Worship This Weekend
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This Sunday we light the fourth candle of Advent, the Candle of Love, in our 10:00 a.m. (combined) service.  As well, we will light the Christ candle at our two Christmas Eve evening services, at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.  Come hear Rev. Jim Warren's sermons at the 9:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. services, and a child-oriented message during Children's Time at the 5:00 p.m. service.   
In all three services this Sunday we will be blessed recipients of special gifts of music.  Another highlight in the evening services will be congregational lighting of candles.  What a beautiful celebration of Christmas  awaits us! 
A message about Gifts for Another Table:
Let's finish STRONG!  This week and next we will continue to 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


10:00 a.m.        Traditional Worship in
                         Worship and Wonder will not  
No Youth Group  
5:00 p.m.           Christmas Eve Service
7:30 p.m.           Christmas Eve Service 
Prayer Concerns

CARD SHOWER:  Corena Meyer  
PRAYER FOCUS :   The Promise of Christmas




HOSPICE: Harold Goyen, Marilyn Thompson, Virginia Warren






AFTERCARE: Mickey Armstrong


SYMPATHY: to Jennifer (Kevin) Kiesewetter on the December 19th death of her uncle, Bud Howell.


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!

Acolyte:  Jeremiah Hall 
Advent Wreath Lighters:  10:00 Damery family    5:00 Kosier family
Child Care:  Trish Logan, James Nussbaum
Deacons:   10:00 Libby Nussbaum, Matt Davis
5:00 Todd & Corin Chapman, Ryan Newton, Heather Damery
7:30 Libby Nussbaum, Valerie Fisher
Jr. Deacons: 10:00 Jaden Eft, Madison Varner
5:00 Teagan Gramley, Seth Newton
Drivers:  Ryan Newton, Gary Thompson
Elders:   10:00 May Jackson, Marla McElroy
5:00 Chip & Patti Jamerson, Becky White, Naomi Kosier
7:30 May Jackson, Brenda Phillis
Homebound Elders:  Naomi Kosier, Kathie Chapman
Fellowship Host:  Julie Robinson             
Recycle:  Frank & Lois Lipscomb                         
Fill Candles:  Marla McElroy, Kathie Chapman
Greeters:  10:00 Alan & Kathie Chapman, Vicki Hall
5:00 Darrell & Teri Arvik, Matt & Naomi Kosier
7:30 Ron & Nancy Gramley, Jim & Carolyn Hepperly
Information Center Host: Mary Helen Haskell 
Scripture:   Art Taylor                         Time for Children:  Patty Thompson
Sound Tech:   Brian Metz                   Video Tech: Chip Jamerson
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.
Pause in the Centrum to look at Christmas greetings from members of your church family.  Cards may be placed in the basket if you wish to add your greetings! 
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

Please see Holly Irvin to sign up for the January 20-21 Youth Mid-Winter Retreat by January 6.  See The Messenger for details. 

There will be no more Children/Youth Sunday School or Youth Group meetings in 2017.

Regarding Youth Group:  Please note that there will only be a meal at Youth Group on the first Sunday of the month. 
Youth Mid-winter Retreat will be held in Eureka on January 20.  Details in The Messenger.
Brown Bag Bible Bunch meets at noon on Wednesdays. The group is studying II Timothy.  Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study!
Worship Services are combined on December 24 and 31, and will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. 
Christmas Eve Services in sanctuary:
10:00 a.m.  
5:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Services will be full of wonderful music.  Candlelight will be a feature at both evening services, and the 5:00 service will be extra child-friendly (child care provided for the littler ones, too!). 

Sharing FAITH beyond the FCC walls.  Opportunities to be involved in our community...
How do you most need to experience God today?

...Christmas means that God in Jesus Christ is here with us and for us.  Thanks be to God!  Merry Christmas!

-- Jim Warren in  
Sharon's address: Sharon Warren
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