Worship This Weekend
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Week four of Advent is this Sunday, and we light the candle of Love at both the 9:00 traditional and 10:15 progressive services. Rev. Jim Warren will preach at both services.  His sermon,  
"All I Want for Christmas Is... Love," will explore John 1:1-5; 14-18. 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.  
P lease 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!   
Please also mark your calendar with a note about December 30 and the single service that day, at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. 
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 for your generosity! 
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:   Hobie Landreth     
PRAYER FOCUS:   God's greatest gift of love  
  • Betty Beer
  • Sherry Blessing
  • Max Chapman
  • Laurie Heermance
  • Duff Knudsen
  • Myra Komnick
  • Connie Lindenbaum
  • Peggy O'Neal
  • David Pool
  • Mary Smart
TREATMENT: Sharon Warren
HOSPICE: Harold Goyen
90+ BIRTHDAY : Gene Murray will turn 92 on December 25

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!
·        Lucy Jamerson
·        Josie Jamerson
Child Care: 
·        Trish Logan
·        Kathie Chapman
·        9:00 Drew & Jenny Henneberg
·        10:15 Holly Rocke, Robyn Loftin
Jr. Deacons: 
·        Mason Janvrin
·        Logan Janvrin
·        Rich Crusius
·        Frank Lipscomb
·        Becky White
·        Naomi Kosier
Homebound Elders:  
·        Tamara Shields
·        David Bradbury
Fellowship Hosts:  Ron & Nancy Gramley
Fill Candles:  
·        Mark Gramley
·        Kathie Chapman
·        Alan & Kathie Chapman
·        Nate & Heather Damery
Information Center:  Leslie Frizzell      
Scripture:  Art Taylor             
Sound Tech:  Brian Metz
Time for Children: Jim Warren             
Video Tech:  Chip Jamerson
Worship & Wonder Greeter: Patti Jamerson
Pulpit:  Jim Warren - John 1:1-5, 14-18
Fourth Sunday of Advent
"All I Want for Christmas Is ... Love"
Things to Do While
You Are at Church

Sign up to attend the January 27 event celebrating Jim's 20th Anniversary at FCC.  More details are in the Messenger.   Reservations, required for the meal , may be made at the Information Center or on the FCC Facebook page.
Bring your offering.  Contributions for 2018 must be received in the church office or postmarked by December 31, 2018.  Please use the offering basket on Sunday.   
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.   
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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Cancellations Due to Weather

Please listen to WJBC, check our Facebook page, or go to the church website at   www.blmfcc.com for information regarding cancellations.

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 (on break December 26 and January 2).  The group is studying Matthew chapters 1-2.  Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study.  All are welcome!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services December 24:
  • 5:00 Music and  extended Children's Time (we will make Nativity Story Bracelets!)
  • 7:30 Music and Sermon
December 30 single service at 10:00 a.m.
January 6 Undecorating the Sanctuary after the 9:00 a.m. service.

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!

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