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  • Minister's Message

    CONTACT: Rev. Chris Shorow cshorow@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544

    Coming soon to a theater near you is a holiday film that may be worth seeing. “The Man Who Invented Christmas” is the story of Charles Dickens and the writing of “A Christmas Carol,” published in 1843. Of course, we are all too familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitors. But the book from which the movie is based, authored by Les Standiford, tells much more of the story.

    It seems many of our Christmas customs come from this book as well. For instance, having Scrooge purchase a Christmas turkey for Bob Cratchit and his family, rather than the traditional Christmas goose, not only destroyed the goose-raising industry in England, but established the turkey as the preferred dish for our major holidays. But images of Scrooge, Tiny Tim—even Bah, Humbug!—dominate our Christmas world. Other than Clement Moore’s 1823 poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” which introduced us to a Santa Claus that was rotund, wore a red suit and flew to our houses to deliver gifts to deserving boys and girls, few cultural pieces have contributed as much to our celebration of Christmas than “A Christmas Carol.”

    And in a miracle of timing, our Advent theme for this Christmas is “A Christmas Carol.” We will be exploring the past, present and future of our own Christmas celebrations and what Christ’s birth means for us. We will also be looking at how our culture has come to define Christmas as much as our faith stories. What aspects of our cultural celebration of Christmas and all of the frenzy of commercialism it brings are worth recognizing and which are best left out? After all, the simple story of Jesus and his birth in a humble manger is what this holiday is ultimately about. We have been given the greatest gift, in a Savior that comes to us as a child.

    So, if you get a chance to see the movie this season, it might be worth it. Remember, this is not a movie review—it hasn’t been released yet. The trailer looks good, but don’t blame me if it is not a good movie! And during our worship we will be seeing and hearing about scenes from “A Christmas Carol” itself. It also might be worth reading again, or seeing one of the movie adaptations. Remember, there is time to turn from “Bah, Humbug” to “Merry Christmas, everyone!”

  • Celebrate Advent – Past, Present, Future

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544

    Join us this Advent season as we celebrate Christ’s birth through worship, music, giving, and remembrance. For the complete detailed listing of Advent events, visit www.fccedmond.org/advent or use the back page of this newsletter for a detailed calendar.

    Alternative Christmas MarketOpen Sunday mornings December 3 and December 10 

    Service of RemembranceSunday, December 3, 3:00pm

    Hanging of the Greens Sunday, December 3, 6:30pm

    Children’s Musical – Sunday, December 10, 6:30pm

    Christmas Cantata – Sunday, December 17, 6:30pm

    Christmas Eve Unified Morning Worship Service – Sunday, December 24, 10:45am

    Children’s Christmas Eve Service – Sunday, December 24, 5:30pm

    Candlelight Christmas Eve Services – Sunday, December 24, 7 & 11pm

  • Bells During the Advent Season

    CONTACT: Melissa VanOsdol, mcvanosdol@gmail.com 405.471.7470

    The sounds of Christmas induce wonderful memories for all. Sleigh bells, laughter, crackling fires, and favorite carols work together to create that memorable atmosphere during the most wonderful time of the year. This year, the Chancel Ringers will be providing music during the four weeks of Advent. The traveling quartet of ringers will be in different spots around the church to help enhance the holiday spirit. Please take a moment to pause and listen as we provide holiday music for all to hear. And then on the fourth Sunday of Advent, please join us as we perform in worship, adding to the wonderful sounds in our church as we usher in the celebration of the birth of Christ.

  • Edmond Community Chorale Holiday Concert and Toy Drive

    CONTACT: Bev Schmoyer grandmabev05@aol.com

    Edmond Community Chorale cordially invites you to attend their Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 5, at 7pm in the Sanctuary, featuring FCC's own Terry Earnheart, Mark Parkhurst and Bev Schmoyer. Under the direction of Rondal J. Wallace, the concert will feature choruses from “Messiah” by G. F. Handel, along with other holiday favorites. Please join ECC for their performance of this masterwork, one of the most beloved choral works in music history. Selections include favorites such as “And the Glory of the Lord,” “For Unto Us A Child Is Born,” and “Hallelujah.” Admission to the concert is free; guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy (or monetary donation) to benefit the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner. An Oklahoma City Christmas Day tradition since 1947, the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner provides warm meals and toys to thousands of people each year. Mark your calendars to join ECC for their Holiday Concert, as they celebrate the season and support a worthy cause.

