Worship This Weekend
The focus of this Sunday's 9:00 a.m. traditional service is the Hanging of the Green.  We will adorn the sanctuary and learn about the various symbolism of Advent and Christmas.  Come!  Worship and learn, and help welcome many members of groups who use our building (as we celebrate our Property Use priority).  We will celebrate our various church priorities throughout the service.  It will be a warm and lovely morning.  Invite family and friends to join you! 
At t he 10:15 a.m. progressive One and All service, Jim Warren will be preaching on Matthew 3:1-12 and the band is back.  We will even sing a carol to get the season started!   
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 month we collect food products for the Salvation Army.   Please try to bring a few items each week as there are many in need and grateful for the help this season.   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
TREATMENT:  Paula Robb
  • Harold Goyen
  • Marilyn Kopp  
  • Adam Jacobs (Army)
  • Harley Scott (Phillis' niece/Navy, VA)
  • Phyllis M. Miller
  • Dorothy Sallee
CARD SHOWER:   Phyllis L. Miller  
PRAYER FOCUS: Prepare our hearts for Advent

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 Lock-up: Mike Robinson
Child Care: Trish Logan, Corin Chapman
  • 9:00 Chip & Patti Jamerson
  • 10:15 Chip & Patti Jamerson
Jr. Deacons: Austin Metz, Reed Naughton
Drivers: Rich Crusius, Ryan Newton
Elders: Marla McElroy, Mike Robinson
Visiting Elders: Gregg Kiesewetter, Madonna Courtright
Coffee Fellowship: Bill Robitske  
Fill Candles: Becky White, Kathie Chapman
Greeters: Renae Hammitt, Sam Gustafson,
Josie Gustafson, Pete Whitmer
Info Desk: Pete Whitmer
Livestreaming Tech: Dave Phillis
Scripture: Marla McElroy
Sound Tech: Brian Metz
Time for Children: Linda Lehmann
Video Tech: Nate Damery
Worship & Wonder Greeter: Chip Jamerson
Pulpit: Hanging of the Green; One and All:  Jim Warren 
Things to Do While
You Are at Church

Drop off Your Pledge Card in the Offering Basket if you haven't returned it yet.  Call the office if you need assistance.   
# pledges for 2020:   105
Amount of pledges for 2020:  $390,134.44
Compared to 2019:
# pledges in 2019:  131
Amount of pledges in 2019:  $459,110.32
Pick Up Your Advent Devotional (30-day devotional for all) at the Info Desk or in the Narthex. These are different from the devotionals being used by the Small Groups.
Pick up Your Advent/Christmas Ornaments.  Take one for your tree and a couple to give to friends and family as you invite them to our December services. 
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 29, 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 is closed today, November 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!

This Sunday, 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 Chrismon ornaments.
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. Afterward, let's go out for dinner together!  All are welcome!

December 24 Christmas Eve Services:           
  • 5:00 p.m. This service has an emphasis on the Christmas story with extended Time for Children.
  • 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...
The One and All Song Lineup
for December 1

Holy Moment
Room for All of Us
Hope of the Broken World
Angels We Have Heard on High
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