Weekly News for November 17th

Advent is Coming: Who Will be Your “Plus One”?

Let’s work together to show off our great love for Jesus and for our neighbors in our newly renovated space! This Advent season, bring your “PLUS ONE” – a neighbor, a friend, a family member, someone from work or school!

Everyone is encouraged to invite anyone not currently connected to Jesus’ church to join you for at least one of our events or worship services this Advent Season!

Join us on December 15th for our special music events! During our 8:15am & 11:05am services our Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present “Simple Dancing Light: A Choral Service for Advent” by Taylor Scott Davis and Terry W. York.

We Are Bringing It Home! Later in the day, on December 15th, we will be hosting our Living Nativity at our church! Starting at 5:00pm our Worship band is leading with a Christmas concert in our newly renovated worship space! Outside we will have our Living Nativity with live animals, inside the fellowship hall you can warm up with hot chocolate and then enjoy fun activities for the whole family.

New Kindred Spirits Class Starts Sunday!
What can history and archeology tell us about the book of Job? Where is Uz? When did Job live? How does this book relate to the other books of the Bible? Dub Crook will answer these questions on Sunday, 11/17 at 8:15 am in the Choir room.

Then, if you are free, join Kindred Spirits Sunday School class in CE 104 to learn about Job chapters 1 and 2 (9:30-10:30). Questions? Email Karen Gee at [email protected].

Prayer Time Join us this Sunday afternoon (November 17th), at 4:30 in the Chapel, as we gather to pray for our church. This time will be lead by the Spirit focusing on prayers that help make us more like Christ, move us closer to the Kingdom and the truth. We will pray for our church’s future, leadership, and transformation.

Join the Donut Ministry Team! If you have a hunger to serve and would like to be part of this sweet ministry team, please go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4CACAD2DA3F94-sunday.

The Sisters in Christ group will start a new study: “Who Needs Christmas?”  by Andy Stanley on Saturday November 16th. This is a 3 week DVD based study (i.e., no homework).  We meet on Saturday mornings in the conference room from 9:30-11:30am.  All ages are welcome.  Please join us.  For information call: Susie Swaner (281.793.3198) or Karen Kilby (281.797.0605).

Seafarers’ Gift Boxes As reported in prior years in The Weekly, here are the Seafarer box totals for our church. 
2015 — 303 boxes; 2016 — 309 boxes;
2017 — 329 boxes; 2018 — 347 boxes. 
Thanks for your generous acts of Christian love.  You may  have been the first to share the Gospel in someone’s life.
Lists of suggested items for “do it yourself” boxes will continue to be available for the next several Sundays.  Look for us under the tent (weather permitting!). Boxes can be returned any time between now and December 8th. You and your family can have an important part in this inspiring mission!

We have a Parent Portal for Children’s Ministry! Check out www.fpc-kids.com for all the info parents need … find out what Bible story was taught in Sunday school, look up the Ignition weekly challenge, find out where choir kids meet when they sing in worship. A quick and easy way to keep up with all the content of Children’s Ministry. PLUS, a feature called “Building Faith at Home” that offers ideas and suggests resources to help you nurture your child’s faith.

Pews Available With changes coming to our newly remodeled Sanctuary, the church finds itself with 4 extra pews that it no longer needs. We would like to offer these pews to members of the congregation for a suggested donation. The pews can be shortened for a small additional fee.
They are 9’ long and in the same condition they were in when removed from the church. If you’d be interested in adding one of our traditional pews to your home or game room, please contact Lisa Cummins ([email protected]). 

Dorcas Circle Tuesday, November 19th, at 1:00pm at the church for fellowship and Bible Study.  Enter at the Office door.  We are learning to meditate on God’s word day by day with the help of Galatians for You by Timothy Keller.  For more information call Betty Ladish at 281.358.2785 or email: [email protected]

Hannah Circle will meet Monday, November 18th at 11:00am in the home of Barb Hale.  All women of the church are welcome and this year we’re studying the book Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.  Call or text Barb at 713.899.3528 if you would like to join us. 

Lunch Bunch has been rescheduled to the 2nd Tuesday of each month. We will be going to Oriental Garden on Tuesday, December 10th at noon. Please sign up at the Senior table (at the Welcome Center) Sunday or contact Dorene Breach if you would like to attend ([email protected] or 281-360-5555)

 Please keep the following in your prayers this week: The Barrett Family, (choir member, Tamara Barrett’s mother-in-law) following her passing. The Family of John Boardman, (Terry Kett’s brother-in-law) following his passing. The Family of Karen Stephen, (former member and wife of Ev Stephen) follow- ing her passing. Carl Quebedeaux, recovering at home from surgery. Al Poling, recovering from surgery. Chuck Wistar, (Nancy Goodell’s brother) is in-home hospice care. Paul Hufford, recovering from a pacemaker replacement.