Announcements for Dec. 15

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The Big 3

#1) Women’s Ministry Bible Study
Tuesday PM Study – 9 Marks of a Healthy Church. Start date: January 7, 2020 7 pm. Cost: $10. Childcare: None
Thursday AM —9 Marks of a Healthy Church. Start date:  January 9, 2020, 9 am. Cost:  $10. Childcare needed for children 5 and under? Please contact Mary Lynne at 612-209-0578 or The deadline for registration is December 30th. 
#2) 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.
#3) Children’s Christmas Program is Sunday!
On Sunday evening, the prelude will begin at 5:30pm. The Preschool program will begin at 6pm followed by the K-5 program. Cookies will be served immediately following the program. Please be in prayer for them that they will praise God and worship as they perform and share the special message of our Savior’s birth.

Weekly Outlook 

Sunday, December 15
9:00 am         Worship Service
10:30 am      Sunday School
5:30 pm        Children’s Christmas Prelude
6:00 pm        Children’s Christmas Program
                         No High School Youth Group
Monday, December 16
6:30 am        Men’s Discipleship | Bagel Boy on E. 26th St.
Tuesday, December 17
6:30 am        Corporate Prayer
7:00 pm        Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday, December 18
12:00 pm      Men’s Discipleship | Cody’s            
6:25 pm         AWANA
6:30 pm        Middle School Youth Group
6:30 pm        Adult Bible Study
Thursday, December 19
6:15 am        Men’s Bible Study | at FEFC
Friday, December 20
7:00 pm        Instrumental Fun
Saturday, December 21
7:00 am        Men's Discipleship | Josiah’s Coffeehouse
Sunday, December 22
9:00 am        Worship Service | Communion
                        No Sunday School
6:00 pm        Evening Service

First Free 411

Instrumental Fun Night: Everyone is invited to attend Instrumental Fun Night on Friday, December 20th! Feel free to play an instrument or sing along with carols in the music room from 7-8:30pm. Please let Pam Fitch know what instrument you play so we have music available. She can be reached at
9 Marks:Beginning in January, we will have  multiple Sunday School classes studying and discussing the book 9 Marks of a Healthy Church. Men’s groups, Women’s Bible Study, and many in the community will also focus on this book to start 2020. This study will be a great way for us to grow deeper in our understanding of God’s design for the church.
End of the Year Giving: Contributions sent through the US mail must be postmarked by December 31, 2019. That is true regardless of the date on the check. All check requests and accompanying receipts for 2019 must be turned into the office by January 6, 2020 to be reimbursed for 2019. Thank you.
Youth Group Parent Meeting in January: There is a Youth Group Parent meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 5th. The meeting will take place right after Sunday School in the Youth Room from 11:35-noon.
December Wednesday Night Bible Study: Technology impacts every moment of our waking lives. Everything from the way we read and understand scripture, consume food, “plan” our health, and our desire for gadgetry is driven by our interaction with tech. On Wednesdays through December 18th, in Room 110 from 6:30-7:30pm during AWANA, we will be discussing the faithful use (and more) of technology in the Christian life.

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