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Weekly Contact- December 4, 2014

Hello there,

I know it is a hectic time of year and all of our calendars are busy.  But I always think it is so fitting that we host Family Promise guests during Advent.  The Gospel of Luke tells us that when the baby was born in Bethlehem, there was no room in the inn.  So his family had to make to the best they could.  Then Matthew tells us that shortly after the baby was born, the family became political refugees fleeing from a wicked king.  So I can think of no better way to truly live out the meaning of this season than by welcoming families that are homeless into our church.  Thank you to all who have had a part in making this happen.  We do need some help on Sunday morning, tearing down the bedrooms and setting the Mission House basement back to the way it was.  If you have any questions contact Sheila Myers.

The Angel Tree is set up in the Social Room.  If you would like to provide a Christmas gift for a needy child stop by, take an angel, and sign the sheet by the tree.

The Rockwell Chorus is putting on their annual Christmas concert in our sanctuary at 2:00 this Saturday afternoon.  A reception in the social room will follow.

This Sunday is going to be a good one at FPC. Our seminary intern, Sean Walker, will be leading an adult Bible study during the Sunday School hour for three weeks in the month of December. He will be focusing on some of the scripture texts often read during Advent.  This week his theme is “Prepare Ye the Way,” focusing on the prophets setting the stage for the coming of God’s anointed.

We will be continuing our Advent theme of Telling the New Old Story this Sunday in worship.  The Chancel Choir will be singing at the first service, and our Parish Associate, Nancy Redman, will be preaching.  Her text will be Isaiah 40:1-11.

Finally, if you and your family normally attend the early 9:00 worship service, you may not realize that we have an excellent music team leading at the 11:00 Synergy service.  So you are invited to check it out.  If you are worried because you don’t know the songs, December is wonderful opportunity for you.  Throughout the month we will be only using traditional Christmas carols at the Synergy service, with a rocking beat, of course.  So sleep in a little later on Sunday, then come and enjoy a praise filled time of worship.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

 

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