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WELCOME TO WORSHIP! We are glad that you have chosen to join us. We invite everyone to sign our Friendship Register (in the little black folder) to help us promote friendships and to help us keep our records up-to-date. Visitors, thank you for worshiping with us. We would like to give you a gift for visiting us - please stop by the Welcome Center.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY is extended to Muriel Ledeboer and her family on the passing of Muriel’s brother Dale Heinen who passed away on November 18.
ATTENDANCE: On 11/19/23 was 345. The offering received on 11/19/23 was $9,212 (budget amount needed is $19,092).
WED. NITE MEAL: Today is the last Sunday to sign-up for the family meal happening this Wed., Nov. 29! Our savory soup supper consisting of chili, chicken noodle soup and cinnamon rolls is serving between 5:15-6:15 pm. We’ll be providing parents an excellent resource to utilize with their children at home during the Advent season. Everyone is invited to attend but to help us in planning please sign up online at frcoostburg.org or stop by the Welcome Center where someone would love to assist you with sign up. Also, if you are willing to bring a batch of chili or chicken noodle soup please sign up on the church website (donation link & soup recipes on home page).
BELL CHOIR: There is no practice this week. Please enjoy the family meal on Wed. evening!
ANNUAL FRC CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: is scheduled for December 3 following the worship service. We will meet for the purpose of electing elders, deacons, and pastoral care deacons and the approval of the 2024 budget. In addition, ministry updates will be shared.
FROM THE DEACONS:
UPCOMING FOOD DISTRIBUTION: is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec.12 from 6:00-7:00. If you or someone you know could use extra help, we hope to see you.
FAMILY MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY! We are excited to announce that for this Christmas we are starting The Giving Tree. We are asking our church family to bless our food vault families for Christmas by donating a Christmas card, baked good(s) and some specialty holiday foods. We will provide a container for your baked item and a bag to put everything in. If you would like to participate, please grab a tag off of the tree and a bag. Enjoy some time as a family making cards, baking, and shopping. We ask that all bags are returned to the tree by 12/10/23. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Luedtke at 920-889-9326.
FIFTH GRADERS: the next High Five will be on Friday, Dec.1 at 4:45 PM. Consider inviting a friend and signing up for a night of fun which will include supper, a ride through Making Spirits Bright, and a whole lot of fun!
Our Journey to the Manager takes us to these special places during the holiday season:
Sunday, Dec. 3rd
Advent Kick-off. Our families with children are on a fun-filled adventure this season following the Journey to the Manger Advent Calendar and FRC will join them in exploring the true meaning of Christmas.
Sunday, Dec. 10th - 3:30 PM
Children’s Christmas Program where our children take us on a journey to the nativity in scripture memorization and song!
Sunday, Dec. 17th - 3:00 PM
The Giving Experience is a journey in itself. An experience for everyone - including our children and grandchildren - to bring the gift of joy to those who may appreciate an extra measure of blessing this holiday season.
Sunday, Dec.24th - 9:00 AM
Join us for Christmas Eve Morning Worship as we discover peace in our journey to the manger.
Sunday, Dec.24th 5:00 PM
Candles & Carols brings an authentic opportunity to worship our Christ through seasonal carols in a candlelight setting. A perfect preamble to your family time.
Monday, Dec. 25th - 9:00 AM
Christmas Day: Our journey to the manger comes alive as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!
THE GIVING EXPERIENCE: returns on Sun., Dec. 17 from 3 PM - 6:30 PM (inclusive of a light dinner). Save the Date! There are so many ways for all ages to get involved:
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: is the afternoon of Sun., Dec. 10. The songs for this special day are in a link on the Bible Class Family Suggestions emails from Lori. 3 year old - kindergarten parents, your children will be singing verse one of a special song. It would be great if kids would practice these songs at home. Those in 5K through fifth grade have scripture pieces to learn. Please refer to the sheet sent home with your child or the email that was sent to all parents.
CALLING CHILDREN PIANO PLAYERS: Would you like your child to play a prelude on the afternoon of December 10 for the Children's Christmas Service, if so, please contact Lori by December 3.
EERNISSE CHRISTMAS PARTY: Calendar Dec. 5th at noon. Please bring a devotion to be shared with the Circle & a love offering. Anyone interested in joining the Eernisse Circle in 2024 is welcome. Please contact Doris Meerdink or Mary Hoffmann if interested in learning more about our group!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Message: To Be Strong We Must Be Weak
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
10:15 AM - Sermon Discussion Class, North side of Fellowship Hall
10:15 AM - The Chosen 2 Life Group will meet in the Shed. Session 4: “The Perfect Opportunity”
6:00 PM: Connect Team Meeting (Library)
6:30 PM - Acts 29 Bible Study
1:30PM - Stitching for a Cause
5:15 PM Family Meal & Advent Kick-off (Bible class will conclude at7pm for grades 1-5)
There is NO Bells practice this evening.
7:30 PM Choir practice in the sanctuary(Devotions: Gary Gabrielse and Prayer: Ann Daane)
4:45 PM High Five Event
6 PM Acts 29 Worship Night
Sunday, December 3
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:15-20
Dec. 3: Annual Congregational Meeting
Dec. 5: Eernisse Christmas Party (noon)
Dec. 6: Singing practice for those in the Children’s Christmas Service 6:30 - 7PM Bible class kids (grades 1-5) will stay until 7:30 PM
Dec. 9: Children's Christmas Service Practice10:00-11:30 AM
Dec. 10: Children’s Christmas Service at 3:30 PM
Dec. 12: Food Distribution
Dec. 17: Giving Experience
Dec. 24 & 31: No Sunday School
Dec. 27 & January 3: No Bible Class or Wednesday youth programming
Henry Daane as he recovers at home after being discharged from Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, due to pneumonia in both lungs and RSV.
Shannon Van Ess as she awaits test results and anticipates beginning chemotherapy for breast cancer.
Terri Mentink as she receives treatment and care for ovarian cancer.
Audie Gabrielse-Breit as her body responds to her recent chemotherapy treatments. Pray that their bodies respond well to their treatments.
Marv (Mucks) Hengst as he recovers at home following a procedure to stop internal bleeding.
Ann Ver Velde as she receives Hospice Care and is very ill in her room at Cedar Grove Gardens. Pray for peace for Ann and Duff and their family.
Arvin Meerdink and Kent Ten Haken who are each recovering from knee replacement surgery & receiving physical therapy.
This week pray for Abraham & Sayuri Kist-Okazaki who serve as RCA missionaries in Tokyo, Japan. Pray for their leadership as they serve as Associate Pastors of Kugahara Church and pray for opportunities for them to share the gospel in a culture where only one percent of the population is Christian.