Advent 2018

Ways to connect, learn, give, and grow this Advent at First Presbyterian.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Danny MassieONE SERVICE for interim pastor Danny Massie’s first Sunday, 10:30 am, Sanctuary. Sermon: “On Watching and Waiting.” Scriptures: Luke 21:25-36 and Jeremiah 33:14-16.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES POP-UP STORE in the Welcome Center, 9 am until 1 pm.

ADVENT STUDIES, 9:30 am:

  • Rev. Doug McLeroy, Agape, Garden Room.
  • Preparing, Not Waiting: Christ Is Born, Christ Has Risen, Christ Will Come Again. Director of Young Adult Formation Matt Logan and Cynthia Price Pastoral Resident Nate Sell lead
  • Soularium Class,Cannon’s Solarium.
  • Preparing for Christmas, Homebuilders & Faith Matters class, Myers Loyalty Room (Smith 242)

gingerbread churchBIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS & GINGERBREAD CHURCH led by Baptism Shepherds, 9:30 am, Life Center. Bring a breakfast item to share.

KIDS DISCIPLE CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY, 3:30-5 pm, Mullin Life Center. Decorating cookiesand prayer cards for Hot Dish & Hope guests, Adventgames.

A LITTLE ADVENT MUSIC: A Mountain Bluegrass Christmas. 5 pm, Sanctuary.

CHRISMON TREE with ornaments madeby our members, in the Tower Room & Mullin Life Center circulation gallery.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

MORNING ADVENT PRAYER, 7:30-7:45 am, Sanctuary.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

CONTEMPLATIVE SERVICE, 6 pm, Sanctuary.

For 30 minutes, rest in God with scripture, music, silence, prayer, poetry & readings.

Thursday, Dec. 6

candleMORNING ADVENT PRAYER, 7:30-7:45 am, Sanctuary.

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND HOPE for those grieving a loss. 12:15 pm, Memorial Chapel

Sunday, Dec. 9

WORSHIP at 8:30 and 10:30 am, Sanctuary; and 10:30 am, Rejoice! Danny Massie is our preacher. Sermon: “The Christmas Intruder.” Scriptures: Luke 3:1-18 and Malachi 3:1-4.

ADVENT STUDIES, 9:30 am:

  • Wreath making with grades K-5 and Agape class,Garden Room.
  • Preparing, Not Waiting. Soularium Class, Cannon’s Solarium.
  • Preparing for Christmas, Homebuilders & FaithMatters class, Myers Loyalty Room (Smith 242)

the starFAMILY ADVENT MOVIE, The Star, 3 pm, Mullin Life Center. No RSVP needed, parents need to attend with their children. Snacks provided.

A LITTLE ADVENT MUSIC: Messiah Sing-a-long. 5 pm, Sanctuary.

Monday, Dec. 10

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON, with caroling by Weekday Preschool children. Noon, Mullin Life Center. Menu: Chicken cordon bleu, honey mustard tossed salad, baby bake potatoes, French green beans, cakes. Purchase tickets ($8) by Dec. 5: 336.478.4799 or receptionist(at)fpcgreensboro.org

Wednesday, Dec. 12

labyrinthFAMILY ADVENT DARKNESS TO LIGHT LABYRINTH WALK. Gather in the children’s Welcome Center space or a nativity story followed by a prayerful walk in our outdoor labyrinth with candlelight & harp music. In a busy, noisy season the beauty and stillness of this experience will help prepare families for the birth of our Savior. Cookies & cocoa afterward. 4:45-5:30 pm, elementary children & parents. 5:45-6:15 pm, preschool children & parents.

CONTEMPLATIVE SERVICE, 6 pm, Sanctuary.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

MORNING ADVENT PRAYER, 7:30-7:45 am, Sanctuary.

Thursday, Dec. 13

MORNING ADVENT PRAYER, 7:30-7:45 am, Sanctuary.

