BIBLE READING for Sundays' sermons: December 17th; Luke 1:26-38, December 10th; Luke 1:1-4, December 3rd: Matthew 13:3-9, November 26; Revelation 22, November 19th; Galatians 5:13; I Peter 2:9, November 12th; Psalm 51:10-12.

THE CHURCH COUNCIL will meet next Sunday, December 17th, following the 10 AM service.  Anyone who wishes to sit in on this meeting is welcome.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  THERE WILL BE JUST ONE SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE—AT 10 A.M.—on Christmas Eve, December 24th, and New Year’s Eve, December 31st.  Also, there will be no coffee hour those days.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support last Monday night at the W.A.R. Int’l Christmas sale.  You are a church that cares deeply for others and are the hands of Jesus.  A special thank you to Dayna Hannon and Patricia Johnson for setting up, tearing down, and selling!  -- Sue Christian

DINNER FOR EIGHT: It’s time to sign up for the winter/spring session of Dinner for Eight!  All who sign up will be assigned by random choice to a group of eight people.  Each couple/individual is responsible for hosting one dinner during the four-month period, whether it be at their home, a restaurant, etc.  This is a great way to get to know others in our church family! 

SUPPORT LIFE BRIDGE MINISTRIES (one of our FCC missions teams) this season, by signing up through Amazon Smile!  Amazon donates a portion of your sale to Life Bridge, Inc.  It’s amazing how fast a little contribution from so many adds up.  Go to:  smile.amazon.com/ch/34-1997722.  Thank you from your Mission Motion team and Life Bridge!

ALL FCC MEN: You’re invited to a “Dutch Treat” breakfast gathering on the first and third Mondays of each month, at 7 AM, at Huggins Hospital cafeteria.  This is an opportunity for fellowship with a small, informal Christian group.  Please contact Kurt Dietzer (569-8009) if you have any questions.  

“GOOD BOOK, BIG BOOK” RECOVERY MEETINGS are held downstairs at the church on Wednesdays from 12 to 1:30 PM.  All dependencies welcome!

THANK YOU TO ALL for being part of Operation Christmas Child.  Your 86-plus gift boxes, monetary gifts, and especially your prayers have helped spread the message of Jesus to many children around the world.  May God bless each of you!  Merry Christmas!                                       –Jane Cook

WE’RE LOOKING FOR NAMES and addresses for any current college students who are connected with First Christian Church.  The Sunday School classes would like to encourage them during this upcoming time of final exams!  Please email the student’s name and college mailing address to Traci at vanbrunts@aol.com. Please submit names and addresses by December 9th!  Thank you!

BIBLE IN AN HOUR: Did you see the video that was shown at church, that covers the whole Bible in just over an hour? Did you miss it or maybe you'd just like to see it again? Well you're in luck, here's the link to it (the-restoration-of-all-things) so you can watch it as much as you'd like or so maybe you could share it with a friend. Here is a link to Brad Grey's website so you can see other things from him (walkingthetext.com). Questions?  See Sue Christian.

THANK YOU FOR THE GENEROUS DONATIONS used to fill thirty local soldiers’ Christmas gift boxes.  The overflowing flat rate boxes will be mailed to soldiers both domestically and abroad.  A small artificial Christmas tree, handknit stocking, Christmas cards, gift-wrapped paperback books, socks, Girl Scout cookies, and a variety of food and toiletry items will surely bring a smile to our NH soldiers, no matter where they celebrate Christmas.  What a blessing!                                    -- Bette Frazier 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to be  substitute Sunday School teachers for when our regular teachers are sick or away.  Lessons will be provided; you just need to show up and spend time with the kids.  Please sign up on the sheet in the fellowship room if you are interested in being on the “call” list, or email Traci at vanbrunts@aol.com.

PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH: Sunday, November 5th, was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Each quarter FCC Mission Motion sends a monetary gift to help our brothers and sisters suffering around the globe for their faith in Jesus.  Please join with us today in praying for them (Hebrews 13:3). Keep praying even though it's not November 5th.

MANY THANKS to all who have supported and continue to support End 68 Hours of Hunger!  Your generosity in helping to meet this need is appreciated!

