Upcoming Events for 11-27-17 thru 12-3-17

Upcoming Events for 11-27-17 thru 12-3-17

HELP NEEDED!
The Salvation Army needs volunteer bell ringers at Tractor Supply. First Reformed UCC is scheduled to provide volunteer bell ringers from 10:00am-6:00pm on December 1st and 2nd. Shifts are usually for two-hour blocks of time. To volunteer, please contact Mark Smith at 336-337-9666 or msmith@gwsmithlbr.com.

ADVENT WORSHIP THEME
Our worship theme for Advent is “Angels Among us: Do Not Be Afraid.” If you have a special statue of an angel, please bring it to worship on December 3rd for a special display. Make sure your name is on the bottom and plan for it to remain as part of the display throughout the season of Advent.

The Pastor’s Discussion Class theme is Counteracting Fear in Advent. Through the four Sundays of Advent we will focus on the theme of “Do Not Be Afraid: Defeating Fear with Hope, Peace, Love, Joy and a Whole-hearted Life.” The small group study is based on the work of Dr. Brene Brown. She is a social worker, researcher, and best-selling author. Her work on vulnerability speaks to how we let fear affect our lives. No preparation needed for each session. All are welcome.

NEW USHER GUIDELINES
According to our new usher guidelines, the back and side doors of the sanctuary will be locked at 11:00am each Sunday. If you arrive later, please enter through the front door.

CHURCH FUNDRAISER…SMOKED BOSTON BUTTS FOR SALE!
Reserve a smoked Boston Butt just in time for the Christmas holiday. Mike Brown and team will be smoking A LIMITED NUMBER OF THESE on Friday, December 22nd. They will be ready for pick up that afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00pm. Please contact the church office if interested in purchasing. They are $45 each. ACT FAST TO RESERVE YOURS! The last day to purchase is December 11th.

2018 BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY CALENDARS
The Evangelism Board will be selling First Reformed UCC Birthday and Anniversary Calendars for 2018. We would love to have full participation but if you object to having your birthday or anniversary included, please let the office know. Also, if you haven’t given either of those dates before, please call to make sure you’re on the calendar.

SAY CHEESE!
There will be a congregational picture taken on December 17th immediately following the worship service. This picture will be included in the upcoming Church Directory and placed in the church archives.

HOMEMADE SOUP
Women’s Life Fellowship will be taking pre-orders during the month of January for homemade soup (Brunswick stew style). The soup will be available at the February congregational meal. It will be sold in quarts ($8.00) and pints ($4.00). Contact the church office to pre-order.

Monday, November 27:
5:00pm Tutoring {SS Hall}

6:30pm Open Hands Meal {Fellowship Hall}
Tuesday, November 28:
10:00am Weaving Women {Willing Workers classroom}
6:00pm Decorate sanctuary and education building

Wednesday, November 29:

7:15pm Adult choir

Thursday, November 30:
3:30pm Friendship Club meets at Olive Garden to eat prior to Catawba Lessons & Carols

Friday, December 1:
3:30pm Grow & Go Girls

Sunday, December 3: First Sunday of Advent & Holy Communion
9:45am Sunday School
JAM to practice songs for covered dish luncheon on December 17
New Way with Dave Fulton
Willing Workers with Doug Sink
Pastor’s Discussion Class
10:30am First Sunday Social (hall outside office)
11:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Greeter: Michell Winters
Nursery: Dave Fulton & Jeremy Peterson


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:


  • December 6 RADA Cutlery sale ends
  • December 10 7:00pm joint Advent Worship Service at Second Reformed UCC
  • December 11 last day to pre-order Boston Butts
  • December 13 Friendship Club Catered Christmas Party (FH)
  • December 14 Women’s Life Fellowship Christmas Party
  • December 15 6:30pm practice for all “actors” for the Christmas Cantata in the sanctuary
  • December 16 Adult Choir practice for Cantata in the sanctuary
  • December 16 Friendship Club: High Point Ballet presentation of “The Nutcracker” (eat at Sophie’s prior to show)
  • December 17 – Christmas Cantata (sanctuary), congregational picture, covered dish lunch (FH)
  • December 21 Families First caroling, pizza supper and hot chocolate
  • December 22 Pick up pre-ordered Boston Butts between 3:00 and 4:00 (DON’T FORGET YOUR TICKET!)
  • December 24 Sunday School, 11:00 Worship service and 8:00pm Candlelight Service
  • December 25 Merry Christmas
  • December 31 9:30am light breakfast in the Fellowship Hall and 10:00am worship in the Chapel


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