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Women’s Retreat: “Preparing the Soil, Growing in the Lord” (Feb. 5-6)

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Don’t miss your chance to register for the Women’s Retreat on Feb. 5-6! Tickets cost $70.00 in Fellowship Hall every Sunday. Scholarships are available. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Agustsson at 815.209.5375 or

Ladies Fellowship Meeting on Feb. 2

All women are invited to join the FPC Ladies Fellowship meeting. Our speaker for the day will be Carol Heath. Come to hear her speak and then stay for a delicious lunch at noon for $6.00. Meets Tuesday, February 2nd @ 11:00 am in Middleton Parlor.

An Invitation to Use Your Musical Talents in Worship

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If you’ve been gifted in music, we’d love to have your participation in the worship ministry. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings in Ferguson Chapel from 7:00–8:30 pm. We also have a praise team that meets on Wednesday nights. If you have questions or would like to audition for the praise team, please contact Daniel Perrin at 425-442-4523 or

Adult Sunday School Classes, Winter 2016

Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am for these adult education classes this winter:

And Now I See: A Theology of Transformation
Teacher: Annie Lockwood. Sundays @ 9:15 am from Jan 24-March 30. Meets in Gold Room, South Building.

Do you ever wonder why there isn’t a greater transformation in Christians because of their faith, or why your own heart doesn’t seem very liberated? As Christians, we know that we are new creations in Jesus. So we try to act differently, hoping this will make us more like Him. But changing our outward behavior doesn’t change our hearts. Only by God’s grace can we be transformed internally. As we tour this “Ascent to Truth” in this class led by Annie Lockwood, we will learn from many Christian spiritual masters, and most of all from Jesus himself, that a real change of heart is not only possible, but that when we draw near to God.

Foster Care and Adoption
Facilitators: Christoph & Wendy Hoashi-Erhardt. Sundays @ 9:15 am from Jan 24-Feb. 14. Meets in Gold Room, South Building.

Foster care and adoption are challenging and winsome ways to live out the gospel. Christ’s heart is for the vulnerable, and we who call ourselves by His name reflect His heart. Not everyone is in the season to adopt or care for another child in their home full-time, but we are called to participate in some way. What’s your role?

The New Normal: A Faithful and Hospitable Exploration of Sexuality, Marriage, and Gender
Teacher: Dr. Eric Jacobsen, FPC Senior Pastor. Sundays @ 9:15 am from Feb. 21-March 20. South Building.

What does the Bible actually say about sexuality, marriage, and gender identity? These issues will be increasingly important for us as we seek to be an ‘Inside Out’ church. This class will seek to explore these questions in a clear and compelling way while maintaining sensitivity to those for whom these issues are very personal and even painful. Each session will include a time of teaching by Pastor Jacobsen as well as an opportunity for participants to ask anonymous questions.

Come to Alpha Tonight!

Tonight (Thursday night) is the night! You can still join Alpha by coming for dinner and discussion from 6:30-8:45 pm. Topic this week: “Who is Jesus?” Childcare available for ages 3 and up. Click to register.
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ALPHA–It’s Not Too Late! Join Us Thursday!

It’s not too late to try Alpha! Over 30 people participated in our Alpha Intro Night last week, but we still have room for more. Come this Thursday evening for dinner and discussion from 6:30-8:45 pm. Topic this week: “Who is Jesus?” Childcare available for ages 3 and up. Click to register.
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Alpha Intro is TONIGHT!

Just a quick reminder to bring your friends to the Alpha Intro tonight at 6:30 pm for dinner and an introduction to the Alpha program. And if you can’t come, please PRAY for those who do come.
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One Day Left

The Alpha Intro night is tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. Be sure to invite someone, and be sure to pray that God will bring those He wants to be there!
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Event Reminder: Second Wednesday Potluck is TONIGHT!

Join us TONIGHT from 6:00-7:00 pm for our monthly Wednesday night potluck! Spend an evening sharing stories and fellowship with others in our church. For those so inclined, we will end with a brief time for announcements or prayer requests that people might want to share. Please bring either soup, salad, entree or dessert to share as well as beverages for your own family. We will supply tables, plates, and cutlery. Because of allergies within our church, please don’t bring anything with nuts and label anything that contains gluten. For more information, contact Richard Shepard

Two Days Left to Invite Someone!

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You still have time to invite someone to come with you to the Alpha intro night THIS Thursday @ 6:30 pm. We will enjoy a meal together and watch an engaging video followed by small group discussion. Click to register or for more information.

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