Holiday Happenings at FPC

 Every year during Advent we decorate the chancel with poinsettias. Advent is a time to remember family and friends and to celebrate special occasions. Plants are $16 each.  They may be picked up, at church, beginning Tuesday, December 26.


First Sunday in Advent – Sunday, December 3
8:30 & 11:00 a.m. worship services in the sanctuary:
The Sanctuary Choir presents “Carols and Lullabies” by Conrad Susa
accompanied by chamber ensemble
9:45 a.m. CrossRoads contemporary service in Fellowship Hall:
Lavon Stevens & the CrossRoads Band, with Theresa Wade, guitar

Gingerbread House Decorating Party Saturday, December 2
10:00 a.m. – Noon; cost: $10, Refreshments & music – come join us and invite your friends!

Amahl & the Night Visitors – December 10 & 11
The music ministry of FPC presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s most beloved opera.
An inspiring 50-minute one-act opera.
December 10 at 4:00 p.m.

December 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24, 2017
One worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary
No Sunday school

Christmas Eve Services – Sunday, December 24
4:00 – 8:30 p.m. —
Live nativity
5:00 p.m. — Family candlelight worship service
8:00 p.m. — Candlelight Worship Services
10:00 p.m. — Candlelight and Communion Worship Services

Thirty minutes of Christmas music by a brass ensemble precedes the 8:00 p.m. candlelight service. Childcare for infants through three-year-olds available in the nursery during the 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. services.

Sunday, December 31, 2017
8:30 & 11:00 a.m. worship services in the sanctuary
9:45 a.m. CrossRoads contemporary service in the Fellowship Hall
Sunday school


The Advent Memorial Tree is on display beginning December 1 in the narthex.  It is created from white poinsettias. Next to the tree is a list of the names of our church members who have passed away since the beginning of Advent last year. The tree is our congregation’s gift of remembrance to families whose joy of the season is tinged with sadness over the absence of a loved one.  We hope you will take some time during the busy holiday season to view this tree honoring the memory of our deceased members.   


Angel Tree displays to benefit Thornwell Home for Children will be in the South wing and Fellowship Hall from November 26 through December 10.  Please take a card and return your gift, unwrapped, with the card attached by December 10 so the gifts may be taken to Thornwell in time for Christmas.

The Chrismon Tree represents aspects of the person, life or ministry of Jesus and the life, ministry or history of the Christian church and will be displayed in Fellowship Hall.  The Chrismons were made with loving hands by the First Friends Small Group