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Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
November 21 & 28, 2010 Christ at the Center
Sunday, November 21
NOVEMBER 21, “King of Kings!”
Christ the King Sunday • Prayer breakfast for Homeless persons - 6:30 am, Fifield Hall • Communion Service 8:30 am, Winship Chapel • The Mustard Seed Bookstore 9:00 am - 1:00 pm • Cherub Choir - 9:30 am • Worship Service - 9:00 am, Sanctuary • Sunday School for All Ages 10:05 am • Fellowship Hour - 11:00 am Fifield Hall • Worship Service - 11:15 am, Sanctuary
Sunday, November 28 First Advent Sunday • Prayer breakfast for Homeless persons - 6:30 am, Fifield Hall • Communion Service 8:30 am, Winship Chapel • The Mustard Seed Bookstore 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
As we move from Thanksgiving into the Advent season, the liturgical calendar calls for “Christ The King” November 21 & 28 George Wirth to preach Sunday on November 21. This festival day is set aside to recognize the reign of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16, and to focus our attention on His Kingdom. In doing so, I will begin a series of sermons entitled “The Power of His Name”, which will lead us through the Advent season on toward Christmas. The primary texts will be taken from Isaiah 9, beginning with the familiar words “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light!” So please join us in worship each Sunday as we take this journey together, believing that the Lord walks beside us every step of the way, and trusting that He will guide us in this Holy season. I hope you will invite your family and friends to come on along to, and I look forward to seeing you in your usual pew!
NOVEMBER 28, “Wonderful Counselor!” The words below are from the Presbyterian author and poet Ann Weems, leading us in the right direction as we begin the Advent season. All of us are Bethlehem Bound, so let’s open our eyes to see, our ears to hear and our hearts and homes to receive the greatest gift ever given – God’s Son, our Savior Jesus! Continuing our sermon series, I will preach from Isaiah 9: 1-7: “The Power of His Name: Wonderful Counselor!” I look forward to seeing you as we celebrate communion and worship the Lord!
In each heart lies a Bethlehem, an inn where we must ultimately answer whether there is room or not. When we are Bethlehem-bound we experience our own advent in his. When we are Bethlehem-bound we can no longer look the other way conveniently not seeing stars not hearing angel voices. We can no longer excuse ourselves by busily tending our sheep or our kingdoms. This Advent, let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that the Lord has made known to us. In the midst of shopping sprees let’s ponder in our hearts the Gift of Gifts. Through the tinsel let’s look for the gold of the Christmas Star. In the excitement and confusion, in the merry chaos, let’s listen for the brush of angels wings. This Advent, let’s go to Bethlehem and find our kneeling places
• Cherub Choir - 9:30 am • Communion Worship Service 9:00 am, Sanctuary
George B. Wirth
• Sunday School - 10:05 am • Family Service Day - 11:00 am Fifield Hall • Communion Worship Service 11:15 am, Sanctuary • Fellowship Hour - 12:15 pm Reception Room • Hanging of the Greens - 5:00 7:00 pm. Fifield Hall
-Ann Weems, “Kneeling in Bethlehem”
The Chimes Care, Growth & Events
Prayers for THOSE IN MILITARY SERVICE This is a list of known servicemen/women in our Church family. To add names, please call 404.228.7719. Pray for: Chaplain Capt. Jamison Bowman ABE3 Gregory Bridges Sgt. Isaiah Bridges LCPL Austin W.P. Eskew 1st. Lt. Alexandria Victoria Miller Captain John Warren Robey Captain Gabriel Rulewicz Ensign David B. Sibley USN Lt. Commander Ryan Tewell Col. Roderick G. Turner III 1st Sgt. Antonio G. Whitfield MC2 Tyler Wilson
Pastoral Care Report (As of November 10, 2010)
Births: Congratulations and many blessings to Margaret and Mal Hill following the birth of their son, Charles Malvern Hill, on October 29th; proud big sister is Caroline. Deaths: We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the following: Joe and Beverly Wesley & family following the death of Beverly’s mother, our long-time member, Anna Belle Watson Allison, on October 28th; Lily and Maria Badre & family upon the death of husband and father, our long-time member, Albert Y. Badre on October 30th.