Sunday, Dec. 16

BAPTISM SUNDAY. 8:30 and 10:30 am, Sanctuary; 10:30 am, Rejoice! Danny Massie is our preacher. Sermon: “Rejoice! The Lord Is in Your Midst.” Scriptures: Zephaniah 3:14-20 and Philippians 4:4-7.

ADVENT STUDIES, 9:30 am:

  • Nate Sell on Advent, Agape class, Garden Room
  • Preparing, Not Waiting, Cannon’s Solarium.
  • Preparing for Christmas, Homebuilders & Faith Matters classes, Myers Loyalty Room (Smith 242)
  • Advent Prayer Stations for children K-5 grade, third floor of Corl Building.

lessons & carols

A LITTLE ADVENT MUSIC: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 5 pm, Sanctuary.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

MORNING ADVENT PRAYER, 7:30-7:45 am, Sanctuary.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

PRESCHOOL CHRISTMAS CHAPEL with nativity presented by Five-Year-Old Class. 9:45 am, Sanctuary.

CONTEMPLATIVE SERVICE, 6 pm, Sanctuary.

For 30 minutes, rest in God with scripture, music, silence, prayer, poetry & readings.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

MORNING ADVENT PRAYER, 7:30-7:45 am, Sanctuary.

Sunday, Dec. 23

WORSHIP at 8:30 and 10:30 am, Sanctuary; and 10:30 am, Rejoice! Danny Massie is our preacher. Sermon: “Why Mary Matters.” Scriptures: Luke 1:26-56 and Micah 5:2-5a.

ADVENT STUDIES, 9:30 am:

  • Lane Ridenhour music program, YMBC and Agape classes, Redhead Hall.
  • Preparing, Not Waiting, Cannon’s Solarium
  • Preparing for Christmas, Homebuilders & Faith Matters classes, Myers Loyalty Room (Smith 242)
  • No children’s Church School. Children leading the Christmas Eve nativity service meet for pizza (third floor of Corl Building).

Monday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve

christmas eveFAMILY NATIVITY at 10:30 am, featuring our children's choirs. Kindergarteners will create a live nativity; fifth-graders will tell the Christmas story through Scripture.

CANDLELIGHT COMMUNION at 5:30 pm. Danny Massie preaches, “Home for the Holidays” Scripture: Luke 2:1-20.

CANDLELIGHT COMMUNION with youth leadership, 11 pm. Danny Massie preaches, “In the Still of the Night.” Scriptures: John 1:1-14 and Isaiah 9:2-7.

All three services will be held in our Sanctuary, 617 N. Elm St., downtown Greensboro.

Sunday, Dec. 30

SEMINARY STUDENT SUNDAY: One, combined service at 10:30 am to celebrate our FPC-sponsored seminary students. Nick Demuynck, a current seminary student and former youth staff member, will be our preacher.

bell ringing

Bell Ringing

FPC'ers will ring the bell for The Salvation Army at the Lawndale Drive Harris Teeter Dec. 19-21. Sign up for a one-hour shift here.

Hot Dish & Hope

Our reception desk in the Welcome Center is selling honor cards ($5 each) to benefit Hot Dish & Hope. This is a great way to send Christmas cards while helping the community.

hymnal dedication

Dedicate a hymnal

Dedicate a new Glory to God hymnal in honor or in memory of someone special this season. Dedications cost $50 and include a permanent marker in the inside front cover. Dedicate a hymnal here.

Go and Do

Give someone a copy of Go and Do, a book of Sid Batts' most significant sermons during his ministry with us. Book sales ($10 each) support the Sid and Cathy Batts Pastoral Residency Program. Buy books in the Welcome Center or on Amazon.

Amazon Smile

As you shop for Christmas presents on Amazon, consider starting on our Amazon Smile page. Eligible purchases will support our ministries. Search for First Presbyteriain Greensboro and select us as your charity or organization.