Announcements | 12/20/20

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The Big 3


#1) Christmas Eve Offering for Compassion Childcare

As a church, we have a tradition of taking a special Christmas Eve offering to support Compassion Childcare. Compassion exists to strengthen working poor families. They have a two-prong approach to preaching and teaching the Gospel. First, to the children each day through worship and bible reading and secondly, to the parents through case management, resource classes, housing programs, and meals. Currently, Compassion has expanded a preschool inside of our church walls which provides Christian teaching daily to preschoolers who may not otherwise be able to afford it. Please consider giving on Christmas Eve to this special organization.

#2) VBS Save the Date—July 25-29

Treasured Vacation Bible School will take place at First Evangelical Free Church on Sunday, July 25th through Thursday, July 29th from 6:15pm-8:45pm.  Ages 3 to 5th grade can attend and we will need a bunch of volunteers.  Looking forward to another year!

#3) Women’s Ministry: Winter Bible Studies

  • Thursday mornings from 9:00—11:00 AM starting January 7th. We will be studying God of Covenant: A Study of Genesis 12-50 by Jen Wilkin. Cost is $17.  Note: In Person and Zoom Option available. Childcare provided to age 5.
  • Tuesday Evenings at church from 7:00-8:30 PM starting January 5th meeting every other Tuesday for the study of Son of God (Vol. 1): A Bible Study for Women on the Gospel of Mark by Kerri Folmar. Cost is $10.
 Due to the Holidays – We would love it if you would register ASAP!  Please sign up any of 3 ways - on the sheet in the foyer, by emailing Mary Lynne Johnson or registering online.

Weekly Outlook

Sunday, December 20
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 | at FEFC
6:00 pm       Evening Worship | at FEFC
Monday, December 21
6:30 am       Men’s Discipleship | at Bagel Boy on E 26th
Tuesday, December 22
6:30 am       Corporate Prayer | at FEFC
Thursday, December 24
5:00 pm   Christmas Eve Service | In person or live stream
Friday, December 25
Merry Christmas! | Church Office Closed
Sunday, December 27
9:00 am       Sunday Worship | In person or live stream
10:30 am    Sunday Worship | In person only

First Free 411

Gordon Carlson’s 100th Birthday: Longtime member Gordon Carlson is celebrating his 100th birthday on December 20th! If you want to record a video greeting for Gordon, please send it to If you are interested in participating in a Zoom call with Gordon, send a message to this same email address. His mailing address is 4312 W. Creekside Circle #114, Sioux Falls, 57106. He is on Facebook as Gordy Carlson.
Youth Group Emails: Not receiving Youth Group Emails? Please visit this link or contact Pastor Dan at for assistance!
End of the Year Giving: Contributions sent through the US mail must be postmarked by December 31, 2020. That is true regardless of the date on the check. All check requests and accompanying receipts for 2020 must be turned into the office by January 4, 2021 to be reimbursed for 2020. Thank you.
Carpet Replacement: Beginning on Monday, December 21st and for at least the next two weeks, we will be replacing the carpet on the main floor of our building. We appreciate your patience during this project.
Change in Food Allergy Practices: We know that some people in our church family have food  allergies. We love and care about those with allergies, but we are unable to guarantee our church building will remain free of all foods that cause allergies. Instead, much like schools, we will deal with allergies on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, we will no longer prohibit peanut products from our building. We are able to record food allergies in our church software program, so if you have an allergy that you would like us to know about, please call the church office.
“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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