Sunday, November 21, 2021
Rev. Susan Phillips Preaching
9:00 Sundays – Onsite in the Sanctuary
We are excited to add this service to our worship opportunities!

10:30 Sundays - Online via Zoom
Please join us online!

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Wednesday Worship in the Commons
We will not be holding Wednesday night worship on November 26th.

Changing Worship Times
December 5th we will be holding
Zoom service at 9:00 and Sanctuary service at 10:30.
Hanging of the Greens
We need help decorating the church for the advent season on Tuesday November 23rd at 6:30 pm. Please join us if you are available to help.
Saturday Is Transgender Day of Remembrance
Each year on November 20 we take time to honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. This Saturday Phoenix Center will host the 7th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial service. The event will take place at OUT on Adams (413 E. Adams Street in Springfield) at 5:00 PM. The event will be outside and will feature various speakers from the community including Pastor Susan and a reading of the names of those who were killed since November 20 of last year. The event will be followed by a short memorial walk to the Old State Capitol if the weather permits.

What is Transgender Day of Remembrance and Why Is It Important?
Transgender advocate and founder of the Day of Remembrance Gwendolyn Ann Smith says, “Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people – sometimes in the most brutal ways possible – it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”

Springfield Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
We invite you to join us by living into this truth by attending the Annual Greater Springfield Interfaith Association's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 21 @ 7 PM via ZOOM. This year's theme is CONNECTIONS that flow from gratitude. Be part of manifesting the heart of the Golden Rule.
Church Closed
Just a reminder that the church will be closed on November 25th and 26th for Thanksgiving.
RSVP for Our New Season Celebrations
A Gift of Beauty for Christmas
This year during Christmas time we will take an opportunity to honor, recognize, and remember our loved ones, both living and deceased, with beautiful Christmas poinsettias. As in years past, we will have the opportunity to purchase a poinsettia plant, display and enhance the beauty of the sanctuary, and recognize our loved ones with this lovely gift. We will be receiving orders for the poinsettias as well as recording the person(s) you wish to honor, dedicate, or remember from now until Monday, Dec. 6th. There will be order forms in the bulletins, or you can fill out the form below. Poinsettias will cost $10.00 each. You can place your order in the offering plate with your payment or send to the church office.
All orders must be received by December 6th.

The poinsettias will be displayed in the sanctuary from December 19th through our Christmas Eve service. You may take home your poinsettia(s) after the Christmas Eve service. If you do not wish to take your poinsettia(s) home, you can leave them and they will be donated.

2021 Advent Brown Bag Concerts in the Sanctuary
Wednesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22 | 12:15 -12:45 p.m. 
We are excited to announce that Brown Bag Concerts will be in the sanctuary this Advent season. Brown bag lunches with choice of beverage are available at the door for $5.00, or you may bring your own. December 1st will feature Ten Miles West with Emily Wheeler and Blake Martin.
Devotion from Sancti Spiritus
by Adriana Guererro
We were reflecting on the worship service in the text of the Gospel of Mark 13:24-32. The God of the parousia is the God who is present in the life of his people every day, sustaining him and filling him with strength. The God who comes is a God who is and who was and who will always be. Our God comes to his creation, not to destroy it, but to integrate it, transform it, renew it, and turn every suffering into joy. This makes our life a life full of hope. In this hope we live and hope in faith.

May our God bless you this week and always.
#GivingTuesday on Nov. 30 celebrates the collective power of Presbyterian generosity
An eight-hour, multi-site, livestreamed event offers Presbyterians an opportunity to engage in a global day of giving.

Help Us Keep Our Micropantry Stocked
Stocking our micropantry is a way we love our neighbors. 


Drop off food and hygiene items ANYTIME you want. You may place them directly in the micropantry cabinet or the basket in the narthex.

If you have any questions contact Chaplain Tim at

Thank you!

Share your work with us! We would love to see and display your creativity and talent. Send us your colored pictures (scan, email, regular mail) and we will share them on Sunday mornings and maybe also on our Facebook page.
Tuesday Night Bible Study
No Tuesday night bible study on November 23rd. Starting Tuesday, November 30 we will be focusing our Bible study on the Advent season. We will be studying the Gospel of Luke which claims to contain the "orderly" version of Jesus' story. We will also be using a daily devotional guide authored by Sanctified Art. 
Just a reminder that another way to be kept up to date on the happenings of the church is to check out our Facebook page.
Covid Response at FPC

For the wellbeing of our members and community, we are abiding by new state masking mandates. Masks will be required for all indoor gatherings. Social distancing will be our practice as part of our layered mitigation strategies. We encourage everyone who is unvaccinated to consider doing so. If you need assistance making an appointment or with transportation, please contact our chaplain,
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All events are via Zoom unless otherwise specified.

No Tuesday night Bible Study
Hanging of the Greens 6:30 sanctuary

No Wednesday Worship in the Commons

Church Closed for Thanksgiving

28 Chaplain Tim Haworth to lead worship in the Sanctuary at 9:00 and via zoom at 10:30 1st Sunday in Advent

NOTE: Links to all events are attached to items on the church calendar found at If you click on any item in the calendar, the Zoom invitation will open.
You can also find weekly church events on the homepage where a single click on the image of a computer or smart phone will take you to that Zoom meeting.
If you would like some personal assistance learning Zoom, please consider joining us before worship at 10:00 on Sundays, 5:00 on Wednesdays or email for other times.
How to Join a Zoom Meeting
From your computer, cell phone or tablet:
Click the link provided.

To join a Zoom meeting via telephone:
Dial number given for the meeting.You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID provided followed by #.
Church Contact Information
Pastor Susan Phillips

Chaplain Tim Haworth

Tara Kaeding

Michelle Hastings
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