COME-ON-ALONG DECEMBER 7TH!
COME-ON-ALONG ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY!
Sunday, November 28, 2010 5:00 - 7:00 pm in Fifield Hall It is time to deck the halls, and you are invited to join for the 20th annual Hanging of the Greens. We’ll enjoy dinner, decorating, crafting and caroling as we begin celebrating the season of Advent. Please join us for a relaxed and festive evening for all ages. Registration and dinner reservations are required and can be made online or during the Fellowship Hour.
November 21 & 28
Tuesday, December 7th, 7- 9 p.m. At the home of Tom & Charlotte Shields 1750 W. Sussex Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30306 Cost is $25 per person Don’t miss out wonderful annual Christmas party where our delightful hosts this year are Tom and Charlotte Shields. “The Romeo & Juliet String Quartet” will be providing our entertainment, and there will be a fabulous buffet provided by our very own Roadshows. It will be a special holiday evening of good food, good music, singing carols, and fellowship with friends. So mark your calendar, and call Pat Kimbrell in the Care office (404.228.7719) to make your reservation. If you will be riding our Church bus, please let us know when you call, and be at FPC by 6:30 p.m. If you need a ride to the Church from one of the Hi Rises, please call Julia Brooke (404.438.7344).
The Chimes programs & events D E C E M B E R
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VISITORS A Christmas OPERA PRESENTED BY FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
T he M ustard S eed 9:00 am - 1:00 pm,
4:30 - 6:30 pm Books, gifts and cards for all ages.
D inner 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Adults and Youth: $8 Children 3-12: $4
P reschool 5:30 - 8:00 pm Bible, crafts & fellowship. Childcare available. E lementary A ctivities 5:00 - 7:30 pm LOGOS: dinner, choir, study, and recreation.
Y outh 5:30 - 7:30 pm B111
All youth are invited to join us for Fellowship, Food and work on the musical.
W ednesday N ight C hoirs
5:45 - 6:30 pm 5:30 - 6:25 pm 6:30 - 7:25 pm 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Archangel Choir Handbell Choir St. Cecilia Consort Chancel Choir
Wednesday Night Studies & Worship 6:55 - 7:30 pm Advent Taize Worship Winship Chapel With prayers for healing and wholeness. Led by Rev. Kevin Knab and Rev. Chris Moore-Keish 6:30 - 7:20 pm Room 223 Music Appreciation for Adults Led by Mr. Jonathan Pilkington
Tickets to FPC’s Christmas opera are going fast! SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 7:30pm • SUNday, DEC. 5, 2pm $10 for Adults • $5 for CHILDREN & STUDENTS Call 404-228-7762 to reserve your tickets, or Visit us online at www.Firstpresatl.org
Mission Celebration was a great success, and we thank all of you for your participation, enthusiasm, and love for Mission. This celebration was prepared for all of you, our congregation, and the Mission Council joins Doug Orr and Barbara Wirth, Co-Chairs of the Mission Celebration, to say, “Merci, Obrigado, Gracias, Thank you.” We hope you will consider going on a mission trip in 2011.
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November 21 & 28
The Chimes PROGRAMS & Events rehear s al s
Children e ’ h Christmas Pageant
Pag-Christmas Pageant Christmas The eant practices have FIRST so PRESBYTERIAN begun, mark CHURCH OF ATLANTA DECEMBER 9, 2007 your calendars! • 5th Grade Rehearsals (Narrators, Advent Wreath Lighters & Prayer Readers)
CALLING ALL ACCOMPLISHED NEEDLEPOINT STITCHERS!
