Dec 11
January 14, 2021, 9:40 PM
 

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December 11, 2020

 

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HOPE PEACE LOVE JOY

 

On the Third Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Love.

It is because God loved us so very much that we celebrate the coming of God’s Son to be among us. The love that God calls us to is a love that works to affirm humanity, to dismantle oppression, to liberate those bound by oppression.

Jesus taught his disciples in John 15 that they should love

one another as he had loved them so that the world would know they were his disciples. This continues to be our call — to love courageously, completely, creatively,

so that the world can see who Jesus is.

Scripture: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11

Prayer:

God of love, help us to reflect your love, help us to love courageously and completely, through our actions to ensure that all humanity may flourish because of your great love for us all. Thank you for the example you gave us in Jesus Christ; may we love as he has loved us. May it be so. Amen.

From "Imagining a New World" Advent Devotional by Terri Hord Owens

 

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This Sunday's Celebration on FACEBOOK

look for the red "live" button.

10:30 am

Or any time thereafter on our website

@ fcc-sm.org

Music will begin @10:15

See you Sunday!

 

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Upcoming

Drive-thru Communion dates:

This Sunday, December 13

December 20 both at 5:00

and

 

Mark your Calendar for

Christmas Eve

December 24

 

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Meet Us on the Parking Lot

5:00 PM

Christmas Eve

December 24

 

Our next-door neighbors on the Wimberley side, Iglesia Christiana de la Ressurecioń Elim, Pastor, Rev. Manuel Gomez, have offered the musical ministry of their praise band to welcome us to our Christmas Eve Celebration. From 4:45 to 5:10 they will be providing music in the portico of the church as you drive through to receive the communion elements. Tuning in to 89.3 on your FM radio, Richard and Sara and the praise band singers will lead us in singing “Joy to the World,” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," and “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Richard will solo, "O, Holy Night."

 

We will take communion together led by Gregory and sing “Silent Night” with our battery fueled candles ablaze in our cars or in your hand outside your car.

 

You will receive your candle and a song sheet along

with your communion kit when you drive through the portico starting at 4:45.

We look forward to this joyous celebration.

In the meantime, “God rest ye merry Gentlewomen

and Gentlemen, and your young’uns.”

 

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Youth will meet

Wednesday, December 15

in-person @ 6:00 @ FCC

See ya Sunday!

 

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Chi Rho Retreat:

Mission South and Disciple Oaks are happy to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for the Mid-Winter Retreat, February 5-7, 2021.

You can register @ https://www.discipleoaksretreat.net

The registration deadline is January 22, 2021.

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Young Adults Retreat:

Disciple Oaks is happy to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for the Young Adult Retreat, which will be held January 8-10, 2021. You can register @ https://www.discipleoaksretreat.net

 

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This week at First Christian

Adult Bible Study - Linda Vetters @9:30 am Sunday on Zoom

Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am on Facebook or @ fcc-sm.org

Pastor on the Porch - Friday @ 10:00 am

 

How Can We Pray for You?

If you wish Prayer for any reason send your request to

fcc@fcc-sm.org

place "Prayer Request" in the subject line -

our staff & team will pray for you.

Please pray for these . . . Daily!

For FCC, the Board and Staff for tough

decisions that are being considered and made.

For all of those in our community

who are in great need and are being impacted in

ways we can't comprehend by this pandemic.

Also for these with special health needs

and those experiencing grief:

Guye Rheinlander; Charles Cobb; Rebecca Chapmon;

Carolyn Smith; Kathy Kunchick; Vicki Roberts; Dawn Jester;

Bert Cobb; Susan Pruett; Jackie Cable; Judy Deforest;

Kathy Smith; Tracy Wilson; Dorothy McLendon;

Mary Tijerina; Dawn Shank; David Warren; Richard McDaniel;

Ellen & Manfred Kremkus; Lois LaCoss; David Druham;

Melissa & Brett; Martinez extended family; Paula Lewis;

HOME Center of Central TX; Rose Seagrave; Jay Monson;

 

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There is still time to

Make Christmas GREAT

for someone else!

~ Giving ~

 

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Adopt-a-Family

Write a check to FCC and put "HCWC" in the memo line and you can make this time of year empowering and joyful for one of the many women, children and men breaking free of family abuse, sexual assault and child abuse in our community

OR go to hcwc.org and click on donate

 

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https://haysfoodbank.org

ALSO Remember!!! - $1 buys 4 Meals

Write a check to FCC and put "food bank" in the memo line and many meals will be provided for those in need during this holiday season and into the New Year!

 

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HOME Center of Central Texas!

Donate or Volunteer

https://www.homecentertx.org/how-to-help

Their website lists items needed and other ways to help.

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Other opportunities to GIVE or HELP

this holiday season!

Other agencies that FCC supports throughout the year will welcome your gifts as well. You can make check to FCC designate one of these agencies:

United Christian Ministry (Texas State)

Mendez Elementary School

Disciples Conference Center (Youth Camps)

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children)

Homespun

Southside Community Center

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Jarvis Christian College

DOMI (Disciples Outreach for the Mentally Ill)