Sawyer Memorial Organ Concert
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Gratitude Sunday

8:30 am Worship in the Chapel
9:30 am Forum in the Chapel
9:30 am  Children’s Choir
9:45 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsa l
10:30 am Worship in the Sanctuary
10:45 am Church School
11:45 am Youth Choir
3:00 pm Sawyer Memorial Organ Concert
WEEKEND DETAILS
Sawyer Memorial Organ Concert
Sunday, at 3 pm - Sanctuary

Join us as we host Ms. Gail Archer, organist and professor at Columbia University. Ms. Archer will be playing organ music from all time periods, from Bach to contemporary. The Sawyer Memorial Fund was established in 2012 when our former Music Director Jane Sawyer passed away.
The generated funds are used to host an annual organ concert, and for organ repairs as necessary. There will be a reception in the link after
the concert.
Stewardship Update - Is your pledge up-to-date?
As of the end of October, we have given 78% of our pledged amount to the church. A quick bit of math: October is 83% of the way through the year. So, please look carefully at the statement you were emailed this week and catch up as needed.
“Talking Turkey at Thanksgiving”
Sunday, at 9:30 am - Chapel

Many of you will be gathered with loved ones this week. How do you take a bit of time out to talk about serious things, like what would matter to you at the end of life? What would matter to them? Join some of the Ministry of Last Things team at First Cong for a couple of videos and a lively discussion and suggestions for how to “talk turkey” with those you might care for or who might take care of you!
It's SERVE Sunday
The mission of SERVE Sunday is to instill in our children and youth an appreciation of service as a spiritual practice. Activities: Decorating candles for the Board of Parish Life to be distributed to members of our congregation who have had a significant life event; Dispersing winter accessories to our Soup Kitchen clients; Attaching candy canes to postcard invites to Jingle & Mingle to be passed out at the parade; Creating a collection box and posters for our annual Share A Gift toy collection.
Advent Devotionals Available Now
Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas, begins Sunday, December 1. The Board of Spiritual Life invites you to read A New Earth, daily reflections on Scripture for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany written by the UCC Still Speaking Writers Group. Books for $5 will be available for purchase after both worship services Sundays, November 17 and 24 and December 1 until we run out of copies.
Mindful Works at Coffee Hour
Sunday, Following 10:30 Worship - Link

This coming Sunday, our Churchwide Mission Project Partner, Mindful Works will be present in the Link during fellowship hour offering cookies and an opportunity to get to know them better. Stop by the table to greet them and learn more about their work!
Young Adult Thanksgiving Gathering
Sunday, from 3-7 pm - Matthew's House

The young adults are invited to Matthew’s house in Longmont Sunday
from 3:00-7:00 pm for a Thanksgiving gathering.

Email Matthew for more details.
Interfaith Alliance Solidarity Session 
Sunday, from 3-5 pm - Congregation Har Hashem

Join us and learn how to harness the power of faith-rooted social action...
  • what areas Interfaith Alliance of Colorado emphasizes
  • what Policy issues we anticipate during 2020,
  • what a path of Engagement looks like
  • how the Alliance helps congregations articulate our values in the public sphere
  • how to get involved in the Network
UPCOMING EVENTS
Mental Health & Wellness Spiritual Support Group
Monday, November 25 from 7 to 8:30 pm - Heritage Room

Are you or family members dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or some other mental health challenge? Join us for
a safe and confidential meeting to explore the issues surrounding
these challenges.

For more information email  Anne Weiher.
Contemplative Prayer Service
Wednesday, November 27 at 5:30 pm - Chapel

Scripture, Taize chant, poetry, and candlelight surround this time of deep extended silence and gentle community.
Hanging of the Greens
Saturday, November 30 at 9 am - Sanctuary/Plaza

All are invited to join members of the Board of Spiritual Life and friends for the traditional Hanging of the Greens in the Sanctuary and on the Plaza on Saturday, November 30 starting at 9 am. Trees, garlands, nativity scenes and lights will grace our church home in time for the
First Sunday of Advent on December 1. Coffee, treats, and good spirits will lighten the workload; bring your energy! All are welcome.
Alternative Gift Market
Sundays, December 1 through 22 - Link & Plymouth Hall

This is an historic year marking our church’s 25th anniversary year hosting an AGM. In 24 years we have donated $195,210 to worthy causes around the world. Instead of buying a traditional gift for loved ones, you donate an amount in their honor that supports a good cause. Select a card and receive an insert describing your contribution to give at Christmas. You will have the satisfaction of giving green and knowing your gift made a difference in the world.
Share a Gift Collection for Boulder
County Families in Need
Sundays, December 1 and 8

Our collection of new and gently used toys in good condition will run for TWO WEEKS ONLY. Start sorting and collecting now so that you’re ready to bring your donations on those two Sundays. This is a great time, just before Christmas, to cull through toys and books and games and instill a generous spirit in gifting these things to children who will love
and appreciate them. Learn more here.
Small Group: Let Your Life Speak
Mondays, Starting December 2, 9 and 16 - Heritage Room

