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TODAY – JANUARY 19, 2020

Head Usher: Peter Pequeno

Side Usher: Marinda Rives

Children’s Church Teachers: Sandy Bowers and Julia Ann Banfield

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 19

9:45 am – Sunday School

9:45 am – New Members Class

11:00 am – Worship/Children’s Church

5:30 pm – Beacons in Scout Hut

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Mon, Jan 20

Church Office Closed/Martin Luther King Day

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Tues, Jan 21

6:00 pm – Daisy Scout Troop Meeting

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 22

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 23

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

6:00 pm – AA Group

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Fri, Jan 24

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Sat, Jan 25

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin

Our Church Family: Harvey Arrington (Kathy Moody), Barbara Ayers, Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Jackie Bennett (Brian Bennett), Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker), Bobby Chilton, Kat Cooke (Kathy Moody), Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Crystal Harrelson (Bob & Terri Keck), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Mary Higgs, Ginger Keck Flynn (Bob & Terri Keck), Bob Keck II, Bobbie Lane, Linda Parker (Valerie Parker), Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal), Paul T. Reeves (Peggy Rees)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Gary Harold, Frank Hilliard, Danny Romasko, Payden Simmons

If you wish to add anyone to the prayer or praise list, please do so by using one of the blue cards found in the backs of the pews (chairs in the Koinonia Room) and either drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office. New people should be listed under “new requests.” If someone needs to be removed from the board, please notify the church office.

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to receive the Online Grapevine so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church. If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God, by Gene and Peggy Rees – in thankfulness for our church, for the recent prayers for Maggie Townsend. Prayers have helped restore her health.

New Member Class: Will meet this Sunday, January 19th, January 26th & February 2nd at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall. Please come and learn about what membership means at FPC.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Scout Hut. The Pike family will be providing dinner.

“Soup”er Bowl of Caring: The Beacons have been challenged once again by the Main Street churches to see who can collect the most cans of soup and/or monetary donations through Sunday, February 2nd. Won’t you help them meet their goal by purchasing a few extra cans when you’re shopping for groceries? This is a simple way to help us feed the hungry in our community!

Beacon Super Bowl Party: Meet at Sandy’s (Bowers – 350 Robin Road ) house at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2nd. Bring snacks to share.

Church Office Closed: To observe Martin Luther King Day – on Monday, January 20th.

Chili Lunch Fundraiser: Make plans and join us immediately following worship in the Scout Hut (change of location!) next Sunday, January 26th for a warm bowl of chili! We’d love for numerous families to prepare (and share) their favorite recipe with everyone. Donations will be accepted. This is a fundraiser for the Beacons who will be attending the summer youth conferences.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Join us at Pages for a great discussion and a great cup of coffee on Thursday, January 23rd, at 8:00 a.m.

Room in the Inn/Winter Shelter: Join in what God is doing in our midst! We need to form a “laundry carpool” to drop off bags of dirty sheets from the church and/or pick up stacks of clean sheets to deliver to the church. We have several slots available for people to prepare breakfast for Room in the Inn. We also need a driver to pick up and drop off guests on February 1st and 2nd. If you would like to volunteer, please check out our church website, http://www.fpcma.com and go to the “Room in the Inn” tab or speak to Nancy Dixon or call the church office.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45 am; all aged children are welcome! Faith Friends will be held every Wednesday at 5:00pm. We will be meeting either in the Children’s Church classroom or in the Scout Hut while our church is hosting Room in the Inn. Our next Bible study for our third through sixth graders will be held on Monday, January 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

Montreat Youth Conference: (July 26 – August 1) – Deposits of $100 are due now for any Beacons who are eligible and wish to go to Montreat this year. See Sandy Bowers for more information.

Sign-ups for Flowers, Scripture Readers and Friends Feeding Friends in 2020: Check the board in the upstairs foyer for sign-up sheets for both of these for the upcoming year. For flowers, standing memorials are listed with an asterisk. If your name appears there and you don’t wish to put flowers in, please notify the church office.

WITNESS

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: This ministry is our local food pantry that feeds the hungry in our community and helps in a multitude of ways. Our church collects items for the pantry the first Sunday of each month. The suggested foods for the month of January are: Cereal and Tuna. All non-perishable items will be accepted.

