1. 90 DAYS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Join us as FPC commits to read the NT daily for the next 90 days! Pick up your 90 Day New Testament brochure from the table in the narthex. A full reading schedule, study group opportunities, weekly podcast, message board and online resources can be found on our website. www.fpcspiritlake.org/90days
2. SUNDAY SCHOOL
No Sunday School – December 1st
Sunday School Treats:
No Adult Education – December 1st
90 Days in the New Testament – Jan Bolluyt
Presbyterian Beliefs & Practice – Clint Loveall
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, adult education, and semester pricing are listed below.
Schedule of Activities
5:30-6:00pm Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall
Open Gym for 3rd-6th Grades
6:00-6:15pm Intergenerational Gathering Time in Fellowship Hall
6:15-7:00pm Youth and Adult classes
7:15-8:15pm High School Connect Youth Group
Women’s Bible Study ~ Rachelle Gewecke
Ray VanderLaan Video Series ~ Art & Phyllis Attema
Ninety Days Through the New Testament ~ Clint Loveall
Family Meal Pricing
One Meal Per Person…….$ 3 Family of 3…..$ 70
1 Adult for Semester…….$30 Family of 4…..$ 90
Family of 2………………..$50 Family of 5+…$100
No Recharge – November 27th
This year for Advent, we are going “Back to the Basics” to prepare for Christmas. We will be exploring the major themes of Advent with some of the signature passages of the New Testament. Join us as we learn together how we often miss the deeper realities of Christmas, even in the midst of celebrating. Our hope is that by using the season of Advent well, we might all be fully ready and better able to welcome the true meaning of Christmas.
Dec 1 – Foundations of Peace / John 14:25-27 & Selections from Romans
Dec 8 – A Survey of Hope / Romans 8 & I Peter 1:3-21
Dec 15 – Introduction to Joy / Luke 2 & Philippians 4:4-9
Dec 22 – Fundamentals of Faith / Hebrews 11 & Romans 1
Dec 25 – Love for Beginners / I Cor 13 & Romans 5:1-11
Men & Women Bible Studies with Pastor Clint
Everyone is invited to join the Men & Women’s Bible Studies with pastor Clint. The Women meet on Tuesdays at 1:30pm, and the Men meet on Thursdays at 9am. Hope to see you there!
Act II has begun meeting at 11:53am in the Spirit Lake High School office conference room every Thursday. All high school students are invited to join us as we seek to study, pray, and grow as disciples of Christ together.
Memory Care Support Group
First Pres is hosting a weekly Memory Care Support Group for people caring for loved ones with memory issues. The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 17th at 10:00am. All are welcome. Supervised care will be provided during the meeting for those who need to bring there loved one(s) with them, and anyone who is interested in these issues or supporting those dealing with them is invited.
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.
“Our Daily Bread” Daily Devotionals
Our December, January & February “Our Daily Bread” devotionals have arrived. You may pick one or more up from the table by the office or from the library window.
Presbyterian Women Christmas Luncheon
Our PW Christmas Luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 12th at 12:30pm. We have special guest Singer/Songwriter/Speaker Jill Miller for our program this year. Please check out the sign up sheets in the narthex for cookie and candy makers, workers and attendance.
Deacon Hospital Schedule & Ride
December 1 – Ron Williams
December 8 – June Howatt
Hanging of the Greens
Please join us on Wednesday, December 4th at 4pm, for our annual tradition of the “Hanging of the Greens.”
Iowa Lakes Community College Holiday Handbell Concert
You are invited to attend the ILCC Holiday Handbell Choir Concert on Tuesday, December 10th at First Presbyterian Church at 7pm.
SAVE THE DATE
The Sunday School Christmas program is set for Sunday, December 15th during our Reforming Worship Service at 11:15am. This includes all Sunday School students ages 3 through 8th grade. Please watch your email for further details about practices and logistics. Thank you!
Holiday Ushers and Greeters Needed
With the holidays right around the corner, that means we need some extra help at the church. It has been decided to break up the month of December with separate Usher/Greeter schedules. We are looking for help on December 22nd, 24th and the 29th. If you are willing to help out with any of these services, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.
This year we will be supporting Kids Against Hunger as our Mission Project. If you are will to share a poinsettia with us and donate to Kids Against Hunger, the cost is $17. For a poinsettia only, $12. Please contact the office at 336-1649 and let us know if this poinsettia is in memory of, or honoring someone.
Operation Christmas Child Thanks You
The final count of shoe box gifts contributed to Operation Christmas Child from our Church this year was 110! WOW; what an awesome response to this mission work at FPC! Thank YOU! Special “Thank You’s” go out to Eulyn Riemersma for knitting the caps and dolls, to Rosemary Stellinga & Donna Rieck for sewing the knitted dolls, John Calsbeek for making the little cars, Jon & Amy Stover for delivering them to Good News and all the kids that helped pack Jon & Amy’s car. THANK YOU!!
Samaritan’s Purse partnered with local churches around the world to deliver 157 million OCC shoebox gifts to children in need in 160 countries. Each one packed full of fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. All are sent with a prayer that the child who receives it will experience God’s love through their simple gifts.
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 programs, Lakes Regional Healthcare for the new babies, Gentiva Hospice and Accura Care Center. Your help with this project provides warmth to many members of our community and beyond.
Ladies of All Ages
Coffee break time every Thursday morning at 8:30am 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.