December 11, 2022

Welcome to Worship

We’re so glad you’re here. Whether you are joining us in-person or online we are excited to spend the morning with you.

Today’s Message from Pastor Nathanael

Who do we find in the manger?Love– I John 4:8; John 15:13 

During Advent, we often focus on four blessings from God that came at Christmas: hope, joy, peace, and love. What we might sometimes fail to realize is that at the first Christmas, these blessings did not just come with Jesus, but Jesus himself IS these blessings. I ask the question, “who do we find in the manger?” And the answer is “All these blessings embodied in the person of Jesus Christ.”

Featured Events & Church News


Congregational Meeting TODAY, following second service. We will be voting on our organizational chart and the 2023 general budget. All are welcome but only members can vote. The 2023 proposed general budget is available now at the Welcome Centers for you to review. 

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 4:00pm and 5:30pm 

Christmas Day/New Year’s Day 9:00am Service ONLY (No Equip Groups, Youth, Sunday School, or nursery available.) 

Hospitals, Rehab, Procedures Karen Werstler, Fred Merritt, Mike Manoff 

Director of IT/Media This position is 40 hours a week. Oversee the development, implementation, and maintenance of all church audio/video and IT needs. Interested candidates should email their resume to rfoote@firstfriends.org 

Sports


Registrations Now Open For: Girls Volleyball Clinic: Gr 2–3, Jan 12–Mar 2 Men’s Open Basketball: Age 18+, Jan 5–Mar 23 Co-ed K-1 Basketball Clinic: Age 5–Gr 1, Jan 14–March 4 Visit www.firstfriendssports.com to register. 

Youth Pickleball: Age 11–17, begins Jan 11. Registration required by emailing leurene.mail@ gmail.com 

Baseball Director We are in search for someone who has a passion for youth baseball. We are looking for someone to help direct and run the youth baseball leagues. Directors will help the Sports Ministry team with game facilitation, schedule preparations, coaches’ communications, and team devotionals. If you are interested, please email rybarnett@firstfriends.org. 

Concession Help We are looking for workers and volunteers to help run a concession stand during our youth girls volleyball leagues in the winter on Fridays or Saturdays. If you are interested in applying, please contact tzornes@firstfriends.org for more information. 

Youth


HS: Sunday Youth TONIGHT, last Sunday night 

MS/HS: Christmas Party Wednesday, Dec 14, 6:30–8:30pm. Food, fellowship, and fun. 

MS/HS: Annual Christmas Caroling Caravan Saturday, Dec. 17, 11am–4pm. 

MS/HS: Up All Night Friday & Saturday, Jan. 6–7. Register by Dec. 18 for early bird cost: $25! 

Missions


Luke 10 Exploration Trip December 4–13 Pray for Pastor Scott Calhoun & Rusty Savage from EFC-ER and others from EFM as they travel to northern Thailand to explore the possibility of launching new mission fields to the Lahu People of Thailand, Laos, and other southeast Asian countries. Learn more here: www.friendsmission. com/luke-10-trips/