Sunday, Nov. 14, 21, 28 & Dec. 5 10:15 -11:00 am in the 5th Grade classroom • Preschool Rehearsal (Rainbows, Butterflies & Stars only)
Sunday, December 5 10:15 -11:00 am in the Sanctuary (Please drop children off at Sunday School and teachers will escort them to the Sanctuary) • 2nd and 5th Grade Rehearsal Wednesday, December 8 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary (Immediately following the Family Advent Service) • Elementary Rehearsal (1st through 5th Grades)
Saturday, December 11 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary • The Christmas Pageant (All Children)
Nursery/Preschool & Elementary
FALL FOOD DRIVE Starts October 24th
Sunday, December 12 9:00 - 10:00 am in the Sanctuary
This is a class competition for Elementary children! The winning class will get a Breakfast Party!
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All proceeds go to the FPC Food Pantry and will be sorted on November 14th ~ Family Service Day. The children’s donations will be presented and blessed on November 21st during the 9:00 am church service. Bring in canned and boxed food ~ no glass please.
• If your child cannot attend his or her practice(s), please contact Ann Council at (770) 452-8428, email@example.com or Gail Price at (404) 724-9570, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are starting a needlepoint project creating “RESERVED” caps for the pews. These caps will be used for communion services, funerals and weddings. If you would like to be a part of this project, please contact Katherine Davey or Cindy Candler. For more information call 404-687-0268. We look forward to hearing from you.
November 21 & 28
Put your donations in the bins on the N/P & Elementary halls. Elementary kids ~ remember to count yours in your classroom first and then report the total to David!
The Chimes PROGRAMS & events
Sponsored by the Berean Sunday School Class
A Taste of the Parables with
Dr. Steve Kraftchick
Associate Professor of the Interpretation of New Testament Candler School of Theology
November 14, 21 & 28
Join Us for the Annual
FPC Christmas Caroling Sunday, December 5th
Join us as we sing to elderly and homebound members of the FPC family! Meet in the Temple (Rm 213) at 3:30 pm to carpool for caroling. Contact David Florence at 404.228.7735 or Chris Moore-Keish at 404.228.7720 with questions.
10:05 am in the Reception Room
CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL FLOWERS he Christmas Memorial Fund is your opportunity to share in the Christmas Memorial Flowers. The name of the person or persons you wish to memorialize will be placed on a special list in our Worship Bulletin. Attach the names to be included or return the form below to the Church with your check. Make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church and send to the church at 1328 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309-3902. Please print plainly. The names will be printed in the bulletin exactly as you print them.
Name of Contributor:
Christmas Concert Sunday, December 5, 2010 10:05 a.m. Fifield Hall
Featuring the Big Band stylings of
The Usual Suspects with FPC member Bo Jackson
Please join us as we celebrate the Joy of the Season and create a new holiday tradition!
Name(s) to be listed: Amount of contribution enclosed: $
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The Chimes PROGRAMS & Events
Children e ’ h Christmas Pageant
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Worship Service with Prayers for Healing and Wholeness
You are invited to attend the 27th annual Children’s Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 12 at 9:00 AM. Please join us for this beloved holiday tradition. When our children lead us in worship and share with us the wonder of this holy season. You may purchase DVD videos and photographs of the pageant immediately following the service at a table outside Fifield Hall.
Wednesday @ First December 1st
6:30-7:30 pm in Winship Chapel Led by Rev. Chris Moore-Keish and Rev. Kevin Knab
Each Sunday the Marketplace will be open to sell food, candy and Jamaican goods! Come visit us outside Fifield Hall! All proceeds will benefit our Jr. and Sr. High Mission Trips to Jamaica in June 2011.
First Presbyterian and Hillside Presbyterian Youth present...
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Ring Bells: Six Reasons Playing Handbells is Good for You! 1. Handbell music brings many emotions from joy to comfort. 2. It has basically two notes per player. 3. It teaches excellent music reading & rhythm skills. 4. Handbell choir members have great fun, fellowship and sense of community. 5. It combines the best of two worlds: music-making and teamwork. 6. Allows anyone to “play an instrument.”
