Conversation Circles begin “Rolling” and Conversing in December

On Sunday, December 4, we will be rolling out a new initiative here at the First Church: Conversation Circles. The idea here is to provide small group discussion opportunities, held for 15 minutes or so after church during Fellowship Hour (or at some other scheduled time). Each Circle would be hosted by a Circle Leader, whose job would be to invite folks into the conversation and let people express their fears, hopes, ideas and resolve.

Many of us suspect that we are about to live during a highly unusual set of political circumstances, perhaps even unprecedented in our nation’s history, (at least recent history).  Churches like ours, with capable, free-thinking and informed people in our midst, become more relevant at a time like this, not less. 

Meeting to Welcome New Members

Sun, Dec 11

There will be a Special Meeting of the Society to Welcome New Members, immediately following the service, to be followed by Fellowship Hour.

Sunday, December 11 is the third Sunday in Advent, whose theme is Joy.  Everyone is invited to wear something pink and/or festive in celebration.  Any ugly Christmas sweaters out there?

First Church Story Slam: At Year's End: Airing Grievances & Sharing Hope
Friday, December 16 at 7pm-9:30pm

All church adults and teens are invited to our final story slam of 2016. Childcare will be available. Storytelling is entirely optional, so feel free to come just to listen. We will also have a potluck of snacks, desserts, and adult beverages. Stories will kick off promptly at 7:30. Come share in a moving evening of sadness and satisfaction, regret and joy.



Sat, December 3
9am Choir Rehearsal

Sun, December 4
9am RE Committee
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
11:45am Conversation Circles [See page ]
Coming of Age (COA) Mentor Sunday
12pm Pageant Rehearsal

Wed, December 7
6pm Potluck at First Church with the Radues
7:30pm Property Committee

Sun, December 10
9am Choir Rehearsal

Sun, December 11
10:30am Service: Wear Pink
11:45am Conversation Circles
*New Member Meeting
During RE: COA Meets
12pm Pageant Rehearsal

Tue, December 13
12pm Lunch with the Pastor

Wed, December 14
7:15pm Standing Committee Meeting
7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

Thu, December 15
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Fri, December 16
7pm Story Slam

Sat, December 17
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Pageant Dress Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution

Sun, December 18: Christmas Sunday
8:30am Pageant Call
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Pageant & Service
12pm Community Fellowship & Holiday Party

Sat, December 24: Christmas Eve
5pm Choir Rehearsal
7pm Carol and Lessons Candlelight Service

Sun, December 25: Christmas
10:30am Storybook Service

Sun, January 1: New Year’s Day
10:30am Service and Janus Ritual