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First Congregational

United Church of Christ

... exploring the frontiers of faith in Jesus

Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 18, 2017
9 am - 1 pm

wreathBottom Drawer


baked goodsBaked Goods


booksGrandpa's Shed



Kandy Korner

And, after you've shopped and are ready to "drop," enjoy our wonderful

Bazaar Luncheon

10 am - 1 pm
Adults $7 Children (12 and under) $4
Tickets at the door
Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Relish Tray
Decadent Desserts!

Staff Corner: Ben Owen
Director of Music


Enjoying The Life We Have

"Let us talents and tongues employ,
reaching out with a shout of joy:
bread is broken the wine is poured,
Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

Jesus lives again
earth can breathe again
pass the word around:
loaves abound!

Jesus calls us in, sends us out
bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
gives us love to tell, bread to share:
God Immanuel everywhere!"

Above is an excerpt from Fred Kaan's lyrics for Sunday's anthem coinciding with the theme set forth by Ecclesiastes 11, "living and enjoying the life we have."

True enjoyment is in the sharing of our gifts with each other regardless of the gifts we have been given. Ecclesiastes tells us to bear our fruit in a world of doubt. Like a weekend dinner with friends, we reach out with a shout of joy to receive each other's God-given gifts - just as God intended.

Clothing Give-Away Update

clothing giveaway

"I needed clothes, and you clothed me"

The Church Row fall clothing give-away was another success because of YOU! Just when we thought you'd cleaned your closets until they were empty! You must have gone shopping, because more was contributed than ever before. Special appreciation for Skyler who helped transfer all the bounty. And many thanks to all who helped keep someone warm now that the temperatures are dropping, and who gave bedding for a soft place to sleep and shoes for cold feet. Together we can change the world, one neighbor at a time.



To date we have received 64 pledges and we still have 26 more pledges expected.

If you have not turned in your pledge, please contact Michelle in the office (234-8927) and give her your pledge over the phone to help us with our 2018 budget planning. Thank you!

Adopt a Family

Be Present As Jesus teaches us to be present with others, we have the opportunity to be present with families in need this Christmas season. Please consider donating money to the Adopt-a-Family program that we serve through our partnership with Bunger Middle School in Evansdale. We will be purchasing gifts for families referred by the school. (Click the image to enlarge.)

Thanksgiving Offering envelopes are in this week's Tidings newsletter. You can mail your contribution or put an envelope or check in the offering plate on Sundays with "Adopt-a-Family" in the memo.

Please contact us if you can help with shopping and wrapping gifts once the money has been collected.

Attention All Bakers!

Reminder for everyone baking for the Baked Goods table at the Bazaar! Once your goodies are nicely packaged, please remember to label what you made. If it's not labeled and we don't know who made it- we end up having a basket of unknown items for free. With all the food allergies out there, we need to make sure people know what they are getting. Thanks so much and HAPPY BAKING!!!

All baked goods, candy and hand made items should be brought to the church this Friday, November 17th anytime after 8:00 am but no later than 3:00 pm. Thank you!!

Clean up Help Needed!

We are in need of helpers at 1:00 pm for clean up and break down after the bazaar. The more hands, the quicker it goes. Remember, it takes a church village to have a successful Bazaar! We are so thankful for those of you who help in so many ways!

Sunday School
November 19, 2017

Gathering (9:00 - 9:15 am)

Youth and adults meet for singing, praying and mission news.

Classes (9:15 - 10:15 am)

Children up to Kindergarten age meet with Jayne Slaughter in the upstairs Sunday School room.
Children ages 1st - 5th grade meet with Lynne Ensworth in the main level Sunday School Room.

Students 6th grade and up will gather upstairs in the Murphy Youth Room with Lauren Reisinger.

Adults meet in the chapel.

New Members!

We will receive two new members, Shuaib "Meach" and Sohyun Meacham during our worship service this Sunday, November 19th. Please join us in welcoming them to our congregation!


" and give you peace . . ."

The family of Ken Allbaugh wishes to tell you all how much your heartfelt prayers, warm hugs, kind words, thoughtful cards, shared memories, awesome music, delicious food, caring hospitality and generous memorials have helped ease our grief, honored our father and given us peace. We cherish your friendship and we all are blessed.

In Appreciation,

Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Worship Service

Wednesday November 22 - 6:30 pm


Come celebrate the holidays with the Church Row Community! An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service for all ages will be held next Wednesday at Unity Presbyterian Church.
(Corner of Hammond & Mitchell Ave.).

Quiltmakers on Break!

Monday, November 13th was the last work day for this year. Quilters will resume meeting in April, 2018!

UNI Women's Chorus

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The UNI Women's Chorus will perform a concert here at FCC on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. Join us as we get into the holiday spirit enjoying some great music - free and open to all!

Calling ALL Church Members!

meetingIf you would like to serve on a board or a committee this upcoming year, step right up! It's a good way to get involved in church projects and a great way to be generous with your talents. There are openings in several of the groups. Please contact Diane Highnam at 319-240-2849 or email You can also contact the church office. THANKS in advance for your help!