October & November of 2014
REFORMATION SUNDAY , OCT 26, IS HERE! Enjoy the bagpipes and all the special celebration. If you wish to bring in shortbread, please leave it in the kitchen on Sunday morning.
STEWARDSHIP DEDICATION. What do you see/notice/love that you want to be part of? We will dedicate our pledges for 2015 on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 26th. Please consider your pledge prayerfully.
HALLOWE’EN PARTY. Fellowship of the Carpenter (aided by the Circle of Kindness) will host their annual Halloween Carnival on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31st at 6:00 p.m. Please join us in costume for food, fellowship, and fun at the spookiest party around- with games and fun for trick-or-treaters of all ages!!! It’s all happening at the Cummings’ home. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share and a bag of candy or prizes to be used in the carnival games. RSVP to Bobbi Cummings. Carnival prize and game ideas to Rachel Garvin.
As a final touch to All Hallows Weekend, after worship on Nov. 2, All Saints Day, we invite our children (and their interested adults) to join William Zeitler in the choir loft for a “Spooky Mini-Concert” and tour of the organ. They will get to see who and what makes the music and where they live. And we promise to save them some donuts for after the concert.
WORLD PREMIERE! Symphonie Jeunesse and William Zeitler will premiere a new composition by Mr. Zeitler for symphony and glass armonica in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Nov. 2nd, at 3:00 p.m.
CHOCOLATE ON SALE! PW is offering its baking cocoa from our Equal Exchange Fairly Traded inventory at half off during the coffee sale on Sunday, Nov. 2. Grab an eight-ounce can for $2.50 while they last.
An adult REFORMATION CLASS, led by Jim Huffstutler, will begin on Nov. 2nd and conclude on Nov. 9th. The class will meet in the Fireside Lounge at 9:30 a.m.
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.
The NOVEMBER DEACON’S meeting will be held on Nov. 4, rather than Nov. 11. The change is a consequence of the 11th being Veteran’s Day. Because the Fireside Lounge is being used on the 4th for elections, we will meet in the library, the church office, and the Fellowship Hall. Committee meetings will commence 6:30 p.m., Deacon’s Board meeting at 7:30 p.m.
THERE’S A HOE-DOWN COMING IN NOVEMBER! John Valentine is selling tickets, $5 for adults and $12 for families with children 12 years old and under. The Hoe-Down will be Nov. 9th, right after Worship, in Fellowship Hall. EVERYONE is welcome.
HELP PLAN ALL CHURCH FAMILY CAMP – Meet on Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the Library. It’s time to put our heads together and imagine the possibilities for this traditional event as a church family. This Memorial Day weekend in the mountains is for everybody in our congregation. Will you help us plan for it? New members are especially welcome to take part in this opportunity to worship God in a natural setting and to share meals, games, singing and conversation. We stay in cabins and our meals are catered. Questions: Call Nora O’Toole.
There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Session on Sunday, Nov. 9th at 11:30 a.m. in order to consider the pastor’s Terms of Call for the Coming Year.
There will be a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 16th immediately following worship.
ADVENT is a Season of Wonder. What makes YOU wonder? What do you find wondrous? Take a digital picture of it, and send it to Mimi Lange (presfirstgmailcom) by Sunday, Nov. 16th. We will use your photos in our advent worship.
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.
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).
LIFE SKILLS CIRCLES. The program in which First Presbyterian partners with San Bernardino High School has now expanded to a second (possibly a third) group, led by additional leaders from the church. We need some assistance with providing refreshments. You can bring any of the following to the kitchen, labeled SBHS Updraft, and they will be stored to be taken to the high school as needed. Here is the list:
- Granola Bars
- Trail Mix
- Goldfish Crackers
- “Cutie” Tangerines or other fruits that will last a while
- Lemonade/ juice (½ gal. containers)
- Paper goods (plates, cups, bowls, napkins, etc)
OR you can volunteer to actually take the snack to the school yourself, (the new group meets at 3:00 on Tuesdays) thus making an appearance on campus, and leaving as soon as the snack is delivered to the meeting classroom. If you want to do this, the following would work:
- PB & Jelly Sandwiches
- Sub sandwiches, cut into 2” sections
- Fresh veggies & dip
- Chocolate Milk/ lemonade/ juice
- Nutritious Cookies
- Slices of nut bread
Please contact Dotti Garcia to volunteer for this project, to arrange your spot on the schedule, and to find out the amount of food necessary.