  • Cookies Needed for Child Care Center Christmas Program

    CONTACT: Robbi Kinnaird robbi@kinnaird.com 405.340.2427

    The Child Care Center Christmas Program is Thursday, December 14, at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. If you have never attended this event, it is amazing! Probably the largest attendance had at First Christian Church. The children sing, dance, and share the message of Christmas with their families and friends.

    Immediately following this special performance is a Cookies and Milk reception and even a visit from ol’ St. Nick himself. As members of First Christian Church, we have assisted with the reception by setting up and providing cookies. We need your help providing delicious cookies, greeting and serving! If you would be able to provide 2 to 3 dozen cookies and/or help set up, greet and serve, please email robbi@kinnaird.com or call 405.340.2427. Please bring cookies to the kitchen no later than the afternoon of the 14th. Mark items with CCC Program and note if nuts are in your cookies.

  • Shop with Amazon Smile and Give to First Christian Church

    CONTACT: Karla Mahan kmahan@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544

    Do you shop on-line for your holiday purchases? Shop from home and give to First Christian Church through Amazon Smile! All eligible purchases made at Amazon.com will contribute one half of one percent back to First Christian Church. Since 2014, First Christian has received $582.45 in contributions from Amazon Smile. Follow the link at the top of our website at www.fccedmond.org to sign up to make First Christian Church your “charity of choice” for all of your purchases made through Amazon.com. What an easy way to shop and give!

  • Wednesday UNITE!

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544

    Join us on Wednesday evenings for food, fellowship, learning and fun! Adults, children and students can UNITE for a delicious meal, share meaningful conversation, and experience faith development in one of our classes or small groups. UNITE is a place to grow in your faith and form lasting relationships in a relaxed and welcoming environment. See www.fccedmond.org/unite for a complete list of adult, children, and student activities. 

    The last night of UNITE for the Fall semester will be Wednesday, December 6. UNITE will start back up January 17, 2018!

  • Dates to Remember

    November 23 & 24 – Thanksgiving! Church offices and Child Care Center closed

    November 26 – Life After Loss, 4:30pm in room 130

    December 3 & 10 – Alternative Christmas Market, Sunday mornings in the Rotunda

    December 3 – Service of Remembrance, 3:00pm Chapel

    December 3 – Hanging of the Greens, 6:30pm Sanctuary

    December 7 & 21 – Lunch Bunch, 10am games, lunch served at 11:30am

    December 14 – Child Care Christmas Program, 6:30pm Sanctuary

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Worship News

  • On the Worship Schedule

    Worship at First Christian – Sundays at 8:15, 9 & 11am

    November 26, 2017 - Minister: Rev. Chris Shorow; Scripture: Exodus 12:14-20; Children Worship & Wonder: Advent I

    December 3, 2017 - First Sunday of Advent; Minister: Rev. Micah James; Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10; Children Worship & Wonder: Advent II

    December 10, 2017 - Second Sunday of Advent; Minister: Rev. Mark Taylor; Scripture: Matthew 2:7-12; Children Worship & Wonder: Advent III

  • Watch and Listen to Sermons Online

    Watch and listen to sermons from our worship services anytime! To watch live streaming of our services, follow the link at www.fccedmond.org/live. To listen, visit our Sermons page at www.fccedmond.org. Tell your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers about First Christian Church, point them to our website, and encourage them to watch and listen online! 

    Need Wifi?  Be our guest! Public wifi access is available at First Christian Church. Use password “fccedmond”. 

    “Like” our Facebook page - First Christian Church of Edmond - and stay up-to-date on all the latest events!

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Serve News

  • Operation Christmas Child Thank You!

    CONTACT: Dave Larrison wlarrison@cox.net

    During this past week - which was Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week - over 3,250 boxes were collected! Boxes came from First Christian Church and from all over Edmond and the surrounding communities. What an amazing week! Thank each and everyone of you that packed, prayed, donated items, loaded the truck, received the boxes, tracked all of the boxes,  and finally, brought snacks and lunch for the workers. With out your help this could not have be done! Thank you!

  • We Need YOU at Breakfast on Boulevard!

    CONTACT: Judy Griffis 405.348.1443

    Breakfast on Boulevard (BOB), a ministry of First Christian Church, serves breakfast and offers a sack lunch each weekday morning to those in our community in need. This ministry is possible only through the generous support and time given by its volunteers. Currently, BOB is experiencing record numbers and is in need of additional volunteers! The hours are early, but the reward is great. Please contact Judy Griffis today and answer this call to serve. 

