COMMUNITY INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE. The San Bernardino Clergy Association will hold a Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at First Pres on Tuesday, Nov. 25th at 7:00 p.m. Clergy and musicians from many area religious communities will contribute, and an all-pie reception in Fellowship Hall will follow the service. You are invited to bring donations of non-perishable food items to be distributed to the hungry in our community.
ADVENT at Home: As we wait and hope and pray during this season of Advent, come pick up a kit to continue your advent celebrations at home. Available in the Fellowship Hall after worship will be candles and an activity idea for a household Advent celebration.
ADULT EDUCATION. The Bible Study in Room 10 draws from the Books of Jeremiah, Habakkuk, Job, Ezekiel, and Isaiah through Nov. 30th. Class begins at 9:30 a.m.
HEALING SERVICE. Bring a friend or loved one to the Longest Night Healing Service on Thursday evening, Dec. 4th at 6:00 p.m. Who do you know who is hurting? missing someone this holiday season? needs comfort? Loss and stress can take much of the joy from the season. At this service we will recognize the sorrow, acknowledge God’s presence with us, and gather for comfort, strength, and inspiration.
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.
HAND-MADE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS. Carol Valentine has ornament making tables in the Fellowship Hall during our Fellowship Time on Sundays so kids and kids-at-heart can make ornaments for our Fellowship Hall Christmas tree (and take them home on Christmas Eve).
LEONARD SCHOLARSHIP applications are available in the church office and on the church website at http://www.fpcsb.net/leonard. 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 www.cotiway.org. 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.