Greater Mount Airy Community Opioid Forum: The Greater Mount Airy Missional Network will host a Community Opioid Forum on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (Snow date: February 18) at the Earle Theater, 124 North Main Street, in Downtown Mount Airy from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. We will begin with a presentation from Mark Willis, Director, Surry County Opioid Response Effort, describing the scope of the opioid crisis. We will then move to a panel discussion moderated by Maddie Gardner of WFMY TV involving community leaders and representatives of community agencies working with the effects of the opioid crisis upon individuals, as well as the general public. For additional information, please call 336-786-8324.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/19: Janet Gilley; 1/22: Kelley Jackson, Mariah Branch; 1/24: Mary Miles Harrison; 1/25: David Rives

Anniversaries: 1/21: Bill and Jane Rountree

TODAY – JANUARY 12, 2020

Head Usher: Peter Pequeno

Side Usher: Marinda Rives

Children’s Church Teachers: Anna Peterson and Loida P. Slate

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 12

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Children’s Church

5:30 pm – Beacons in Scout Hut

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Mon, Jan 13

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

7:00 pm – Renovation Oversight Committee

Tues, Jan 14

6:00 pm – Cadette Scout Troop Meeting

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 15

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 16

6:00 pm – AA Group

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Fri, Jan 17

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Sat, Jan 18

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin

Our Church Family: Harvey Arrington (Kathy Moody), Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Jackie Bennett (Brian Bennett), Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker), Bobby Chilton, Kat Cooke (Kathy Moody), Brenda Ferry and family, Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Crystal Harrelson (Bob & Terri Keck), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Mary Higgs, Ginger Keck Flynn (Bob & Terri Keck), Bob Keck II, Bobbie Lane, Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal), Linda Parker (Valerie Parker)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Gary Harold, Frank Hilliard, Danny Romasko, Payden Simmons, Maggie Townsend

If you wish to add anyone to the prayer or praise list, please do so by using one of the blue cards found in the backs of the pews (chairs in the Koinonia Room) and either drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office.

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to receive the Online Grapevine so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church. If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

The Flowers in the Church today are placed in honor of Felton Godwin, who, as of today, has been a good shepherd here for 50 years. Felton serves, teaches, welcomes, and leads with joy and kindness and for that, let us give thanks to God, Felton’s Good Shepherd.

New Member Class: Will meet on Sunday, January 19th & 26th & February 2nd at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall. Please come and learn about what membership means at FPC.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will meet this evening at 5:00 p.m. We will be setting up for Room in the Inn and have dinner to follow.

“Soup”er Bowl of Caring: The Beacons have been challenged once again by the Main Street churches to see who can collect the most cans of soup and/or monetary donations through Sunday, February 2nd. Won’t you help them meet their goal by purchasing a few extra cans when you’re shopping for groceries? This is a simple way to help us feed the hungry in our community.

Beacon Super Bowl Party: Meet at Sandy’s (Bowers – 350 Robin Road ) house at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2nd. Bring snacks to share.

Chili Lunch Fundraiser: Make plans and join us immediately following worship in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, January 26th for a warm bowl of chili! We’d love for numerous families to share (and prepare) their favorite recipe with everyone. Donations will be accepted. This is a fundraiser for the Beacons who will be attending the summer youth conferences.

Montreat Youth Conference: (July 26 – August 1) – Deposits of $100 are due now for any Beacons who are eligible and wish to go to Montreat this year. See Sandy Bowers for more information.

Room in the Inn/Winter Shelter: Join in what God is doing in our midst! We need to form a “laundry carpool” to drop off bags of dirty sheets from the church and/or pick up stacks of clean sheets to deliver to the church. We have several slots available for people to prepare breakfast for Room in the Inn. We also need a driver to pick up and drop off guests on February 1st and 2nd. If you would like to volunteer, please check out our church website, http://www.fpcma.com and go to the “Room in the Inn” tab or speak to Nancy Dixon or call the church office.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45 am; all aged children are welcome! Faith Friends will be held every Wednesday at 5:00pm. We will be meeting either in the Children’s Church classroom or in the Scout Hut while our church is hosting Room in the Inn. Our next Bible study for our third through sixth graders will be held on Monday, January 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

Sign-ups for Flowers, Scripture Readers and Friends Feeding Friends in 2020: Check the board in the upstairs foyer for sign-up sheets for both of these for the upcoming year. For flowers, standing memorials are listed with an asterisk. If your name appears there and you don’t wish to put flowers in, please notify the church office.

