There will be a brief Congregational Meeting following Worship on Sunday, December 4.
Advent!
Advent begins on Nov. 27 -- please follow this link to see an Advent calendar suggestion.

Weddings
Interested in having your wedding at First Presbyterian Church?  Please see our updated guidelines here.

Sunday Worship
Adult Sunday School:  10:00-10:45 am
Youth Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Elementary Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Church Nursery: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 10:30 am 
Morning Worship: 11:00 am
Youth Group 12-2 pm
 
Wednesdays 
Bible Study:  10:00 am 
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm
 
 
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What's up?
Bible Study Continues - Our Bible Study continues on Wednesdays at 10 am in the Library. Pastor Karen will discuss scripture and how we might apply it in our daily lives.  Bring your Bibles!  Coffee and pastries will be served.
Can you help the Food Pantry? Items currently needed for our pantry include beans, soup, and tomato sauce. Canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal and tuna are always welcome.  Donations may be brought to the church office or placed in the canvas hamper in the narthex.


Help Hurricane Victims in Haiti Now!

The HEF board met and has determined that the first priority in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew is to secure funding for feeding HEF school communities.  In cooperation with Trinity Hope Feeding, they are working with priests and principals to purchase and distribute food.  The goal is to sustain these communities for the next 30 days until they are able to get their lives and crops back up and going. 

We are asking that you help us in this endeavor.  For less than $2.00 per day, you can feed a family of six people.  We need to act swiftly!  As always, 100% of all donations will be used as designated by the donor.  HEF has people in place in Haiti to make this happen as soon as funds are received.  

Checks can be mailed to:
Haiti Education Foundation, Inc.
 P.O. Box 10775
 El Dorado, AR  71730.
**  Please note on the memo line that this is for DISASTER:  FOOD. **

Or you may give to the Disaster Fund online here.

More information on individual schools will be available on the HEF web site in coming days.  We know that there will be damages to repair, etc., however, food takes priority at this point.







Special Advent Events at 1st Presbyterian Church

11/27-12/11 - Christmas Giving Tree in the Narthex
11/28 - Christmas Parade Party on the steps of Fraser Building (6 pm doors open)
11/29 - Decorate the Sanctuary for Advent (6 pm pizza in Fellowship Hall and 6:45 in Sanctuary to decorate)
12/11 - Open house at Pastor Karen's 3-6 pm
12/18 - Christmas luncheon following worship (noon)
12/24 - Christmas eve candlelight service at 5 pm
12/25 - Christmas Day worship at 11 am



Christmas 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we prepare room in our hearts for the Christ Child, the Advent themes become spiritual guideposts by which we ready ourselves and contribute to the Christmas work of the kingdom.

HOPE – Do you have work to do here?  Do you know, according to your faith, that Jesus Christ will come and bring his Kingdom with him?  The tone of the first Sunday is, literally, discordant, as we sing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”  There may be pieces of your life that are discordant as well.  There is a longing for repair and restoration in this first Sunday.  As you pray for what needs the gift of Hope in your life – consider a way you may contribute to the gift of Hope in someone else’s life.  We all need Hope.

PEACE – The gracious embrace of shalom means a wholeness in all things.  Not only the absence of war, but the presence of plenty.  What things do you “war” over?  What do those things represent an absence of? Be gentle with yourself as you recognize what you are missing, and what you long for. Now lift your eyes to our community. Where do you see an absence of shalom here?  How might you help heal a brokenness, or fill an emptiness that would otherwise disrupt the peace of the city? How can you be a part of forming the shalom of our church?

JOY – Some things make us happy.  Then, occasionally, we are “surprised by joy,” and find ourselves filled with an amazing gladness.  One of the great Christian mystics, Julian of Norwich, said, “The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.”       

Do you find Joy elusive?  Are you willing to allow God’s grace to fill you with joy? Who do you know who really needs the gift of Joy?  Pray for them as you pray that you too, would be willing to be filled with the 
fullness of God.

LOVE – Christmas ultimately is born and reborn in our hearts.  “Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.”  As you sift yourself spiritually, are there places in your heart that are hard?  With all the love you have for so many, are there people who you think you don’t need to love, or that you withhold love from?  What is Jesus teaching about who your neighbor is?  Take a container – a jar, an envelope, 
whatever – and each day this advent write the name of someone you have a hard time loving on a slip of paper, and place it in your little prayer holder.  Ask God to give you the love Christ has for that person.  Praying for love is your Christmas gift to God; it will permeate everything you do.  It is my prayer for each of you, beloved, that you would experience the fullness of Christ this Christmas, and that he might enter into each of us as we turn ourselves to the joy of his presence.

Your sister in Him,

Pastor Karen