Looking for a great Christmas gift? First Church is featured in INSPIRED: Churches of Seattle, a richly illustrated coffee-table book showcasing the ministry and architecture of 52 prominent churches in the Greater Seattle area.
Written by Pastoral Counselor Rick Grant and photographed by award-winning photographer Lara Swimmer, the book can be found on Amazon.com and is available at Costco, Barnes and Noble, and other local bookstores.
The international Peace Light of Bethlehem shared by millions around the world will be available in Seattle on December 15, 2013 at 4 pm. Each year, the light is passed from hand–to–hand in the name of peace. The chain begins when a child lights a candle at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Then, the Peace Light travels to Vienna, Austria, where it is distributed by people of faith and atheists, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, union members and government officials. Passing through New York, Chicago, Denver
and Los Angeles, the Peace Light will move up the I-5 corridor over the next two weeks. As it spreads, the light demonstrates how peace, too, can be cultivated by people of goodwill.
The Peace Light will be offered at a welcoming, inclusive, non-religious event, inviting everyone to commit to working for peace in their communities and world. The 2013 theme is The Right to Peace in honor of the 65th Anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. Participants are invited to bring canned goods for local food banks, donations for UNICEF and a lantern (smokeless paraffin) or enclosed candle.
Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4 pm at First Church
More info: www.peacechurchseattle.org
Heraldic Helpers or Good Old Boys Revisited
If you remember who the ‘Good Old Boys’ were, then you know that they helped to maintain our church building, and we miss them dearly. The Trustees team would like to find people willing to fulfil a similar function in today’s new building. Although the building is only 4 years old, we are already starting to see some maintenance tasks. Would you be willing to help? Do you have electrical or plumbing or other building skills? Are you drawn to the “zen” of weeding? We promise not to call you ‘Good Old Boys’. Please send your name, plus skills and/or area of knowledge to Troy Heerwagen, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to find as many volunteers as possible, as many hands make light work.
Whenever you order from Amazon, remember to use our First Church link to get there. If you use the Amazon link every time you shop, First Church will receive a percentage of the purchase price. All proceeds from Amazon are donated directly to our Homelessness fund to support the important work of Shared Breakfast, One Family Dinner, and the Blaine Center. You can use this link every time you shop Amazon. Contact the church office if you have any questions: email@example.com; 206-622-7278.
Do you have a hobby or interest you’d like to share? Do you want to gather with friends to lead a discussion about the sermon each week? Small groups are a great way to get to know others in the church and community, and we’re always looking for new group ideas and new leaders. Contact Elizabeth Blanton if you’d like to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org; 206-622-7278
Volunteers are needed to deliver Christmas flowers to our home bound members. Date of delivery would be Sunday, December 22, after services. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with our home bound members. Please sign up by contacting the church office: 206-622-7278, email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who gave to the Thanksgiving offering last month. We raised a total of $5656 for Shared Breakfast!
First Church has a wonderful tradition of parties at homes around Seattle during Christmastide!
Sign up to attend one of the parties below by contacting the church office: 206-622-7278; firstname.lastname@example.org, and you’ll receive more information from the party host. You are welcome to attend more than one party! Some parties have limited space, so sign up soon if you’d like to go!
- Arenivars, 6 pm (West Seattle) – Appetizer Potluck. Children are welcome.
- Dudgeons – 2-4 PM (Lynnwood) – Appetizer & Dessert Buffet. Children are welcome.
- Scharfs – 6 PM (Pioneer Square Area) – Appetizer & Dessert Potluck
- Wheelers – 6 PM (Eastlake) – Cheese Fondue
- Schuberts, 12:30 PM (Greenwood) – Mini Swedish Smorgasbord Potluck. Children are welcome.
- McCutcheons – 5:30 PM (Mountake Terrace) – 50s Holiday Buffet
- Allens, 3-5 PM (Leschi) – Afternoon Potluck Tea – Family Cookie and Dessert Favorites
- Gebbens, 5-8 PM (Mercer Island/Eastside) – Caroling and Cocoa Potluck
- Glauners – 6 PM (Belltown) – Appetizer & Dessert Potluck
- First Church Youth – 12 PM (Belltown) – Lunch
The church family is invited to celebrate the marriage of Duuna Evans and Lorri Salmon on Sunday, 12/29 at 9:45 am!
Would you like to join Rev. Sandy in co-leading a dinner potluck community group that will meet once a month to practice speaking Spanish? If you will be a co-leader, contact Elizabeth Blanton: 206-622-7278; email@example.com.
