Below are this week’s activities followed by a preview of our Holiday Schedule for 2021 Advent & Christmas. This preview provides a detailed description of each event along with a link to a one-page listing of them all.
In observance of our County’s recent health mandate to guard against the spread of the coronavirus, wearing of masks is required upon entering the church building and for all indoor activities; including worship, classes, and meetings.
In-person Worship with masks
Online Worship via our website fpcsantarosa.org
9:00 AM Traditional & 10:30 AM Modern Casual
November 21 “Chosen, but not Perfect” - Genesis 12:10-20,
Dale Flowers preaching
November 21st at 2:00 PM
John Pavik, Mary Kemnec, and the Irvines will offer a lively recital of "Greatest Hits" from the last year. You spoke up and the favorites are in! Join us for joyous music by Bach, Vivaldi, McAmis, Florence Price, Lemare, and even John! Can't make the Sunday performance? John will offer an informal dress rehearsal the day before (November 20th) at 11:00 AM.
To attend either event, please click this link to RSVP or you can email John Pavik.
Great Thanksgiving Banquet Food Drive
We invite you to participate by sending a financial contribution of $11.00 per family (or multiples of 11 for more than one family) by Monday, November 22. Make the check payable to First Presbyterian Church and in the memo line write: “Community Service - RGM Thanksgiving.” "
Adult Discipleship Class
"Jesus and the Relevance of the Law of God"
Taught by Rev. Dr. Kent Webber
Wednesday evening's Zoom class meets for the final time for lesson 6 - What the Law of God teaches us about -"Slavery in Ancient Israel" and "Creation Care". Sunday morning's in-person class focuses on lesson 3, about "Sacrifice in Ancient Israel."
We will continue to provide in person and online worship. Our sermon series is “On the Edge of Something New.” The past few years have been disruptive, and unsettling. Such rapid change can bring with it much anxiety and fear of the future. But what if we’re right on the edge of God doing something new? Our Advent sermon series looks at how the birth of Jesus as told by Matthew changed people’s understanding of who God is and brought new hope to people, then and now.
In keeping with our Advent tradition, members and friends of our congregation will share their profile of faith related to the theme of being on the edge of something new followed by the lighting of the advent candles.
Advent Sunday, November 28
A Different Kind of Messiah, Dale Flowers preaching
Profile of Faith: TBA
Advent Wreath-Making Festival
Sunday, November 28, 4:30 PM in Ingram Hall
All ages are welcome to come, on the first Sunday of Advent, and create a wreath for your home to use as a devotional tool to mark the four Sundays of Advent. Children's and adult devotionals as well as all the supplies needed to create a wreath. We are excited to return to the building, with appropriate safety protocols, to continue this long-held and cherished First Pres tradition.
Second Sunday in Advent, December 5
Women in the Genealogy of Jesus, Emily Stockert preaching
Profile of Faith: Donna Thomas
Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in Room 114
A Book Discussion facilitated by Laurel Quast
Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White People Talk Faithfully About Racism
By Rev. Carolyn B. Helsel (2nd Edition)
The word anxious can mean eager or nervous. Talking about racism can certainly bring about either or both of these emotions! Therefore, in this book discussion we will seek to have a respectful and safe space to learn how to talk about racism, to be curious and open to the topic and what God might be saying to us. We are all learners in this discussion.
We will meet two Sundays in December -- 5th & 12th and four in January – 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th. For the participation to be most effective, we ask two commitments of you: (1) Attend most, if not all classes. Our discussion will build as we go along, making it difficult to drop in sporadically; (2) Read the book and give yourself time to reflect and/or journal about what you are reading which will enrich our discussion and our overall experience.
To sign up for this book group please use this link or email Laurel Quast or call her at 707-478-8955. A limited number of books will be available in Room 113 Sundays before and after class.
Handmade Projects for Missions Sale
December 5, After Each Worship Service
All are invited to join us in Ingram Hall during coffee time to shop for beautiful handcrafted items or delicious baked goods. All proceeds will go to local missions. To donate either handcrafted items or baked goods, please email Linda Gorman or call her at 707-478-7105 so we can plan accordingly.
Third Sunday in Advent, December 12
Embarrassing Family Tree
, Dale Flowers preaching
Profile of Faith: Dustin Ellington
Join us in the sanctuary at 6:00 PM for a refreshing time of worship
with our Praise Band.
Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 19
Joseph’s Response to an Unexpected Birth, Emily Stockert preaching
Profile of Faith: Rich Mason
Christmas Concert: Come to the Manger
2:00 & 4:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join us for a wondrous journey to the manger through music and drama presented by Chancel, Handbell, and Children’s choirs, instrumentalists, soloists, and congregational singing under the direction of David Irvine.
Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24
5:00 PM Children's Christmas Pageant & Worship
7:00 & 9:00 PM Candlelight Worship
Magi Response to the Messiah’s Birth, Dale Flowers preaching
Profile of Faith: Gary McLeod
First Sunday of Christmas, December 26
10:30 AM Worship Only
Herod’s Response to the Messiah’s Birth, Kent Webber preaching
Due to the Christmas holiday, we have scheduled one worship service this day at 10:30 AM following our traditional format with organ-led singing of Christmas carols. Children (Nursery through Grade 5) are invited to stay with their parents in the sanctuary as there is no Kids Church this day.