Hello FMC Families,
A few notes for this week and season of Advent:
1.) Please do your best to be present this Sunday, as this is our only Peace School class in December. With Theda's ordination Dec. 11th and our 75th Anniversary Dec. 18, we'll continue Peace School next on Jan. 8 (through May 21).
2.) We're collecting diapers again to Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot, and they can be brought any Sunday through Christmas, Dec. 25. Their biggest request is for large sizes, pull-ups and baby wipes.
3.) Please note the calendar on this page, as well as the individual calendars on each age group's tab/blog. I update them regularly if things change or get added, so a weekly glance wouldn't hurt each week.
4.) Please keep me in your prayers as I keep the congregation in mine :-). There is a lot going on right now as we restructure staff, move from a Council to a Board, move from Committees to a Team, consider our engagement with those in homelessness, as well become the church our children will thrive in. Prayers for patience, inspiration, goodwill and cooperation are always appreciated!
This week the younger ages hear the stories of the Prophets - some of the quirkiest, most daring, and most challenging voices within the Old Testament. They include the major prophets (longest books) and minor prophets (shorter books), and the likes of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah and Jonah. I always wonder, who are the prophets today that we think are quirky, too removed from reality, and too difficult to follow because we are more comfortable living the way we already are.
The Venture Club, a little further along in the Bible, will be hearing the story of the Return from Exile. As North America knows, land means a lot, and the reasons are numerous. In their best moment, the people wanted to return to the homeland that symbolized they were just as important to God as the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians. At it's worst, they wanted to become just like these empires that sought to have more control than anyone else. Do we need control to have peace? What does land mean?
The JYF are considering Samuel's journey of finding the people a king. Again, with Advent coming, what kind of King/president/pastor are we looking for? Do we really need one? How do we make sure we are following God, instead of looking for someone else to follow God for us?
Finally, this is the last Sunday to bring donations for the DenUM's Food for All. Details are in the Weekly about what to buy and donate. The JYF and MYF will be helping to organize and pack food boxes on Sunday afternoon 1-4pm. Details have been emailed to both groups.
May God be with you, and may you have friends and family to celebrate the good things in life.
Parents, one more invitation to be involved with the Christmas Skits Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Please email by Nov. 7 if your child or youth would like to be involved. We'll need readers and actors for each week, and each Sunday's skit will rehearse separately the week of their skit.
Also, MYF remember that we'll be visiting Platte Park Church on Nov. 13 with Sharon Nelson of MCC. We'll meet at 9:30am in the youth room, and then we'll be back to FMC around 12:00pm.
JYF, remember that Nov. 20 we'll be doing a service project with the MYF at DenUM downtown, 1-4pm. An email was sent with more details.
Venture Club, please note that we'll have our Advent Party following Peace School on Nov. 27. Please pack your own lunch, and look forward to a time of fun and games and getting to know each other a bit better.
Prayers for you all as the leaves fall. May winter provide times of beauty, rest and change that is good for you and your households.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.