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Copies will be available for pick up at church and electronic versions will be sent on Monday. Advent blessings! ... See MoreSee Less

Copies will be available for pick up at church and electronic versions will be sent on Monday. Advent blessings!

FPCU members, Don and Nancy, were on their way to visit family in Colorado. The placed flowers at Club Q on Sunday afternoon. Don wrote, "A small gesture of support for the grieving and against hate. We spoke with a grieving young man and with women who personally knew two of the 5 who were killed." Don shared that he felt that were placing the flowers there on behalf of their family and the FPCU family. ... See MoreSee Less

FPCU members, Don and Nancy, were on their way to visit family in Colorado. The placed flowers at Club Q on Sunday afternoon. Don wrote, A small gesture of support for the grieving and against hate. We spoke with a grieving young man and with women who personally knew two of the 5 who were killed. Don shared that he felt that were placing the flowers there on behalf of their family and the FPCU family.Image attachment

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Thank you, Nancy and Don.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Worship – In-Person and Streaming at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning; Advent Seminar at 10:45 a.m.

The image is “Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares,” by Evgeniy Vuchetich, at the United Nations, New York, New York.

Happy Thanksgiving! And on Sunday, we will celebrate Happy New Year. Liturgically. The grand cycle of the Christian Year turns this week from Year C to Year A. With Advent, we begin again. The first scripture we will hear on Sunday from the prophet Isaiah is perfectly chosen. Isaiah proclaims that God will meet us at the cross roads of our hearts and our communities. Where we so often arrive there in armor, having been so often at war and supporting war, God arrives announcing another way. Join us on Sunday as we begin the beautiful season of Advent and hearing the best possible words: “neither shall they learn war any more.”

Pastor David

In-Person Worship: Masking is strongly encouraged, especially if you are singing, (masks remain available in the Narthex if you do not have one), but is no longer required. We continue to strongly recommend that you keep up with boosters. Please plan to maintain social distancing and to hand sanitize often. During fellowship time when you are in close proximity to others, masking is highly recommended. If you are feeling unwell for any reason, please remain home and enjoy the services of worship online. Please understand that the pandemic is not yet over and conditions may require a return to masking at some point in the future.

In the Church Offices: Masking remains required when in the church offices and the Chapel.

Join Us for Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship and 10:45 a.m. Advent Seminar.

1. Facebook:
www.facebook.com/FirstPresChurchUrbana/
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2. Zoom click on: zoom.us/j/8144246357
Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)
Password 475210

3. Landline or phone that is not a smart phone:
1 (312) 626-6799.
Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)
Password 475210

Seminar Series: “Holy Disruption: Finding Advent in the Gospel of Mark”. The Gospel of Mark doesn’t have a Nativity story—so where’s the Advent message? It’s in every aspect of Jesus’ life, to his death and beyond. The Incarnation—God come to earth in human form to be baptized, teach, heal, eat, and die—is what we celebrate at Christmas, and Mark shows us just how radical and celebration-worthy it is! Holy Disruption presents a fresh understanding of the holiness of Christmas grounded, not in a conventional, cozy Christmas message, but through Mark's disquieting gospel which invites its readers to experience God's disruptive but transformative love for us and our world. Let Pastor David know if you would like a copy of the book. Join us in the chapel on Sunday, November 27 at 10:45 am, for the first of three sessions on Holy Disruption.

Adult Seminars are held at 10:45 in the Chapel. Chairs are spaced which will reduce capacity to about 30, two Corsi-Rosenthal filter boxes ventilate the space, and masking is required

Midday Prayer: The church is closed Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving. The next Midday Prayer will be on Thursday, December 1 at 12:15 p.m., in the Chapel.

The Wellness Committee invites you to a Blue Christmas Jazz Service: A service of remembrance and reflection. Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m. at the church. This service is for those who are lonely, those who seek light in the darkness. Please join us for prayers, anointing, and candle lighting while we enjoy live blue jazz music.

RESCHEDULED: The November 19 Workday has been cancelled due windy, cold weather. Building and Grounds has re-scheduled it for Saturday morning, December 3. We’ll be raking leaves, trimming shrubs, and taking care of other tasks to prepare the church grounds for winter. Work begins at 8:00 a.m., hot coffee and donuts will be available, and YOUR help will make a big difference. Please bring your rake and join us!

Best Thrift Store in C-U! Thank you to all of our friends who voted us the Daily Illini’s Best Thrift Store in C-U! Our volunteers and friends are what make the shop so special. We really appreciate your support of our mission to promote reuse, maintain the historic house, and support local social services. And it’s your great donations that keep us in business. So if have gently-used, good condition clothing and household items, please keep us in mind. You can drop off donations any time the shop is open: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Giving Thanks: Thanks for generously giving of your time to Food and More. This ministry is run entirely by 20 volunteer coordinators and over 45 additional volunteers who shop, shelve items, pack orders, and distribute them each month. A special thanks to the volunteers from our congregation.
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