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Midweek Update for December 17
This Week at FCC

December 18

9:30 a.m.
The Adventure Nook
6:30 p.m.
Advocates Men's Bible Study

December 20

6:30 p.m.
Young Adults Christmas Party
at the Tatum's

December 21
Fourth Sunday of Advent

9:00 a.m.
Sunday School
10:15 a.m.
Worship - Christmas Cantata

December 22

10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
Prayer Requests 
Prayer requests are
regularly shared 
through our
CareLine telephone 
messages. To share
a prayer request or
to add a telephone
number to receive
CareLine messages,
please email the
church office
or call
991-5000. We are
grateful to Claradel
Holcombe for 
coordinating this
important ministry.

Prayers for Health & Healing:
Barbara Carpenter
Amanda Eber
Amanda Greene
Mickey Hubner
Dotsy Kennedy
Ray Mohnssen
Tim Offett
Mike Owens
Jim Perkins
Don Roberts
Nickey Rudd
Debbie Smith
Barry Storer
Mason Strickland
Gloria Walker
Margaret Willis

Prayers for Those Receiving Long-Term Medical Care:
David Hamilton
Virgil Haynes
Nancy Hubner
Susan Smith
Sunday Servants for December 21

Clarissa Harms
Troy Tatum

Barbara Carpenter
Bob Clark
Janet Clark
Carl Crosby
Linda Crosby
Scott Jackson
Bob Lamb
Janice Lamb
William Mee
Jim Perkins
Bebe Randell

Communion Preparation
Ashley Chester
June Pryor

Sunday School Greeter
Steve Pasky

Worship Greeters
Nick Cotruvo
Shirley Naylor
(Welcome Table)
Annie Franklin

Luke Williamson
Children’s Worship & Wonder
June Pryor

Jenny Long
Hope Beaton
This Week in Sunday School

Christian Comrades:
"How to Study the Bible"
The Disciples:
"Glory to God in the Highest"
Luke 2: 8-20
Young Adults:
Jesus' Religion
Forward to Friend

This Sunday, Dec 21, our choir will lead worship as they present Sing ith the Angels.  Using beloved carols and new anthems , the Christmas story is told from the vantage point of angels - from Gabriel's first appearance to Zacharias, to the glorious scene of angels filling the heavens singing "Gloria in excelsis Deo!" 
Cantata Rehearsal   
Saturday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m. 
Join us in worship this Advent as Rev. Troy Tatum presents a new series of sermons, "Let Heaven & Nature Sing," based on the carol of Christmas:
  • Dec. 21:      The First Noel (Communion Meditation)
  • Dec. 24:      Silent Night
First Christian Church will offer two Christmas Eve services this year.  The 5 PM service will be especially family oriented, with our children and youth presenting "The ABC's of Christmas."  Any child who would like to participate should arrive at 4:30 PM and come to the library to pick out a simple costume (angel, shepherd, or wise person).  NO REHEARSAL will be required, and ALL children are welcome.

The 11 PM service will be a more traditional service of lessons and carols.

Both services will feature the Good News of Christmas in scripture and song, concluding with candlelight communion.  We will also receive a special offering at both services to support our Backpack Buddies ministry.

Christmas Eve is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family to First Christian Church!
In order to help you prepare for the coming of Christ this Christmas, some FCC members have written stories, shared thoughts, and chosen scripture to include in an Advent Devotional.  Printed copies are available in the narthex, and we will also email them each day.  We invite you to join us as we prepare our hearts this season! 
Christmas for the Staff
Christmas is such a time of gratitude and celebration. As busy and overwhelming as it can all seem, most of us share our joy in Christ with gifts to others.  Isn't it wonderful that a small act can express so much!  During Advent we will have a decorated Christmas box in the  Narthex for you to place your gift for the staff of First Christian.  Please note on your check "gift for church staff".  You may also mail your gift to the church, but note "care of Clarissa Harms" on the envelope. Our staff do countless large and small acts for our benefit throughout the year. Please remember them in your gift giving plans.  We so appreciate their ministry to us.  
Thank you!  Clarissa Harms, Moderator

Please note: this Sunday is the last day for contributing to the staff Christmas gift.

We will have these beautiful new FCC mugs available for purchase for $8.00 Sunday morning.  We will be including these coffee mugs in our visitor gift bags. When you purchase a mug, you also cover the expense of a guest's mug too!  Be sure to get one (or more) this Sunday...they will make great Christmas gifts!
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