WITNESS

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: This ministry is our local food pantry that feeds the hungry in our community and helps in a multitude of ways. Our church collects items for the pantry the first Sunday of each month. The suggested foods for the month of January are: Cereal and Tuna. All non-perishable items will be accepted.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/12: Cecelia Belk; 1/13: Gene Rees; 1/14: Melissa Whitfield; 1/15: Mary Glen Hatcher; 1/17: Suzanne Folger; 1/18: Oren Bailey

Anniversaries: None this week

Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to Brenda, John, Emma, Jane and Delia on the death of Brenda’s father, Wayne Dalton Little, who passed away recently. Please be in prayer for the family.

If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord, so whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. ~Romans 14:8

TODAY – JANUARY 5, 2020

Head Usher: Peter Pequeno

Side Usher: Marinda Rives

Children’s Church Teachers: Anna Peterson and Loida P. Slate

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 5

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Children’s Church

5:30 pm – Beacons in Scout Hut

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Mon, Jan 6

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Tues, Jan 7

10:00 am – Circle 1

6:00 pm – Daisy Scout Troop Meeting

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 8

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 9

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

5:00 – Friends Feeding Friends

6:00 pm – AA Group

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Fri, Jan 10

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Sat, Jan 11

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin

Our Church Family: Harvey Arrington (Kathy Moody), Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Jackie Bennett (Brian Bennett), Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker), Bobby Chilton, Kat Cooke (Kathy Moody), Brenda Ferry and family, Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Crystal Harrelson (Bob & Terri Keck), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Mary Higgs, Ginger Keck Flynn (Bob & Terri Keck), Bobbie Lane, Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal), Linda Parker (Valerie Parker)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Gary Harold, Frank Hilliard, Danny Romasko, Payden Simmons, Maggie Townsend

If you wish to add anyone to the prayer or praise list, please do so by using one of the blue cards found in the backs of the pews (chairs in the Koinonia Room) and either drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office.

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to receive the Online Grapevine so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church. If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to Brenda Ferry and family on the death of her father, Wayne Dalton Little, who passed away recently. Please be in prayer for Brenda and her family.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m. We will have confirmation, be discussing our calendar and setting up for Room in the Inn.

Circle 1: Will meet on Tuesday, January 7th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Card Room at Ridgecrest Retirement Center.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will meet at Pages on Thursday, January 9th, at 8:00 a.m. Join us for a great discussion!

“Soup”er Bowl of Caring: The Beacons have been challenged once again by the Main Street churches to see who can collect the most cans of soup and/or monetary donations prior to Sunday, February 9th. Won’t you help them meet their goal by purchasing a few extra cans when you’re shopping for groceries? This is a simple way to help us feed the hungry in our community.

Montreat Youth Conference: (July 26 – August 1) – Deposits of $100 are due now for any Beacons who are eligible and wish to go to Montreat this year.

Room in the Inn – Now! is the time to sign up to stay the night or to make a meal for Room in the Inn. If you would like to volunteer in any way, please check out our church website, http://www.fpcma.com and go to the “Room in the Inn” tab or speak to Nancy Dixon.

A volunteer is needed to write thank you notes acknowledging gifts to Room in the Inn. If you are interested, speak to Nancy or Griff or call the church office.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45 am; all aged children are welcome! Our next Bible study for our third through sixth graders will be held on Monday, January 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

Sign-ups for Flowers, Scripture Readers and Friends Feeding Friends in 2020: Check the board in the upstairs foyer for sign-up sheets for both of these for the upcoming year. For flowers, standing memorials are listed with an asterisk. If your name appears there and you don’t wish to put flowers in, please notify the church office.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: For those that are signed up to assist with this wonderful ministry of feeding people in our community, please meet at First Baptist Church on Thursday, January 9th, at 5:00 p.m.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/5: Taylor Pike; 1/7: Nancy Dixon; 1/8: Andrew Harris; 1/10: Anna Bush, Anna Merritt

