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Midweek Update for December 21
Coming Soon at FCC

Today,
December 21

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Small Bell Choir Practice 

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve 
5:00 p.m.
Family Service
11:00 p.m.
Traditional Service

Sunday, December 25
Christmas Day
10:15 a.m.
Morning Worship
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. 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
 
Prayers for Health & Healing:
Janet Clark
Shirley Embry
Pat Favorite
David Hamilton
Ron Koepp 
Alyssa Lamb
 
Prayers for Those Receiving Long-Term Medical Care:
Jane Belcher
Marlene Dillon
Kathie Owens
Susan Smith
Sunday Servants for December 25

Elders on Call
Hugh Henderson
Earl Strickland

Worship Greeters (Door)
Bruce & Marian Moon

Sanctuary Greeters
Ann Langley
Janet Bonds
 
 
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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 Gift of Christmas."  Any child who would like to participate should arrive at 4:30 and come to the library to pick out a simple costume.  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 Back Pack Buddies ministry, which provides weekend food for 40 children from Vincent Elementary throughout the school year.

Christmas Eve is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family to First Christian Church!

Christmas Day Worship

Join us at 10:15 on Christmas morning for an informal worship service featuring festive music and communion.  Kids, feel free to wear your PJs and bring a new toy for a special blessing.  Please note, Sunday School and Worship and Wonder will not meet on Dec. 25.

THANK YOU FROM THE CHURCH STAFF
Members and friends of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): We are truly blessed with your Christmas gift to each one of us, and we give thanks to God for each one of you, and for the opportunity to serve together in ministry.  Your generosity truly reflects God's love.

For those who had signed up to purchase a Christmas Poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one. Please don't forget to pick up your poinsettia as you leave on Christmas Eve. The cost of each poinsettia plant is $20.00.  Please make your checks payable to “FCC” and memo “Poinsettias”.   

Thank you!

Holiday Office Hours

While some church staff will be working at various times throughout the holidays, the church office will be closed December 26 through January 2, and will reopen January 3.  Should you need to reach a pastor while the office is closed, please dial 205-295-6708 to  leave a message for the minister on call. 

Year End Tax Considerations for Charitable Gifts 

April 15 – Tax Day – is still a few months away, but now is a good time to analyze where you are and act before the end of the year if you want to save on your tax bill.  Many people have a disdain for taxes, but the U.S. government gives taxpayers a way to reduce their tax burden if they make gifts to qualified charities, like First Christian Church.  Gifts to First Christian Church can give the taxpayer a charitable income tax deduction, thereby reducing the amount of tax owed.
 
There are many ways to do this:
 
Outright gift of cash
Making an outright gift of cash is one of the easiest ways. Writing a check to First Christian Church is simple, efficient and direct. The church will provide to you an annual giving statement in January for use in completing your tax returns.
 
Online giving
Online Giving is a convenient and secure way to provide consistent financial support to our church. Electronic donations can be made by checking, savings, credit card or debit card.  You may also be able to give to the church through your bank’s online bill pay system.
 
Online giving can be an especially helpful tool if you are traveling for the holidays and will not be present in worship to include your gift in the offering plate.  Our online giving tool also provides you the ability to automate your giving, offering consistent support to the ministries of First Christian Church.
 
You can set up and manage your online giving here.  Regardless of whether you have given electronically or not, you can use this link to sign in and securely view your confidential contribution records at any time.
 
Gift of appreciated stock
Giving appreciated stock not only allows for a charitable income tax deduction, but the donor also bypasses any capital gains tax on the appreciation of the stock.  Please be aware: the stock must be held for at least one year and one day – considered “long term” – to have the capital gains taxes bypassed.  If less than that period, the gift is valued only at the original cost of the stock, called “cost basis,” to the donor.
 
Consider a Life-Income Gift
These types of gifts, typically in the form of Charitable Gift Annuities or Charitable Remainder Trusts, provide a way for a donor to make a gift and receive a charitable income tax deduction for part of the gift, while retaining a stream of payments for life or a certain number of years. At the end of the terms of the contract, a gift would go to First Christian Church.
 
To learn more about these particular types of gifts, contact the Christian Church Foundation, which provides these types of gift instruments to Disciples. To learn more, call the Foundation at (800) 668-8016 or visit the Foundation website at www.christianchurchfoundation.org.
 
Talk to your Tax Consultant or Financial Planner
We recommend discussing your year-end planning that relates to charitable giving with a trusted financial professional in order to receive the maximum benefit available by law.  What you save on your taxes gives you that much more you can share. 

Thank you for supporting the ministries of First Christian Church with your financial gifts.  Please visit our website to make a gift today, or contact church treasurer Twila Tyree at (205) 408-4778 with any questions you might have.

FCC Car Decals Available

We now have First Christian Church car decals available to anyone who would like to help spread the word about FCC in our community.  You can pick up a sticker in the church office during the week, or in the narthex on Sundays.  Thanks to a generous gift, there is no charge to you.  Enjoy!  
LOOK WHO CAME TO THE ADVENTURE NOOK!
Santa and Mrs. Claus came to visit with our children. It never ceases to bring joy to us, the teachers, to see the look of surprise and wonder on the children's faces as they get to visit with "Santa"  (aka Russ and Pat Favorite.)  Russ and Pat have brought joy to The Adventure Nook children for many years now and we can't thank them enough.  It is one of "those moments in life" that we cherish! Thank you, Russ and Pat...you are very special!

Staff Christmas Party

Please note that the church office will close at 1 PM on Wednesday, Dec. 21, so that the church staff can enjoy their annual Christmas lunch and gift exchange at the Tatum's.

Coming Soon:
We will start back on our Fall Schedule on
January 8 at 5:00 PM
 
                               
Coming Soon:
We will start back on our Fall Schedule on
January 8 at 5:00 PM
 
Now Hiring
First Christian Church is actively seeking to fill two staff positions.  We are searching for an additional paid nursery worker for Sunday mornings. Interested applicants should contact Robin Blakemore.  We are also searching for a music director.  More information about the music director position, including how to apply, is available here.
December  Church Calendar & Serving Schedule
Please click here to download the December calendar and schedule. Printed copies will also be available in the narthex on Sunday.
Electronic Giving:
Fast, Easy, & Secure

We respond to the Good News of God's love by joyfully bringing our tithes and offerings to God, and giving online is a fast, secure, and easy way to do just that.  You can even schedule your offering for carefree, automatic withdrawal.

To create a secure login and schedule a recurring gift, please click here.

To login to your existing profile, please click here.

For help and more information, please click here.

Thank you for considering this option for giving, and thank you for your generosity and support of what God is doing at First Christian Church!
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