This Week’s News & Events

Upcoming Events

updated 12/19/2014

CAROLING: On Friday, December 19 (note the change), the Fellowship of the Carpenter (current and past members are encouraged to attend as they are able) will lead a caroling expedition to our homebound members.  Meet at church at 11 am in Room 11. You do not have to be a youth to attend. All are welcome at any point in the morning. Come and sing.

BRING SOME WARMTH TO THE HOMELESS! The Community Outreach Deacons are seeking donations to fill backpacks with hygiene supplies, socks, and blankets/warm weather clothes for the men served by the CCLM.  We are specifically looking for donations of new or gently used backpacks, as well as the “goodies” to fill the bags (socks, blankets, warm weather clothing, and hygiene supplies). Please contact Erica Thomas if you would like to make a donation. We are very much looking forward to providing these gifts to the men of the CCLM. Thanks so much for your support!

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP:  Wednesday, December 24, 7:00 p.m. We celebrate this holy night with a traditional Christmas Eve service including carol singing, choral music, organ, scripture, readings, and candle light. Come join us.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY this quarter is Worship through prayer, whether the prayer is offered in private or in a church setting. The lesson for December 21, Glory to God in the Highest, looks at Luke 2:8-20. It reminds us that both angels and the shepherds expressed praise to God for the dawning of redemption in the incarnations of Christ. The class meets Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in Room 10.


ADULT CLASS:  HOW JESUS BECAME GOD:  January 11th we will begin a series of adult classes on the topic of How Jesus became God. The DVD sessions are based on a book of the same title by Distinguished professor of Early Christianity Dr. Bart Ehrman at the University of North Carolina. Discussions will be led by Dr. Wendy Lamb, Pat Morris Esq, and Dr. Ernie Garcia. We will meet in the Fireside Room at 9:30 a.m.

ANNUAL REPORTS due January 7! Year-end reports (one page in length) from all organizations, committees of Session and the Board of Deacons, Pastor, Associates for Worship and Youth, etc. are DUE as soon after your last meeting as possible and no later than January 7. Those with financial statements must have them in also. (You don’t have to wait for a statement from the bank!)   Please send your reports to Mimi Lange  (presdotfirstatgmaildotcom)  .

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING  on January 11 at 10:25 a.m. (before Worship) for the purpose of electing a ruling elder to fill an unexpired term of office.

NEWSLETTER:  No First Press in January? If you check your last copy, (at, you will see that it is a December/January edition. The deadline for the February edition of the First Press is Sunday, January 25th. Send your offerings to the newsletter email  (newsletteratfpcsbdotnet)   address, or leave them in the First Press mailbox in the church office.

EXCESS GREETING CARDS? The Deacons’ Congregational Care ministry can use those cards that get sent to all of us in the mail. You know the ones: they arrive in your mailbox from a charitable organization in hopes that you will return a donation. Whether you send that donation in or not, if you aren’t using the cards, please put them in a packet, put Bridget Lee’s name on it, and leave it on the counter behind the receptionist’s desk. The Deacons thank you.

LEONARD SCHOLARSHIP  applications are available in the church office and on the church website at All applications must be turned in to the church office no later than February 28th. Any questions can be directed to Lynda Savage.

COMPANIONS on the Inner Way Malibu Retreat. The next Companions retreat, The Path of Desire: Adventures in Spirituality, led by Dr. Lisa Fullam, Associate Professor of Moral Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, will be held March 1-6 at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu. Online registration is now available at If you haven’t yet been on a Companions retreat, it is a wonderful experience of prayer, study, discussion, contemplation, and fellowship. Scholarships are available, thanks to the Dodds Trust. Contact Christa Wallis for the exciting details.