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Advent Readers Needed
We are looking for readers and candle lighters for our Advent services. If you and your family would like to participate in the advent wreath during one of the services in December, please let us know. We will be using readers at both services, so you can select a date and time that works best for you. (Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 at either 8:50am or 11:15am and Dec. 24 at 4pm or 6pm). Please let us know if you have an interest in doing this so we can manage the schedule. Thank you.
Advent Sermon Series
The Music and Message of Christmas
This year we will be letting some favorite songs of Christmas guide our advent journey. Each week, we will use a song that highlights a particular part of the Christmas story and tie it to the part of the Bible that inspired the music. Hopefully, not only will it mean you get to hear and sing your favorite Christmas Hymn, we also get to learn something from the scene it describes. Hope you can join us as we begin our path toward the manger.
Dec. 2nd – Waiting for a King – “O come O come Emmanuel”
Dec. 9th – Looking for Christmas – “We 3 kings”
Dec. 16th – A Christmas you didn’t expect – “O little Town of Bethlehem”
Dec 23rd – Everyone’s Invited – “Angels we have heard on High”
Dec 24th – What happens when Christmas arrives? – “Silent Night”
High School Hockey Outing
All High School students are invited to join us for a trip to Sioux City on December 8th to watch the Sioux City Musketeers take on the Sioux Falls Stampede. We will be leaving First Presbyterian Church at 2:00pm leaving plenty of time to browse the Sioux City mall and eat your choice of dinner in the food court. We will go to the game at 7:05pm and return immediately following. The cost for transportation and the game is $10, supper and any shopping at the mall is your own expense. RSVPs must be submitted to Pastor Michael to attend the trip by Wednesday Dec. 5th. We hope you will join us for this exciting winter fellowship event!
Please join us on Wednesday, December 12th at 4pm, for our Annual Hanging of the Greens.
Ladies of the Church
Mark your calendar for our Annual Christmas Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, December 13th at 12:30pm please invite all your friends. Also, we are in need of bakers of Christmas cookies and candy. If you are interested in baking 2 dozen treats for this event, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.
You and your family are invited to experience the story of the Nativity in a new way. Start by driving to Calvary Methodist Church in Arnolds Park and then make your way through 3 other churches including FPC and experience scenes from the story of Advent. The Nativity will include inter-active story-telling and songs from local congregations. Please join us for the Progressive Nativity December 16th, 5-6:30pm.
Recharge Craft supply requests
Fiber fill (for a pillow project)
Please leave supplies in the craft room. Thanks!
Congregational Life trip to Algona
The Congregational Life Committee would like to invite you to visit the Algona P.O.W. museum and nativity Saturday, December 15th. We will leave the church parking lot at 2pm. We should arrive at the museum about 3:30. After about an hour at the museum we will go and see the nativity scene constructed by the German P.O.W.’s while they were held at Camp Algona during WWII. Viewing of the nativity scene will be followed by dinner and fellowship at a nice restaurant in Algona. Each person will pay for their own dinner and admission to the museum is $3 per person. Please RSVP in the church office or to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can let the restaurant know how many to expect.
Youth Christmas Program
Save the date for our Youth Christmas Program set for Sunday, December 16th during our Reforming (2nd) Worship Service at 11:15am.
Sound, Audio & Video Volunteers
If you are interested in learning more about our new system or are currently volunteering, please contact Tom Ditsworth at 336-1649 or email@example.com for information on upcoming training sessions on the new system.
This year we will be supporting the Cherish Center as our Mission Project. If you are willing to share a poinsettia with us and donate to the Cherish Center, the cost is $15. For a poinsettia only $11.75. Please contact Cheri in the office at 336-1649 and let her know if this poinsettia is in memory of, or honoring someone.
Christmas Eve Ushers & Greeters Needed
If you are interested in being an usher or greeter on Christmas Eve at either our 4 or 6pm Services, please see the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.
The children’s and lap quilts are now in the fellowship hall and ready for completion. Please take them home and complete one or as many as you like. These quilts have been given in the past to CAASA, Dickinson County Public Health for the “New Moms” program, Lakes Regional Healthcare for the new babies, Gentiva Hospice and Hilltop Care Center. Your help with this project provides warmth to many members of our community and beyond.
