NEWSLETTER: November 2018

"Upcoming Events"




This month we would like to highlight our upcoming Christmas events to give everyone time to prepare and eagerly anticipate this holiday season. Our theme for this year is "The Advent of Wonder: Wait, Watch, Worship" As we get closer to the season, we will put out more detailed information and get flyers and posters to spread all around and invite friends, but here is just a taste of what is to come.

Unwrapping Advent (Hanging of the Greens): This year our Christmas kickoff service will be on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2nd. We will start off the evening with a potluck dinner at 5:30PM and have the service at 6:30PM. We will also have a photography space set up to take Christmas themed photos during the potluck and after the service. This is an opportunity to get a cute photo taken for a Christmas card or just a fun, silly photo to post on your Facebook page. We encourage all to come dressed in their best (funniest, ugliest, cutest) Christmas attire and be ready to kick off the Christmas season right!

Carols by Candlelight: This year I want to invite you to participate with me in Carols by Candlelight on Dec. 9th at 6:00PM. Please let me know a favorite Carol or fun Christmas song that you would like for us to sing. Also, if you have a poem, special music, vocal or instrumental, that you would like to share, please let me know by Dec. 1st. I hope that the Apostolic Church will participate with us again, as last year. So plan to come and be a part of this celebration of Christmas.
-Carol Walters

Children's Happy Birthday Jesus Party: During the 10:30AM worship service on Dec. 16th, the Children's program will be hosting a Happy Birthday Jesus party for children in preschool through 5th grade. This will be an exciting event for all the children with all sorts of Christmas themed activities. It will last the duration of the service.

Live Nativity: Again this year we will be putting on our Live Nativity out at the North Albany property on Dec. 15th and 16th from 6-8PM. We will be using the same setup as last year, possibly with some added décor. Official signups will start the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We will be setting up the tent and hopefully the dividers on Dec. 1st at 10:00AM. If you are interested in doing any work on décor setup/construction/painting, costumes or makeup, please contact Ashleigh Carnley.

Christmas Eve Eve Service: Yes, you read that right. This year, instead of having our Christmas eve service on Christmas eve, we are going to have the service on Sunday, Dec. 23rd at 6:00PM. We chose to do this to make it easier for more families to come as we know that many families like to celebrate at home or with family on Christmas Eve. This will be a shorter service focused on our anticipation of Christ's birth.

JingleLyfe Youth Christmas Party: The youth group will be having our annual Christmas party in place of youth group on Dec. 19th at 5:30PM. We plan on giving out prizes for best Christmas attire again this year as well as having our white elephant gift exchange. We are also looking for a home to host this party. We would prefer you provide a meal, and we will provide all the fun! Please contact Ashleigh Carnley if interested.

Christ Birthday Offering:
We will be receiving our annual Christ birthday offering on Dec. 16th during the morning worship service. This offering goes to benefit the work of our larger organization as well as the national Women of the Church of God ministry.



"Dates to Highlight in November"


11/04 -9:15 AM, Adult Sunday School
11/04 -10:30 AM, Inter-generational Worship Service
11/04 -Apostolic Church Service, Every Sunday, 1:30 to 4 PM
11/04 -Prayer Meeting in Annex, 4 PM, Every Sunday
11/06 -Apostolic Church Meets every Tuesday6-9 PM
11/07 -Women's Prayer Meeting 9AM at Norma Winter's
11/07 -Lyfe Youth Group, meets every Wednesday, 6-8:30 PM,
11/07 -Worship Team Meets every Wednesday, 3:30 PM
11/07 -Ladies Bible Study every Wednesday 6:30PM
11/09 -Memorial Service for June Grice 2:00PM
11/14 -FatLyfe Youth Thanksgiving Party 6-8:30PM
11/15 -Board/Council Meeting, 6:30 PM
11/17 -Memorial Service for Les Bailey at Hope Church 2:00PM
11/22-23 -Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving, all regular


"Youth and Young Adults"


After School hang out for all middle and high schoolers Wednesday after early release

Lyfe Youth Group meets every Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 PM for Middle & High School Youth & Young Adults

JustLyfe Youth Game Night is the first Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8:30 PM for Youth and Young Adults.

Young Adult Bible Study
Sundays at 9:15 AM,

Worship/Youth Director
Ashleigh Carnley
fcglyfe@firstchurchalbany.org