Worship This Weekend
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Advent continues this Sunday, and we light the candle of Peace.
It is Music Sunday at the 9:00 traditional service. The holiday spirit will be present as we listen to and sing throughout the morning!  Our Children and Youth Choir, Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and a Men's Quartet have been rehearsing and sound wonderful!  You will not want to miss it.
At the One and All progressive service at 10:15 in Fellowship Hall, Rev. Jim Warren's sermon, "All I Want for Christmas is... Peace," explores Luke 1:46-55. 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 highly-anticipated Tasting Party takes place this Sunday right after the 9:00 service.  Please bring your goodie (holiday or non-holiday) and leave it in the Centrum on your way to the 9:00 service, or bring it by 9:30 if you are attending the 10:15 service.  Enjoy the warm fellowship of the season while sampling some delicious treats!   
food_drive_girl.jpg Gifts for Another Table:
In December we are collecting food items for the Home Sweet Home Mission, on whom many rely throughout and especially this time of year.  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
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 All  
                             Ages  (various locations)  
10:00 a.m.       Tasting Party in the
10:15 a.m.       One and All service in  
                              Fellowship Hall    
5:00 p.m.          Youth Group for grades  
Prayer Concerns

CARD SHOWER: Phyllis M. Miller   
PRAYER FOCUS: Peace in our hearts
AWAITING TESTS/SURGERY: Tom Crutchley, Laurie Heermance
  • Duff Knudsen
  • Ralph Lehmann
  • Peggy O'Neal
  • David Pool
  • Mary Smart
  • Pam Yerkes
TREATMENT: Sharon Warren
HOSPICE: Harold Goyen
SYMPATHY TO the congregation of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church on the November 29 death of their pastor, Rev. Frank McSwain 

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:  ----
Child Care: 
·        Trish Logan
·        Jenny Henneberg
·        9:00 Libby Nussbaum, Juan Mejia
·        10:15 Matt Davis, Michelle Kiesewetter
Jr. Deacons: 
·        Jaci Cox
·        Bethany Warren
·        Rich Crusius
·        Ralph Lehmann
·        Susan Cleaver
·        John Dailey
Homebound Elders:  
·        Al Leight
·        Beverly Leight
Fellowship Host:  Tasting Party  
Fill Candles:  
·        Mark Gramley
·        Kathie Chapman
·        Mark & Michelle Gramley
·        Brian Metz, Austin Metz
Information Center:  Susan Chaney      
Scripture:  Patty Thompson                
Sound Tech:  James Nussbaum
Time for Children:  Matt Chapman             
Video Tech:  Austin Metz
Worship & Wonder Greeter:  Karen Crusius
Pulpit:  Jim Warren - Luke 1:46-55  Second Sunday of Advent
"All I Want for Christmas Is ... Peace"   
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.
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. 
Sunday School classes and Youth Group meet this Sunday.
This Sunday, December 9, the Youth will enjoy a scavenger hunt and Christmas party.  Grades K-12 meet at 5:00 at the church.   
Youth and Sunday School classes are on break after this weekend, 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 Luke 2.  Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study.  All are welcome!
Mark Your Calendar:
  • 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)
  • Wednesday Supper Club December 19 at Shannon's 5 Star Diner

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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