Christmas Lunch Rescheduled for this Sunday, December 16!

The Congregational Life committee, along with additional elves, will be treating the congregation to our annual Christmas lunch, following the service on Sunday, December 16th, in the Fellowship Hall.  We will provide ham and scalloped potatoes, and ask that folks bring a side dish or dessert. Sound delicious??  We hope everyone will be able to come!

Please join us for Evening Vespers in the Christian Mystical Tradition from 6:15-6:45 pm in the Chapel on Wednesday, December 19. This will be a peaceful and meditative experience.

Interested in having your wedding at First Presbyterian Church?  Please see our updated guidelines here.

Sunday Worship
Adult Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am (now meeting in church parlor)
Youth Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Elementary Sunday School  10:00-10:45
Church Nursery: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 10:30 am 
Morning Worship: 11:00 am
Youth Group 12-2 pm (alternates with Youth Sunday School, please call to check times)
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library 
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm 
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Pastor's Letter

December 2018

“Haul out the holly Put up the tree before my spirit falls again
Fill up the stocking! I may be rushing things
But deck the halls again now -
For we need a little Christmas, right this very minute;
Candles in the window, carols at the spinet…
Yes, we need a little Christmas now!”
Jerry Herman, “Mame”

Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,
The season is upon us!  When Frank and I were thinking about the Christmas Season at First, we were very aware that this has been a tough year on many levels for most of you.
This year, you weren’t waiting until the First Sunday of Advent to say “Are these the signs?  This sure feels like these are the signs!”
This year, you weren’t waiting until “Week Two” to pray “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!”
This year, it didn’t take a build up to the third week to look for a joy that would block the bleakness.
This year, the longing for love to overwhelm hate didn’t need the traditions of Week Four; we felt it all year long.
So this year, because we have experienced the prolonged yearning of Advent, we’re going straight to Christmas.  Between Frank and me, we’ve been calling it “All Christmas, All the Time!”

    “For we need a little angel
    Sitting on our shoulders
    Need a little Christmas now!”

Like Auntie Mame, we’re starting early.  We are going for the gold when it comes to practicing the joy of the Lord as our strength! Gary and Brad are putting up the TREE Thanksgiving Weekend.  We are having CHRISTMAS CAROLS (gasp!) as our prelude. We are having CHRISTMAS DINNER on December 9th – and not waiting till Christmas Eve for our big blow-out LESSONS AND CAROLS!!
Come and rejoice, come and celebrate, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn king!

Your Sister in the Journey,

Pastor Karen