at Famous Dave's.  See RSVP instructions in the Reminders block.

Sharing FAITH beyond the FCC walls.  Opportunities to be involved in our community...
guitar_hand.jpg One and All Song Lineup

House of the Lord
Cast My Cares
Give Me Your Eyes
Your Everlasting Love
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