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November 21 & 28
One of the organizations that the Partership Ministry works with is The Metro State Women’s Prison. The MSWP Christmas Bags is a program that attempts to provide each of the 1,000 women at Metro with a small bag of personal items. Rev. Shannon Ball is the Reentry Chaplain at Metro, and the Reentry Program has taken up soap as their item to contribute to the bags this year. We are hoping to help them raise 2,000 regular size bars of bath soap (as opposed to smaller, hotel-sized sample bars). This would provide each of the 1,000 women at Metro with 2 bars of soap, but at a minimum we would like to raise at least 1,000 bars so that they might each have one bar. The soap and others items included in these bags are a real luxury that the women at Metro look forward to every year. Soaps can be dropped off at the Community/ Ministries Partnership Office until Friday, November 26!
The Chimes PROGRAMS & events
starts with one person
On December 19, just 6 days before Christmas, we will hold our Annual Christmas Breakfast for persons who are homeless.
Thanksgiving Worship Service
Wednesday, November 17th 7:00 - 7:30 pm ~ Reception Room led by
Rev. Lindsay P. Armstrong
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Family Advent Service
Wednesday, December 8th at 6:15 pm in the Reception Room Led by Families for Everyone!
Community Ministries asks that you help us in providing each person a gift card of $25.00 from any Target Retail Store.
November 21 & 28
The Chimes nursery/preschool & elementary
Mark Your Calendars! November 21 During 9 am worship service we will dedicate the Food from the Children’s Fall Food Drive November 24 Happy Thanksgiving No LOGOS or Wednesday night activities November 28 Hanging of the Greens from 5-7 pm. December 5 Caroling for the Elderly and Homebound 3:30-5:30 pm (Meet in the Temple between 3 and 3:30 for a snack before we go). December 8 Family Advent Service after dinner at 6:15 pm. Christmas Pageant Rehearsal at 7 pm December 12 Christmas Pageant at 9 am worship December 19 4th and 5th graders serve at the Prayer Breakfast at 6:15 am December 22 Merry Christmas No LOGOS or Wednesday night activities
WELCOME ALAN AND ERIN DYER! On October 19 our Session voted to hire Alan Dyer as our new Youth Associate! We are so excited to welcome Alan and his wife, Erin to our Youth Ministry Program. Alan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and is currently a first year student at Columbia Theological Seminary. Alan worked in Congress in Washington DC for the past two years and left there when he felt the calling to ministry. Be sure to introduce yourself to Alan and Erin and welcome them to our family of faith.
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HAIRSPRAY MUSICAL REHEARSALS Hillside and FPC Youth are working hard to prepare Hairspray. Don’t miss our rehearsals: Sunday, November 21- 1:00-3:00 November 28- NO REHEARSAL- THANKSGIVING Saturday, December 4 – 3:30-6:30 PM Sunday, December 5 – 12:30-4:30 PM Saturday, December 11 – 2:00-5:00 PM Sunday, December 12 – 3:30-6:30 PM Saturday, December 18 – 1:00-4:00 PM Sunday, December 19 – 12:30-4:30 PM Sunday, December 26 – 11:30-3:30 PM WEDNESDAY NIGHTS IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER Youth will be painting backdrops for the musical, sorting costumes, and working on lines. Join us from 5:30-7:30 PM. Bring money for dinner. YOUTH HANGING OUT AT THE GREENS NOVEMBER 28 All youth are invited to join us for “Hanging Out At The Greens.” Youth will have fellowship, eat dinner together in B111 and watch a Christmas movie. This is our fun alternative at the Hanging of the Greens. Dinner is $8.00. Email Allison for reservations.
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November 21 & 28
YOUTH CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP NOVEMBER 28 All 6-12th graders will gather in B111 for food, fellowship and inspiring worship. We will not have regular youth Sunday School classes.
The Chimes adult sunday school
On Nov. 21st and 28th, join us on the 4th Floor as we continue our lively discussion of The Gospel According to John. All are welcome!
