EVENTS AND NEWS OF FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, SOMERSET, PA
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COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER
• Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal! A Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 24th (Thanksgiving Day) at the St. Paul’s UCC located at 202 West Union Street, Somerset, PA. Serving will begin at 11 am through 1 pm ~ or until food runs out. Two dining options will be available ~ Dine-In or Walk-Up Take Out. If you or someone you know needs a meal on Thanksgiving Day, please join St. Paul’s UCC. This meal is made possible by generous donations from individuals, volunteers, businesses, and local churches. Everyone is welcome!!
UPCOMING ADVENT SERVICES
• The Ministerium hosts Advent Services every Wednesday until Christmas from 11:30 to 12:30 beginning November 30th at the First United Methodist Church on Patriot Street, Somerset, PA. Pastor Brent will be preaching on December 7th. There is music from
11:30 to noon. The service runs from noon to 12:30 and a simple lunch is provided after the service.
LADIES’ CHRISTMAS DINNER PARTY
• The Ladies will hold their annual Christmas Dinner Party in the church fellowship hall on Sunday, December 4th at 5 pm with an evening full of fellowship, fun, games, skit, carols, and a Christmas Devotional. We will have a potluck dinner with meat (chicken) provided along with a $10 gift exchange. Sign up at the information station and please note what dish you plan to bring. Bring a friend! If you have any questions, please contact Deb Kaufman at 814/442-2926.
THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS CHORALE
• The Laurel Highlands Chorale invites you to join them in welcoming in the holiday season with another great concert! “Merry Christmas! From Around the World” will be presented at the Somerset Church of the Brethren located on Berlin-Plank Road on Sunday, December 4th at 3:30 pm and on Monday, December 5th at 7 pm. We will feature well-known carols that originated in other countries, as well as some favorites from the USA! We are fortunate to have Rick Kimmel joining us this season as our accompanist and he will be featured as our intermission music guest. Tickets are still only $5.00 and will be available at the door, or from any chorale member. COVID protocols will be at the attendees’ discretion. For tickets or for more information, please contact Dorene Friedline at 814/926-3610 or 814/442-0460. We look forward to seeing you there!
CRAMER BIBLE STUDY (All Adults welcome)
Cramer Small Group Bible Study will meet on Thursdays, beginning at 6:00 pm at 130 West Union Street, Somerset, PA. This is a great group of people. If you are new to the church, it is an excellent way to meet other believers and grow in your faith. If you have any questions, call Dane at 814-442-8087.
“IT ALL HAPPENED IN THE COUNTRY” ~ CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY
(Schedule for 2022 Children’s Christmas Play at FCC ~ Please sign up at the Information Station)
Performance Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 pm.
Children in grades Kindergarten ~ 7th grade
Reception with refreshments to follow in the fellowship hall.
Most practices will be held right after Sunday Church services.
Sunday’s ~ November 6, 13, 20, 27 after church until 1:00 pm.
Sunday ~ December 4th after church until 1 pm.
Saturday ~ December 10th ~ 9:00 am to Noon is DRESS REHEARSAL.
A light bagged lunch / snack will be given to each child staying for practices.
A parent meeting will be held on Sunday, October 30th right after church for about 30 minutes. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND. If you have any questions, please see or contact Karen Costea.
A bookshelf has been placed in the area near the Golden Achiever’s Sunday School Classroom. We would like to start an adult library, where you can donate books and borrow books for your reading enjoyment. We are asking that you please only bring wholesome, inspirational books for the library. They can be fiction or non-fiction. Please be sure to censor the books that you donate. Feel free to bring your books and place them on the bookshelf at your convenience. See Tammy Minnick with any questions.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
· · Ladies’ Bible Study will be held Thursday morning beginning at 9:00 am at various places. See the bulletin or call the church office for the weekly location.
YOUTH GAME NIGHT
The Youth will be holding a “Game Night” on Saturday, November 19th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Bring your favorite board game and snacks! Join us for an enjoyable, fun-filled evening of fellowship, laughter, and fun!
YOUTH ~ GIVING DAY
• On Saturday, December 10th the Youth will embrace the holiday season by spending the day giving to others. We will meet at the church. (Exact time TBD). Please see Jana Williams, youth director for questions and additional information.
YOUTH CHRISTMAS PARTY
• The Youth will hold their Christmas Party on Thursday, December 22nd from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Instead of their normal youth group meeting, they will have a Christmas Party with a mystery dinner and Christmas games.
CAROLING TO OUR SHUT-IN’S
• Please join us on Sunday, December 18th as we go caroling to our shut-in’s and share in the celebration of Jesus’ birth during our joyous Christmas season. We will meet at the church at 2 pm. Everyone is welcome!!
LIGHT UP NIGHT IN SOMERSET
We will be joining the parade at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 26th with a float with Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and Company. We will also repeat our “Light the Lot” ~ decorating trunks in our parking lot and giving out little toys and candy canes with an inspirational Christian message.SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES AVAILABLE ~ 9:00 am
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE
Our next Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, December 8th from 12 noon until 6 pm here at the church. You may register at redcrossblood.org to sign up for an individual time slot. There will be a sign-up sheet posted at the information station (at a little later date) for anyone who is willing to volunteer to help with this worthwhile event.
VOLUNTEERS NEED FOR SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING
On Saturday, December 17th from 10 am to 6 pm we will be volunteering to do the bell ringing for The Salvation Army Red Kettles at Giant Eagle on Glades Pike, Somerset, PA. Please consider helping to ring for an hour and collect money for this good cause.
CAFÉ CHOCOLAT WOMEN’S RETREAT
The Café Chocolat Women’s Retreat will be held January 20th ~ 22nd, 2023. Come experience God’s incredible, extravagant grace by exploring the miracles of Jesus. The cost for this retreat is $50 (please make your check payable to: First Christian Church and note in the memo ~ “Women’s Retreat”). The last day to sign up is January 1st, 2023. A sign-up sheet is posted at the information station. Please contact Anne Williams at 702/498-2846 with any questions.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES EVERY SUNDAY
9 am Children’s class in the children’s room
9 am Youth Class For grades 7~12 meets in the Lounge on the second floor. Teachers: Judi Mickey and Jana Williams
9 am Golden Achievers Class: Topic: Life of David. Teacher: Brent Williams.
9 am The 99 & Under Class Will meet in the Fellowship Hall 9 am.Teacher: Dane Cramer
~ Women’s Sunday School Class: Begins at 9 am ~ (NEW MEETING LOCATION ~ On the main floor in the back classroom located through the nursery door entrance). Discussion on the book God So Close by Becky Thompson. Teacher: Anne Williams.
NOTE: Now on Sundays at 10 am Children’s Church (kids Sunday school) will go the whole hour. After checking in, kids can go straight to their class. Then they usually join the adults for the song time.