Anniversaries: 1/5: Griff and Elizabeth Gatewood

TODAY – DECEMBER 29, 2019

Head Usher: Nancy Dixon

Side Usher: Peter Pequeno

Children’s Church Teachers: No Children’s Church today

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Dec 29

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship

Mon, Dec 30

5:30 pm – 3rd-5th Bible Study

Tues, Dec 31

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 1

Church Office Closed/New Year’s Day

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Thurs, Jan 2

5:00 – Friends Feeding Friends

6:00 pm – AA Group

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Fri, Jan 3

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

Sat, Jan 4

6:30 pm – Room in the Inn

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin

Our Church Family: Harvey Arrington (Kathy Moody), Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Jackie Bennett (Brian Bennett), Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker), Kat Cooke (Kathy Moody), Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Crystal Harrelson (Bob & Terri Keck), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Mary Higgs, Ginger Keck Flynn (Bob & Terri Keck), Bobbie Lane, Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal), Linda Parker (Valerie Parker)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Gary Harold, Frank Hilliard, Danny Romasko, Payden Simmons, Maggie Townsend

If you wish to add anyone to the prayer or praise list, please do so by using one of the blue cards found in the backs of the pews (chairs in the Koinonia Room) and either drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office.

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Join us! The Renovation Committee who has been working with Architect Terry Eason would like to present the liturgical master plan they have developed to the congregation. The meeting will be held in the Koinonia Room next Sunday, January 5th at 10:00 a.m. Please come to see this plan and give your feedback.

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to receive the Online Grapevine so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church. If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will not meet this evening. Enjoy the rest of your year with your families! We’ll meet again in 2020!

Church Office Closed: The office will be closed on Wednesday, January 1st, and to observe the New Year holiday.

New Members Class: Coming this January! Please let Griff know if you would like to join the church.

Room in the Inn – Now! is the time to sign up to stay the night or to make a meal for Room in the Inn. If you would like to volunteer in any way, please check out our church website, http://www.fpcma.com and go to the “Room in the Inn” tab or speak to Nancy Dixon.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45 am; all aged children are welcome! Our next Bible study for our third through sixth graders will be held on Monday, December 30, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. We will be working on what our New Year’s goals and resolutions will be for 2020. Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

Sign-ups for Flowers, Scripture Readers and Friends Feeding Friends in 2020: Check the board in the upstairs foyer for sign-up sheets for both of these for the upcoming year. For flowers, standing memorials are listed with an asterisk. If your name appears there and you don’t wish to put flowers in, please notify the church office.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: For those that are signed up to assist with this wonderful ministry of feeding people in our community, please meet at First Baptist Church on Thursday, January 2nd, at 5:00 p.m.

FINANCIAL

2019 Year-End Contributions: Your giving allows us to have programs and ministries in the life of the church. If you turned in a pledge for the year, please make every effort possible to complete it by the end of the year. Please call the church office before coming by and drop off your contributions with Loida Slate, as Lynn will be out of the office. You WILL receive credit for 2019 as long as contributions are received or postmarked by Tuesday, December 31, 2019. We do our very best to consider the contributions received and to use those according to God’s will. We appreciate your continued generosity over the years in many ways.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 12/29: Samantha Cockerell; 12/30: Libby Pell; 12/31: Jane Tesh

Anniversaries: 12/31: P. J. and Joy Snow; 1/3: Russ and Teresa Bouma

There will be a Congregational Meeting immediately following worship today. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect the next class of elders to serve on the session as the class of 2022. These will include: Mary Ellen Goad, Nelson Clark, Joy Barlow and Jacob Majure. We hope you will be able to attend.

TODAY – DECEMBER 22, 2019

Head Usher: Nancy Dixon

Side Usher: Peter Pequeno

Children’s Church Teachers: Anna Peterson & Loida P. Slate

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Dec 22

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Children’s Church

7:00 pm – Longest Night Service

Mon, Dec 23

4:00 pm – Faith Friends “Happy Birthday Jesus” Party

5:00 pm – Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

Tues, Dec 24

Church Office Closed

3:00 pm – Children’s Christmas Pageant

7:00 pm – Candlelight Communion Service

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Dec 25

Church Office Closed

Christmas Day/Birth of Our Savior

Thurs, Dec 26

6:00 pm – AA Group

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin

Our Church Family: Harvey Arrington (Kathy Moody), Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Jackie Bennett (Brian Bennett), Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker), Kat Cooke (Kathy Moody), Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Crystal Harrelson (Bob & Terri Keck), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Mary Higgs, Ginger Keck Flynn (Bob & Terri Keck), Bobbie Lane, Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal), Linda Parker (Valerie Parker)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Gary Harold, Frank Hilliard, Danny Romasko, Payden Simmons, Maggie Townsend

If you wish to add anyone to the prayer or praise list, please do so by using one of the blue cards found in the backs of the pews (chairs in the Koinonia Room) and either drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office.