Atlantic Street Center again opens its Christmas “store” where low-income parents can select and wrap donated toys and other gifts for ages infant to 18. The greatest need is for teenagers. First Church families can bring unwrapped gifts to worship on December 8 and 15.
On Sunday, December 15th at the 10:30 AM service, our Sanctuary Choir will be joined by members of the Kirkland Choral Society, and guest harpist Naomi Kato, for Seven Joys of Christmas; a collection of well-loved carols from around the world, masterfully set by composer Kirke Mechem. Don’t miss this special musical offering.
This year’s “Covenant People” stewardship campaign is nearly finished; with 90 percent of anticipated pledges submitted, you have promised to give $366,000 to support church operations in 2014. If you have not yet completed a pledge, please do so online, or by using a pledge card. For those of you who give online, we must have a new paper authorization for 2014. Both forms are available in the church office, or on the church’s website. Thank you for your vital financial support of First Church’s ministries.
First Church has been a wonderful bastion of support for the Yes on I-594 campaign, signing the petitions and turning them in here, helping get petitions mailed to others around the State who want to gather signatures in support of Universal Background Checks on All Gun Sales in Washington State. Now, as the deadline for gathering signatures draws near, we can step up once again! Traditionally a huge “first day of Christmas shopping day,” Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is a day when huge crowds of shoppers line up early in the morning outside certain stores to take advantage of great sale prices. First Church will be helping gather signatures on I-594 by showing up bright and early in downtown Seattle, to work those lines of shoppers as they wait for the stores to open their doors. Here’s how you can join us!
What: Black Friday Signature Gathering for I-594
Where: Outside the Nike Town store, downtown Seattle (1500 6th Ave & Pike St.)
Why: To protect Washingtonians from gun violence
RSVP: Tiffany Brace, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility via email at tiffany@wagunresponsibility or 541-965-1294.
Join us on Christmas Eve!
Please join us on December 15th following the 10:30 am service for our annual Christmas Pageant and Luncheon! We have a brand new play that the kids are really excited about. It promises to be both funny and heartwarming – you won’t want to miss it!
Help COSPAR appreciate our amazing staff with a “Methodist Christmas Potluck”
Every year, the members of the COSPAR team (Council on Staff and Parish Relations) organizes a fun activity to show our love and appreciation for the hard work of our amazing staff.
We have had:
- a Spanish themed luncheon, Feliz Navidad, with pinata, Rosca de Reyes (sweet Kings Day Bread), and decorations,
- a Bavarian Christmas including a tree with lit candles, candy left in shoes, Bavarian potato salad and meats, and Gluwein (spiced hot drink),
- an Elvis Blue Christmas, complete with pictures with Elvis, blue lights, Elvis themed games, and notes from Elvis to each staff member.
This year, in honor of our 160th anniversary, what better way to honor our staff than with an old fashioned Methodist Christmas Potluck!
Pull out your favorite Christmas recipes and mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 3rd starting at 11:30 am for set-up. The potluck will be from 12:00 – 1:30 pm.
Rumor has it that it will include some church trivia and silly prizes.
If you would also like to bring a small hand made (in true Methodist tradition) holiday food item or craft for the staff, that would be a nice way to show our appreciation in a more lasting and personal way.
Everyone is welcome, but we request that you sign-up to come and let us know what you plan to bring. Email Joyce Frost at: firstname.lastname@example.org
COSPAR Committee members, Mark, Michael, Jeanne, and Joyce
Discipleship 101: Become a First Church Member! Learn about membership at First Church. Join our Membership Class next Sunday, December 1 after the 10:30 service. You’ll learn more about the history, mission and vision of First Church and ways to get connected. After the class you’ll be invited to consider membership. Lunch is provided. Please call or email Elizabeth Blanton if you’d like to attend: 206-622-7278; email@example.com.
As church members, we have pledged to serve with our presence, our gifts and our service. We have already heard about the October pledge drive. Now it is time to think about the service. The Trustees Team would like to find a group of people who are willing to help fix or maintain things at our church, as needed. Can you swing a hammer? Connect an electrical switch? Paint walls? Do you know weeds from ground cover? Or do you have knowledge that you would be able to help others make decisions about building maintenance? We are looking for skills in all building areas: electrical, plumbing, building wear and tear, appliance maintenance, building safety, etc. If you can occasionally help, then please send your name and what skills you would be willing to share, to Troy Heerwagen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.