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Today in the Sunday School: Today is the Third Sunday of Advent/Pageant Sunday, and the liturgical color is purple.

NURSERY CARE

  • The nursery is closed December 12th. Please bring babies and toddlers into the sanctuary for our Christmas Pageant.
  • December 19th, Christmas Sunday: Nursery Care is available for our youngest members and is available for both our 9AM and 11AM services.
  • The nursery is closed December 26th -January 2.
  • Our nursery care resumes in the new year on Sunday January 9th for our 10AM service.

FIRST CHURCH CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

The Christmas Pageant will be held on December 12th during the 10AM service.  Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the wonder of the story of Christ’s birth as seen through the eyes of a child.  Come delight in the magic of the season as our children share The Shepherd’s Story written by Pam Andrews and adapted for 2021 by Steve Blunt and LeeAnne Steenhoek.

We a deeply grateful to all of the Sunday school teachers and assistants who contribute their time, creativity and energy to this pageant.

  • Children will report directly to their classrooms to prepare for the pageant.
  • NEW: Following the Pageant, Children will recess to their classrooms during the singing of Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.  Teachers will offer a small gift to each child to remember our Pageant 2021 as well as finger foods (cheese, clementine, candy cane, chocolate chip cookie bar) individually wrapped and prepared by our Christian Formation Board.
  • The Congregation is welcome to individually wrapped chocolate chip cookie bars, candy canes and clementines provided with love by Christian Formation in Fellowship Hall.
  • Parents will pick up their children at their classrooms.

LABYRINTH Tuesday December 21 with Rev. Jami and LeeAnne Steenhoek in Fellowship Hall from 3:00-5:00PM.  Save the date and join us in faith and fellowship to restore, renew and await the light of Christ.  Emmanuel- God with us.

In recent years, the labyrinth has re-emerged as a Christian spiritual tool.  Unlike a maze, which is a form of puzzle with trick turns and dead ends, the labyrinth has a single path that leads one into the center and back out again.  There is no need to worry about figuring out what turns to take.  One just follows the path.
Modern “pilgrims” walk the labyrinth as one of many tools to enhance prayer, contemplation, meditation, and/or personal growth