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Advent Worship Services - Sundays at 10 AM

Advent Music Cantata

November 28

Our first Advent Sunday celebrates the Hope of Jesus Christ. Enjoy music of the Music Ministry featuring the Chancel Choir. Guest musicians on violin, harp, oboe, and guitar.

Worship and lighting

december 5

Our second Advent Sunday welcomes the Peace that the birth of Jesus will bring into the world. Join us for beautiful Advent music, prayer, and message.

youth led program

december 12

Our third Advent Sunday celebrates the Joy of the coming of Christ. Join us for a youth led service that is sure to bring joy to your Sunday morning.

worship and lighting

december 19

Our fourth Advent Sunday celebrates the unconditional Love that Jesus offers the world. This last Advent Sunday will touch our hearts and fill our spirit as we prepare ourselves for Christmas!

Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas Advent Studies

Wednesdays 6:30 pm Dinner 7:00 pm Study
Don’t let the “busyness” of the season get the best of you! Join us on the following Wednesdays for dinner and an enlightening discussion in our beautiful parlor.

Preparing the Way

DECEMBER 1

Preparing The Way

During this first gathering and discussion we will focus in on NOT getting lost in the hustle and bustle of what can be a frenzied time but on how we prepare to make the path straight for the one who is to come.
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Spiritual Practices during Advent

DECEMBER 8

Spiritual Practices

During this second Advent study we will learn about how special the season of Advent is for our individual spiritual development as we count down to Christmas.
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Advent Traditions and Practices

DECEMBER 15

Traditions and Practices

At our final Advent Study, we will learn about family traditions that took place during the birth of Christ and also look at our own traditions that are passed on that keep the session filled with Christ’s love.
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Nov. 28 Rev. Robert Buckner II

It is our hope that First Congregational’s Sunday worship is part of your Thanksgiving weekend. Our Music Ministry has prepared a compelling Advent cantata titled “Come, Messiah”. Under the leadership of our music director Jim Molina, this musical gift will set your spirit on course for the journey of Advent.

Back by popular demand, our guest minister this Sunday is the Rev. Robert Buckner II. We welcome him back to our pulpit with a message titled “Don’t Worry”.

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advent cantata "Come messiah"

sunday, november 28
10:00 am

On Sunday, Nov. 28th, the Music Ministry will be starting the Advent season with an Advent Cantata, “Come, Messiah” put together by Jim Molina. This musical event will include Advent Music that will be performed by our Chancel Choir and a host of amazing instrumentalists including Daniel Zeisemer on violin, Jaina Carpenter on harp, Jacqueline Jellison – Landis on oboe, and of course our esteemed guitarist, Dave Benziger.

Jim Molina will lead this all-star Music Ministry in a compelling and seasonal musical performance that will highlight our Advent Season. A special offering will be presented to support the Music Ministry and its programming.

Join us as Rev. Robert Buckner III leads us in an Advent message that is sure to warm our hearts this Christmas Season.

gingerbread house fundraiser

submit by december 27, 2021

The Board of Christian Education is excited to be kicking off our 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Fundraiser! This year’s gingerbread house kits will be locally baked by Life’s Sweet Bakery & Café in Chicago.
 
Each kit comes with all you need to get started and costs $35.00. Consider purchasing more than one kit to share the fun with family & friends. Create a new family tradition by bringing these kits to your Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. We have ordered a limited quantity so reserve your kit soon! 
 
To purchase your kit, please click the red box below. Please complete the order form and drop off or mail to the church. Payment can also be made online through Tithe.ly by choosing “Gingerbread House Fundraiser”. All proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit this summer’s work trip to Puerto Rico.
 
Once you have completed decorating your gingerbread house, send a selfie/photo with your decorated gingerbread house by December 27 to Brian Brigman at bbrigman9700@gmail.com for a friendly competition and a chance to win a prize. We will be featuring all photos on our church’s website and Facebook page to celebrate your creativity.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Jackson vanny.jackson1107@gmail.com or Brian Brigman bbrigman9700@gmail.com. Thank you for your support! 

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