UPCOMING EVENTS
WOMEN'S MINISTRY MEETING
NOVEMBER 26
All women are invited to the Women's Monthly meeting on Nov 26 at 6:45PM in the Grace Room. On the agenda is: Prayer Practices for Disciples, as well as a guest speaker TBA.
CENTERING PRAYER
NOVEMBER 29
Does your mind wander when you pray? Do you long to be still enough to hear from God? Come learn how to center yourself in prayer from renowned Practical Theologian and Spiritual Director, Rev. Diane Shoaf on Thursday November 29, 6-8 PM in the Faith Building.
CHRISTMAS CANTATA
DECEMBER 2
Come celebrate Christmas with the Sanctuary Choir! They will be performing "The Song Heard 'Round the World by Joseph Martin. They are delighted to prepare this wonderful work and share it with you on December 2 at both the 9:30am and 11am services. We hope to see you there!
WOMEN'S MINISTRY WINTER GATHERING
DECEMBER 3
All women are invited to a casual dinner and time of fellowship at the Patio Grill located at the Wyndam Deerfield Beach Resort at 6:30pm on Dec 3. Discounts on food and beverages from a variety menu as well as free self parking are special perks being offered to the group. RSVP to Lisa Primavera at 561-445-2736.
NEW MEMBERS CLASS
DECEMBER 8
Anyone interested in becoming a member of First Church or just wanting to know more information, is invited to attend the New Members Class on Dec 8, from 8am-12pm in the Hope Room. Childcare is available upon request. Contact Annje at (954) 752-0333 for more information.
TARAVELLA 5K WALK/RUN
DECEMBER 8
Taravella High School is offering First Church a group discount to participate in their 2nd annual 5K walk/run, benefiting the Athletic Dept., on Dec 8. To register, visit www.victorysportsmgt.com/event/taravella5k and use the coupon code "1stChurch" to get $5 off registration. This code is valid through Nov 30. 

HAPPENINGS
REQUESTS FOR POINSETTIAS
NOVEMBER
We are accepting requests for Poinsettias! Placing Poinsettias in the sanctuary during the holidays is a beautiful way to honor or memorialize a loved one or special event. You may submit a $10 check to the church office or place in the offering plate on Sundays (indicate "poinsettias order" on the memo line of the check). You can also submit requests online here.

BIBLE & DEVOTIONAL SHARE BOX
BY DECEMBER 7
We are in need of new or gently used Bibles and devotionals to share with the community at Bethlehem Revisited. This is a great and easy way to share God's word and change lives!  A donation cart or box will be on the plaza up until Bethlehem starts. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Rodriguez at 954-815-4729.
HURRICANE RELIEF
ONGOING
The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church is accepting volunteers, prayers, and donations for hurricane relief. If you are able to help in any capacity, please visit  https://floridarestores.com/volunteer for more information.
BETHLEHEM REVISITED VOLUNTEERS
DECEMBER 7-11
Volunteers are needed to fill costumed and non-costumed roles for Bethlehem Revisited. Please consider volunteering for this amazing ministry, even if you are only able to participate for one night. You can sign up this Sunday on the Plaza, or to sign up online,  CLICK HERE.
FOOD SHARE VOLUNTEERS
ONGOING
Volunteers are needed the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month to help bag and distribute food for families in need. Please contact  Janet Nelson (954) 752-1819.
FIRST CHURCH CUPS
ONGOING
Our new First Church cups are available for sale at the Welcome Center on Sunday for $12. You can pay with cash, check, or credit card.
FIRST CHURCH PODCAST
ONGOING
Ever wish you could listen to First Church sermons while you're on the go? Well, you can! Our weekly podcast featuring messages from our pastors is available on iTunes here:  https://apple.co/2N5tBVM
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY
ONGOING
Enjoy current events? Love the Bible? Then join us for a new topic every Sunday at 9:30AM in the Grace room, and see how they connect.
SERVING OPPORTUNITIES
ONGOING
We are seeking committed, friendly volunteers to serve in our new Welcome Center, our parking ministry, greeters, ushers, coffee, and our new security team. Training will be provided for all. In most cases, we are only asking for a once or twice per month commitment. If you are interested, please fill out this online form so that we may contact you. https://www.welovefirst.church/serving-opportunities

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
ONGOING
Our membership directory is now accessible online! You can view it here:  https://mobiledirectory.lifetouch.com/226422/first-church
ONGOING
DAILY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE
Want to know more of God through the Word? Join Pastor Sheryl and friends as we read or listen through the Bible on a manageable schedule posted weekly. Click each scripture to read on biblegateway.com.

DATE
FIRST READING
SECOND READING
November 19 John 16-18 Psalm 142
November 20 John 19-21 Psalm 143
November 21 Daniel 1-3 Psalm 144
November 22 Daniel 4-6 Psalm 145
November 23 Daniel 7-9 Psalm 146
November 24 Daniel 10-12 Psalm 147
November 25 Reflection  Reflection
November 26
1 Thessalonians 1-2
Psalm 148
November 27
1 Thessalonians 3-5 Psalm 149
November 28
Joel
Psalm 150
November 29
Micah 1-3
Isaiah 40
November 30
Micah 4-5
Isaiah 41
December 1
Micah 6-7
Isaiah 42
December 2
Reflection
Reflection


FOOD SHARE
First & Third Fridays Every Month
Doors Open 4:30pm
Distribution 5pm-6:30pm
 
For the month of November, we are requesting pasta , pasta sauce, 1lb pound bag rice, and black beans Also for November, we're collecting Thanksgiving items like stuffing, cranberry sauce, grave etc. We continue to collect clean egg cartons. 
Bring your contributions on Sunday and put them in the designated cart.

Volunteers are needed to greet visitors, hand out Bible verses, and/or chaperone the children's table at Food Share (1st & 3rd Fridays of the month at 4:15-6:30pm). You are also welcome to volunteer from 12:30-3pm in Fellowship Hall to help pack the bags. Contact Suzanne Rodriguez, (954) 815-4719 .
UMCOR Hurricane Relief & Disaster Recovery 
Help is needed to support the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. F ind out how you can be the hands and feet of Jesus for our neighbors HERE.

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