Wednesday, November 25, 2020
The church office is closed Wednesday, November 25, and Thanksgiving Day, November 26: NO Bible study this Wednesday.

Join us this Sunday, November 29, for worship at 10:00 a.m., in person or online:
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Sunday's Service Leaflet
The Annual Meeting will be held in-person, and via ZOOM. Attendance via Zoom qualifies for voting purposes. CLICK THIS LINK at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 6, to attend.

The slate of officer, board, and leadership nominees, as well as the proposed 2021 budget, area available for your review, here. (If you need a paper copy and haven't picked one up in church or already received it, please contact the church office on Monday, and we'll get it to you.)
Get in the Spirit via Holiday Outreach!
1) Remembering our Shut-ins with Gift Baskets:
We need:
  • Cookie bakers - two dozen cookies bagged three-per-bag
  • Card signers (or makers!) - to add to our goody bags
  • December 13 delivery elves - some to stuff bags, some to decorate their car and deliver the good bags in our Christmas parade
Volunteer sign-up sheets are in the narthex, or contact Judy Lester or the church office with any questions, or about drop-off or pick-up of cookies/cards, etc.
2) Holiday Gifts for Kids in Foster Care (by Dec. 13):
  • Donate to FCC for our Christmas gift to CASA, an organization that supports and advocates for abused and neglected children in our community; helping to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
We Remember in Our Prayers…
(New or revised requests received since our most recent regular issue.)
  • Yvonne Taylor - thanksgiving for negative test results
  • Wally Weselak - continued prayers for full recovery from his stroke in August
  • Kate Dake - known to Helen Rankin, suspected COVID-19
Christmas Plans & Schedules
Starting Sunday, December 6, at 8:30 a.m., we're adding a simple, chapel-style service, drive-in style, to our Sunday morning schedule!

This 20-minute service will include time of prayer and singing, safely spaced if you'd like to pull out a lawn chair and listen via outdoor speakers; or, safely isolated in your vehicle if you'd rather tune in via radio! 

We're also deciding on Christmas Eve services. Please click on the button below so we can have a sense of what you're looking forward to on Christmas Eve, this year:
ORDERS FOR poinsettias are now open! If you would like to order a beautiful, foil-wrapped poinsettia as a memorial or thank offering, please pick up a form in the narthex, or contact the church office via email or phone (225-926-4175) by Sunday, December 13. Each plant is $25, and may be picked up on Sunday, December 20, or after our Christmas Eve service.
Advent Devotionals sent via email
Starting this Sunday, November 29, the First Sunday of Advent, we'll be reading devotionals from Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), published in Imagining a New World.

You can pick up a print copy of the devotional booklet at church, contact us to have one mailed to you, or sign up at Chalice Press to receive the devotionals directly to your email. Click here, and when prompted, enter congregational code ADVFCCLA.
2021 Giving Envelopes for those who requested them are in the church narthex. If you need yours mailed to you, please contact us at the church office, here!

Email changes are afoot …
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be transitioning away from Constant Contact to an in-house mass email system that will keep subscription information in our private database and afford us better ability to assist with email receipt issues - and incur no additional cost beyond our current web site hosting fee.

However, as with any mass-email system, there are sure to be some hiccoughs, particularly as your email system may not initially recognize our new server. Here are some hints that may aid with receipt on your end:

  • Put [email protected] in your email address book so that your email client knows you want to hear from us
  • Gmail users should check their "updates" or "promo" folders and mark our emails "inbox" to train Gmail where you want them.
  • Cox subscribers should check that mail marked spam is not deleted at Cox's server, but put into a spam/junk folder. You may be surprised to see what Cox marks as spam that you would not see at all if it's deleted at their server.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you believe you're missing emails, your address has changed, or you have a preferred address for our emails, etc. We'll do all we can to help, and believe our new system will give us even more options to be successful.