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First Presbyterian Church has a long-standing tradition of celebrating the meaning of Christmas through music.  We are pleased to present two performances of an in-person Christmas Concert this Sunday, December 19.  Invite a friend or neighbor to join you as we gather to hear and revel in the joyous sounds of Christmas.

 
Christmas Concert:  Come to the Manger

Sunday, December 19, 2:00 & 4:00 PM in the Sanctuary


 
Join us for a wondrous journey to the manger through music  and  drama under the  direction  of  David Irvine and Emily  Stockert as  presented by the Chancel  Choir,  Handbells, Children’s choir, instrumentalists, and soloists with congregational  singing.





In observance of our County’s 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

 
 



December 19  ~ Matthew 1:18-24

Joseph’s Response to an Unexpected Child, Emily Stockert preaching

Profile of Faith: Rich Mason
 

 


Christmas Worship Schedule
 
 
Friday, December 24     
   
5:00 PM     
        
Christmas Eve  

Children’s Christmas Pageant & Worshiip 
 
7:00 & 9:00 PM     



 
Candlelight Worship
Magi Response to the Messiah’s Birth,
Dale Flowers

Profile of Faith: Gary McLeod
 
Sunday, Dec. 26     
 10:30 AM (only)     
     


 
First Sunday of Christmas
Herod’s Response to the Messiah’s Birth,
Kent Webber


 
 


 
 
Friday, December 17, 6:00 PM
 
It’s time for another EPIC event for 4th-6th graders.  Break out your Christmas attire – Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, reindeer antlers, or elves’ ears. A special prize will be awarded for the most festive costume. You can also bring clothes or toys you’ve outgrown and we will make them a Christmas donation through a local community service group.  
 




"Jesus and the Relevance of the Law of God"

Taught by Rev. Dr. Kent Webber

 
Join us December 19, 10:30 AM, in-person in Room 113 for our final class session with topics of slavery in the time of Jesus and creation care.


 
Nomadic Shelter
 
Sign-up December 19 in Ingram Hall between Worship services
 
Observing covid safety protocols, we provide a warm and welcoming hospitality, a homemade meal, and a warm, safe place to rest for the evening to our homeless guests screened by Redwood Gospel Mission. If you would like to participate in offering Jesus’ love and care to these friends, come to the table in Ingram Hall to sign up for two different dates in January (Tuesday 01/04 & Friday 01/14).

 

 
Catholic Charities Winter Needs
 
With the onset of cold weather, our community service partner, Catholic Charities  has requested the following donation items:  clean, gently used – blankets, towels, sleeping bags, and tents for use by families and adults. Donations may be made from now through the New Year at the Resurrection Catholic Church located at 303 Stoney Point Rd (Santa Rosa), Monday - Friday from 9 to 5.  
 
If you are unable to deliver your items, you may bring them to First Presbyterian Church and place them in a designated box. Rather than buy new items, Catholic Charities prefers a financial contribution so they can fill high priority needs. If you choose to make a financial donation, make your check payable to: Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa and in the memo line write “Winter Needs.” Checks can be dropped off/or mailed to FPC Office and we will deliver them on your behalf.
 

 

 
 Presbyterian Women's Handmade

Projects for Missions

 
Thank you to all who participated in this event.  PW raised $2,000 and distributed four $500 cash gifts to the following local service groups:  Bridges Pregnancy Center; Manna House (Redwood Gospel Mission); The Living Room; and The Rose (Redwood Gospel Mission).
 


We extend our love and prayer support to George Deguchi, whose brother, Jose Deguchi passed away November 7, in Garland, Texas.

 



Adult Education Class: Isaiah's Hope

Taught by Tim Stafford

Starts, January 9 at 10:30 AM in Room 113
 
Isaiah is a long book, mostly written in poetry. We'll focus on passages that speak of hope, to understand how Isaiah could be genuinely hopeful in an awful time.
 


 
 
New Members Class

Saturday, January 22, 9:30 AM - Noon

 
Would you like to know more about our church or become a member?  If so, we invite you to attend our New Members Class.  We’ll discuss essential Christian beliefs, the structure, mission, and core values of First Presbyterian Church. You will also learn more about our church programs and ministries, and how to make use of your gifts as an active participant. This class will also give you an opportunity to get to know other new people in our church.

The class is open to everyone, whether you desire to become a member or not. If you have questions about the class contact Allie Shoulders, Director of Adult Discipleship or Pastor Emily Stockert.  Click here to sign up.

 
     
     

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
Matthew 1:24

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