Thanksgiving 2017 is in the books and the Christmas season is upon us! So many great opportunities are in front of us as a church over the next four weeks - let's make the very most of this Christmas season! Here you go:
** Young At Heart - our revitalized YAH program has three opportunities for YOU in the next two weeks
TH Nov 30 - annual trip to Christmas in the Chapel at LCU - due to some cancellations, spots are OPEN! Call the office or contact Marcia Wise for more info!
FRI Dec 1 - monthly YAH gathering at 10:30am - WHITE CHRISTMAS!
SUN Dec 10 at 3pm - HYMN sing for ALL - refreshments to follow
** Congregational Meeting - Dec 3
This Sunday at the conclusion of both services, we will ask you to affirm both the 2018 MAP and the hiring and calling of Ben Pertl as Student Ministry at FCC.
** Choir Cantata(s)
This Sunday evening at 5pm - the annual Christmas Cantata preview event will be at FCC - an offering will be collected to support DOVE
Sunday Dec 10 at 8:15am service - our FCC Choir will be presenting their 2017 Christmas Cantata
** FIRST KIDS
Keepsake Christmas on Wed Dec 13 - slots available at 6pm and 7:30pm - connect w/ Allison for YOUR reservation!
** Grab N Go
Our final GNG will be Saturday December 16 - can you help?
** Christmas sermon series
We are looking at Christmas through the eyes of those involved in the narratives of Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2 - Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, the Magi and God the Father!
** Christmas Eve
Very special Christmas Eve services will take place at 4pm and 6pm on Sunday December 24
** One service Sundays
December 24 and December 31 will bring ONE SERVICE SUNDAYS at 9:30am with no programming at 8:15 or 10:45 on the 24th and the 31st.
** RELOAD for MEN!
Tuesdays November 28 and December 12 at 6am in the Family Life Center - BIble study and Breakfast w/ your Brothers in Christ! ALL men are welcome!
Let me conclude this week w/ five quick challenges for you this Christmas season:
First - will you keep in the mind the true meaning of Christmas? Jesus Christ our Lord! Do something this month to reinforce this truth to those you are in relationship with!
Second - finish 2017 strong spiritually! December is crazy busy for all of us - but accept the challenge to make this month meaningful and impacting in the very most important way - your relationship with Jesus! Make worship a priority! Make daily Bible reading a part of your daily ritual this month! PRAY!
Third - generosity - we are concluding stewardship month - let's finish strong in 2017 financially!
Fourth - service - do something to make a difference as an individual or as a family this month. We have some great opportunities right here in 61727 and at FCC: Grab N Go, Neighborhood Care Center, Liberty Village/Hawthorne Inn
Finally - outreach - stats tell us that 80% of people who are not attending church would consider doing so if a friend invited them personally. Who are you inviting this Christmas season?
Have a great month - blessings to you!