Midday Music and Early Pastor Connection
November 25, 2020
Midday Music and Thanksgiving Blessing
Enjoy an encore performance by our Celebration Ringers of "Let All Things Now Living." We hope you not only enjoy it today, but listen again tomorrow. Use the music and Thanksgiving Blessing as you express your gratitude to God.
God, we have known Your love, and experienced your care and provision.
We come before you with hearts that are overflowing with thanks

We thank you for the good world; for things great and small, beautiful and awesome; for seen and unseen splendors;
 
Thank you for human life; for talking and moving and thinking together; for common hopes and hardships shared;
 
Thank you for work to do and strength to work; for the comradeship of labor; for exchanges of good humor and encouragement;
 
Thank you for family; for living together and eating together; for family amusements and family pleasures;
 
Thank you for children; for their energy and curiosity; for their brave play and startling frankness; for their sudden sympathies;
 
Thank you for the young; for their high hopes; for their irreverence toward worn-out values; for their search for freedom; for their solemn vows;
 
Thank you for growing up and growing old; for wisdom deepened by experience; for rest in leisure; and for time made precious by its passing;
 
Thank you for your help in times of doubt and sorrow; for healing our diseases; for preserving us in temptation and danger;
 
Thank you for the church into which we have been called; for the good news we receive by Word and Sacrament; for our life together in the Lord;
 
Thank you for your Holy Spirit, who guides our steps and brings us gifts of faith and love; who prays in us and prompts our grateful worship;
 
Above all, O God, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ, who lived and died and lives again for our salvation; for our hope in him; and for the joy of serving him; for we pray this in his name. Amen.
LOOKING AHEAD TO ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
Adam Hamilton Bible Study
Starting November 30, we will meet each Monday at noon for this year’s 4–week Advent Study. We will follow Adam Hamilton’s new study, Incarnation. Each week, Hamilton will guide us through a discussion on the names of Jesus. The zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87844773994 The meeting ID is 878 4477 3994

The Tuesday Morning Bible study will not meet during Advent. We encourage you to join on us Monday's at noon.
Devotions for Advent and Christmas
The church is providing a daily devotion guide that corresponds with this year’s Advent theme - Those Who Dream. Reflect each day on Scripture, art, poetry, and your own journaling as you grow deeper in relationship with God and prepare for Sunday’s worship services. If you would like a copy please call the office or email Pastor Amy. amy@1stpresby.org
Advent Calendar for Families
Click HERE for an Advent Calendar with simple activities each day. These different intentions can help you take a few moments to remember the reason for the season.
All Church Carol Sing on Facebook Live
Sunday December 6, at 3:00 p.m.
Join the Church on our Facebook page to sing your favorite Christmas Carols! You do not need a Facebook account to participate. https://www.facebook.com/fpcwaterloo.
Pastor Amy and John Wiles will lead us in the singing. Participants will be able to make requests in the comments section. Contact Pastor Amy or Pastor Pat if you would like to borrow a hymnal from the church. 
Thanks again to Brenda!
Thank you to all those who sent cards and gifts for Brenda to show your gratitude! She was incredibly touched by your love and support!
New Church Officer Elections Postponed
At their last meeting, Session decided that our church will postpone new officer elections for a year. They have observed that it is getting increasingly difficult to fill all required officer positions. Session will take the next year to research and discuss potential adjustments to our current church offices as we prepare for elections in the Fall of October 2021. Thank you for your understanding.
Holiday Office Hours
The church office will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving.
Online Giving Available
Thank you to all those who are continuing to faithfully give their pledges and offerings to the church. In an attempt to make giving easier during this time, we have initiated online giving to our church through the Presbyterian Foundation. Click on the button below to set up on account for continual giving. You may also give a one time gift. You may also continue to mail checks to the church. Please call the office if you have questions.

We are still engaging in meaningful ministry and your offerings make that ministry possible. Thank you for your generosity and please continue to give as you can.
In Our Thoughts and Prayers
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New to the Prayer List:
Mary K. Williams was in the hospital but returned home and is recovering.

For specific individuals:
Karen Dew recovery from Covid in Sumner; Kaitlin Sittig resting at home until time for delivery of a baby; Steve Miller continues with cancer treatments; Mary Davis and Karen Hahn, at Ravenwood; Pat Narey, Kari's husband, who is dealing with a bone infection in his feet; Jan Bellinger, recovering from knee surgery at home; Neesa and Lori (the Bellinger's family) recovering from surgery; Suzanne (the Bellinger's daughter in-law) awaiting surgery; Jim Clarke dealing with cancer; Gary Lee dealing with walking and balance issues; Marilyn Lottich dealing with health issues but recovering at home; Richard Platt; Gerald Buls, who has been diagnosed with lymph node cancer; prayers of safety for Lorraine Baker's nephew and Barbara Benksin's son, who are both truckers; Kason (Connie Leeper's daughter-in-law's nephew, recovering from a car accident; Bob Cutsforth, who is undergoing cancer treatment; The Platts' friends in Venezuela who are struggling with food and other resources; Joe Fernau (Marie's son), who finished treatments for lymphoma; Sarah (granddaughter of Evelyn and Carl Boice) who is an RN at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester MN, and her husband, Dylan, who is an essential non-medical worker at Mayo; Megan and Emma Schellhorn as they work at Fareway; for Alexa (granddaughter of Janis Shea) who works in an essential business credit union and is subjected to the virus; Courtney Pilcher who works in health care services; Neva Kerr, New Aldaya (Hospice); Crystal Lorenze, recovering from back surgery; Paul Holtz, Hospice Care

Broader prayer concerns from the congregation:
Teachers and students moving to virtual learning
All those affected by wildfires
All those affected by storms and hurricanes
that justice and lasting peace will come to our nation
leaders in all areas who are making decisions for people's well-being
all those living and working in nursing homes, assisted living, and retirement communities
workers at Tyson's
that all will stay well
all doctors, nurses, and health care providers along with their families
all those who are essential workers
those who are strictly quarantined for a variety of reasons

Add to the Prayer List
Click HERE to submit a prayer request online. Our pastors will be praying for you and sharing concerns with the congregation as requested.
Happy Birthday!
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We are so sorry that we left out some birthdays from last week! Please be sure to extend Birthday wishes to everyone on this list!

22 Dennis Bass, Loren Sommerlot
23 Sue Halvorson
24 Debbie Miller
28 Andrew Frerichs, Janis Shea





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