As part of our Communities of Calling Project, you are invited to gather with others to discuss Parker Palmer’s book, Let Your Life Speak. In this short collection of essays on vocation, Palmer invites us to listen to our inner teacher and follow its guidance toward a sense of meaning and purpose in life. Book available for $10 each. 1:30 am to 3 pm with Amy Ostwald and Matthew Benz-Whittington. Or 6:30 to 8 pm with Charley Rastle, Laura Riihimaki and Chris Braudaway-Bauman.
SAVE THE DATES
Community Table
Wednesday, December 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 

Volunteers are needed to serve a meal to Bridge House Path to Home members. The meal is served at 2691 30th Street, Boulder. You can sign up at the bottom under the Useful Links or email  Denise Cone for more information.
Bible Study: Light of the World:
A Beginner’s Guide to Advent
Thursdays, Starting December 5 from 5:30 to 7 pm - Heritage Room

Join us as for a Bible Study written by biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine
as we trace the Christmas narrative and explore the revolutionary implications of the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. Books available for $10 each. Led by Phil Braudaway-Bauman and Julie Griffitts. Sign-up here.
Keeping it Real - Art Reception
Friday, December 6 from 6-9 pm

The McMane Arts Ministry is proud to announce our next show by two
of our own church members, Catharine Millar Woods and Melody Fuller. Catharine’s watercolors are part of an on-going series of Christmas-themed paintings. Melody’s work focuses on faces, some familiar and some from around the world. Both artists primarily work in watercolors. Chappell Kingsland (pianist), will provide music. Mindful works, Bonney Forbes and other artist will have sale items. Refreshments provided.
Boulder Parade of Lights
Saturday, December 7

FCC has participated in Boulder’s Parade of Lights for the last several years, and each year we’ve increased our presence. We host a “Jingle
& Mingle” after the parade and hear our amazing Congregational Bells, visit our Crèche display, warm up with hot chocolate and cookies, and where children can decorate Christmas Cookies. We will have a potluck dinner at 4:00 in Plymouth Hall before we get into costume and go to our starting position on the parade route at 6:00ish. Email Deborah for info.
Sign-up to Join Jingle and Mingle
Saturday, December 7

Jingle and Mingle time is fast approaching on December 7th following
the Lights of December Parade. This annual treat is fun for ALL ages but takes a village to put on for our Boulder community. Signup to bake sugar cookies to be decorated, cookies to serve or help in our Christmas Crafts room or sing with our Broadway Carolers. There are lots of fun ways to be involved! Visit our Signup Board in the Link AND plan to attend this wonderful church hosted community event!
NEWS
December Birthday? How About Ushering?
We’re starting a new way of volunteering to usher. Please consider signing up during your birthday month---for just one Sunday or all four. That way, we will have new ushers every month, and you will only have to consider volunteering once a year. So, you December babies, give it
a go! Ushering is a unique opportunity to demonstrate the welcoming atmosphere of our church, to members and newcomers alike. Simply sign up here. If you have questions, please contact Peter Oakes.
Your First Cong Dollars at Work
The Jane Sawyer Organ Concert is scheduled this Sunday. This year’s guest performer is Gail Archer of Columbia University. FCC of Boulder has over $125,000 in the Sawyer Organ Concert Endowment, and $1200 of earnings from the Endowment paid the expenses of this year’s concert. The Endowment was established when our previous Music Director, Jane Sawyer, passed in 2012. The Endowment supports the annual Organ Concert and also pays for the FCC organ upkeep and maintenance.
Christmas Pageant Signup 
Christmas Pageant signup is now open to children in Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School grades. To sign your child up please go HERE. The Pageant is on Christmas Eve at 4pm with the mandatory rehearsal on the 23rd from 9-noon for Middle Schoolers and 10:00-noon for Elementary and Kindergarten. Please see the registration site for more information or contact Deborah Voss
T Shirts Into Reusable Bags
Our elementary children and youth are collecting t-shirts, and working with Mindful Works, our children & youth will transform then into delightful reusable bags. If you would like your own t-shirt back, please pin your name, phone and email to the inside of the shirt. We will sew them during SERVE Sunday in January and then again in April. A collection box is in the Link for you to leave your t-shirt(s). If you have questions, please contact Deborah
Want to Give a Year End Gift to the Church?
We have a wish list! These are items that the church is saving up for
and if you want to add to the savings, now is a great time.

Two new 12-foot artificial Christmas trees to grace the chancel, replacing the ones that have seen much better days

New vinyl tile flooring in Plymouth Hall that will include an inlay
of a Labyrinth!

New sound equipment for Plymouth Hall so that we can have
Dinner Church without technical difficulties.

Eco friendly storm windows for the windows on the first floor
of the Faith Center.

There are several ways you can give. Simply identify how you would like your year end gift to be used...

Write a check to First Congregational Church.

Use a credit card through text to give.
Send a text to 73256, with "joy2givefcc" in the message.

Transfer assets.
For further information, please contact Beverly Miller or 303-442-1787. 
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