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Reminder, there is no Sunday School or Kingdom Kids Sunday, November 26 while our teachers enjoy Thanksgiving break with their families. Next week's lesson on Sunday, December 3 teaches children that God always hears us when we pray. The Bible story is “God Cares for Hagar and Ishmael.”

PLEASE HELP THE DEACONS SEND CHRISTMAS CARE PACKAGES!  Every December the Deacons send care packages to our college students and military personnel.   This can be a challenging time for these individuals and our hope is to let them know members at FPC are thinking about them.  The packages will be assembled on Sunday, December 3.  How can you help?   We need containers to hold our "goodies".  Please donate any plastic 16 oz containers and lids - these can be Cool Whip or other round containers of similar size.  You can drop them off in the box in the lobby near the chapel door.   Please provide the name and address of your college student or service personnel to Donna Kopan, dkopan@myfpc.org by Tuesday, November 26.  We are also looking for some homemade cookies or treats include in the packages.  You can sign up on the Friendship Pad during a Sunday worship service or at the table in the lobby/narthex on November 28.  Thank you for sharing your love with them.  Any questions please contact Kay Anderson.

Bethel Series Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on January 29 - February 7, 2018.  Join your friends from FPC Waunakee and walk where Jesus walked, pray where he prayed and enjoy exploring this ancient land where the Bible literally comes alive!  Reservations will close at the end of November and the cost is $3,490 inclusive of airfare, lodging, tours, breakfasts and dinners. Singles are encouraged and can either have a roommate or pay a supplement of $690 for a single room. For additional information, go to the Bethel Series website (www.BethelSeries.org) or call FPC member Jeff Quinto at the Bethel Series office (608-849-9220).

"Sing Choirs of Angels" or "Play with a Band of Angels
If you want to try something new this Christmas season, FPC Adult Choir andn Joyful Noise invite you to join them.  If you'd like to raise your voice in song, the Adult Choir will rehearse every Wednesday, November 29-December 20 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.  Contact Andy Estervig at aestervig@myfpc.org. If playing an instrument is more appealing, Joyful Noise will rehearse on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00pm in the Music Room, and also Wednesday, DEcember 20 at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary, and Thursday, December 21 at 7:00pm in the Music Room.  Contact Sam Robinson, Joyful Noise Director, to say you'll be there!

"Fuel and Tools" for Adults:  Starting on Sunday, December 3, we will offer Christian-based programs for Sunday school parents and all interested adults between services, from 9:50-10:35am.  This is an opportunity for you to make the most of your time while your children are in Sunday school, or simply enjoy fellowship and spiritual enrichment with friends at church.  On Sunday, December 3, Lolly Lawrence will lead Spiritual Meditation in the Chapel.  No registration is required—please join us!

Confirmation Journey This is a discipleship opportunity for high school students who want to explore and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, knowledge of the Bible and church history, as well as address questions they may have about the Christian faith. This group meets primarily on Sunday mornings and the journey begins February 4 and culminates on April 29 with Confirmation (Student Ministries) Sunday.  Required informational meeting for students and parents is Sunday, December 3 between services, 9:50-10:35am, in the Youth Space on the second floor at FPC. Questions?  Contact our Ezrah Schmeelk, Director of Student Ministries, at eschmeelk@myfpc.org.

Parents of Little Ones (P.O.L.O.) Playdate at FPC Bring your little one(s) to play and bring yourself to connect with other parents (or grandparents) on Thursday, December 7 at 10:00-11:00am in the FPC Nursery on the first floor of the Education Wing.  If you would like reminder of future playdates, plese email Allie Devine.  No RSVP is needed to show up on December 7, we will be there!

Graceland Youth Group Christmas Party for all middle school and high school students on Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00-8:30pm in the Youth Space on the second floor.

Network 56 will construct "Christmas gifts" on Sunday, December 17 from 11:45-1:45pm to sell at the Children's Nativity Service.  All funds raised will support a charity researched and chosen by the 5th and 6th grade students.  Lunch will be provided.

Children’s Nativity Service Our highly anticipated Children’s Nativity Service will be held on Saturday, December 23 at 4:00pm. Our narrator reads the story of Christ’s birth while our children (ages 4yrs - grade 6) come forward in costumes provided to create a live nativity. After service, we celebrate Jesus’ birthday with cupcakes for all. Rehearsal (optional) will be Saturday, December 16 at 9:30-10:00am. In addition, children (grades 1-12) are invited to sing or play an instrument as part of the service. If your child is interested in providing music, please contact Lori Phelps. Registration forms for children participants and parent volunteers are available at the welcome table in the Education Wing entrance, or by clicking here. Please complete a form by Sunday, December 10. Questions? Contact Lori Phelps at lphelps@myfpc.org, (608) 849-4625 ext. 511.

Join the Live Nativity  Each year, thousands of people drive through our church grounds to see the live Nativity scene with animals, a bonfire, and church members dressed in costumes to represent the amazing miracle of Christ’s birth. This year the Live Nativity will take place on December 16 and 17, from 5:00–8:00pm.  Check your calendar, and join the over 100 volunteers who work together to create this Christmas card for our community.  One hour shifts are available, or you can participate by bringing food donations for volunteers.

Sign up to participate in Live Nativity

The WEB (Waunakee Ecumenical Board) Giving Tree
Tags on the tree are labeled with gift ideas for children in our school district who may not otherwise have gifts to open this Christmas. You can take one or more tags, buy a gift that is suggested, wrap it with the tag on the outside, and return it to the Gathering Place under the tree. Gift receipts inside the gift are recommended. Gifts should be at church by December 10. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Christmas Meal Delivery In collaboration with Waunakee Community School District, Piggly Wiggly, and EC Moving and Storage, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (a resource organization supported by FPC Missions) is proud to provide a free Christmas dinner to families and seniors in the greater Waunakee Area on December 16 who are in need of help this holiday season. If you or someone you know could be helped by receiving a Christmas meal, please sign up for by calling (608) 849-5740 by December7. 

Order Poinsettias to help decorate the sanctuary for the Advent season and Christmas Eve services.  Each plant costs $18 and can be given in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a joyous event in your life.  Email the church office and provide your name, contact info, and "In Memory of" or "In Celebration of" information.  Payment will need to be received by December 3 to complete your order.

Christmas Eve Treats and Fellowship: We will serve Christmas cookies and other sweets after the 6:00 and 8:00 services on Christmas Eve, and also following the worship service at 10:00am on Christmas Eve day.  If you would be willing to share a few dozen of your favorite holiday treats, we would appreciate it!  If your baked goods will freeze well, you can drop them off at the church office any time before Christmas Eve, and we will make sure they are stored in the freezer. Otherwise, please bring your treats to the upstairs kitchen on Christmas Eve by 6:00 p.m.  You can sign up to bring treats by clicking on the following link: Christmas Eve Fellowship Treats!. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Dietry, Fellowship Elder.

Stephen Ministry at FPC  Sad? Struggling with life's problems? Need someone to talk to? Everyone needs a little help sometimes.  FPC's Stephen Minsitry is here for you! For more information on how to get a Stephen Ministry Caregiver for yourself or a loved one, go to our Stephen Ministry page, or call Donna in the church office at (608) 849-4625.  All inquiries are kept in strict confidence.