Advent begins this Sunday, and so we light the candle of Hope. Rev. Jim Warren's sermon, "All I Want for Christmas is... Hope," explores
. 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.
A very special gift of music will be presented at the 9:00 service by our Chancel Choir, with percussion provided by members Susan Cleaver, Peggy Larson, and John Larson. At 10:15 the One and All band will have us singing along to some seasonal favorites. Invite a friend to enjoy this casual service with you. You can promise a light breakfast and warm welcome. See you in Fellowship Hall!
Worship and Wonder continues! Susan Sanders begins as our Worship and Wonder storyteller this Sunday. She is a Worship and Wonder Trainer and has led W & W for many years. She is currently participating in the children's ministry at Normal First Presbyterian Church, and will be able to be our storyteller as well. We welcome Susan to First Christian and look forward to many stories!
Gifts for Another Table:
In December we will be collecting food items for the Home Sweet Home Mission, a great community member. Please 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
9:00 a.m. Traditional Worship in
Worship and Wonder in
after Time for
10:00 a.m. Sunday School for All
Ages (various locations)
10:15 a.m. One and All service in
5:00 p.m. Youth Group for grades
Phyllis L. Miller
Preparing our hearts and souls for Advent
AWAITING TESTS/SURGERY: Tom Crutchley
TREATMENT: Sharon Warren
- Duff Knudsen
- Ralph Lehmann
- Peggy O'Neal
- David Pool
- Dorothy Sallee
- Neil Sallee
- Mary Smart
- Pam Yerkes
HOSPICE: Harold Goyen
Brenda (Dave) Phillis family on the November 25 death of
her mother, Geneva Scott
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!
9:00 Holly Rocke, Robyn Loftin
10:15 Ted Logan, Matt Nichols
Bill, Susan, and Tom Chaney
Art & Camille Taylor
Time for Children:
Worship & Wonder Greeter:
Jim Warren - Jeremiah 33:14-16 First Sunday of Advent
"All I Want for Christmas Is ... Hope"
Things to Do While
You Are at Church
Congratulate and Thank Rev. Jim Warren for 20 years of Service!
What a milestone for Jim and for us! His anniversary is December 1, and we will celebrate him in a larger way on January 27 (more details later), but be sure to thank him for his service and commitment to God and FCC when you see him Sunday morning!
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
Start Fresh winter clothing drive
, or pick up a flyer to learn more. A collection tote and flyers are at the Information Center.
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.
Ministry Quick Links
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See the Youth Bulletin Board in the Centrum for Youth news and opportunities.
Sunday School classes and Youth Group meet this Sunday.
This month there will be Christmas-themed Youth Group meetings:
- December 2 Caroling and dinner at Pizza Ranch for grades K-12. Meet at church at 5:00 p.m. Dinner is free-of-charge.
- December 9 A scavenger hunt and Christmas party for grades K-12
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 Luke 1. Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study. All are welcome!
Mark Your Calendar:
- Disciples Women's Ministries Christmas Social December 6. See information in "Reminders" section to the left.
- Annual Tasting Party December 9 at 10:00 a.m. Bring your goodie (holiday or non-holiday) before 9:00 worship or by 9:30 if you are attending 10:30 worship.
- Music Sunday December 9 (featuring Chancel and bell choirs, Youth choir, and a men's quartet)
Sharing FAITH beyond the FCC walls. Opportunities to be involved in our community...
Want to help
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.