Worship This Weekend
Music Sunday is upon us!  Come  early for the 9:00 a.m. service.  We will focus on the coming of the Christ child, celebrated with choral and instrumental numbers of various types.  We will be immersed in music of the season.   Invite family and friends to join you for the service and for the Tasting Party, which begins at about 10:00 a.m. in the Centrum! 
The Tasting Party, an annual event, will please your palate, as you sample many FCC favorites.  Bring your own seasonal treat to share with others.  You may drop off your item before 9:00 a.m. in the Centrum.  
At t he 10:15 a.m. progressive One and All service, Jim Warren will be preaching on Isaiah 11:1-10.  The band is preparing a couple of new songs, and all the music at the service will be seasonal and uplifting.  Please remember to grab a bite to eat and some coffee in the Centrum before you come to Fellowship Hall, as there will be none of the usual breakfast foods on-hand due to the Tasting Party.    
Enjoy caroling?  Come back to church in the evening, ready to go caroling at 5:00 with a group of others from FCC.  What a fun time of meeting neighbors and enjoying each other's company!  Continue the fun by going to dinner together afterward.
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 continue to bring a few items each week throughout the season.   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
9:00 a.m.           Music Sunday Traditional  
                            Worship in the Sanctuary and                             Worship & Wonder (begins
                            after Time for Children) 
10:00 a.m.         Tasting Party in the Centrum 
10:15 a.m.         Sunday School for Adults,  
                             Youth, and Children 
10:15 a.m.         One and All Progressive
                              Worship in Fellowship Hall
5:00 p.m.           Caroling -- meet at FCC 
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
  • Frank Lipscomb
  • Richard Malone
AFTERCARE:  Myra Komnick 
  • Harold Goyen
  • Marilyn Kopp  
  • Adam Jacobs (Army)
  • Harley Scott (Phillis' niece/Navy, VA)
  • Gene Fowler
  • Betty Smiley
CARD SHOWER:   Phyllis M. Miller  
PRAYER FOCUS: Let there be peace on earth
  • Dale (Pat) Meridith family and friends on the November 28 death of his brother, Lynn Meridith, of Minier
  • Family and friends of Gillian Rongey on her November 27 death
  • Patty Coil family and friends on the October 1 death of her brother, Lanny McBroom, of California

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: Alexis Nichols, Evan Nichols
Building Lock-up:  Bill Robitske
Child Care:   Trish Logan, Karen Crusius  
·          9:00 Michelle Kiesewetter, Carrie Chapman
·          10:15 Peg Larson, Drew Henneberg
Jr. Deacons:  Bryce Reed, Brennon Reed
Driver:  Gary Thompson, Ralph Lehmann
Elders:  Tamara Shields, Nancy Trefzger
Visiting Elders:  Marla McElroy, Mike Robinson
Coffee Fellowship:  Tasting Party
Fill Candles:  Becky White, Kathie Chapman
Greeters:  Nate & Heather Damery, Martha Hunter
Info Desk:  Mary Helen Haskell
Livestreaming Tech:  Dave Phillis
Scripture:  Patty Thompson
Sound Techs:  Austin Metz, Brian Metz
Time for Children:  Heather Damery
Video Tech:  Chip Jamerson
Worship & Wonder Greeter:  Jenny Hall
Things to Do While
You Are at Church

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. 

Visit the Info Desk to find out more about or drop off a donation for the Share the Warmth Collection 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. 
December 6, 2019 
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 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 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 8

O Come All Ye Faithful
Glory (Let There Be Peace)
like a child
Make Room
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 
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