Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

Due to the weather, we have CANCELLED tonight's Evening Prayer Service.

So stay home and stay cozy, and we will see you next Tuesday at 6 p.m. Wear your mask, bring your chair, and dress warmly!
NOTE: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week, we will not be sending you a Spotlight on Tuesday. The regular weekly newsletter will be sent out Wednesday morning (November 25).

There is additional information at the bottom of this feature article, so please scroll to read it!

FPCB's Discipleship Committee brings you this beautiful new opportunity to celebrate the season. You can participate 'in person' or from home - read on!

The word Advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventure’ which translates as “coming" or “arrival". Advent is a time of preparation; a time of joyful anticipation, looking towards its fulfilment at Christmas. It is used in the Christian tradition to refer to the four Sundays before Christmas, when people prepare for the birth of the Christ child. 
However, this seasonal observance has been kept by people around the world from all paths and beliefs; as autumn gives way to winter, we prepare for the return of the sun, the lengthening of days, and for the insights that we can gain from reflection on the year that has been and on what may be to come. Indeed, finding light in the darkness.
(The photo shows an example of an illuminated Advent spiral walk.)
On the four Sundays of Advent – beginning on Sunday, November 29 - from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the FPCB Memorial Garden, the Discipleship Committee invites you to balance the outward excitement of Christmas with the calm, quiet sense of presence created during the walking of the Illuminated Advent Spiral.

Your walk will be supplemented by scripture, meditation resources and questions that center on a weekly theme of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. These materials will additionally appear in the weekly newsletter for weekly Advent devotions. Guides will be present to assist walkers, if desired, during the two hour period. Rain dates will be on Monday of each week.

Beginning Sunday, November 29 through Christmas, the Memorial Garden will be open during daylight hours for anyone seeking to simply appreciate a meditative walk through the garden, considering the celebration of the birth of Christ. There will be no guides available except during the stated times on Sundays.

Hold these dates. Prepare ye the way. Return to your church home, experiencing Advent with both contemplation and wonder.
Honoring our veterans

At Sunday's services we honored veterans from among our congregation, and their family members, who have served our nation. They are:

George Campbell, Captain - U.S. Navy

John Dudding - Corporal, U.S. Army

John H. Fowler, 2nd Lt. - U.S. Army Air Corps

Deborah Philpotts, Major - U.S. Air Force

Alvin Philpotts, Lt. Col. - U.S. Air Force

Fred Shunk, Ensign - U.S. Navy

Rev. Joseph C. Simpson, Chaplain - U.S. Navy

Rev. Vernon Larry Van Hise, Captain - U.S. Marine Corps

Thank you for your service!