Announcements | 11/8/20

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Weekly Outlook

Sunday, November 8
9:00 am       Sunday Worship | In person or live stream
10:30 am     Sunday Worship | In person only
10:30 am     Sunday School | at FEFC
5:00 pm       Christmas Ensemble Practice | Music Room
6:00 pm       Sunday Evening Worship | at FEFC
6:00 pm       Children’s Christmas Program Practice | Sanctuary
7:00 pm       Sr. High Youth Group | at FEFC
7:00 pm       Congregational Budget Meeting | at FEFC
Monday, November 9
6:30 am        Men’s Discipleship | at Bagel Boy on E 26th
Tuesday, November 10
6:30 am       Corporate Prayer | at FEFC
7:00 pm       Women’s Ministry Bible Study | In person
Wednesday, November 11
12:00 pm     Men’s Discipleship | at Cody’s BBQ
6:25 pm        AWANA | at FEFC
6:30 pm        Jr. High Youth Group | at FEFC
6:30 pm        Adult Bible Study | at FEFC
Thursday, November 12
6:15 am        Men’s Bible Study | at FEFC
9:00 am       Women’s Ministry Bible Study | at FEFC or Zoom
Saturday, November 14
7:00 am        Men’s Discipleship | Zoom only
Sunday, November 15
9:00 am       Sunday Worship | In person or live stream
10:30 am     Sunday Worship | In person only
10:30 am     Sunday School | at FEFC
4:30 pm       Christmas Ensemble Practice | Music Room
6:00 pm       Sunday Evening Worship | at FEFC
6:00 pm       Children’s Christmas Program Practice | Sanctuary
7:00 pm       Sr. High Youth Group | at FEFC

The Big 3

#1) Congregational Meeting
Members, please plan to attend our budget meeting Sunday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will present the 2021 budget for congregational approval as well as nominations for deacon and elder positions. The Elder positions we will vote on are Lee Delange and Michael Bender. The Deacon positions we will vote on are Wayne Kerslake, and Barry Termaat. We will also vote to receive these new members: Hudson Johnson, Reese Johnson, Stacy Kooistra, Anna Kooistra, Oscar Kooistra, and Isabel Kooistra. 
#2) Grateful Gathering—Nov 19th
Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 19 for our Women’s Ministry pre-Thanksgiving event. We will join together for prayer and worship. Come at 6:30pm for cider and fellowship, and then at 7:00 pm, we will gather in the sanctuary to sing and pray. Despite the difficulties of this year, we have much to thank and praise God for! Your daughters ages 12 to 18 are more than welcome to attend as well. Kindly RSVP in the foyer at the Women’s Ministries table or  Mary Lynne at
#3) Operation Christmas Child
Things are wrapping up with Operation Christmas Child. There are only two more weeks to participate. Please get your shoeboxes in soon! Some suggestions:
  1. Pack a shoebox. Boxes and instructions are at the display area near the front door.
  1. Sponsor a shoebox. By putting a $9.00 check (per box shipping cost) payable to Samaritan's Purse in the container provided on the display table. Feel free to also visit the Samaritan's Purse website for instructions about sponsoring a virtual shoe box.
  1. Pray. When the shoeboxes are delivered, Samaritan’s Purse coordinates with the local congregations and pastors to provide Bible lessons along with the shoebox gifts. The graduates of these classes receive Bibles in their own language. Wednesday, November 18th is the deadline to return filled shoeboxes to FEFC so we can meet collection deadlines.

First Free 411

Adult Sunday School—Nov 15-29: We will have one three-week Sunday School beginning November 15 on the book of Joel. Pastor Terry will lead the class in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you.
AWANA: We are currently getting ready for the AWANA store. If you have new or barely used items that you think would make a great gift idea for the clubbers to give to parents or siblings  please talk to Craig or Chris Herman. Clubbers love AWANA store and most use their earned bucks to buy something for family member. We then have volunteers wrap the gifts so they can take them home and put them under their tree. If you would like to volunteer to wrap gifts please let us know. Store nights will be Wednesday, Dec. 9th and Dec. 16th. Thank you!! 
Craig & Chris Herman
Christmas Ensemble Practices: Christmas ensemble practices are happening Sunday evenings. Please note the following schedule:
Children's Christmas Program Postlude Practice
Nov 8th— 5:00pm-6:00pm
Nov 15th— 4:30pm-5:30pm
Nov 22nd— 4:30pm-5:30pm
Nov 29th— 5:00pm-6:00pm
Practices for Christmas Eve Service
Dec 13th— 5:00pm-6:00pm
Dec 20th— 5:00pm-6:00pm
Congratulations to the Preheim Family: Congratulations to Pastor Terry and Jen Preheim on the birth of their son last weekend. Their third child, Jayden Charles was born on 10/30/20 at 4:07pm. He weighed 7 lbs 4oz and was 20.25 inches long! Congratulations also to big brother Theo and big sister Lydia.
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Rom. 12:10) We have many in our church family who are vulnerable to the novel coronavirus or cannot risk infection. If you are sick, please stay home and join our Sunday Morning Worship livestream. When you come to church, please wash your hands often, cover your cough, and maintain 6’ physical distance between families. We also encourage you to wear a mask anytime you cannot maintain 6’ physical distancing.

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