Worship This Weekend
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Come worship this Sunday and hear Rev. Jim Warren's sermon, "Getting Ready."  Jim will preach at both the 9:00 traditional service and the 10:15 One and All progressive service.  The season of Advent doesn't begin until week. On this Sunday between Thanksgiving and Advent, we can prepare our hearts and souls for a new thing that's about to happen. Hear the story of the angel announcing to Zechariah that he and his wife, Elizabeth, will have a son, who will be John.  John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus.  The scripture passage is Luke 1:8-17.  
Come hear wonderful music!  At the 9:00 service, our Chancel Choir will be singing a beautiful, prayerful gift of music in the spirit of the Lord's Prayer, and at 10:15 the One and All band will not disappoint.  Soon we will be hearing and singing some seasonal tunes.  Coffee and a light breakfast will be waiting for you in Fellowship Hall. 
Have you submitted your pledge for 2019?  To date, we have received 114 pledges totaling $409,000. That's approximately 86% of pledged dollars from 2018.  If you haven't yet, please bring your pledge Sunday and drop it in the offering basket.
food_drive_girl.jpg Gifts for Another Table:
The Regional Alternative School will benefit greatly from your gifts.  Let's have a strong finish to November!  Needed items include: shampoo and conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, hand lotion, Chapstick, and diapers.  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)
10:15 a.m.       Advent Decorating in the  
10:15 a.m.       One and All service in  
                              Fellowship Hall   
Prayer Concerns

CARD SHOWER:   Corena Meyer  
HOSPICE: Harold Goyen    
TREATMENT: Sharon Warren
CONGRATULATIONS to Jill and Justin Smith, who had a baby girl, Marley Sue, on November 20. Brother is Tucker. Grandparents are Julie and Mike Robinson and Dave and Brenda Phillis.   

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:   Jeremiah Hall
Child Care:
  • Trish Logan
  • Marcia Christensen
  • 9:00 Drew & Jenny Henneberg
  • 10:15 Chip & Patti Jamerson
Jr. Deacons:
  • Bryce Reed
  • Brennon Reed
  • Gary Thompson
  • Ralph Lehmann
  • Camille Taylor
  • Art Taylor
Homebound Elders:
  • Joe Bandy
  • Sue Bandy
Fellowship Hosts:
  • Cindy Rousey
  • Wannie Beard
Fill Candles: Marla McElroy
Greeter: Pete Whitmer
Information Center: Nancy Guither      
Scripture: --                
Sound Tech: Brian Metz
Time for Children: Linda Lehmann            
Video Tech: Nate Damery
Worship & Wonder Greeter: Sue Bandy
Pulpit: Jim Warren - Luke 1:8-17   "Getting Ready"
The season of Advent doesn't begin until next week. On this Sunday between Thanksgiving and Advent, we can prepare our hearts and souls for a new thing that's about to happen. Today we hear the story of the angel announcing to Zechariah that he and his wife, Elizabeth, will have a son, who will be John. John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus.

Things to Do While
You Are at Church

Drop off your financial pledge for 2019 in the offering basket (see Worship article above).  If you can't be at church Sunday, please mail it to the office.  
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.

Sign up for the D W M CHRISTMAS SOCIAL December 6 at Westminster Village .   Arrive 11:45-11:55 a.m.; meal served at 12:00 noon.   Cost $10.00 (pay on arrival).    Space is limited to 40 participants and carpooling is encouraged.  Please sign up at the Information Center by December 2.

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 will not meet and Youth Group will be on break this Sunday.
In December there will be Christmas-themed Youth Group meetings:
  • December 2   Caroling and dinner for grades K-12
  • 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 Hebrews.  Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study.  All are welcome!
Mark Your Calendar:
  • Advent Decorating November 25 (this Sunday) at 10:15 in the sanctuary
  • Abundant Life Meal November 25 (this Sunday).  See Julie Robinson to help serve in this worthy ministry.
  • 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.  Details to follow.

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!
The Church Office is closed
today in observance of Thanksgiving. 
May you have a blessed holiday weekend!

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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