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Advent and Christmas at First Congregational Christian Church
Sunday, November 27 - First Sunday of Advent - Candle of Hope Worship Service, 10:30 am;
Wednesday, November 30 - Mid-Week Advent Service, 10:30-11:00 am
Sunday, December 4 - Second Sunday of Advent - Candle of Peace Worship Service, 10:30 am
Wednesday, December 7 - Mid-Week Advent Service, 10:30-11:00 am
Sunday, December 11 - Third Sunday of Advent - Candle of Joy Worship Service and Communion, 10:30 am
Wednesday, December 21 - Winter Solstice Mid-Week Advent Service, 10:30-11:00 am
Sunday, December 18 - Fourth Sunday of Advent - Candle of Love Worship Service and Christmas Pageant, 10:30 am
Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7:00 pm - The Christ Candle
Sunday, December 25 - Christmas Day - Worship Service of Lessons and Carols, 10:30 am.
Holiday Special Offering Salvation Army’s McKinnell House is the recipient of our Holiday Special Offering this year. We have chosen them because, as you have undoubtedly heard, resources for families who do not have permanent housing are scarce in Anchorage while the number of children whose parents are homeless is on the rise. McKinnell House provides emergency shelter for homeless families with 24- hour lodging and staff support. The letter and special envelopes are on the Narthex table. Please write “McKinnell House” on the memo line if you donate with a check made out to First Congregational Church. ‘Tis Also the Season for Stewardship Remember to include First Congregational Church in your giving by filling out a pledge card and supporting the 2017 Budget we approved on November 20th. If you have questions about your 2016 contributions, talk with Financial Secretary Sharon Higgins.
Keep Filling the Baskets We are collecting socks (and gloves and hats) for Brother Francis Shelter and pantry items for Amundson Youth Services through December. The baskets are in the narthex. and bring somethin for the FISH bin as well (see below).
Our Interim Minister Rev. Johnathan Jones will be with us until a permanent minister is called and voted in by the congregation. Watch for information about his office hours in the weekly bulletin and on this web site. You can reach him through the Church at 272-8363. His installation as our intentional interim minister was September 25.
Rev. Johnathan C. Jones comes to us from Australia. He has served as a Senior Minister (Metropolitan Community Church of Anchorage) and an Interim Minister (Edinburgh Metropolitan Community Church), in various capacities with the Anchorage International Hostel Downtown, and currently as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Amundsen Youth Services, Inc. AYS is a non-profit that provides inexpensive housing for LGBTQ young people in need as well as “wrap-around services” (mentorship, volunteer opportunities, job search skills, etc.). He describes his duties as everything from “financial management, job search guidance, cleaning, house parenting and (more often than I like) taxi driver.”
First Congregational Christian Church of Anchorage, Alaska “where majestic mountains surround you,” seeks a SENIOR MINISTER with strong preaching and pastoral skills to lead an active and diverse congregation. We support a strong outreach and music program and are in the midst of a revitalization program. For further information contact Eric Johnson at email@example.com or 907-333-1151.
We Support F.I.S.H.: Please put non-perishable fruit, soup, or canned or packets of powdered milk in your cart next time you are shopping and bring them to the plastic bins in the narthex marked for F.I.S.H. Another way you can help is by saving your egg cartons; they get eggs donated in bulk and need the cartons for distributing to needy families.
Let’s Get Creative about Fundraising! The FCC Church Council formed the Ad Hoc Committee for Budget and Planning. They’re focused on the whole financial picture but with an emphasis on our expenses. At their meeting on Tuesday, May 10, the Stewardship Ministry created a new Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee to focus on how we can increase the Income side of our unbalanced budget. We know you’ve got all kinds of ideas about how to bring more $$$ in (and at the same time attract more members), so let Kate know if you’re willing to spend some time sharing ideas and developing a proposal for the Stewardship Ministry to present to the congregation. This is the kind of committee where the more ideas (and sometimes the craziest) we can generate, the more likely we’ll come up with some great solutions. Keep in mind that this is not intended to be a long-term commitment – just a few conversations with your friends.
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