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FPC IN COMMUNITY

Updating Picture Directory – We are taking photos on November 12 and 13 from 2:00-9:00pm. Everyone who had their photo taken in 2017 and during the upcoming sessions will receive a new 2019 directory. Send the church office any updates to your address, phone, or email by November 19. Can’t make these dates or have questions, contact Marla Alexander at 692-7275 or mkalexander56@gmail.com.

Outreach for World Hope
Outreach for World Hope is a Guatemalan mission sponsored by FPC. Several members will be traveling there in January. If you wish to contribute, there are several items that we will be collecting through early January:

Small stuffed animals ($1 ones from Dollar Tree are the best size)
Receiving Blankets (gently used, or light weight flannel or fleece material that we could use to make blankets)
One-A-Day Type Vitamins (swallow only, no gummies or gels)
Children's Chewable Vitamins

There will be a box on the piano downstairs in the Fellowship Hall labeled for Guatemala items. If you have questions, or would like more information on the program or sponsoring a child, please contact 
Sue Halweg.

FPC MINISTRIES

FPC Student Ministries: High School Lock In
Join us for our high school lock in November 16-17.  You can expect a night of fun, games, a movie, food, Jesus, friends, and maybe even some sleep (if you want). Drop off is at 8:00pm on Friday, November 16 and pick up is at 8:00am on Friday, Nov. 17.

Details:
All current high school students are invited (yes, even if they don’t attend FPC).
Registration is open through November 14
The cost is $15 per student (but only $10 if registered by Wednesday, November 7!). 
 
All students MUST complete and turn in an FPC release form in order to participate – no exceptions. 

You can find the release form HERE. Bring the completed form with you to the Lock In, or upload it when you register.

Payments may be made in person via check or cash or online at http://www.myfpc.org/content/donate (enter the amount and in comments enter “HS lock-in”).

Register HERE

Deacons
It's hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner, which means it's time to start thinking about the Deacon Christmas Care Packages. On December 2, the Deacons will send Care Packages to our college students and military personnel. Included in the care packages are homemade cookies packed in Cool Whip containers to keep them whole and fresh. Therefore, we are in desperate need of 16oz Cool Whip containers, or containers of the same size. We anticipate sending out around 60 care packages this year. Please drop off your used and cleaned containers in the decorated box in the FPC Lobby. Contact Kay Anderson at kaykeith13@charter.net if you have any questions.

FPC is Now Recruiting for Sunday Nursery Coordinato
r, 3.75 hours/week
FPC has a part-time position available Sunday mornings 8:15 a.m. to noon (job sharing considered). WOW! The last time this position was vacant was 14 years ago! Main responsibilities include love and care for our littlest ones, absolute compliance with safety policies and cleanliness, and supervision of Nursery assistants. Additional fun may include Bible stories, activities, music, and crafts. With assistance, oversee 3-10 children ranging from ages newborn-2 years. Pay is competitive, and you can bring your own children or grandchildren with you to play on Sunday mornings! Christian faith, self-motivation, love of children, and warm teaching spirit essential!

Apply soon by emailing résumé, cover letter, and wage requirements to Charlotte Riddle at criddle967@gmail.com or to request an application. Questions? Feel free to contact Children’s Ministry Director Lori Phelps at lphelps@myfpc.org or (608) 849-4625 ext 511.

Music at FPC
Starting in September, the FPC Choir sings twice a month at our 8:45am Traditional Service. We would love to have you join us.

If you are interested in learning more about FPC’s second-service Worship Team, we would love to have the opportunity to connect with you! We are looking for instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as people who can serve at the sound/video console.

For more information or to sign up for the choir or the second-service worship team, email Director of Music and Worship Arts Nancy Groeneveld at ngroeneveld@myfpc.org

Joyful Noise Instrumental Ensemble’s fall rehearsals have begun. Sam Robinson is still looking for instrumentalists of all skill levels and would love to hear from you if have any questions about being a part of the group. You can reach him by phone at (608) 849-8220 or email him at srobin1055@tds.net.