    …He said, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you." Jesus said, "Then feed my sheep.” John 21:17

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Children's News

  • Children's Events

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544

    Ages 3 -5 grade, join us each Sunday morning at 10am in the Children’s Education Building for Sunday school and each Wednesday evening from 5-7:30pm for UNITE!

    - The Last Unite for 2017 – Wednesday, December 6

    - Parents’ Night Out – Friday, December 8 from 6-9pm - You must pre-register online by December 1 at www.fccedmond.org/register

    - The Children’s Christmas Musical – Sunday, December 10 at 6:30pm

    - Children’s Christmas Eve Service –Sunday, December 24 at 5:30pm

    (Go to www.fccedmond.org/advent for more information on holiday events!)

  • 5th & 6th Graders - Interested in Pastors’ Class?

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544

    If your 5th or 6th Grader (who has not yet attended Pastors’ Class) is interested in being involved in the 2018 Pastors' Class, please let Jennifer (above) know as soon as possible. There will be a Parent Information Meeting set for mid- January. Pastors’ Class is set to start the beginning of February.

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Student Ministries News

  • Holiday Poinsettias

    CONTACT: Rev. Mark Taylor mtaylor@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544

    Since the 16th century, poinsettias have been associated with Christmas. Native to southern Mexico, their star shaped leaves are said to represent the Star of Bethlehem, the color red the blood of Christ, and white, Christ’s purity. Help Student Ministries decorate the church during the Advent season by purchasing beautiful poinsettias for the worship spaces. You may also purchase poinsettias for your home or office. Poinsettias are $15 each and can be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one. Order online at www.fccedmond.org/register or pick up an order form at the Welcome Center. All proceeds benefit the Student Ministries Mission Fund. Order deadline is December 3.

  • Fall 2017 Schedule of Events

    CONTACT: Rev. Mark Taylor mtaylor@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    Join us each Sunday morning at 10am in the Family Life Center for breakfast, announcements and Sunday School classes and each Wednesday evening at 5:45pm for UNITE!

    December 1 – Snowball Christmas Party, “Who Done It at the Tacky Christmas Sweater Shindig?” You’re invited to an evening of suspicion, surprise and suspense at the 2017 Snowball thriller, Friday, December 1 from 6 – 9:30pm. Cost is $15 per person, friends are welcome! Bring a pair of adult size gloves to support Church Under the Bridge in Oklahoma City. Register by November 26 at www.fccedmond.org/register

    December 3 – Hanging of the Greens Service – Rehearsal at 4:30pm, Service at 6:30pm Each year we celebrate the beginning of the Advent season with this special youth-led service. We will meet in the Sanctuary at 4:30 for a final rehearsal and share a meal together before the service at 6:30pm. All are encouraged to be a part of this special celebration!

    December 6 – Last Unite of the Semester and Small Group Parties! Please let Mark know if your Small Group will be staying on campus or if going off site. If your party is off site, students must have a current Medical Form and the last page signed of the attachment in Mark’s possession before you may leave.

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Care News

  • In Our Prayers This Week

    THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER Bill & Connie LaRue, John & Dot Hammond, Opal McGough, Charles Cone, Laura Harris, Bettye & John Sherwood, Beverly Terry, Jo Jackson, Don Keeton

    Please share your prayer requests with us so we can pray for you. Contact Pastoral Assistant, Iris Muno Jordan at ijordan@fccedmond.org or 341-3544, ext. 110.

  • Happy Birthday FCC Friends!

    11/26 Cara Cowan, Mitch Holliman, Charlanne Johnson, Alice Musser, Ann Wilson

    11/27 Travis Christensen, Erma Costner, Sharon Cutter, Opal McGough, Garrett O’Meara, Derek Price

    11/28 Gerry Baker, Shirley Cox, Ibiera Tienabeso

    11/29 Bill Cather

    11/30 Iris Cook, Sofia Patterson

    12/1 Louis Brigham, Robert Hall, Kyle Schwab

    12/2 Pat Coker, Niles Jackson, Sharon Mullins, Martha Puryear, Sharie Wilkins, Kaitlyn Wood

    12/3 Allan Booher, Heather Fieth, Jim Miller

    12/4 Alba Duller, Russell Kious, Rachel Luschen

    12/5  Rodney King, Margo Richardson

    12/6  Luci Perdue, Sandy Prewitt, Audra Stone, Jamie Werhun

    12/7  Emily Bare, Julie Holliman, Foster Johnson, Bristol Mangum, Dana Theobald

    12/8  Matthew Rahhal, Jill Wilburn

    12/9  Sue Sestak

    12/10 Kimberly Kerr

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