Happy Thanksgiving & Advent beginning!


The Thankful Thursday video series closes with member Becky Peters talking about her grandmothers. Playlist here.

Advent begins this Sunday!

  • Rachel Fitch opens the worship series with “The People in the Pews.” Small groups on Advent in art and Wacky Advent Words begin.
  • Sign up for Jill Duffield’s small group on her book, Advent in Plain Sight. Deadline is Sunday.
  • Sign up for the December 5 Family Advent Wreath gathering so we have enough supplies.
  • The Hot Dish & Hope honor card has gone multimedia — a QR Code takes your honoree to a special video greeting from volunteers & guests. Available in the Welcome Center.
  • Honor family and friends with a contribution to Hot Dish & Hope or a poinsettia for our Sanctuary. Form here and at the reception desk. Booklet available December 19. Deadline is Monday, December 6.
  • Check the weekly guide to Advent for more info & events.
  •  Read the Advent Preview magazine. 


FPC’s Advent ministries matter. They happen because of your giving. If you have made a pledge for 2022, thank you! If you would like to, the form is here. See Jill’s story about what matters.



  • Seeking a congregational nurse: Pastoral care seeks a part-time congregational nurse and director for the Sadye Bowles Fund. Although the position is not open to members, members are encouraged to refer qualified candidates. Information here.
  • Young Adult Volunteer support: Our member Victoria Alexander has been commissioned for yearlong work in Scotland through PC(USA)’s YAV program. Each volunteer is asked to raise $5,000 to cover expenses. If you would like to contribute, use this link. Make sure to add the ECO number E210102 so that the contribution goes to her fund. You may also call 800-872-3283 (mention her code, E210102) or send a check to PCUSA, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 (put E210102 on memo line).
  • Yard signs! Pick up an FPC yard sign to invite your neighbors to visit us. Available at the reception desk in the Welcome Center.
  • NEED TO SIGN UP FOR AN EVENT?  This page lists all current registration/RSVP events.





  • Lectio Divina: Rev. David Partington leads this practice of immersing yourself in scripture, now exploring the early letters of Paul.On Zoom at 11 am. Contact David for link and info.



  • Fruit of the Spirit devotional video, Lana Burske on “Self-Control,” is available on Wednesday. Catch up on the playlist here.
  • Men’s Lectionary Bible study, 7:30-8:30 am on Zoom. Contact Jack Harrington.
  • Food Drive-By: Drop off canned food for Urban Ministry and diapers and wipes for Faith Action, 10 am to 2 pm on Elm Street in front of Redhead Hall. Be a greeter: Sign up for a 2-hour shift under the tent!


  • Happy Thanksgiving! 


  • Thank God on Friday: A one-minute video devotional with Rev. Dr. Jill Duffield guides us into the presence of God as we head into the weekend.


    • First Sunday of Advent. Rachel Fitch opens our Advent series with “The People in the Pews.” Think about the average person hearing Jesus preach the end of times words in Luke. Was this good news? Confusing? Frightening? How does this feel to us at the end of 2021? Scriptures: Psalm 25:1-10 and Luke 21:25.​ Rejoice! at 9 am in Mullin Life Center, Traditional at 11 am in the Sanctuary.  Masks required for both. Sanctuary service also livestreamed (box on our home page). 
    •  Adult Faith Formation, 10 am. Masks required for all groups meeting indoors:
      • Wacky Advent Words, led by Matt Logan and Kevin Murray, begins in Memorial 304. 
      • On video, Sandie Gravett discusses Matthew and Luke’s theological genealogies of Jesus, and what they say about Jesus as the Messiah of God and savior of the world. YMBC will watch in Redhead Hall. Agape will watch in the Garden Room.
      • Celebrating Advent through Christmas with Scripture and Art: After the Crucifixion, the most widely-recognized image of Christianity is the birth of Jesus. Think about the Christmas story in fresh ways by seeing how artists have interpreted it through the ages. Led by Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers, hosted by the Commitment Class. 
      • Parables of Jesus Seekers class, Main 125, with conference call option. Contact Gerard Davidson.



  • Hunger Action
    • Food Drive-By: Drop off canned food for Urban Ministry and diapers and wipes for Faith Action, 10 am to 2 pm on Elm Street in front of Redhead Hall. Be a greeter: Sign up for a 2-hour shift under the tent!
    • Meals on Wheels: Volunteers & substitutes needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors on the third Wednesdays of each month and on fifth Mondays during the year. Contact Linda Allen, lkwallen70@gmail.com or 336-549-3367.
  • Earth Care
    • Recycle your glass: Drop off in bins on the upper level of the parking deck behind the Shetler Building, enter off Fisher Avenue.
    • Recycle Styrofoam: Clean, No. 6 Styrofoam goes to bins on lower level of the deck.​Or, go the extra mile-and-a-half — take styrofoam directly to Tiny House at 1310 West Gate City Blvd., only 1.5 miles from the church​.



Current coronavirus guidelines from our task force.




  • No choir rehearsal this week.


  • No children’s Church School this week.

Coming up

  • Check the Advent guide for children & family events!
  • Outreach trips to the diaper bank. Sign up here. 
  • No church school November 28.

More to know




  • 9-10th Grade Boys Basketball & Devo,  1:30 – 2:30 pm, Life Center.
  • 11-12 Grade Small Group, 7-8 pm at the Pope’s.