Worship This Weekend
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Advent continues this Sunday, and we light the candle of Joy at both services. Rev. Jim Warren will preach at both the 9:00 traditional and the 10:15 progressive One and All  
service (in Fellowship Hall).  His sermon is,
"All I Want for Christmas Is... Joy."  Read the scripture passage here:  Isaiah 12:2-6.  The sermon series during Advent focuses on the special gifts Christmas has for us. Those special gifts are expressed in the traditional Advent themes: hope, peace, joy, and love. During Advent we'll explore what these special gifts mean for us as we prepare to celebrate Christmas and the greatest Christmas gift of all.    
The Christmas offering will be collected Sunday. 
We are halfway through Advent and looking forward to Christmas.  Please mark your calendar for your favorite Christmas Eve candlelight service: the 5:00 family-oriented service, or the also-joyous 7:30 service that includes a sermon.  The music will be outstanding and the message will round out our "All I Want for Christmas" series with the desire of every Christian's heart, Jesus Christ.  Why not introduce a friend to First Christian Church that evening?  All will be warmly welcomed!  
food_drive_girl.jpg Gifts for Another Table:
In December we are collecting food items for the Home Sweet Home Mission.  Please continue to bring rice & rice dinners, potato dinners, pasta of any kind, pasta sauce, Hamburger Helper, dinner meals, cereal, mashed/boxed potatoes, and canned fruits and vegetables.  Thank you! 
Don't Miss It
Activities/Events at Our Church
THIS Weekend
9:00 a.m.         Traditional Worship in
                         Worship and Wonder in
                            Room 128 after Time for  

10:00 a.m.       Sunday School for Adults  
                            (Conference Room and  
                             Room 129)  
10:15 a.m.       One and All service in  
                              Fellowship Hall 
Prayer Concerns

CARD SHOWER:   Adam Jacobs    
PRAYER FOCUS:   Christmas Offering 
  • Laurie Heermance
  • Duff Knudsen
  • Ralph Lehmann
  • Peggy O'Neal
  • David Pool
  • Mary Smart
  • Pam Yerkes
TREATMENT: Sharon Warren
HOSPICE: Harold Goyen

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: Hunter Trefzger
Child Care:
  • Trish Logan
  • Corin Chapman
  • 9:00 Ted Logan, Matt Nichols
  • 10:15 Drew & Jenny Henneberg
Jr. Deacons:
  • Austin Metz
  • Carson Damery
  • Ralph Lehmann
  • Ryan Newton
  • Tamara Shields
  • David Bradbury
Homebound Elders:
  • Susan Cleaver
  • John Dailey
Fellowship Host: Doug Reed
Fill Candles:
  • Mark Gramley
  • Kathie Chapman
  • Justin & Kim Cox
  • Doug & Stephanie Reed
Information Center: Jan Dyer      
Scripture: Ryan Newton                
Sound Tech: Dave Phillis
Time for Children: Scott Fisher          
Video Tech: Chip Jamerson
Worship & Wonder Greeter: Jessica Davis
Pulpit: Jim Warren - Isaiah 12:2-6
Third Sunday of Advent
"All I Want for Christmas Is ... Joy"
Christmas is a time to give and receive gifts, and to remember the greatest Christmas gift of all: God's gift of the Christ Child, God's gift of a Savior. Unfortunately, sometimes we focus so much on the falderal that comes with Christmas we miss the special gifts Christmas has for us expressed in the traditional Advent themes: hope, peace, joy and love
Things to Do While
You Are at Church

  Bring a Christmas Greeting. Rather than sending Christmas cards to all our church friends, our tradition is to send or bring one card to the church to be placed in a basket in the Centrum for all to read. Enclose the amount saved on cards and postage, and this donation will be given to Camp Walter Scott. You may leave your greeting in the offering basket.   
Sign up for the December Wednesday Supper Club, which will meet December 19 at Shannon's 5 Star Diner at 5:00 p.m. Please indicate on an attendance pad how many are attending or call the church office by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 17.
Order a poinsettia for the sanctuary.  You may find a form in the attendance pad that you may complete and place in the offering basket, along with $9 for each beautiful poinsettia.  
Pick up your All I Want for Christmas Advent Devotional at the table outside the sanctuary in the narthex or at the table outside Fellowship Hall.

Drop off your donation for the Start Fresh winter clothing drive, or pick up a flyer to learn more.  A collection tote and flyers are at the Information Center.
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 Information Center for another warm greeting and more information.

"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.
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See the Youth Bulletin Board in the Centrum for Youth news and opportunities. 
Mid-Winter Retreat is January 27. Sign up by January 20 by finding a link on the FCC Youth Facebook page.
Youth and Sunday School classes are on break until January 13.
Note:  Youth Group meetings are from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and guests are invited.  Generally, we will no longer have meals at Youth Group.  Generally, Kids for Christ (Kindergarten through 2nd grade) will only meet on the first Sunday of the month, as per tradition.
Brown Bag Bible Bunch meets at noon on Wednesdays.  The group is studying Matthew chapters 1-2.  Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study.  All are welcome!
Meal at Abundant Life Church will be served at noon Sunday, December 16. Contact Julie Robinson at jerobinson21409@yahoo.com if you can help prepare or serve.

Wednesday Supper Club December 19 at Shannon's 5 Star Diner

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services December 24:
  • 5:00 Music and  extended Children's Time
  • 7:30 Music and Sermon
January 27 we Celebrate Jim's 20th Anniversary serving FCC!

Sharing FAITH beyond the FCC walls.  Opportunities to be involved in our community...
Want to help the Warrens
by providing a meal?
If you would like to help provide meals for the Warren family,  please follow the steps below:
  • Go to the web site: takethemameal.com
  • Type in "Warren" for the family name
  • The Password: Godisgood
  • Sign up for the time(s) when you would like to supply a meal, and just follow the simple steps for delivery.
Thank you!

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Bloomington, IL  61701
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  To contact Jenifer Petri about Church Communications, email her at Info@blmfcc.org or call 309 533-4912