17 Nov This Week at FPC
Annual Church-wide Advent Wreath & Scroll Event
Everyone is invited to join us Wednesday, December 1, at 6:00 p.m. In preparation for the Advent we’ll be decorating wreaths to light at home and Godly Play scrolls for families with young children. The church will provide the greenery and refreshments. If you already have a wreath or scroll, you can bring it to refresh and redecorate. If not, you can purchase them through the church on the sign up form. Register your attendance whether you need supplies or not to ensure we have plenty of refreshments and greenery!
There will be no programming the week of Thanksgiving. Women’s Bible study (Nov. 23), Family Gathering, Evening Office, and choir (Nov. 24) will not meet. There will be no Sunday school or Youth Group on Nov. 28.
The church office will be closed Monday, Nov. 22 – Friday, Nov. 26.
NWA United Seminar
The NWA United Commission invites you to attend a seminar, “The NWA United Challenge: A Little Historical Context on Racial Justice, and Why we Should care,” on Saturday, December 4, from 9:00-11:45 a.m. at FPC, pizza and fellowship to follow. Presenters include Trisha Posey, James Cooke, Isaac Fuller, and Miguel Rivera. Come have your questions regarding the NWA United challenge answered and be inspired to get involved. Questions may be submitted anonymously ahead of the seminar by filling out a card and dropping it in the question box at the main entrance to the church. Please register so we can plan.
Families by Choice Thanksgiving
Families by Choice is a group formed here in Siloam Springs to be with those alone on holidays in particular and at other times during the year. If you would like to join them for Thanksgiving, please RSVP to Jennifer S. Payne (479.220.3776). Folks are welcome to bring a side dish or dessert to share, but that is NOT required. We’re meeting at the Glenhaven Counseling office at 500 South Broadway in Siloam at 1:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for a meal and fun activities (games, a movie, etc.).
Advent Readers Needed
Advent begins November 28 and we are looking for groups to light the Advent candles and read the Advent liturgy during the service each week of Advent. If your family or friend group would like to participate, please sign up here!
Advent Sunday School Class
Join Jen each week to walk through Watch for the Light Advent readings during the Sunday School hour. Books are $5 and can be purchased in person on Sunday. Sign up here to help us prepare for the class.
Find our Thankful Tree on the bulletin board downstairs! This is an opportunity for you to share with the congregation praises to God for the ways he is working in your life and/or using others for his purposes. Take some time in the next two weeks to fill out a leaf and be sure to put your name on it so we can all celebrate and be thankful for the work of God in our midst in this season of thanksgiving. Thanks to Laura Klenda for creating this tree for all of us!
Hanging of the Greens
Sunday, November 21, help us decorate the church for Advent and Christmas after service. Pizza lunch will be provided. Please sign up for a headcount for lunch.
Bright Futures is again collecting new winter coats for children within our local school district and FPC Outreach is asking our church to step in and help. This is the 2nd of 3 ways we’re asking the church to practice presence in our community this holiday season. Cards will be available for pickup on Sunday mornings or at the church office and will indicate the size and gender to be purchased. Coats may be placed in the Bright Futures bins at each entrance no later than Dec. 1. Contact Chuck Hyde at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The Outreach Committee is working with the Manna Center again this year to collect food for people in need this holiday season. This is a great and tangible way for us to practice presence in our community. Return filled bags to the church by Sunday, Nov. 21.
Annual Children’s Christmas Pageant
The Annual Children’s Christmas Pageant is returning! Join us Sunday, December 5, at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Refreshments to follow.
Choir rehearsals are from 7-8 p.m. in the choir room! If you are interested in singing in the choir (returning singers and new singers), please send a quick email to Jen Edwards with your name and what part you normally sing (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Choir is open to 8th grade through adults.