Here’s what a search of FB shows this morning:
Here’s what a search of FB shows this morning:
Pastor Jim invites you to read and reflect on biblical themes during Advent and then share a photo or poem that speaks to you about that theme for the day. You can post on social media (FB, Twitter, etc.) and include the hashtag: #fccsheboyganadvent. Others can search using that tag and see what you’ve posted. Here is a guide/template for your consideration (Pastor Jim will try to do a photo-a-day on these daily themes – and share on the church FB page).
Join us as we minister to the community and each other this Advent season.
Christmas Giving /Mitten Tree – starting Sun. 11/22
The church is providing a way to give to families in need during the holiday season. There is a “giving tree” located in the narthex.
Ringing Bells for Salvation Army Kettle Campaign
We have reserved four days for ringing bells for the Salvation Army Kettles this Christmas season. They are as follows: Mon. Dec. 14th from 11:00 am – 3pm at Pick and Save/N. 25th St; Weds. Dec. 16th from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at Pick and Save/N. 25th St. and Mon. Dec. 21st from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Festival Foods. Please sign-up for a one hour slot on the list in narthex. The Middle and High School youth will be ringing bells at 6 locations on Sat. Dec. 5th from 3-5 pm. Following the youth bell ringing on Dec. 5th, the youth will gather at Pizza Ranch for dinner.
Delivering Flowers for Homebound – Sun. Dec. 27th
Following worship on Sun., Dec. 27th, please come to the front of the sanctuary to pick up a poinsettia and bring it to someone you know that is homebound or in need of a “pick me up” this season. Share the Christmas joy.
Advent Church Gathering/Soup Lunch – Sun., Nov. 29th
The whole church family is invited to gather for fun, fellowship and good food following worship. Event will begin with a simple soup lunch . RSVP’s are appreciated: sign poster in narthex or contact church office. While the adults decorate the sanctuary and narthex, children will have the opportunity to make some Christmas ornaments to hang on the sanctuary trees (thanks to Chris Martin for organizing). We will finish with singing carols in the sanctuary. Come enjoy a time of fellowship and holiday preparation.
Thursday Women’s Study Group – Thurs. Dec. 3rd-17th
Each Thursday in December, the group will focus on various daily readings from the “Wonder” Advent Devotional from the UCC Stillspeaking Writer’s Group. Copies of the devotional can be purchased for $3. The group gathers from 9:00 – 10:15am in the church lounge. Free childcare is provided. Speak to Pastor Julia if you have questions.
High School Christmas Party – Sun. Dec. 13th
All High School are invited to a Christmas Party at the Hollister’s home, 2802 N. 6th St., Sheboygan from 6:30-8:00 pm. Subs and drink will be provided – PLEASE BRING a dish to share (desserts, chips or salad). WHITE ELEPHANT gift exchange will take place, so please bring an item.
Middle School Christmas Party – Sun., Dec. 20th
All Middle School Youth are invited to a Christmas Party at the Opel’s home, 4850 Dennwood Dr.., Sheboygan from 5:00-6:30 pm. Subs and drinks provided – PLEASE BRING a dish to share (desserts, chips or salad). $10-15 gift exchange will take place, so please bring a gift.
Advent Devotionals and Calendars
Are you needing some help focusing during this busy holiday season? Please browse through the various advent devotionals which are available in the narthex. If you would like to read devotionals “on-line” check out the daily devotional website at www.i.ucc.org.
Nov. 29th – 1st Sunday of Advent – Pastor Jim will preach. We’ll light the candle of “HOPE.”
Dec. 6th – 2nd Sunday of Advent – Communion Sunday. We’ll light the candle of “PEACE.”
Dec. 13th – 3rd Sunday of Advent – We’ll light the candle of “JOY.” The choir and instrumentalists will offer a Christmas Cantata: “Sleepers, Wake!” by J.S. Bach during the 10:00 am worship service. If you would like to join in the singing, please RSVP to Martin Ulrich, Dir. of Music Ministry (918-9777 or Ulrichm@lakeland.edu). Rehearsals include: W 12/2 from 7-9 pm, W 12/9 from 7-9 pm, Sat. 12/12 from 7-9 pm, and Sunday 12/13 (warm-up at 8:30 am).