Reforming (2nd) Service Ushers/Greeters Needed
We are in need of Ushers/Greeters for our 2nd Service. Responsibilities include distributing bulletins and greeting worshippers at the center sanctuary doors as well as taking a head count of worshippers (including praise and worship team and those in the nursery. A sign-up sheet is located in the narthex. Sign up for one week or whatever works with your schedule.
Ladies….of all ages:
Coffee break time every Thursday morning, 8:30 AM is at Lakes Regional Healthcare Coffee Shop. No agenda, just get together with friends and a little chit chat.
Questions: Call Lori Vicker at 515-249-6684.
Spirit Lake Backpack Matching Funds
November is the month that Northwest Bank will match funds donated to the Spirit Lake Backpack program up to $1,000. If you would like to donate to the Backpack program, you may write a check and put it in our offering plate with Spirit Lake Backpack in the memo, or you may take the funds directly to Northwest Bank to deposit in the Backpack account. Thank you in advance for helping kids in need at Spirit Lake Community Schools.
Recharge is a multi-generational gathering of families, youth, and adults. All church members and guests are invited to participate in the weekly evening of rejuvenation, including a family style meal, educational programming, and fellowship. A schedule of activities and semester pricing are both listed below. We look forward to seeing you and your family!
Wednesday, November 28th
Meal: Pasta Bar
Meal Crew: Marcia Eckerman, Sharon Caskey, Jane Loveall, Doug Stueven, Marj Schneidawind
Adult Ed Classes:
Women’s Bible Study – Rachelle Gewecke
With All Your Heart – Ray Miller
Major Religions – Pastor Clint
- Our sympathies are extended to the family of JoAnn Asa on the passing of her sister, Alvina Beerstead, this past week.
- Jay Anderson recovering at home.
- Laurie Phillips hospitalized with ongoing treatment.
- Donna Rieck recovering from knee surgery.
- Brent Kasson receives his last radiation treatment on Friday, and will have a heart valve replaced on December 5th.
- Ida Estes has moved to Bee Hive Homes, Room 8, 6330 Hazeltine Blvd, Excelsior, MN 55331
- Kathy Nygaard admitted to hospice care.
- Bill Cramer receiving cancer treatments.
- Scott & Elaine Greer recovering from kidney transplant.
- Pat Lamoureux dealing with cancer.
- Marcia Hill continued recovery.
- Connie Rohlk rehabbing a broken kneecap at Longhouse Care Center, Spencer.
- Sherry Fuhrman recovering from injuries.
- Dave Bartels recovering from surgery.
- Keith Swancutt recovering from angioplasty.
- Bev Quail starting cancer treatment.
- Gary Hansen dealing with medical issues.
- Gloria Ditsworth recovering from knee surgery.
- Beth Primavera recovering from knee surgery.
- Jim Ellingson waiting for a kidney.
- Gilbert (friends of the Klosters) receiving hospice care.
- Pauly Eaton recovering from a fall.
- Jack Burrell recovering from knee surgery.
- Macy Jennings fighting lymes disease plus, four co-infections..
- Gary Eaton diagnosed with cancer.
- Dorothy Fiala hospitalized with health issues.
- Patti Meyer diagnosed with alzheimers.
- Marj Roseberry dealing with health issues.
- Marty Jenkins treating an infection.
Loved ones are kept on our prayer list for one month, unless otherwise requested.
- Weekly Prayer – 4:45pm
- Recharge – 5:30pm
- Adult Handbell Choir practice – 7pm
- HS Youth Group – 7:15pm
- Chancel Choir practice – 8pm
- Men’s Bible Study – 9am
- 11:53am – ACT II
- Reformed Worship Service – 8:50am
- Coffee and fellowship – 10am
- Sunday School – 10:15am
- Confirmation – 10:15am
- Adult Ed – 10:30am
- Reforming Worship Service – 11:15am
- PW Sewing – 9am
- Women’s Bible Study – 1:30pm
Reformed Worship Service ~ 8:50am
Organist – Eulyn Riemersma
Liturgist – Kelly Swancutt
Ushers – Ron Niebruegge, Gene Ringsdoft, Bob Peterson & Doug Johnson
Greeters – Warren & Barb Jager
Video Taping – Wes Farmer
Soundbooth – Jackie Jenkins, Mike Reekers & Tom Ditsworth
Nursery – Laurie Steinkuehler
Coffee & Treats – Ron Jenkins, Edna VanderWolde & Jan Bowles
Reforming Worship Service ~ 11:15am
Usher/Greeter: Paul Johnson
Nursery: Sarah Dirks
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