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You know those great pictures of your fellow congregants that scroll on your screen before our on line Sunday services?  Don’t you love seeing their smiling faces after all this time?  We really want MORE!
 
Please take some family pictures on your phone and send them digitally to our church office.
Pets included? Great!  Christmas decorations featured? Fantastic!  (we would especially love this!)

Deadline for submission is December 10 to be included in the televised Sunday services.  

If you are not confident taking the picture and submitting it digitally, we will help you out!  Contact Jamie at the church office or at 518-428-8261, and we will set you up with one of our esteemed photographers.  Those pictures will be taken safely outdoors.  
Thanks for helping us with this beloved bit of Sunday mornings. 

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Would you like to sponsor a poinsettia plant to decorate the sanctuary in Advent and Christmas this year?  You may do so in honor or memory of a loved one, and that dedication will be noted in the worship bulletin on December 20, 24, 25 & 27. There are two ways to make your dedication. 1) By mailing a check to the church for a minimum of $16 per poinsettia, along with a note that spells out the dedication as well as name of the dedicator. It MUST arrive at the church by December 13. 2) By emailing the church office a note that spells out the dedication as well as name of the dedicator. Then visit the website and make your payment on line. Deadline is December 13.
 
Our goal is to have all the flowers sponsored as well decorate the sanctuary for our celebration of Jesus’ birth and the 12 days of Christmas.
 
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The Every Member Every Month Project
Have you gotten your call yet?  Each First Pres member has been matched up with a caller who may reach out to you by phone, text, email or mail.  The purpose of this project is to pass along a friendly hello and stay connected during this time of social distancing.  
 
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Mark your calendars now!
Virtual Carol Sing
Friday, December 18, at 6:30pm
Zoom link to follow
 
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Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations continue on each Thursday in December at 12:30pm via Zoom. Pastor Miriam, Certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator, leads each session. and our time together is 30 minutes. This time is open to all, whether you’ve walked a labyrinth in the past or not. 
Register here for Thursday, December 3, to receive the zoom link. Please have a Finger Labyrinth available - you can download a paper version if you don't have your own or Jamie in the church office. Join us!
 
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Blue Christmas Service

with the FOCUS Churches

Sunday Evening, December 20

6:00 p.m. via Zoom

 Look for zoom link in future eblasts.
 

 We have experienced unprecedented loss   this year  Family and friends have   succumbed to death in the pandemic.     Thousands have lost economic security;   some have lost businesses built over a   lifetime  Most of us have lost  beloved   rhythms of life that enriched us with   variety in our activities and with the   presence of others.  We can also name many losses related to hatred and violence.  Join the FOCUS community for a short time of worship on the longest night of the year.  Through scripture, prayer, music and candlelight, we will acknowledge our sorrow and grief and take comfort in knowing that God came and dwelt among us in the midst of hardship.

 

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Poverty and lack of opportunity rob many people of their hope and joy, and make life a daily struggle just to survive.  Through your fair trade purchases you can bring not only hope and joy, but also opportunities and dignity to the families of artisans who produce beautiful, useful and unusual products that you, your family and friends will enjoy.
 
This Christmas and holiday season please consider buying fair trade gifts at the Mayan Hands website.  Doing so will connect you, and the recipient of your special gift, to our sisters and brothers in Guatemala.  We are all one human family.  And you’ll be continuing a First Pres tradition. Shop on the website and Mayan Hands will ship the items to you or to your loved ones. You can include a gift message if you’d like.

 

 

Calendar

Tuesday, 12/1   9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 12/2  11:00am   Staff Meeting
  
Thursday, 12/3 7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force       
                           7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting 

Friday, 12/4      5:00pm    Finance Committee Meeting          

Saturday, 12/5   9:30am   Officer Training


Sunday, 12/6    8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                         11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 12/8   9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                          7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 12/9  6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                          7:30pm   Dad's Small Group 

Thurs., 12/10    7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation

Sunday, 12/13   8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                         11:00am   Virtual Youth Group


Tuesday, 12/15  9:00am   Men's Bible Study

Wednes., 12/16 10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group

Thurs., 12/17     7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force       
                           5:00pm   Meredith Lemmon’s Rehearsal 

Friday, 12/18     4:00pm   Meredith Lemmon’s wedding

                            6:30pm   Virtual Carol Sing

 
******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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Contact info: please use this number 518-439-7492 (instead of church phone)

 
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