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to receive the Online Grapevine so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church. If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will not meet this evening. Enjoy the rest of your year with your families! We’ll meet again in 2020!

Longest Night Service: Advent is more than a time of preparation for Christmas. It is a time to acknowledge that we are a people who live in darkness and in light, in sorrow and in joy, in despair and in hope. This Sunday night, December 22nd at 7:00 pm, we invite you to come to Worship on the Longest Night. As we approach the longest night of the year, this service creates space for us to bring our prayers of lament and our sighs of longing before the Living God. This time gives us space to trust more fully that the light has come into the darkness and the darkness has not overwhelmed it. (John 1)

The service will begin at 7:00 p.m. and should last no more than an hour.

Faith Friends Happy Birthday, Jesus! Party: Our Faith Friends of the church will have a Happy Birthday, Jesus party on Monday, December 23rd, at 4:00 p.m. This party is based around the simple act of a birthday party, something everyone has, brings kids back to the fact that we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ – the Christ in Christmas.

Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant Rehearsal: Monday, December 23rd, immediately following at 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant: Tuesday, December 24th, at 3:00 p.m. Join us for a special time as our children tell the Christmas story in their own way. If your child/children is/are participating in the pageant, please be here no later than 2:45 p.m. in costume (if applicable).

Candlelight Communion Service: Tuesday, December 24th, at 7:00 p.m. Join us for this wonderful service as we celebrate the birth of Christ, God with us.

Church Office Closed: The office will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th, and Wednesday, December 25th, to observe the Christmas holiday.

New Members Class: Coming this January! Please let Griff know if you would like to join the church.

Room in the Inn – Now! is the time to sign up to stay the night or to make a meal for Room in the Inn. If you would like to volunteer in any way, please check out our church website, http://www.fpcma.com and go to the “Room in the Inn” tab or speak to Nancy Dixon.

Advent/Christmas Book Table: A table of devotional books for Advent and Christmas are available for purchase. They are on the table in the upstairs foyer.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45 am; all aged children are welcome! Our next Bible study for our third through sixth graders will be held on Monday, December 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. We will be working on what our New Year’s goals and resolutions will be for 2020. Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

Sign-ups for Flowers and Scripture Readers in 2020: Check the board in the upstairs foyer for sign-up sheets for both of these for the upcoming year soon.  For flowers, standing memorials are listed with an asterisk. If your name appears there and you don’t wish to put flowers in, please notify the church office.

Friends Feeding Friends 2020: There will be a sign-up sheet for this as well. Please sign up to assist with this wonderful ministry of feeding people in our community.

FINANCIAL

2019 Year-End Contributions: All contributions must be received or postmarked by Tuesday, December 31, 2019. We do our very best to consider the contributions received and to use those according to God’s will. We appreciate your continued generosity over the years in many ways. Your giving allows us to have programs and ministries in the life of the church. If you turned in a pledge for the year, please make every effort possible to complete it by the end of the year.

CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to: Luke and Lizzie Morrison on the birth of their daughter, Sylvie Blake Morrison, who was born on Saturday, December 14th, 2019. Ella is Sylvie’s proud big sister. The rose in the sanctuary is placed in honor of Sylvie.

Birthdays: 12/24: Nina Bowers, April Horton; 12/25: David Beal; 12/27: Bettsee McPhail, Anne Rachel Sheppard; 12/28: David Banfield

Anniversaries: 12/22: Mike and Legh Beal

Caroling and Cookies was regularly scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, December 18th. We realize this time of year is incredibly busy for everyone, so we have opted to cancel this event due to lack of participation. We hope to see you this coming Sunday morning, December 22nd for worship!