Volume 8, No. 48
Ministry News Activities Ministry, Lindsay Graham MINI-MITES BASKETBALL TIP-OFF DECEMBER 3 The Basketball Tip-off for Mini-Mites (K5-K6-1st grade) is Saturday, December 3, at 1:40pm in the Gym. Players will meet their coaches, receive their uniforms, and pose for team photos. Call Donna Roper (672.0372) for details. Children’s Ministry “MY VERY OWN BOOK!” DECEMBER 4 Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to allow your child to participate in an awesome giving experience this Christmas Season! Our FPC children will give all students at Hollis Academy their “very own books” to take home for Christmas. On Sunday morning, December 4, our children can buy one or more books with their own money for $1 each, and wrap the book(s) with their families. Donations will be accepted. Remember to bring $1 and look for book wrapping stations near the check-in kiosks. If you have questions, call Heather Ware (905.7753) or Christy Glenn (908.5699). ANGEL TREE GIFTS FOR HOLLIS CHILDREN The Children’s Ministry Angel Tree will be in the Loggia on Sunday, November, 27. The angels represent children and siblings from Hollis Academy. Please select an angel from the tree, purchase and wrap the gifts for the child, and return the gifts to the church no later than December 13. Questions? Contact Christy Glenn (908.5699) or Heather Ware (905.7753). Educational Ministries, Tim Leslie CONFIRMATION CLASS FOR GRADES 6 - 8 Beginning January 4 during Wednesday Advantage (5:30–6:15pm), students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to attend Confirmation Class in order to confirm their baptism. This class helps the student to consider the claims of Christ Jesus and the Christian Church, the truths of the Gospel, and the call to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The class will conclude on March 21 and students may come before the Session as early as Sunday, March 25, to join as active members of FPC. Please register with Charlotte Joye, cjoye@ firstpresgreenville.org or 672.0309. Evangelism and Missions, Brian Stewart ALASKA MISSIONARIES VISIT DECEMBER 4 Stephen and Natalie Hall, FPC members and missionaries with Send North in Alaska, will speak on Sunday, December 4, in Harper Chapel during the 9:40 and 11:00am Sunday School hours. Plan to join them for an update on God’s work in the far north. MEDICAL MISSIONS LUNCHEON DECEMBER 11 Medical and dental professionals, their families, and all others who are interested: You’re invited to a luncheon on Sunday, December 11, 12:15–1:30pm in Fellowship Hall, to hear about opportunities for short-term medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic. To make reservations for the meal, contact Beverley Alberson (balberson@ firstpresgreenville.org) no later than December 2. Childcare will be available by reservation only to Evelyn Penkert (672.1843). Questions? Contact Rev. Brian Stewart (672.7032), Rick Sturgis (288.4080), or Dr. Brad Williams (242.1940). SHARE THE WARMTH! Russell Memorial Presbyterian Church is collecting new or gently used blankets, coats, and warm clothes through November for the Latino Ministry Health Fair for the community early in December. Especially needed are coats and sweaters for children. Donations may be taken to Russell (31 Calhoun Avenue) or dropped off inside the FPC office. Contact Pastor Dale Youngs at Russell Memorial for more information (363.3370). Ignite Worship, Graydon Tomlinson IGNITE WORSHIP ALBUM: “THE RESPONSE” On Sunday December 4, Ignite Worship will release their debut worship album called “The Response,” consisting of songs written and recorded by the Ignite Worship Team, along with
a couple of more familiar songs used regularly in worship. We pray that the album will help you maintain a lifestyle of worship throughout the week. Every album sold will support our outreach ministry with Hollis Academy. Visit Facebook. com/ignitetheresponse to hear exclusive sneak peeks, view behind-the-song videos, and stay up-to-date with the latest info! Marriage and Family Ministry, Bob Jones CSI:GREENVILLE SINGLES EVENTS CSI’s Singles Christmas Drop-in on Thursday, December 1, 7:00–9:00pm in Memorial Dining Room, will feature Christmas music and light refreshments. Donations accepted. For details and reservations, contact Jennifer Paramore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monthly Dinner night will be Friday, December 2, at the Red Bowl Asian Bistro (27 S. Pleasantburg Drive) at 6:00pm. RSVP for a space at the table to Jennifer Paramore at email@example.com. Military Ministry, Stan Johnson WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA Wreaths Across America (WreathsAcrossAmerica.org) coordinates the sponsorship and laying of wreaths on veterans’ graves in many national, state, and local cemeteries in December each year. If you would like to help lay wreaths during the ceremony at the M. J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson on Saturday, December 10, at noon, and/or sponsor one or more wreaths, please contact Larry Montandon (864.332.8022 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Senior Adult Ministry, Pam Cole ELDERBERRIES SENIOR ADULTS DECEMBER 6 The next meeting of the Elderberries is Tuesday, December 6, at 11:30am in Fellowship Hall. Speaker Ken Bagwell’s topic will be “The Star of Bethlehem: Science? Or Science Fiction?” The program is free; lunch is $7. Everyone age 55 and older is invited to attend. For information, call Pat Browning at 313.8004.
