December 10th “Advent: Sunday of PEACE”

December 10th is the 2nd Sunday of Advent, and the folks at FCC will celebrate peace. Everyone talks about it this time of year, but it should be something we seek every day. Every hour of every day. Choosing peace is a conscious decision. At the super-store, in traffic, at work, and sometimes even at church…peace is something we long for. Take a moment today to choose peace and let the Spirit speak to you about how YOU can spread peace. Not just on Christmas day, but every day of the year. Come join us, won’t you?

Isaiah 40:1-11

New Revised Standard Version

1 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.  2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.  3 A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.  5 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”  6 A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.  7 The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass.  8 The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.  9 Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”  10 See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.  11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.

Rev. Larry Smith
Interim Senior Pastor

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New Welcome Statement

Welcome! 

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, divorced, remarried, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, y no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Taylor Swift or if you can’t carry a tune in bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion (we’ve been there too). If you blew all your offering money at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, can’t work, can’t spell, or came because grandma is in town and she wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…and you! (If any part of this statement offends you…you’re welcome too!)

Weekly Events

This Week 

9:30    Sunday School-adults & children (Donuts and Coffee available)
10:15  Transportation available at Panorama Apartments
10:45  Sanctuary Worship (Nursery Care is available from 9:30-12:00)
12:00  1st Sunday Lunch following worship
1:00-3:00   Hispanic Praise and Worship
5:30-7:30   “Sunday Night Live” Community Outreach Devotional & Dinner
Sponsored by Immanuel Methodist Church

Monday

6:30 p.m. Cub Scouts (first, second, and third Mondays)  Check out the Children and Youth page for details.

Tuesday

7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

Wednesday

10:30  a.m. Prayer Group
3:00    p.m. Panorama Bible Study
6:00    p.m. Ivy Knoll Worship Service
6:00    p.m. Worship Band Practice
7:00    p.m. G.L.A.S.T Support Meeting
7:30    p.m. Choir Practice

Thursday

6:30 a.m. Breakfast for All
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

Friday

10:00 a.m. Soup and Bake Sale at Panorama
8:30 p.m.  Narcotics Anonymous

Saturday

10:00 a.m. Narcotics Anonymous
5:30 p.m.   Community Dinner

Thursday Breakfast

 

How about breakfast? Why not?

We have partnering with the Breakfast Ministry of Covington to provide food for those in the community who would otherwise go without the most important meal of the day.   Come and eat with the community on Thursday morning. The meal is free and served in our fellowship hall. (Use entrance in the back of the church)

Looking for a place to volunteer and connect with the community?

This is a great way to plug into the heart of Covington! Be the hands of Christ by meeting the needs of the ones who need it the most.  Join us on Thursday morning and talk to Tom or Elaine to find out more about this opportunity to serve.

Breakfast is 6:30-8:00.