Please join us at FPC on Sunday morning, Decamber 24th at 11:00 a.m. for our regular worship service and again that evening at 5:30 p.m. for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. May the blessings of the season be yours….
Please join us this Wednesday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m. for our annual Joy Gift Dinner, catered by the Presbyterian Women!! No need to bring anything except a desire for fellowship, an appetite for delicious food, and your checkbook for a donation to the Christmas Joy Offering which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the truly “indescribable gift,” as well as the gifts of church leaders—past, present, and future, including our own new confirmands!! Donations for the meal will be appreciated..
DID YOU KNOW?
• The Christmas Joy Offering has been a
cherished Presbyterian tradition since
• The Offering distributes gifts equally to
the Assistance Program of the Board of
Pensions and to Presbyterian-related
racial ethnic schools and colleges.
• The Assistance Program provides critical
financial support to church workers and
• Presbyterian-related schools and colleges
provide education and leadership development
while nurturing racial and ethnic
heritage. This has been a Presbyterian
commitment for nearly 140 years.
This year’s goal is to fill 55 baskets for local families in need, including some Angel Fund Clients who are burdened with cancer treatment expenses.
If you have not yet contributed non-perishable items, any of the following items are needed:
- Canned vegetables
- Peanut Butter and Jellies
- Canned meats (tuna, Spam, Vienna sausages)
- Dried stuffing/dressing
- Potato mixes
- Mac & cheese
- Spaghetti noodles and sauce
- Cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars
- Rice, and dried beans
[Please check expiration date on all items]
New This Year…Sponsoring a Basket and Recipes
The estimated cost of a thanksgiving basket is $70. If you would like to sponsor an entire basket please contribute this amount at the church office. Even if you can’t sponsor a basket, financial donations of all sizes, even as little as $5 or $10 , are needed to purchase missing items.
Also, we would like to include in this year’s baskets simple recipes using mainly items from the basket. If you have a favorite simple recipe, please drop it by the church office or email it prior to Nov. 12th.
Important Thanksgiving Basket Dates
November 12: Thanks for Giving Spaghetti Luncheon following worship and FPC youth Group Annual Grocery Shopping Challenge. Youth members bring the noodles, sauces, and desserts, and make the salads for the meal. No monetary donations will be accepted. Come celebrate all of our blessings with our church family.
November 19: Thanksgiving basket deliveries
Again, thank you for your continued love and support! These thanksgiving baskets are a tangible expression of God’s love to members of our community and Angel Fund Foundation Clients. Please contribute what you can and we are happy to do your shopping for you if needed. This year’s coordinators for the Thanksgiving Basket Project are Susan Morehead and Stephanie Jackson. Please call one of them if you have a question.
Love, The Diaconate and Youth of FPC
Monday through Thursday, each day at noon, Rev. Dr. Susan Arnold leads prayer. The prayer time is only ten minutes, but you are welcome to stay as long as you would like. The focus is prayers of thanksgiving and prayers of confession for what we’ve done right and good today.
The Back Story…
This noon day prayer practice grew out of a recent experience of spiritual direction our pastor had while on continuing education. If you’re not familiar with spiritual direction, these excerpts from an article in Christianity Today offer a nice overview.
“Is a spiritual director the Christian version of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a spiritual Jedi master? I quickly discovered my expectations were inaccurate. I found I would not go to him for answers. He was much better at asking wise questions.
Therapy vs. Spiritual Direction: Conversations about psychological health are therapy. Conversations focused on the Holy Spirit’s presence and guidance in my life are spiritual direction. The healing agent in therapy is the counselor. In spiritual direction, God is the agent of healing. My Christian counselor helped me over a period of several months. But throughout the rest of my ministry, I have met monthly with my spiritual director. My director is a companion to help me focus on God and my response to God’s work in me. Our monthly conversations enable me to make a major shift from regarding my circumstances as a series of events I have to navigate to regarding my circumstances as elements God is using in His curriculum for my spiritual formation. Whether we are in ministry or in the marketplace, it is in the midst of our everyday life we learn to be more like Jesus.”
Jane Lee Wolfe, Rev. Susan’s spiritual director, recommended beginning a noontime prayer office at the church; just 10 minutes Monday through Thursday. She said that 90% of the time Susan will be the only one there; but begin it and lead it. The focus of the prayer should be twofold: a) thanksgiving, b) confession of the good things and choices accomplished that day.
Her advice was that the congregation needs to see the pastor leading the community in prayer, especially in times like these. Our answers and solutions come from God, so the leadership needs to be leading the congregation in daily listening to God.
Susan also knows from Scripture and experience that praying churches are also growing churches. They grow in depth, faithfulness, relationship to one another, and many times numerically. This growth phenomenon is clearly evident in the account of the early church as related in the Book of Acts.
Please come join Rev. Susan any weekday, Monday through Thursday, for this brief time of prayer. Stay longer if you would like.