Announcements FPC BLOOD DRIVE On Sunday morning, November 27, please plan to donate blood in the Gym, 9:00am–1:00pm. Volunteers are also needed to help serve refreshments. Contact Tina Jones (tjones@ firstpresgreenville. org or 672.0347) to reserve a time or to volunteer. SHARE LIFE! DISCOUNT TICKETS FOR GETTY CONCERT On Monday evening, December 12, at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary, we are hosting Keith and Kristyn Getty for “An Irish Christmas” concert. The Gettys are among the most popular contemporary hymn writers today and we regularly sing several of their hymns in worship. Further details are available on their website, GettyMusic.com. Visit the tables in Memorial Hall or Fellowship Hall, or stop by The Vineyard bookstore to purchase $10 tickets. Discount ends on Sunday, December 4. Invite friends and join us for this outstanding concert! CHRISTMAS HONORS AND MEMORIALS Help decorate our church for Christmas by ordering Poinsettias in honor or memory of loved ones. Forms are available in Sunday bulletins and literature racks, or order online at FirstPresGreenville.org (click on the home page banner). FLOWER MINISTRY The Flower Ministry needs small bud vases. Please leave them in the ﬂower room or at the reception desk. Thank you for helping us share the Sanctuary ﬂowers with those who are unable to enjoy them on Sunday mornings.
November 27–December 3, 2011 A SERVICE OF
REMEMBRANCE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 6:30PM HARPER CHAPEL FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Families and friends who have lost loved ones in recent years are invited to remember and honor them during this service that will include Scripture reading with a time of reﬂection and meditation, the observance of Communion, special seasonal music, and commemorative candle-lighting.
Calendar for the Week SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Pastor of the Day: Pam Cole (423.0677) 7:50am • Chancel Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) 8:15am • Worship Service (Sanctuary) 9:00am • Blood Drive (Gym) 9:20am • Continental Breakfast (Memorial Hall) 9:40am • Ignite Worship (Fellowship Hall) • Sunday School A 11:00am • Worship Service (Sanctuary) • Sunday School B 4:30pm • Youth Choir Rehearsals (Choir Room) 6:00pm • Youth House Groups (Off campus) • 11th Grade Boys Small Group (Youth 352) • The Truth Project (Room 317) MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Pastor of the Day: Stan Johnson (423.2067) 12:00pm • Moms’ College-age Prayer Group (Room 212) 4:30pm • Staff Committee (Room 261) 6:00pm • Session Meeting (Memorial Dining Room) 6:30pm • Life.Community—Young Adults (Old Centre Stage) 7:00pm • The Truth Project (Room 308) • Community Bible Study (Rm 303, Harper Chapel) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Pastor of the Day: Pam Cole (423.0677) 8:30am • Study: Becoming a Woman of Grace (Room 308) 6:30pm • Worship Team Rehearsal (Fellowship Hall) • Service of Remembrance/Communion (Harper Chapel) 7:00pm • Boy Scout Troop 11 (Scout Hut) WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Pastor of the Day: Tim Leslie (423.2063) 7:00am • Life Men’s Bible Study (Off campus) 9:30am • Prayer Committee (Room 310) • The Truth Project (Room 212) 11:30am • Luncheon Bible Study (Fellowship Hall) 5:00pm • Ofﬁcer Retreat Planning (Room 261) 5:30pm • Stephen Ministry Training (Room 305) 6:00pm • The Truth Project (Room 307) • Junior High Roots/$3 Supper (Youth 354) 6:13pm • Men’s Fraternity: Fathered by God (Room 301) 6:15pm • Cathedral Ringers Rehearsal (Room 402) 6:30pm • Study: Having a Mary Spirit (Room 212) • Cherub and Carol Choirs (Harper Chapel) 7:00pm • Life Female 20-somethings Bible Study (Off campus) 7:30pm • Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) • Senior High Roots (Youth 352) 7:45pm • Young Adults Pick-up Basketball (Gym) THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 Pastor of the Day: Tim Leslie (423.2063) 7:00am • Men’s Prayer Breakfast (Fellowship Hall) 8:00am • Women’s Prayer Group (Room 212) 9:30am • Activities Trip: Gingerbread Houses (Off campus) 12:00pm • Retired Men’s Luncheon (Off campus) 12:15pm • The Academy PTO Board (Memorial Dining Rm) 6:00pm • CSI Singles Christmas Party (Memorial Dining Rm) FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Pastor of the Day: Stan Johnson (423.2067) 9:00am • Greenville High Moms In Touch Prayer (Rm 352) 10:00am • Bulletin Stufﬁng (Room 212) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Pastor of the Day: Tim Leslie (423.2063)
The Feed My Starving Children organization has reported that the Grains of Grace meals we packed were shipped in mid-October. Djibouti received 108 boxes – 23,328 meals. Nicaragua received 864 boxes – 186,624 meals. Your generosity makes a tremendous difference in lives around the world. Thank you!