Covenant Class Room 230
On Nov. 21st, David Drake will finish his fascinating series on The Reformation with a discussion about Henry VIII, Elizabeth and the Anglican Church. On Nov. 28th, we’ll hear about “The Time of Your Life.”
Meditation Group Room 319
Beginners and pros are both welcome as we meet for guided meditation designed to awaken us to a greater sense of the presence of God, help us relieve stress and negative emotions, remove blocked energy from our bodies and let the healing light of God surround us. Please join us!
Open Door Room 156
On Nov. 21st, Joel Moore will be our speaker. On Nov. 28th, Craig Goodrich will lead us as we discover all of our many blessings as we celebrate Thanksgiving.
Ours for Today Room B308
Emmaus Class Room 227
Spiritual Living Room B202
Faith and Life Room 218
The Upper Room Room 332
On November 21st and 28th, please join us for stimulating lessons lead by Lindsay Armstrong as we continue to study and analyze the personal disciples of practicing “abiding in Christ.” We are fortunate to have Lindsay for a three week series. On Nov. 21st, Dr. Martha Moore-Keish will conclude her two-part series on “Living Faithfully in a World of Many Religions.” On Nov. 28th, we will join others in the Berean Room for Forum @ First.
Forum @ First Fifield Hall
On Nov. 21st and 28th, we welcome Rev. Kevin Knab as he teaches on the book of Acts, how the early church emulated the life of Christ and how we might be able to do so as well. Join us!
Young Couples Class Room 219
On Nov. 21st, we’ll finish our two-week series on Mission and we’ll be led by Stan Dawson and Mark Jones of Crossroads Community Ministries. On Nov. 28th, we’ll begin a fourweek Advent Series.
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This fall, we are reading and experiencing Barbara Brown Taylor’s book An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith. On Nov. 21 we will discuss Chapter 8, Saying No. On Nov. 28, we will cover Chapter 10, Feeling Pain.
On Nov. 21st and 28th, please join us in the Reception Room. Jesus’ parables were designed to entertain, surprise and challenge, and you are invited to delve deeper into the parables as Dr. Steve Kraftchick of Candler School of Theology leads us in a short series on the parables.
On Nov. 21st, David and Caroline McLean will conclude the two-part series, “The Love Dare,” based on the book by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. On Nov. 28th, we will join others in the Berean Room for Forum @ First.
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This fall, our class is studying John Claypool’s book, Stories Jesus Still Tells: The Parables. On Nov. 21st, we will discuss Chapter 7, “A Midnight Request” (Luke 11:5-13). On Nov. 28th, we will discuss Chapter 8, “The Rich Fool” (Luke 12:1321). Please join us!
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Discovering God’s Word Room 317
On Nov. 21st, FPC Member Doug Ellis will speak on “Christ and the Economy.” On Nov. 28th, Rev. Thomas L. Are will discuss “Better Understanding of our Muslim Neighbors.”
Community Bible Study Room B415
Internationals Room 327
On Nov. 21st and 28th, the Bereans will host Forums @ First in the Berean Room as we continue the three-part series “A Taste of the Parables.” The leader will be Dr. Steve Kraftchick, Associate Professor of the Interpretation of the New Testament at Candler.
Berean Bible Class Reception Room
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November 21 & 28
Music for November 21
“Without music, life is a journey through a desert”
For information about private music instruction and group music, dance, and art classes, please visit us on the web or call: Will Breytspraak, Director www.PSPAonline.org (404) 228-7772 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prelude Symphony in G Major – Stamitz (St. Cecilia Consort) Offertory Te Deum – Haydn Ben. Rsp. Te Deum Chant Postlude Variation on “Now Thank We All Our God”– arr. Karg-Elert
Music for November 28 The Holiday season is just around the corner! With gift items for the whole family, The Mustard Seed is the perfect place to shop.
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Prelude Wachet Auf (Hymn #17) – J.S. Bach Offertory Have You Seen a Child (from Amahl and the Night Visitors) – Menotti Ben. Rsp. Veni Emanuel Amen Postlude Savior of the Nations, Come – arr. J.S. Bach
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