EVENTS AND NEWS OF FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, SOMERSET, PA—Love God, Love Others, Make Disciples CHURCH NEWS On Monday, November 29th Brandon Lambert resigned from his positions at First Christian Church for personal reasons. We at First Christian want to thank him for his many years of faithful service. A new Office Administrator has been hired. Please see the following announcement. We are excited to welcome our new Office Administrator Renee Raupach (rawpaw). She will be starting Monday, December 13th. Renee is currently the Office Administrative Assistant at the Berlin Brethren Church. In the past she has worked in accounts payable/accounts receivable, has been a bank teller, and has worked as a teacher’s aid in the school system. In her letter she wrote the following: “I was raised and grew up in the church. My Momma, who turned 95 years young this past October, made sure she got me to Sunday School and Church every Sunday. I admire her and have been blessed to have such a faithful, loving, and sacrificial role model for all these years. God is good! I have had up’s and down’s, high’s and low’s, struggles and tribulations, and I thank God each day that He has been there and has seen me through. Sometimes He held my hand and other times He cradled and carried me in His loving, gentle arms. Through the good and the bad. I am thankful for this amazing God that loves me no matter what and cares for me in a way that no one else does! I can’t imagine my life without HIM and I pray for all those that are lost and feel alone. It’s so hard to fathom not knowing or believing in such a powerful God, whose beauty and magnitude are displayed each and every day! God is my risen Lord and Savior. He is alive and lives in my heart and in my soul every day. I am thankful for any opportunity to love and serve Him by being His hands and feet while I walk this gifted journey I call life.” DONUT SUNDAY IS THIS SUNDAY, DEC. 5TH! Come early to pick out your favorite! CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE WILL BE FRI. DEC. 24 AT 7 PM. Celebrate the birth of Jesus at First Christian! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELP WITH SAMARITAN’S PURSE CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES. We were able to donate about 80 shoeboxes from our church and we collected a total of 404 shoeboxes and brought them to the semi-trucks headed to Baltimore. Thank you all! MINISTERIUM ADVENT SERVICES EVERY WEDNESDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS Held at First United Methodist Church, music starts at 11:30am and the Advent service starts at noon. Area churches participate. No meal this year. It is over by 12:30. GRUNDY MOUNTAIN MISSION CHRISTMAS GIFTS We are still collecting money to purchase Christmas gifts for 6 students. If you would like to help by donating money for the gifts, please place a check or money (designated for Grundy Christmas Gifts) in an envelope in the offering plate. Thank you to those who already gave. We have over $600 donated and we need $1,200. You people are amazingly generous! KIDS CHRISTMAS PLAY Performance: Dec. 12that 6pm. Play practices will be in Nov. after church service. This is a wonderful tradition that was canceled last year. Don’t miss this play! CHRISTMAS PARTY AND CAROLING TO SHUT-INS Set aside Sunday, Dec. 19that 4pm to go to Highland Hills for a short party, then we’ll go around those apartments caroling. At 5pm we’ll go caroling to our shut-ins. This will be over about 6:30pm. Dress warm. Singing outside their doors. THE COSTA RICA MISSION TRIP Will be Sat. July 9th- Fri. July 15,2022 (7days). Praying Pelican Mission is organizing this trip and we’re going to the same church we went to a few years ago with Pastor Edgar. Cost: $1,300. Includes transportation, food, and lodging. ($600 for the week in Costa Rica , $700 round trip air fare) Talk to Pastor Brent if interested. We have 6 interested and can take up to 10. We’ll have our first meeting on Dec 5that 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall. TNT CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON HAS BEEN CANCELLED Due to Covid and wanting to be cautious, the TNT Christmas Lunch has been cancelled. RED KETTLE FOR SALVATION ARMY We have a chance to bless the Salvation Army by collecting donations on Sat. Dec. 18, at the Giant Eagle on Glades Pike. Please do a good deed and sign up for an hour to ring the bell and watch the Red Kettle outside the store. Hours: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. FIRE AND ICE Saturday, Jan. 15th. Theme: WINTER CARNIVAL. First Christian will be hosting the illusionist performance of “Double Deception” with Gary Weimer and Dan Miller from 2pm-3pm. FREE. We will also be having our soup sale. WOMEN’S HAPPENINGS LADIES CHRISTMAS PARTY December 5th in the church Fellowship Hall at 5:00pm. Please sign up at the Information Station to let us know what side dish you would like to bring. Fun for all! Come celebrate with us! LADIES RETREAT AT CAMP CHRISTIAN Ladies, mark your calendars for the Ladies Retreat on January 21-23 at Camp Christian in Mill Run PA. The theme this year is Cozy Mountain Lodge and the focus is on Ruth. The retreat will begin on Friday evening at 6:00 pm. Carpooling at the church is a possibility. Light refreshments will be served Friday evening between 6 and 7 oclock. We will begin our first session Friday night at 7:15. Saturday will be a full day of activities, we will finish off the retreat with our final session on Sunday morning and head home around 11:oo. A list of items you will need for the weekend will be provided. The cost of the retreat is $50.00. The fee covers four meals served by the camp and supplies. Please sign up at the information station and pay by placing your check marked retreat in the offering plate. The last day to sign up is January 9, 2022. If you have any question see Deb Kaufman. If the cost is a concern we offer scholarships. LADIES MORNING BIBLE STUDY Remember that sHebrews meets online on Mondays at 7:15am on Zoom. Meeting ID: 811 0433 1341 Password: mickey The Thursday Morning Studywill resume on Thursday, Dec 2 at 9:00 am at Tammy Minnick’s home: 1210 S Franklin Ave Somerset, PA. CRAMER BIBLE STUDY Cramer Small Group is cancelled this Thursday due to Thanksgiving. They will resume meeting next Thursday, December 2ndat 6:30pm. Meet at 130 W. Union St. Somerset. ONE DAY MEN’S RETREAT ON SAT. FEB 5 from 8:30 am to 4 pm Calling all men! Come to this retreat held at the church. We’ll have breakfast and lunch together and build one another up with a combination of great teaching, worship, and community building. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES AVAILABLE – 9:00am 9am Kids Class: For grades K – 6 meets in the children’s wing down the hall behind the sanctuary. NOTE: Now on Sundays at 10am Children’s Church will go the whole hour. After checking in, kids can go straight to their class. We had so many kids coming that we will be dividing this group into two. 9am Youth Class For grades 7-12 meets in the Lounge on the second floor. Teacher: Judi Mickey and Jana Williams 9am Golden Achievers Class: Topic: Ecclesiastes. Teacher: Brent Williams 9am The 99 & Under Class: For adults age 99 and under– meets downstairs in the fellowship hall. Teacher: Dane Cramer 9am Women’s Sunday School Class: Topic: The Twelve Disciples. You can pick up a book at the class for $5. Meets upstairs above information station. CHURCH VAN MINISTRY The church van ministry is starting up again. If you need a ride to church on Sundays, let the office know by Friday. WAR ROOM We have a new Prayer Room at the church in the parsonage on the second floor in the corner. If you want to spend time in prayer, you are encouraged to use the room. If you want to pray for healing, come up to the front by the drums after the service.