STOP BY THE YELLOW BOX on the Missions table today!  You’ll find updated newsletters on all FCC’s mission teams.  Let’s remember to pray for them!

MISSION MOTION has sent a donation from FCC to Puerto Rico, one of the hardest hit areas by the hurricane. Thank you to all who responded on how you could help with hurricane relief efforts.

END 68 HOURS OF HUNGER:  School is starting, and donations are needed for students who do not have adequate food on the weekends.  Items such as peanut butter and jelly, tuna, and cereal would be much appreciated!  Please place food items in the basket in the foyer.  Thank you so much!!

FOR THOSE RELATIVELY NEW TO THE CHURCH, if you wish to participate in the Offering Table, where the congregation helps each other fill needs, such as used furniture, appliances, etc., for no charge, please email Lois Bittiger at Bitlo@metrocast.net with your email address.

CHRIST CENTERED COUNSELING: Silka Psula through First Christian Church is now offering counseling for those struggling with hurts, habits or hangups, harassed by mental and/or emotional challenges, grieving and/or wounded by life; for those wanting a safe place to be heard and process the issues before them so they can make sound decisions and live a full life. Call First Christian to make an appointment with Silka 603 569-4272.

MEN'S CHOIR: We will be practicing the first Sundays of most months, after the second service. If anyone new wants to take part please drop Dave Harubin an email ... dave-in-nh@hotmail.com  or just show up. Please join us, this is about worshipping our God!! All are welcome!

BIBLE BUDDY: Need a Bible Buddy? One of the first challenges as a Christian is to begin reading the Bible on a regular basis. Understandably, it’s a challenge that is often avoided because of the Bible’s intimidating nature – thin pages, small print, unfamiliar style, and Holy! I’ve often heard people say that they don’t know how to begin (but wished they did!).  I was one of those people many years ago.  Today, I lead a Bible study – so miracles do happen!  It would be my privilege & pleasure to help you begin, too. I’m offering to meet (one-on-one) for an hour or so to help you get started with the mechanics of getting into the Bible, looking up verses, and identifying the many study aides that are included between those two covers. Please call Jan Hawes 569-0327 or email jan.hawes47@gmail.com

LABELS FOR EDUCATION: The Missions Committee is sponsoring a “labels for education” drive to support the Navajo Ministries school. By clipping Campbells UPC’s and General Mills box tops and depositing them in the box in the foyer, we will be supporting the education of underprivileged Navajo children.     

WATCH OUR SERVICES on Wolfeboro Cable TV channel 25, Sun 8:00AM, 1:00PM, 8:00PM, Mon 2:00AM, 8:00AM, 8:00PM.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED ON OUR EMAIL PRAYER CHAIN, please contact Bob Batson at EVAmerica@aol.com

THE OFFERING TABLE:  God has given all of us talents and abilities to be used for the benefit of others, but we are often unaware of the needs within our own congregation. With this in mind we are introducing "The Offering Table" - an email address where you can post a need for practical help (a ride, household chore, small repair job, shopping errand, for example) that will hopefully be met by someone in our own congregation. This email would also be an appropriate place to offer or request free, gently-used household items such as furniture, sports equipment, toys or tools (no clothing please). The concept is simple: sharing our God given resources to support one another in a very practical way, connecting a reasonable request with a willing response and offering unwanted items to our church family. When using this resource please include sufficient detail and your preferred contact information (phone or email) because the replies will go directly to the person making the request or offering items. If you have a request or an offer, please email bitlo@metrocast.net. You will automatically be added to the on going distribution list.

CORPORATE PRAYER:  We’d love to have you join us for corporate prayer ever second and fourth Sunday morning of the month following the 10 AM service.  Prayer for our church is vital!  Please be sure to take the prayer requests listed in your bulletin, and pray for them this month.  Thank you so much!

BENEVOLENCE FUND:  On the first Sunday of the month we especially remember our Benevolence Fund.  If you would like to give a gift beyond your regular tithe or offering to help those in our church family or community who may be struggling, please write out a separate check (or cash) and include it in your giving envelope.  Thank you for being a blessing.









 


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