We are rolling with Christmas 2017 at Clinton FCC - so much happening over the next 22 days, I truly hope you will make the most of each and every opportunity! This week, let me share several informational updates and observations, and then multiple reminders about our December to remember!
For your information:
1. Yesterday at the end of each service, congregational meetings took place to affirm both the 2018 MAP and the calling of Ben Pertl to serve in the area of Student Ministry. Both were overwhelmingly approved!
MAP - 195 YES; 28 NO (87.5% affirmative)
Ben Pertl - 237 YES; 15 NO (94% affirmative)
Thanks for your support of your leadership and especially for affirming Ben! He is doing a GREAT job and I really look forward to seeing how the Lord will use Ben at FCC!
2. Our Thanksgiving Offering for Angel Tree raised just under $2000 and in addition, Young at Heart contributed another $1200 from their December auction - Praise the Lord!
Our Christmas Offering is being designated for the New Life Pregnancy Center in Decatur - one of my personal favorite ministries in central Illinois. On the front lines of the LIFE issue, Penny Weaver and team do a great job and I'm hoping you will give generously!
3. Thanks to the Chimes choir for sharing special music w/ us during both services on Sunday!
4. Huge thanks to Mary Holland, Joyce Mathias and Nancy Beeker for decorating our church during the season of Christmas! I love our FCC tree, but I think my favorite part of the decorations is what Mary and crew do w/ the manger, the cross and the reminder of God's greatest gift! Priceless!
5. Thanks to Ruth Davidson and the choir for hosting the Christmas Cantata preview at FCC on Sunday evening - choirs from throughout Clinton - Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, Nazarene and FCC blessed those in attendance with beautiful music and special offering was taken to support the excellent work of DOVE!
6. Christmas sermons at FCC - Sunday we looked at Mary and next week the topic is Joseph and Matthew 1 as we continue our Backstage at the Nativity study this Christmas!
Do not forget . . .
1. Adult Choir Cantata - THIS Sunday at 8:15am - let's pack the sanctuary and show support of our choir!
2. HYMN sing sponsored by YAH - all are invited - THIS Sunday at 3pm in the Sanctuary - refreshments to follow in the Family Life Center.
3. First Kids presents Keepsake Christmas - Wednesday December 13 at 6pm and 7:30pm - get your reservations today!
4. FCC's final Grab n Go - WE NEED YOU! Saturday December 16.
5. ONE service Sundays on December 24 and December 31 at 9:30am.
6. Christmas Eve at FCC - 4pm and 6pm on Sunday December 24.
Finally, huge kudos to Cody and Emilee Monkman for the 127 (as in James 1:27) blanket project - MORE info to follow in the weeks ahead but thanks to the Monkman's for helping remind all of us how to live out the truth of God's word!
Have a great week - make the most of every opportunity this week to live out our bottom line from yesterday's sermons: It's NOT about YOU - it's ALL about JESUS!