Join us for Worship Each Sunday Morning!

 

Sunday School for all Ages – 9:00 a.m. During Sept. – May

 

Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.

 

  Coffee Hour & Fellowship – 11:00 a.m.

 

Advent Services 2016 …

Advent 2016: Waiting For God … Join with your church family in preparing the way for Christ!

 Sundays in Advent:

November 27 – 10:00 a.m.                                                             “Ultimately in God’s Hands

December 4 – 10:00 a.m.                                                   “The Forgotten Act of Repentance”       Communion Service

December 11 – 10:00 a.m.                                                                                 Advent Festival

A FESTIVAL OF HYMNODY FOR ADVENT! Join us in worship on this Sunday as we celebrate the season of Advent with a service filled with congregational and choral singing of the great Advent hymns and a few Christmas carols as well.

December 18 –10:00 a.m.                                                                “Immanuel: God with Us”

 4 Wednesdays – November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 – 7 p.m.: An Advent Series: Waiting For God Join us for a brief half-hour worship service for the Wednesdays of Advent in our Memorial Chapel. Guest musicians will bring their gifts and talents to accent the reading and preaching of the Advent texts and the prayers of the hopeful people of God. Take some time for meditation during this busy Advent season!

 “Waiting For God” – 2016 Advent Devotional  Each Advent season, Dr. Ankrum produces a daily devotional to assist the congregation in our observation of this holy time. The devotional will be mailed in mid-November, if you don’t receive one by the start of Advent, please ask an usher in worship for one or call the church office.

Christmas Eve @ FPC 2016

Christmas Eve Services – Saturday, December 24 – Celebrate Christ’s Birth!

 5:00 PM – Children’s Service in the Sanctuary – Join us for a simple expression of worship and adoration of the arrival of the Christ Child. God’s children of all ages will delight in this worship experience!

9:00 PM – Communion Service in the Memorial Chapel – A service of worship for Christmas Eve in the quiet beauty of our chapel including a brief Christmas Eve homily and the sacrament of Holy Communion celebrated.

11:00 PM – The 52nd Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols – Patterned after the well-known service that originated at Kings College Chapel in Cambridge, England, this service takes place in the sanctuary.

Christmas Morning – Sunday, December 25 – 10 a.m.

Please join us for a special Sunday morning Christmas Day worship service!

Christmas Day Dinner …

Celebrate Christ’s birth by helping others; this is the true Christmas spirit! We need lots of assistance to make this occasion a special day. If you would like to help make deliveries, help prepare food, help serve and/or help clean-up, please sign up today in coffee hour or call the church office (724.832.0150).  This year we are asking for monetary contributions towards the purchase of the foodstuffs necessary to provide a tasty and nourishing dinner for our take-out and dine-in guests on Christmas Day. So, you may place your contribution in the offering plate on Sunday mornings with a note on the memo line that this is a Christmas Dinner contribution. We will still need people to bake cakes and provide apples and oranges and wrapped hard candy for the table decorations to help create a festive atmosphere for the people who come to the church for dinner.   Please sign up at the table during coffee hour.

Contribution List

Cakes – 18;

Apples and oranges – enough to decorate 10 or more tables;

7 dozen candy canes and other wrapped hard candy;

Shopping bags & boxes

Please bring your cakes to the church by Dec. 24 … all other donations need to be dropped off by noon on Dec. 23. You can also help by signing some Christmas cards during the coffee hour after the service. These cards will be distributed with the dinners on Christmas.

Adult Education on Sunday Mornings …  During Sept. – May

The Faith & Family Group meets in classroom #3 on the 3rd floor (entry through bell choir room door) at 9 a.m. every Sunday during the academic year (Sept. – May) to discuss topics related to our faith and family relationships. The group is composed of young couples, singles, parents and any in the church who are concerned about issues related to faith and family. We’ve started a new series about our “activities of faith,” such as sacraments, family, food, and more!

On the Christian Life is a class that discusses the influence of theologians and leaders of the Christian church on the faith. This year we will be discussing the life and work of the often maligned, but misunderstood American Puritan, Jonathan Edwards. Edwards has been remembered primarily for one particular “fire and brimstone” sermon studied by most American literature classes; however there was far more to the man and his theology. Edwards saw God in terms of “beauty” and “holiness.” His theology can be especially inspiring and encouraging to us as we walk our Christian life in faith. The class meets in the PW Lounge every Sunday morning at 9:00 and is led by Dr. Ankrum.

 

Other Adult Education Opportunities …

The Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study meets at Eat’n Park on Rt. 30E every Wednesday morning at 7:45 a.m. for a time of fellowship, study, and, of course, breakfast. We are now studying the Gospel of John under the leadership of Dr. Ankrum.

The Biblical Book of the Month Class gathers on the final Monday evening of each month at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the church.  Dr. Ankrum teaches the class and covers a single book of the Bible each month.  Class will resume in September.  Please consider joining us then.

The Last Tuesday Book Club gathers on the final Tuesday of every month to discuss a particular novel at 7 p.m. in the PW Lounge of the church building.