Dec. 20th – 4th Sunday of Advent – Children’s Christmas Program – Children and youth will present “Kings and Angels” during the morning service. (Children are rehearsing on Sundays during class time thru Dec. 13th). An extra rehearsal is scheduled for 9:00 am on Sat. Dec. 19th.
Walk the Labyrinth – Weds. Dec. 23rd and Thurs. Dec. 24th: Our church labyrinth will be open to walk during the day on Weds. 12/23 (8 am -3:30 pm) and Thurs. 12/24 (8 am – 10 pm). Come prepare your hearts for the coming of Christ in this Christmas season.
Christmas Eve Services at 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm –
Early evening brings the 4:00 pm worship service of Carols and Candles. Older youth will be sharing their musical talents during the prelude which begins at 3:40 pm. The traditional Christmas Eve service begins at 9:00 pm (note change of time from previous years). An evening of scripture, reflections and beautiful music.
A Word document of this info may be downloaded here: Advent 2015 flyer
We will not be hosting a Thanksgiving Eve service this year, though many congregation are. One that we know of will be held at St. John’s UCC (1248 Lincoln Ave., Sheboygan) on Wed. 11/25 at 6:45 pm (combined service with Ebenezer UCC).
New Members will be received into our fellowship during the 10am worship service on Sunday, Dec. 6th. Pastor Jim will host one additional “Newcomers Class” on Weds. Dec. 2nd (10:30 am – noon) in the church lounge. Please join us if that fits your schedule.
Christmas Giving /Mitten Tree – Here are ways to support your neighbors in need during the holiday season.
People are invited to take 1-2 of the gift tags off the tree. Each gift tag will list a suggested gift and the age and gender of the recipient. You are encouraged to purchase the gift, wrap it, firmly attach the colored gift tag to the outside of package and place it under the tree by Sunday, Dec.13th. Each gift will be under $25. The recipients will be children/youth selected through the Social Work Dept. of the Sheboygan School District.
Food Cards for Families We are also asking for donations of money to purchase food cards for each of the Giving Tree families. You may make a check payable to FCC (memo: giving tree cards).
Warm Woollies You are also encouraged to bring in new winter hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks and place them on the tree to be given out through the SASD elementary schools.
Advent Church Gathering/Soup Lunch – Sun., Nov. 29th The whole church family is invited to attend an afternoon gathering for fun, fellowship and good food following worship on Sun. Nov. 29th. Event will begin with a simple soup lunch. While the adults decorate the sanctuary and narthex, children will have the opportunity to create some special ornaments to hang on the sanctuary trees. Come enjoy a time of fellowship and holiday preparation. RSVP’s appreciated (920-457-4818)
Tuesday Night Meditation Group – A second meditation group has begun (in addition to the Sun. night meditation group). Meets at 7pm in the church lounge. All are welcome.
Thursday Women’s Study Group – in December they are discussing various readings from the “Wonder” Advent Devotional from the UCC Still Speaking Writer’s Group. Copies of the devotional can be purchased for $3. The group gathers from 9:00 – 10:15am in the church lounge. All women are welcome.
Advent Devotionals and Calendars Are you needing some help focusing during this busy holiday season? Please browse through the various advent devotionals which are available in the narthex. If you would like to read devotionals “on-line” check out the daily devotional website at www.i.ucc.org.
Meals on Wheels Looking for Cookie Donations Every Christmas season Meals On Wheels delivers a box of homemade cookies to those receiving meals. (For some this is the only gift they will receive.) We have the boxes and the tissue paper, now all we need are the cookies! If you would like to donate some of your home baked goodies to our project please call or email Maureen at Meals On Wheels at 451-7011or Maureen.fatla@