Announcements

Worship
Join us by livestream or in our sanctuary on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary seating is every other pew. Please sit in pews marked with the red bows. Hymnals and Bibles are in the pews for your use during worship. Upon entering the church building, all will properly wear a mask-covering the nose and mouth including while in the sanctuary. Masks must be worn throughout worship, including congregational singing. 

We are livestreaming on Youtube. To connect to YouTube click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCySAQgUa6Sm9BHLvjO8bpMQ/live  We will provide the link each week in our Worship Bulletin and link to it on our FaceBook page. Please share this information with everyone you know who watches our services on Sundays.

Close to Home Advent Devotions

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Beginning the Second Sunday of Advent, December 5, at 5:00 p.m. Pastor Doris will lead a Zoom discussion of the previous week’s Advent devotions and art. 

 

Fellowship

Men’s Prayer Breakfast. Please join us on the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the 5th Wheel Restaurant (8500 N. Telegraph Road, Newport, MI).

Socialites. The Saturday Night Socialites meet on the second and fourth Saturday of each month in smaller groups of 8 to 10. All widows, widowers, and singles are welcome. For further details, please call the Church Office.

Bible Study

Thursday Morning Bible Study 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Anyone interested in joining a Bible study group is invited to join us via Zoom on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. We are studying in a book called, “Women of the Bible”. Several different members of the group have volunteered to lead a lesson and Congregational Life will provide books for everyone. We have both men and women in the group and welcome new members at any time. The Zoom link will be printed in the mid-weekly bulletin for several weeks. So please join us for some interesting and informative sessions! If you have any questions, please call Helyn S.

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. The special offering will be received on Sunday, December 19.

 

 

Christmas Pageant from Home

Each family will receive a children’s version of the Christmas story and some craft ideas. The projects will use simple supplies-or create your own craft project-to help tell this wonderful story. Your family will tell one part of the story. Whenever your kids are ready to show their projects, record them showing off what they have made. At the same time, have a parent or older child read the assigned part of the story, record it and send it to Jessica F. She will put this all together into a movie format that can be shown at church, or shared with family. Please sign up by December 12!

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Thank you!

The Deacons and Mission & Outreach members were able to distribute wonderfully jam-packed Thanksgiving Boxes, including turkeys and ham, to 38 families who found themselves in need this Thanksgiving! To those who helped us to accomplish this, we thank you so much! Whether you gave a donation, or came to help us pack boxes, or helped us to distribute and/or deliver the boxes, we couldn’t have done it without you! We hope your Thanksgiving was blessed, as you have blessed others with generous hearts.

Hall of Memories

Christmas memories from our church family and friends is the theme for the displays in the Hall of Memories this Advent season. If you have something such as an ornament, angel, card or book or nativity figure that has a special meaning for you, would you please share it by bringing it into the church? Please put your name on it. If you would like to attach a short note about why it is special, that would be wonderful also. Please bring your item to Boyd Chapel this Sunday, (or as as soon as convenient) and we will begin filling the display cases with our happy memories as we look forward to celebrating Christ’s birthday.

Daily Bible Readings

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Daily Readings: December Daily Readings

Common Lectionary Reading Plan from Book of Common Worship: Daily Readings for week of December 5, 2021

Giving

Continued Giving. Please continue to give electronically through our website’s Giving Button on the Home Page and/or by regular mail.

2 Cents a Meal Offering. We collect a special “2 Cents a Meal” offering which benefits either our Thursday evening Community of Need Meals, MCOP Food Bank, and Oaks of Righteousness. Please pick up one of our “unique” cans on the table in the Narthex next to our Welcome Center. For every meal that you eat please place at least 2 cents into our giving can and bring your coins to the church. Your coins may be placed into a large pot in the C.E. Lobby.

Programs

Bell Choir and Choir Rehearsals. If you haven’t played hand bells before please come join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Wee Believers. Our Wee Believers program, which provides child care during worship, is suspended at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Items for Midweekly Newsletter. Do you have an item or an announcement that you wish to include in the Midweekly Newsletter? Please send it to Sara at info@monroefirst.org. Thank you!

Pastoral Care and Prayer Requests

Pastoral Care Request and Prayer Requests. All pastoral care and prayer requests are confidential. If you are requesting prayer for someone other than yourself, first speak with person and request permission to contact the church and add his/her name to FPC Monroe’s prayer list.

To make a pastoral care and/or prayer request, call 1-734-242-1545 and speak with our Administrative Assistant, Sara Jones. Sara directs all pastoral care requests and prayer requests to our pastor, Rev. Dr. Doris Chandler.

Prayer Requests will be in the Midweek Bulletin for three weeks. If a prayer request is to extend beyond three weeks, please call the Church Office at 1-734-242-1545 and notify our Administrative Assistant.

Prayer Chain Team. Prayer undergirds our life of faith both personally and when we gather in community. The Prayer Chain Team of FPC Monroe prays for those person(s) who request prayer. If you are interested in serving on The Prayer Chain Team, please call 1-734-242-1545 and leave a message. 

Prayer and Encouragement to Others. Please remember for pray for our members with on-going health concerns and our shut-in members. As always sending an encouragement card is a thoughtful way of showing that they are in your thoughts and prayers and/or even an encouraging telephone call can help tremendously.