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When employed as a church word, Advent refers to how we anticipate, prepare, and wait for the coming of Christ, God’s Messiah into the world. It encompasses the four Sundays prior to Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. To help us prepare this year, our Advent & Christmas sermon series is: “On the Edge of Something New.”

The past few years have been disruptive, and unsettling. Rapid and continuous change can bring with it anxiety about the future. But what if we’re right on the edge of God doing something new? 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. Adult Discipleship has daily Devotionals for Advent available. Contact Allie Shoulders at 707.890.8010 if you'd like one.


 





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 
9:00 AM Traditional & 10:30 AM Modern Casual 

Online Worship via our website fpcsantarosa.org

 
 

 


November 28: “A Different Kind of Messiah”  

Matthew 1:1 & Philipians 2:5-11, Dale Flowers preaching

Profile of Faith:  Mona Broyles 


 
Advent Wreath Making Festival 

Sunday at 4:30 PM, Ingram Hall 


All ages are welcome to come, on the first Sunday of Advent, to create a wreath for your home to use as a devotional tool to mark the four Sundays of Advent.  This year we are featuring more natural items and materials that can be recycled.  Childrens and adult devotionals will be provided, 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.  
 
 


Adult Discipleship Class

"Jesus and the Relevance of the Law of God"

Taught by Rev. Dr. Kent Webber

 
Sunday morning's in-person class focuses on Lesson 4, Antonement
From the Old Testament we will discuss the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and A Brief History of Sacrifice in Ancient History moving on to Atonement in the New Testament.
 



Invitation to Particpate in Christmas Eve Pageant!

First Kids would like to invite Preschoolers to 6th graders to participate in the Christmas Eve Pageant at the 5:00 service on December 24th. Giving children the opportunity to tell the story of the birth of Jesus is very impactful and is a highlight of the service.  Children can participate in different ways: Non-speaking parts, speaking parts limited to one or two lines, longer speaking parts or narrator. Kids will rehearse on December 23rd. Narrators and children with larger parts will start at 9:30 AM. All other participants will join at 10:00 AM. Everyone participating needs to arrive at church at 3:45 PM on December 24thPlease contact Darcy Fluitt by December 1st if your child is interested in being part of the pageant.  
 
Anxious to Talk About It: 
Helping White People Talk Faithfully About Racism 

by Rev. Carolyn B. Helsel (2nd Edition) 
Sunday mornings starting December 5th at 9:00 AM in Room 114 
A Book Discussion Facilitated by Laurel Quast
 

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 contact Laurel Quast (quast@pon.net or 707-478-8955).  A limited number of books are available. 



Presbyterian Women's Handmade Projects
for Missions Sale


December 5, After Each Worship Service in Ingram Hall

 
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.
  




Angel Tree ~ Gifts for Kid Street Students

December 5, After Each Worship Service in Ingram Hall
 
We’ve made a tradition of providing Christmas gifts for the students of Kid Street Learning Center. This year you can choose to buy a present for one of the younger aged children or a gift card for older children.  Visit the Angel Tree in Ingram Hall to participate.  Return gifts to the church by December 12.



Second Sunday



December 12, 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary 

A refreshing evening of worship filled with music and Scripture led by our Praise Band.


 
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 presented by Chancel, Handbell, and Children’s choirs, instrumentalists, soloists, and congregational singing under the direction of David Irvine. 
 
     
     

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:5 

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