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Of Biblical ProportionsSunday Worship, December 17
Morning Service, 10:45 a.m., Sanctuary: Senior Pastor Cole Huffman will begin a series entitled Call Me Blessed:