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Assignments for November 27th
NOVEMBER 27, 2011 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 8:15am and 11:00am Worship 9:40am Ignite Worship “DO YOU SEE WHAT I HEAR?” “A Silent Night” – Part 1 Rev. Dr. Richard Gibbons 9:20am – Continental Breakfast (Memorial Hall) 9:40 and 11:00am – Sunday School
8:00 First Welcome Team: Jackie Thompson (DC); Virginia Hagood (P); Bill and Helen Arthur (MH); Diane Drake (CR); Michael Combs (RW); Tom Drake (RSMH); Chuck Blankenship, Jamie Hunter, Ross Plyler, Gary Pouch, Chris Wright, James Day, B.J. Pate, Sandy Wright, Arik Hempy, Jackie Thompson (Ushers). 9:20 First Welcome Team: Hal Willson (DC); Milt and Caroline Lowder (GE); Drew Brown (FH); Lauren Thomas (WCFH); Betty Stone (WCN); Scott Stewart (P); Sherry Davis; (CY); Tony Greene (WSL); Drew Brown, Hal Willson (Ushers). 10:40 First Welcome Team: Dean Livingston (DC); Ann Buchanan (MH); Lee Shelton (P); Tommy Toler (CR); Meredith Rigdon (WCN); Darleene Lathan (RSMH); B.J. Pate (RW); Ken Chapman, Tim Delaney, Don Davidson, Rick Erwin, Hank Faris, Walt Fowler, Brian Garrison, Eddie Lathan, Dean Livingston, Joe Palmer, Mason Powell, Louis Vorhees (Ushers). Nursery Workers: (9:25) Katherine Pate, Ann Templeton, Libby Hall, Tyner and Zeke Lollis, Suzy Hwang, Robyn Shirley, Barbara Franklin; (10:45) Kate Hellier, Priss Jones, David and Tiffany Hammett, Melanie Sudduth, Jennifer and Chris Binder
Wednesday Luncheon NOVEMBER 30, 2011 Turkey Tetrazzini Spaghetti with meat sauce Breaded Okra, Broccoli Spears Mixed vegetables Assorted Breads and Desserts
To join the First Welcome Team: Contact Chuck Emory at email@example.com or 672.1753. To join the Nursery Team: Contact Evelyn Penkert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 672.1843.
(No Wednesday Evening studies or meals)
November 27–December 3, 2011
WHAT’S INSIDE: “A Silent Night” Christmas Worship 200 West Washington Street Greenville, SC 29601 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED phone 864.235.0496 fax 864.235.0698 web FirstPresGreenville.org
Broadcasts: RADIO First and Foremost Radio Program on Shine 96.7 FM Sundays at 10:30am TELEVISION First and Foremost Television Program on WHNS-TV FOX Carolina Sundays at 10:30am
Service of Remembrance November 29 Alaska Missionaries Stephen and Natalie Hall December 4 “The Response” Ignite Worship Album debuts December 4 Medical Missions Luncheon December 11 For more information about the ministry of FPC, visit FirstPresGreenville.org
A Silent Night... invite friends to worship! The four Sundays of Advent: November 27, December 4, 11, 18 November 29 Service of Remembrance 6:30pm in Harper Chapel December 11 “Sounds of Christmas” at 8:15 and 11:00am
Children’s Festival of Lessons and Carols 5:00pm in Harper Chapel:
December 12 “An Irish Christmas” with the Gettys
December 24 Christmas Eve Services 5:00, 7:00, and 11:00pm in the Sanctuary December 25 Christmas Worship Service 11:00am (no Sunday School) January 1
Worship with Communion 9:40 and 11:00am (no Sunday School)
Visit FirstPresGreenville.org for more details.
Prayer List Bobby Austell Julia Moore Bailey William “Bill” Barnett Bill Beavers, Robbie Edwards Linda Ellison, Dara Forrester Bob Goad, Lynn Gray Mike Johnson, John Kabas Mary Ellen Keathley Alice Lenz Nancy MacArthur Virginia Putman Tatti Samuelson Cate Simkins Bertha Mae Sims Deborah Stephens Robert Vaughn, Steve Warren Nan Whisman Barbara Woodward Bold = New Italics = In Hospital
Prayer Request Lines Prayer Requests: 672.1838 Prayer Appointments: 672.1848 Congregational Care Assistant Tammy Burkhalter: 672.0327