UPCOMING EVENTS
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 tonight, from 6-8pm in the Sanctuary.
SANCTUARY DECORATIONS
NOVEMBER 30
Everyone is invited to join us this Friday at 9:30am as we decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas!
ALL HANDS ON DECK!
DECEMBER 1
Bethlehem Revisited begins on Dec 7, and we are requesting anyone that is available to help put the finishing touches on the town to join us this Saturday at 8:30am. Due to a heavy Saturday schedule, we are asking everyone to park in the back of the campus. If you have any questions, please call or text Janet Brockway at 954-304-1958.
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. 

COOKIES & CRAFTS
DECEMBER 16
Children's Ministry invites you to Cookies and Crafts on Dec 16th from 2-4pm. There will be over 12 Christmas crafts for kids of all ages along with candle dipping and lots of cookies and milk! All crafts are $1 each and tickets will be sold at the door. Please bring two dozen cookies to share and come enjoy a fun, relaxing afternoon! It will surely put you in the Christmas spirit!

HAPPENINGS
8AM SERVICE LOCATION CHANGE
DEC 2
This Sunday, Dec 2, the 8am service will be held in Robey Hall as the choir  prepares for the Cantata.
ADOPT-A-FAMILY
DEC 2
If you're interested in purchasing Christmas gifts for a child in need for the Adopt-a-Family program, please stop by the Welcome Center on Sunday. All wrapped gifts are due back to the church by Sunday, December 16. If you have any questions, please contact Mallory Franco at 954-304-5264 or  mobrien202@yahoo.com .
REQUESTS FOR POINSETTIAS
DEADLINE DEC 2
This Sunday, Dec 2, is the last day we'll be accepting requests and payment 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 Sunday (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 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
December 3 2 Thessalonians Isaiah 43
December 4 Nahum Isaiah 44
December 5 2 Peter Isaiah 45
December 6 Habakkuk Isaiah 46
December 7 Zephaniah Isaiah 47
December 8 Jude Isaiah 48
December 9 Reflection Reflection


FOOD SHARE
First & Third Fridays Every Month
Doors Open 4:30pm
Distribution 5pm-6:30pm
 
For the month of December, we are requesting Meal in a can (like Chef Boyardee)CerealMac & Cheese, and Canned Fruit 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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