December 4, 2022
PRAYER CONCERNS: Tereasa Apps, John Birch, Tressa Dickerson, Brian Douglas, Sue Evans, Charlene Gleckler, Marjie Guthrie, Corinne Pennock, Sandy Reel, Leon Schlabowske, Search for Associate or Youth Minister, Debbie Bartlett (Friend of Karl Benjamin), Kaela Berger (Lexi Williams’ cousin), Karen Birch (John Birch’s sister), Darci Brooks (Deloras Martin’s niece), Ezra Collver (Craig & Caree Collver’s grandson), Deb Kruger (Friend of Brandi Pennock), Kevin Miller (Lisa Pennock’s brother), Patty Misner (Friend of Shari Clark), A.C. Reel (Amber Poor’s grandfather), Rusty Sealock (Jean Sanderson’s son-in-law), Julie Talley (Judy Ferguson’s sister-in-law), Craig Thompson (Brenda Kramer’s brother), Sue Tice (Lisa Pennock’s sister), Journee Vinyard (Kim Bauer’s family). We express our sympathy to the family and friends of the following who recently passed: Bertha Eileen Cooley (Glen Cooley’s mother); Jim Thompson (Brenda Kramer’s father).
Today is Cookie Sunday!
We have been asked to sing Christmas Carols during the Deer Santa Festival around the Courthouse on Sunday, Dec 4, at 4:00. Meet at the church at 3:45 then we will walk to the square. Singing will take approx. 20 minutes. We will go Christmas Caroling to the nursing homes and homebound on Sunday, Dec 11, then return to Crossroads Center for supper. Be at Crossroads by 4:45 Contact Kayla with questions.
Coffee Talk, Tues, Dec 6, 10:00, @ Annex. Stop in for conversation with Pastor Michael!
Circle IV will meet Thurs, Dec 8.
College Student Outreach Being away from home for the first time is hard! It’s also a crucial time for young adults as they make their own decisions on church involvement and faith. Research has shown that youth are more likely to stay connected to a church when they become adults if they feel connected to adults in their home congregation. In recognition of this, a new group is being formed in an effort to support and stay connected to our college and military aged members. Some ideas to start the group are card/email/text writing and occasional care packages. Potentially, if interest permits and we can work out the details, we may also consider an adopt-a-student program. Please join us for a brief sign-up and brainstorming meeting after both services on Sunday, Dec 11. If you’re interested in joining the group but won’t be there n Dec 11, please contact Alicia Tate or let Rebecca know.
FCC ADOPT-A-FAMILY 2022 Find a tag (or tags) with a gift you are willing to purchase, take it off the tree, fill out the bottom section, detach, and place in the basket at the table. Please write legibly so we can track gifts if needed! Please return wrapped gift(s) with tag—or unwrapped school donations—no later than Sunday, December 11th either to the Long Room (on Sundays) or to the Annex (during the week). NOTE: If your gift includes several items, it’s very helpful to put all pieces/items in one box or gift bag and attach the tag to the outside of the box/bag. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Please mark your check or envelope "Adopt-A-Family". The funds will be used first for presents that are not returned, then for gift cards for groceries.
QUESTIONS: contact Libby at or call/text 217-491-8909.
The Church Board will meet Tues, Dec 13, at 5:30. Packets will be in the Long Room on Dec 11. Note the time has changed due to school Christmas events that evening.
The 97th Annual Christmas Cantata, “Light of Hope,” will be Sunday, Dec 18, 5:00. Childcare will be provided.
The Elder Dinner will be Tues, Dec 20, at Crossroads Center. Meeting will start at 5:00 followed by the meal at 5:30.
The Christmas Eve Service on Dec 24 will begin at 9:00 pm.
On Sunday, Dec 25, we will have one worship service in the sanctuary at 9:00 am. There will be no Sunday School or Children’s Church.
Crossroads Center will be open to the community for walking starting in January. Contact Shari if you would like to be on a volunteer rotation sitting in the gym office during those days. We will be open if we get enough to help.
Let Rebecca know if you would like to have your own box of 2023 offering envelopes. Those who already use them will automatically receive a box.
Choir Schedule This Week
Sun, Dec 4 - 3:45 Meet at church for caroling on the square.
Wed, Dec 7 - 6:30 Practice.
Sun, Dec 11 - 4:45 Meet for Christmas caroling.
Kids, grades PreK through 12th, singing schedule this week
Sun, Dec 11 - Practice after 10:30 service. Pizza provided.
Wed, Dec 7 & 14 - 6:30-7:00. Cantata only.
The December, January, February edition of Our Daily Bread arrived last week and can be found on the sanctuary mantels.
A Family Advent Guide is on the sanctuary mantels for everyone to do at home. The guide includes scripture reading and activities.