Holiday Preparations

Friends,

Sunday is our Church Thanksgiving celebration! The Hospitality Committee is working hard to prepare an amazing Thanksgiving feast! Come hungry! If you ever are interested in helping with the prep, set up, clean up and all that goes into fellowship meals at our Church – don’t hesitate to reach out to  by email: Tim Clark, Hospitality Chair (or phone: 270-871-7733).  Many hands make for light work!

I also want to remind you that we are having a Dessert Auction at the luncheon to help raise funds for facility projects at Camp Kum Ba Ya.  The auctioneer is set & we are in need of dessert/baked good donations! You can drop your donations off Saturday morning in the gym or on Sundaymorning before worship. This is a great chance to buy some desserts for your Thanksgiving feast!

Just around the corner is our Hanging of the Greens and Christmas Family Workshop on Sunday, November 26th at 4pm.  The Christmas Family Workshop is a fun time in the gym for families to begin Christmas traditions. You are also invited to bring a favorite cookie or finger food to share!  At 6pm we will have our Hanging of the Greens Service. Choirs of all ages will sing and play & together we will begin prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ!

What better way to prepare for Christ than by serving others? Here’s a list of some of the ways you are invited to spread the love of Christ this Season!

Opportunities to Serve:

Sponsor an Angel from the Giving Tree! These are all low-income children who have been given to us from the Family Resource Center.  You take a “tag” off the tree and buy some or all of the requested items and return them to the Church wrapped by Sunday, December 10th. There are also book tags for you to buy a book for a child. *Please be sure to sign your name and the tag you take on our list by the tree. Contact Anita Alford with questions (anitasalford@gmail.com270-871-1872)

Sign up to deliver the food & Angel Tree Gifts! Want to spread some joy? We will need volunteers to deliver these items. Volunteers are meeting on Tuesday, December 19th at 9am. There is also a sign-up sheet in the entryway/narthex by the Angel Tree.

Give $20.17 to go towards buying fresh food items and meat for our Christmas Baskets of food. (One penny for every year since Christ’s birth. You can make checks to FCC).

Collect & bring in these food items for the Christmas Baskets & drop off in the entryway by December 17th: Animal Crackers or Cookies, Ritz or Regular Crackers, Jelly, Peanut Butter, Coffee, Cheerios, Oatmeal, Can goods, Instant Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese.

Special Thanks to the Christian Action Committee who works to organize these efforts!

Glad to be in ministry with you! Peace, Kara

Sunday is Coming.

Friends,

Just a quick word to you in case this week has been a “doozy” of a week. You know the type.  If you’ve been running on all cylinders and maybe a bit overwhelmed by the world these days and all that we are facing – Sunday is coming. I want you to remember — Sunday is coming. I hope you will plan to join us in worship.  Together, we will hear the promises of our faith. Together, we will sing songs of praise. Together, we will remember that in the broken bread and cup of life that the life-giving love of Jesus Christ will fill our hungry souls.

It will be more than enough.

See you at Sunday School at 9am for all ages & Worship at 10:30am.

Glad to be in ministry with you!

Peace,       Kara

Happenings on our horizon…

Opportunities to Serve:

      Tuesday, November 14th: Give Blood in the gym! Please sign up in the entryway.

Wednesday, November 15th: Volunteer with the Habitat Build from 8-12pm. At 401 W. Noel Street in Madisonville.

Make your reservation for the Church Thanksgiving Luncheon on the 19th. Everyone is invited! Cost is $5 a person or $20 a household.   You can help the Baked Good Auction at the event to help raise funds for Camp Kum By Ya.  Baked goodie donations are needed! You can drop donations off at the gym on Saturday the 18th from 9-2pm or on Sunday morning the 19th.  And if you don’t bake – come ready to BUY some goodies!

Make your reservation for the next XYZ Lunch for Seniors in the entryway. The luncheon will meet in the Fellowship Hall on the 28th.

Getting Ready for Christmas

    In music and worship ministry Christmas is almost upon us!  But, we’ve been thinking and planning this season for months.  Therefore, I feel impressed to remind you of many opportunities we will have to hear the story of the coming of Christ to the dark world.  Since several of our music ministry participants are heavily involved in the community events, I’ve listed them also.

  • Hanging of the Green/Family Workshop – Sunday, November 26, 4:30-7pm
  • Family Christmas Concert at the Glema Mahr Arts Center – Friday, December 1, 7pm
  • 4 Sundays of Advent – Sunday, December 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Community Chorus’ Messiah – Sunday, December 10, First Presbyterian Church, 6pm.
  • FCC Music Ministry Christmas Program “Come Peace of God”, Sunday, Dec. 17, 6pm, Sanctuary (Sanctuary Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Orchestra, Handbells, Children’s Choirs)
  • Christmas Eve Drop-In Communion – Sunday, December 24, 5pm
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion – Sunday, December 24, 6pm

I am thankful for all the extra labor our music ministry participants put into the beautiful season of Advent and Christmas.  Don’t forget, in general, people are much more open to attending church around Christmas and Easter.  Good time to invite people with no church home or those who have  been disconnected.

Gratefully, Bill

 

All Saints Day

Dear Friends,

On Sunday morning we will celebrate All Saints Day.  All Saints is a day in the Christian calendar that we remember those who have died and now reside with our Creator.   As a congregation we will have a special moment of prayer to remember those in our own   community of faith who have died this past year.  It is also a time to reflect and give thanks for those in our own lives that we have loved and lost.

A personal word: When I saw the date on the calendar I immediately remembered that November 5th is a sad anniversary date in my own family.  Twenty years ago, my dear cousin, Jackie, who was like a sister to me, died in a car wreck at age 16.  20 years have gone by and I still cry typing the words.  That is how grief works, I suppose, something we don’t get over – we just learn to live with. On Sunday, as we pray I will invite you to join me in remembering and giving thanks for those you have loved and known on your own life’s journey.  And although I will recognize the pain of that day twenty years ago –  I will recall with joy Jackie’s great laugh, her gentle spirit, and remember our late night conversations about life.

For any of you who meet this year with grief and loss – I want you to know that I have been praying for you.  When those hard dates come around, when you are reminded of the seat that is empty at the table now – I am praying for you.  The powerful thing about being a part of a community of faith is that we are reminded that we do not walk this road alone.  As scripture reminds us, God is close to the brokenhearted    (Psalm 34:18).  You are not alone.

Glad to be in ministry with you!

Peace,    Kara

 

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