First Presbyterian Church of Monroe invites you to
celebrate the season with us!
December 15        Third Sunday of Advent at 11:00 a.m.
Children’s Christmas Pageant
December 19        Longest Night Service at 7:00 p.m.
December 22       Fourth Sunday of Advent at 11:00 a.m.
December 24        Christmas Eve Service of Lights at 8:00 p.m.

Men's Prayer Breakfast

Our next Men's Prayer Breakfast will be on Saturday, December 14 at 8:30 a.m. at the Fifth Wheel Restaurant. Please remember to sign up on the sheet in the C.E. Lobby.

Bed Race Float in Christmas Magic in Monroe Parade

The Bed Race to Aid Children will have a float in the Christmas Magic in Monroe Parade on December 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Downtown Monroe. Any and all interested are invited to participate. Please contact Dale DeSloover.

God's Gift to Us~Children's Christmas Pageant

This Sunday, December 15 we will be presenting our Children's Christmas Pageant, "God's Gift to Us" by David C. Cook during Worship at 11:00 a.m. We will have a rehearsal on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Please invite your friends and family to this special event!

Angels of Advent- Call us to Christmas-Adult Sunday School

Ellen McGormley is leading an adult class on Sundays throughout Advent at 9:30 a.m.  in the Cairl Room. Four angel appearances leading to the birth of Jesus will be examined in Scripture as well as a discussion of what this means to us today.

December 15  Joseph - Are you called to a new way of thinking? Matthew 1:18-25

December 22  Shepherds – Do angels call you to Bethlehem: Luke 2:8-14

Please join us!

Christmas Bake Sale

The Martha Mary Circle is having a Christmas Bake Sale (plus other goodies) on Sunday, December 15. We will use the proceeds to help purchase Christmas gifts for the children at Paula's House.

Advent Devotions

Please remind your children to open the little window of the Advent Calendar on each day during Advent. Please explain to your children how this helps us to prepare for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. There is a Bible verse inside each window which you can read to them each day.

Christmas Shopping for Paula's House families

On Monday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. we will be taking the ladies from Paula's House shopping for their children. After shopping we will return to the church's fellowship hall to wrap presents and enjoy an enriching lunch with one another.

Longest Night Service All are welcome and invited to this special service! Please join us!

Please join us on Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. in a quiet service of readings and song-participate, or just sit and listen-and know that God is very much with you. Our Longest Night Service, is for those who find themselves needing extra support as Christmas approaches because of grief or loss, unemployment, or other struggles and burdens. The Longest Night Service is a time to remember that Jesus, also called Emmanuel, is "God with us". God became incarnate in a stable in Bethlehem, not so that we might be "merry" at Christmas, but so that we would know God-With-Us in a very tangible way. Please invite your friends and family to this special service!

Christmas Joy Offering

Our Congregation supports the Christmas Joy offering at Christmas. This special Presbyterian Church  offering reflects God’s gift to us, through the Christmas Joy Offering, with generous gifts supporting church leaders—retired, present and future—who have pointed us to God. Even as we support our current and former church leaders, God is calling new leaders for our Church and world, through the ministry of Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color—offering students the means for a brighter future and enhanced opportunities to use their talents and skills to serve God, the Church and the world for years to come. The special offering will be received on Sunday, December 22 (next Sunday).

Christmas Eve Service of Lights

On Christmas Eve, at 8:00 p.m. (December 24), we will be having a Christmas Eve Service of Lights. Please come to church on this special day to celebrate Jesus's birth! After the worship service you will be able to take home the poinsettia that you purchased.

2 Cents a Meal

We collected $357.88 in our 2 Cents a Meal Offering on November 24. This offering benefits our Community of Need Meals which are held in the Fellowship Hall every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. The next offering is December 29.

Weekly Programs

Wee Believers

Amy Morgan and Sue Bondie have started up the Wee Believer curriculum after the Children’s Sermon in Worship on Sunday mornings. Infant Care is available before and during the Worship Service. We might request people from the congregation to sign up to help with this. During Wee Believer’s the children will hear a bible story and have a time of play and interaction with other children.

Thursday Morning Bible Study     

Our Bible Study group is having an Advent study and it meets every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the Cairl Room. Please join us as we pour over the scriptures and pray with one another as the Lord guides us through this study.