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday Morning Bible Study

This Sunday morning adult Bible study will begin after the 8:45 service, and will be meeting downstairs in room 102, off of the Fellowship Hall. 

Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School is back for the school year and will follow the same lesson plan as the Children's Ministry Sunday School. Adult Sunday School will take place in room 304 at FPC from 9:50-10:30.

GROUPS & BIBLE STUDIES
New Horizons
New Horizons is a gathering of people over age 55 who meet for fellowship and food on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month during the school year. Guests of any age are welcome to attend. 
The next meetings will be:

Wednesday, November 14 at 11:30am - Lunchables at Rodeside Bar & Grill. 6317 Rostad Cir., Windsor, WI
Wednesday, November 28 at 11:30am - Cindy Mosiman, the Director at the Waunakee Senior Center, will speak with us on the Programs and Activities there. You don't want to miss this great information about our Senior Center! Potluck will follow in FPC's Fellowship Hall.
Wednesday, December 12 at 11:30am - We will have a Christmas Carols Sing-Along in the FPC Chapel, with short readings and a Hymn Sing. Potluck to follow in FPC's Fellowship hall at 12:30pm.

Please note: There will be no New Horizons meeting on December 26.

The Light Team
All women are invited to participate in The Light Team from 1:00-2:30 in the Gathering Place.
November 19 - Shulamite Woman
November 26 - Ruth
December 3 - Puah and Shiphrah
December 10 - Esther
December 17 - Christmas Celebration at Linda Argue's home

To Know God Bible Study
(Formerly the Beth Moore Bible Study) meets on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm in the Session room. We will be watching a DVD study by Dr. David Jeremiah based on the book of Ecclesiastes, and engaging in a short discussion. There is no daily homework or workbook.  If you are interested, call Carolyn Harris at (608) 206-3888 or email at pondgirl7989@aol.com.

FPC’s Stephen Ministry Training New Caregivers
FPC’s Stephen Ministry is seeking men and women from our congregation willing to be trained as Stephen Minister Caregivers. Classes meet every Tuesday until December 11. Meeting time is 6:30-9:00pm at FPC. In addition, there are daytime retreats. The next one will be December 1. 

What does it take? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. 

What kind of care is involved? Stephen Minister Caregivers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide confidential, one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. The Stephen Minister Caregiver is not a fixer, but a compassionate, excellent listener and spiritual encourager.

What is the commitment? Stephen Minister Caregivers commit to being available for 2 years. Typically they meet weekly with their care receiver for about an hour. They engage in twice-monthly supervision meetings to ensure that they are providing the best-quality Christian care. Initially, 50 hours of training is required covering topics such as listening, Christian assertiveness, maintaining boundaries, confidentiality, grief, suicide, depression and much more! Training materials cost each participant $50.

I am interested! What’s the next step? If you sense that God might be calling you to serve as a Stephen Minister Caregiver the first step is to find out more about getting involved. Please talk to a Stephen Leader or a pastor for more information. FPC Stephen Leaders include:

  • Jim Carlson: jim@oakwoodforestry.com, (608) 393-7880
  • Brenda Bunbury-Carlson: bbunburyhomes@gmail.com, (608) 444-2113
  • Christa Schmeelk, mrs.schmeelk@gmail.com, (608) 208-3265
  • Doneta Chorney,  dchorney@me.com, (608) 345-1196

Please note:  Applications are available on the Stephen Ministry bulletin board in the lobby. Completed applications should be turned into the church office.

Playdates for Parents of Little Ones (POLO)
Caregivers of babies and toddlers, how about a casual play hour? Bring your little ones to play and yourself to connect with other parents (or grandparents). Meet in the FPC Nursery located on the first floor Education Wing. The next playdate will be held from 9:30-11:00am on Thursday, December 6. 

Struggling with grief, illness, chronic pain, or a distressing change you just can't get over? FPC Stephen Ministry can help! To access a Stephen Minister Caregiver for yourself or someone you know, contact a Pastor, a Deacon,  anyone in the FPC Stephen Ministry program or call the church office at (608)849-4625. http://www.myfpc.org/stephen-ministry

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