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“Hark the Harold” Christmas Play by Taproot Theatre on Dec. 20

This coming Sunday, December 20, 9:15-10:15 am, Fellowship Hall
Harold is not the brightest angel in the heavenly host, and Harold’s enthusiastic shenanigans are really trying the patience of his new partner, Gabriel. As the two carry messages to Zechariah, Joseph and Mary, will they realize God’s plan for redemption? Find out while watching the Nativity unfold from a heavenly perspective in Taproot Theatre’s hilarious production of “Hark the Harold.” It’s FREE. Invite your friends and family!


Advent Devotional by Annie Lockwood Starts December 12: The Canticles of Luke

Editor’s Note: FPC member Annie Lockwood will be writing a daily Advent Devotional, starting on December 12. So visit the devotional at our website and on Facebook and Twitter to read her daily devotional. Below is her preview.

The Canticles of Luke: A Little Meditation for Advent

For each Canticle we will study over the course of Advent (the Canticle of Mary, the Magnificat; The canticle of Zechariah, the Benedictus; The canticle of the angels, the Gloria; and The canticle of Simeon, the Nunc Dimittis; we will follow the four “movements” of the Lectio Divina method of spiritual reading of Scripture, first developed by Benedict of Nursia (480 – 547) and later followed by Benedictine Monks and by all who seek to benefit from a prayerful reading of God’s Word. These four “movements” are: Read, Reflect, Respond, and Rest.  As you follow along with us, please keep in mind that we begin slowly, with a prayerful reading looking at what stands out to us and listening for the “still, small voice of God” to speak personally to us; then with some prayerful reflection on what God is saying to us about our beliefs and desires; then our prayerful response to what he is calling us to do for ourselves and for the life of the world; and finally the The Lectio Divina process ends resting quietly in God’s arms. No words are necessary at this point. God’s Word has focused us on Christ’s indwelling presence.  So we simply stay there with Christ in love, joy, and peace. We’re tasting the Lord’s goodness (Psalm 34:8).

Join us this Advent Season as we follow our Sermon Series throughout the week, prayerfully exploring the beautiful Canticles of Luke, their magnificent, life changing and fascinating Old Testament Themes, and what these mean for us in our lives today and for the life of the world.



Community Christmas Concert Featuring Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio THIS Sunday

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You are invited this Sunday at 7:00 pm to attend our FREE Community Christmas Concert featuring carol singing and a performance of Saint-Saëns’ wonderful Christmas Oratorio by our Chancel Choir accompanied by strings, harp, and pipe organ. A free-will offering in support of our music program will be taken. Following the concert, there will be a cookies and hot cider reception in Fellowship Hall. Please share this invitation on Facebook and Twitter, and invite friends and family!
 
In my view, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio is perhaps the most beautiful choral work ever composed for the Christmas season. I first heard it over twenty years ago on a CD, and I was entranced. Now when I am stressed out, or if I need inspiration, I will listen to this work. When our Minister of Worship Daniel Perrin told me he wanted to perform this piece for our annual Christmas Concert, I was elated. I have never been able to hear a live performance of this work, and I am looking forward to it. Hearing a live performance of Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you are stressed out, or anxious, or in need of inspiration this Advent season, you need to come! Even if you feel perfectly fine, this musical work will inspire you. I hope to see you at the concert!


Second Wednesday Potluck on Dec. 9

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Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 9 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 desert 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.


SAVE THE DATE: Community Christmas Concert, Dec. 6 @ 7:00 pm

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You are cordially invited to attend a free Community Christmas Concert featuring carols and a performance of Saint-Saëns renowned Christmas Oratorio by the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir accompanied by strings, harp, and pipe organ on Sunday, Dec. 6 @ 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. The concert will be directed by Dr. Daniel Perrin, FPC Minister of Worship. Following the concert, there will be a cookies and hot cider reception in Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and family!
 

About the Composer and the Oratorio

Sometimes known as the “French Beethoven,” Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) is perhaps most famous for pieces such as Carnival of the Animals and the Organ Symphony, but his work has also been used in nearly 100 Reutlinger / Charles / 1816-1880? / 0530. Camille Saint-Saëns / [cliché Reutlinger]. [Entre 1880 et 1900].films. Saint-Saëns wrote the Christmas Oratorio at age 23 while he was a organist at the Madeleine church in Paris. It is one of the most beautiful pieces ever written for the Advent and Christmas season. Drawing on Biblical texts from Luke, Matthew, John, the Psalms, and the book of Daniel, the Christmas Oratorio is at once peaceful, meditative, and joyous. If you are feeling stressed or anxious or depressed this Christmas season, spend an hour in our Sanctuary listening to the Christmas Oratorio and connect with your Creator—the One who loves you and wants a relationship with you. You won’t be disappointed.



Bring Diapers and Wipes on Sunday to Promote Life!

This Sunday remember to bring disposable diapers and diaper wipes to the worship service for CareNet. You will helping to provide a positive alternative to abortion and assisting women who choose life!
 

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CORRECTION: Lindsey Bell Choir Practice TONIGHT!

It was incorrectly reported earlier that because of Veterans Day, there would be no bell choir practice tonight. Although there will be no Chapel Bell Choir practice, the Lindsey Bell Choir WILL be practicing as usual from 6:00-7:00 pm at the church. In fact, tonight is a particularly important practice because the Lindsey Bells will be performing on Sunday during worship.



Second Wednesday Potluck TONIGHT!

Join us tonight, November 11 from 6:00-7:00 pm for our new monthly Wednesday night potluck in Fellowship Hall! 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 desert 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, rshepard42796@gmail.com.

 

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Organ Recital and Lecture TONIGHT!

Don’t miss The Mystical Organ recital and lecture tonight at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Help celebrate the rebuilding of our pipe organ regulator! Did you know that our pipe organ required 15,000 feet of lumber to build, contained more than 3,000 pipes (which, if laid end to end, would extend for two miles), and weighed nearly 15 tons? The organ also used more than 35 miles of electric wiring and utilized 3,800 pneumatic bellows and pouches! Thanks to the generous contributions of FPC members and friends, the static regulator for the organ was rebuilt earlier this fall.

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Banner Days Album Release Concert: Hand Me a Hymnal, Nov. 21 @ 7:30 pm

Come to the album release concert for “Hand Me a Hymnal” by the group The Banner Days on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm. In “Hand Me a Hymnal,” Northwest songwriters Beth Whitney and Bradford Loomis, along with Beth’s husband/upright bassist, Aaron Fishburn, teamed up  with producer, Brandon Bee, to capture their unique take on some beloved hymn classics both ancient and modern. The “Hand Me a Hymnal” album spans the wide breadth from soulful, joyous gospel, to brooding Appalachian ballads; from foot stomping bluegrass to swanky R&B and makes the distance seem minuscule. With their dramatic crescendos, minimalist intensity, and intricate harmonies, The Banner Days have elicited comparisons to The Civil Wars and the Swell Season. The concert also features The Owl Parliament and Emily Ann Peterson.
 

All ages seated. 7:30 pm, show start. 7:00 pm, doors open. TICKETS: $10 Adv. Brown Paper Tickets or $12 Door

“There’s something so magical about the chemistry that Bradford Loomis & Beth Whitney bring…Whitney’s sweet yet strong vocals paired with Loomis’ expressive range make this duo one powerhouse of a pairing.”—SMI
 
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