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A Clear Picture of Peace

The prophetic expectation of God’s coming Messiah to establish God’s rule in this world and usher in the new age was marked by peace.  Christians believe this new age has already begun with the first coming of Jesus (his birth, life, death, and resurrection), though it has not yet been fully realized until Jesus’ returns in glory (his second coming).  Meanwhile, the times overlap.  God’s peace has come to our world, but it is not evident to all. Our Advent and Christmas sermon series will help sharpen our focus of what this picture of God’s peace looks like now and as the future unfolds.

Advent & Christmas
Schedule & Resources

For a complete listing of worship and activities, click on the Advent & Christmas Schedule.  To help you celebrate the significance of the Advent/Christmas season we are making the following resources available:

Advent Devotional – daily readings from Advent Sunday, November 29 through Christmas Day.  This prayerful resource, A Calendar of Devotionals 2020, can help ground us as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the light of the world. 

Advent Wreath Making Kit -- We continue our tradition of creating an Advent wreath to celebrate the significance of the season. We will provide an Advent Wreath Making Kit, which you can pick up at the church at the times listed below.  

Children’s Advent Calendar – Families with young children will be mailed this resource so they can count the days until Christmas with fun activities and meaningful conversations.
Each of these resources will be made available in the following ways:
  1. In the Church parking lot on Sunday, November 29, 1-3 PM.
  2. At the Church Library’s outside door on Wednesday, December 2, 1-3 PM.
  3. Click here to request a devotional be mailed to you.
  4. Order a digital copy of the Advent Devotional from Amazon ($1.29)
Advent Candle Lighting – Join our church community in lighting our Advent Candles together. We will gather on Zoom each Sunday at 5:00 PM during Advent to light our candles, and reflect on this special season. If you do not pick up an advent wreath from the church, you may use a regular candle. All ages welcome!

Angel TreeGive a gift to a Kids Street Learning Center Charter School student (a child of limited resources) as part of your observance of Advent and Christmas.  See details below under We Serve.


Church Directories Have Arrived

Our new Church Directories have arrived and are available for pick up at the church during the same times listed above:  Sunday, November 29, from 1-3 PM or Wednesday, December 2, from 1-3 PM.   For those unable to come pick up their copy of the directory, we will make arrangements to distribute it to you in the coming weeks.

Advent Sunday, November 29 Schedule

9:00 AM Communion via Zoom
Zoom Link for 9:00 AM Communion
Meeting ID: 817 1320 5407     Passcode: 256946

10:00 AM Interactive Worship & Communion via Zoom
Zoom Link for 10:00 AM Communion + Interactive Worship
Meeting ID: 813 7532 4243      Passcode: 579433


11:30 AM Fellowship via Zoom
Zoom link for 11:30 AM Fellowship
Meeting ID: 973 7870 7245    Password: 709119


1:00 - 3:00 PM Pickup Advent Wreath Kit & Church Directory
Drive through the Church Parking Lot & Stay in Your Car! 


5:00 PM Candle Lighting via Zoom
Zoom link for 5:00 PM Candle Lighting
Meeting ID: 841 1764 5692    Passcode: 635663

Angel Tree

You are invited to give a gift to a Kids Street student by selecting the age or grade of a student you want to shop for, then phone the FPC coordinator of that age/class and learn what is on the wish list of a given female or male student.

FPC Coordinators:

Pre-k or Kindergarten students phone Gayle Paull:  696-1861 (c) or 829-1861 (h)
First or Second Grade students phone Nancy Boone: 544-4794
Third or Fourth Grade students phone Mary Rodgers: 326-1980
Fifth or Sixth Grade students contact Amy Bowen: 328-9133 or email Amy

After you know the desired gift, we recommend you order it online or shop for it safely.  Then gift-wrap it with an identifiable tag and deliver it to the church at the designated times on either Sunday December 6 or 13.  The Community Service Team will deliver the gifts to Kids Street who has planned a drive-through Christmas giveaway.

GriefShare Support Group
No GriefShare Support Group
due to Thanksgiving Holiday


Church Family News
We celebrate the joyful arrival of Nicholas Maloney Briz, born October 20, to Anna Briz de Maloney & Nicholas Maloney in Houston, Texas.  The proud grandparents are Linda & Joe Maloney.

We extend our love and support to the following members of our congregation:

      Laurel Marlink Quast and her family in the recent loss of Laurel’s father the
         Reverend Earl Marlink who passed November 19, in Sacramento.

      Diane Cretin and her family in the recent loss of Diane’s mother, Agnes
, who passed November 23, in Green Valley, Arizona.


Christmas Story Hour

Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 PM via Zoom

Preschoolers through 4th grade are invited to come in your pajamas with your favorite snacks and hot chocolate as Darcy and Shawna read some beloved Christmas stories. If you have a child or grandchild who may want to join, contact Shawna to get information. 


Christmas Sunday Celebration

Sunday, December 20 at 10:00 AM via Zoom


All kids, Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to attend a Christmas Sunday Celebration (in place of our regularly scheduled Sunday zoom calls). A bag of goodies to be used for this celebration will be dropped off in advance of this event at your house!


Adult Discipleship Classes:


Learn, Pray, and Act for Racial Justice
Tuesdays at 4:00 PM via Zoom
Hosted by Allie Shoulders, Jan Thomas & Lesley Van Dordrecht

Presbyterian Women
Resumes Tuesday, December 1 at 10:00 AM via Zoom

The Exodus Event with Rev. Dr. Kent Webber

Resumes Wednesday, December 2 at 5:00 PM via Zoom

Join The Exodus Event Class via Zoom
Meeting ID: 871 1419 5319     Passcode: 543987
To register, please e-mail Kent for study materials.

Literature Discussion Group

Sunday, December 6 at 4:00 PM
Our spotlight continues to be on contemporary Black authors we read and discuss Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. A New York Times Bestseller and finalist for the NAACP Image Award, Such a Fun Age is “an entertaining tale with plenty to say about race, human connection, and the pitfalls of good intentions.”

Such a Fun Age is a vivid page turner that is funny and readable while revealing the nuances of some important issues of our time.
To use Zoom by phone for any Zoom call you may dial one of these numbers: 

+1 669.900.6833
US (San Jose)

+1 346.248.7799
US (Houston)

 For outside the US, locate your local number here.

The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us." ~John 4:25

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