SERMON SERIES “LONG-EXPECTED JESUS”: Before creation, God had the first Christmas in mind. He didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to send his Son to earth. Jesus’ arrival was not some cosmic plan B after God didn’t get the results he wanted from Abraham, Moses, David, and the prophets; it was God’s design from the beginning. On Sunday mornings through December 20, we will see how the Old Testament reveals the ways God spent millenia preparing for the coming of Christ. Pastor Blake has prepared a Bible outline that can be used throughout this sermon series. You can access that on our website then scroll down to "The Bible Story Handout" and click on that for a pdf version.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX UPDATE: Our church collected a total of 850 shoeboxes from our church family and the community. Thank you for your donations!
PRESCHOOL PLAY DAY: All preschoolers and theirs parents or caregivers are invited to join us for a play day on Friday, December 4, 10 - 11:30 AM in the church gym.
WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS EVENT: On Saturday, December 5, from 10 AM to noon, the Women’s ministry will have a drive-through non-perishable food drive for Lee’s Summit Social Services. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be helping with the collection, so kids can wave at them and drop off their letter to Santa. When you drop off your items, you can pick up a Christmas Lights Tour map and take a tour to see Christmas decorations.
ORDER A POINSETTIA: If you would like to purchase a poinsettia this year in memory or honor of a loved one, you may pick up a green order form at the Connection Hub or call the church office (816-525-0700). The cost is $10.
COUPLES RETREAT: March 19-21, 2021 at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, MO. Allen and Brenda Baker will facilitate the retreat, and Aaron Smith will lead the music. The cost is $363 per couple which includes 2 nights, breakfast, lunch on Saturday, and a study book. A $100 deposit is due by January 19, with the balance due by February 19 (no refunds after this date). Contact the church office if you are interested.
FAMILY ADVENT GUIDES: Advent is a wonderful time of celebration while we anticipate the birth of Jesus! Families of preschoolers, kids, and students are invited to pick up our Family Advent Guide in the Connection Hub. This includes daily family devotions and Scripture readings (and fun stickers!!), to make the most out of this season! Email Kimberley Attaway if you need an Advent Guide dropped off or mailed to you!
FAMILY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Mark your calendars for our Family Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 13 at 5 pm in the church Gym! Just like our Family Worship Night in October, this celebration is for families of ALL ages – preschool, elementary, and students! Matt, Rachel, and Kimberley can’t wait to celebrate Jesus with you through songs, games, and lots of FUN!
CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER: Our annual Community Christmas Dinner will be provided through delivery or curbside pickup. Volunteers will be needed at the church on Friday, December 25 to package the dinners, distribute the dinners curbside, and clean up, plus delivery teams. Please sign up as a family or team for delivery. Due to the virus we will not be 'building' teams from the volunteer list and encourage teams to be made up of family groups from within the same household. All teams must include at least two adults. You can sign up for any of these volunteer slots on the church website, or call Sara Taylor at (816) 308-3397 to sign up or with any questions. To request a dinner for yourself, your family, or a homebound friend, please contact the church office or call 525-0700. We would LOVE to serve you this Christmas!
- Sunday, December 6, 9 & 11 AM – Student Choir Program
- Friday, December 11, 7 PM – Phil & Pam Morgan
- Sunday, December 13, 9 AM – Adult Choir & Orchestra Program
- Sunday, December 13, 5 PM - Family Christmas Celebration (in the Gym)
- Thursday, December 24, 5 PM – Candlelight Service (one service only)
- Friday, December 25, 11 AM-12:30 PM – Christmas Dinner (pick up or delivery only)
- Sundays, December 20 & 27 – One Worship Service at 10 AM (No Community Groups, including preschool, kids, students, and worship care on either Sunday)
UPDATES TO IN-PERSON GATHERINGS:
Our Sunday morning worship services take place at 9:00 and 11:00 AM, both in person and online. We also have several Community Groups meeting in person on Sunday mornings (see below).
The three entrances of the church that will be open are: the Douglas St. Worship Center doors, the main entrance under the large awning, and the door under the small canopy off of the parking lot.
Local guidelines do require masks at this time. If you have your own mask, you may wear it. If you do not, we will have one available for you to use.
Community Groups: Many Community Groups are meeting on Sunday mornings in person and via Zoom. Those groups are listed below. If you need a link for the Zoom meeting, please contact the group leader.
- Franke's Class - 10:00am // Chapel
- Shaffer's Class - 10:00am // FLC Gym
- Voris' Class - 10:00am // AUD 044
- Wable's Class - 10:00am // AUD 243
- Henks' Class - 10:15am // AUD 042
- Pennington's Class - 10:15am // ADM 139
- 7th-12th Students - 10:00am // The Underground
- Kids & Preschool - 10:00am // Education Building
- Special Needs - 10:00am // Conference Room
Meeting Via Zoom
- Wable's Class – 10:00am
- Garner's Class – 10:10am
- Henks' Class – 10:15am
- Pennington's Class – 10:15am
- Wiley's Class – 10:15am
- Snowden's Class - 10:30am
- Rethemeyer's Class – 10:45am
- Birch's Class - 11:00am
- Byers' Class – 11:00am
- Baker's Class - 4:00pm
Bible Study and Prayer: Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall or on Facebook (Facebook.com/FirstLS/).
Students: 7th-12th graders meet on Sundays at 10:00am and Wednesdays at 7:00pm in The Underground (student area under the gym).
First Kids & Preschool: Kids birth through 6th grade meet at 10:00am on Sunday mornings in the Education portion of our building. Check in early on the KidMin app or check in at the door. Parents, you can catch a variety of Community Groups (listed above) during this time, as well!
Preschool Worship Care: On Sundays, worship care for birth through Pre-K is available during the 9:00am worship service in the preschool area. This is in addition to the 10:00am small group time each week, and we would love your preschooler to stay both hours!
BE A GREETER! We are rebuilding our Hospitality Team and are looking for people to greet those coming into the church with a warm welcome! All it requires is: showing up 15 minutes prior to the service, hold the door open for folks entering, help them find a mask if needed, help them find a seat if necessary, and let them know how glad we are that they are here. If you would like to be a part of this team, email Tanya in the church office, or call 816-525-0700.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS:
November 30 – Genesis 3:14-16
December 1 – Isaiah 40:1-11
December 2 – Isiah 42:1-7
December 3 – Isaiah 49:1-8
December 4 – Isaiah 53:1-6
December 5 – Isaiah 53:7-12
December 6 – Isaiah 61:1-3
BUILDING the FUTURE:
Amount Given: $793,550.54
Loan Balance as of November 1 - $140,626.84