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Culminating One Christian Year
and Commencing Another

Our Sunday worship of God follows an organized, annual pattern in observance of the Christian Year.  The next two Sundays feature significant celebrations in this seasonal calendar. 
November 22 is Christ the King Sunday -- the next to last Sunday in the Christian Year.  The most important confession of the early church was:  Jesus is Lord.  This affirmation was both the focus of their worship and the conviction of their way of life.  Within the realm of the Roman Empire, subjects showed their allegiance to the Emperor as a divine figure, but followers of Christ declared that Jesus, not Caesar, is Lord.  Every Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection and Lordship of Jesus Christ, but on Christ the King Sunday we emphasize  the reality of God’s kingdom come and that Jesus, having defeated the powers of sin, evil, and death, has reclaimed this world for God.  
November 29 is Advent Sunday -- the end of one Christian Year and the beginning of another.  The word advent, which means coming, applies to the promised return or coming of Jesus in glory (the concluding celebration of the Christian year) and at the same time, it applies to the coming birth of Jesus (the starting celebration of a new Christian year).


Advent & Christmas
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Advent and Christmas Sermon series, “A Clear Picture of Peace” will help sharpen our focus of what God’s peace looks like in our present world and for the future.  Our online presentation of worship -- from Advent Sunday, November 29 through Christmas Eve, December 24 – will include songs of advent and Christmas carols, profiles of faith, lighting the advent candles, Scripture and sermon.  For the First Sunday of Christmas, December 27 we will Celebrate Christmas with Carols and stories related to them.
We offer you and your family the following Advent resources:
  • 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.
Here is how you may obtain one or more of these resources:
  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 one or more of these resources. 
  4. Order a digital copy of the Advent Devotional from Amazon ($1.29)

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.


Pledge Renewal and Estimate of Giving for 2021

If you missed last week’s mailing or need reminding, you may click on the pledge letter or pledge card to complete your pledge/estimate of giving electronically for 2021.  All pledge commitments and giving are processed confidentially by the Financial Coordinator. 



Sunday, November 22 Schedule

10:00 AM Interactive Worship via Zoom
Zoom Link for 10:00 AM 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

GriefShare Support Group

Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00 PM   

To sign up and receive the zoom link or for more information, please email Colleen Soldate or call her at (707) 328-5465.

Church Family News
We celebrate with these families the joyful arrival of the following newborns:

      Primrose Elaine Swart born November 13, 2020 to Elaine and Thaddeaus 
         Swart.  Primrose’s proud great-grandma is Diane Swart.

      Levi Hudson Bailey born November 11, 2020 to Sarena and T. J. Bailey. 
          Levi’s proud grandparents are Jeanette and Ron Larson.

     Nathaniel McDonald born November 9, 2020 to Vicki and Luke McDonald.  
         Nathaniel’s proud grandparents are Marcia and Keller McDonald.

     Cyrus Wentworth Arab born October 31, 2020 to Jeanne and Milad Arab. 
         Cyrus’ proud grandparents are Mandy and Jim Bankson.  



Adult Discipleship Opportunities:

The Exodus Event with Rev. Dr. Kent Webber

Wednesday, Nov. 18 – 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.


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

No meeting Tuesday, November 24


Great Thanksgiving Banquet Food Drive

Each year we join with other Sonoma County churches in providing food for Redwood Gospel Mission’s (RGM) Great Thanksgiving Banquet who serves over 5,000 meals to hungry people in our community.  In years past we have filled grocery bags with food items to provide a family meal.  For this year’s contribution each church has been designated specific items to fill.  First Presbyterian is to provide packets of gravy and pumpkin pies.  Rather than each of us bringing these items to the church, the Community Service Team will secure the items and arrange for their delivery to RGM.

We invite you to participate by sending a financial contribution of $7.00 per family (or multiples of 7 for more than one family) by November 22.  Make the check payable to First Presbyterian Church and in the memo line write: “Community Service - RGM Thanksgiving.” If you prefer to pay online, go to our Online Giving page and choose Community Service.

Angel Tree
Four volunteers are needed to assist the Community Service Team with our tradition of providing Christmas presents to the students at Kid Street Learning Center Charter School. Each volunteer will help coordinate the wish list of two grade levels (Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten); First & Second grade; Third & Fourth grade; and Fifth & Sixth grade).  Please contact Lisa Anderson to serve as one of these four volunteers.

Our congregation will be invited to call one of these coordinators to learn about the wish list of a student in that age group.  We encourage people to shop online for the gift item, gift-wrap it, and bring it to the church on one of two designated Sundays (to be announced soon).  The Community Service Team will deliver the gift items to Kid Street for a drive-through Christmas giveaway.
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 Lord lives! Blessed be my rock,
    and exalted be the God of my salvation.
~Psalm 18:46

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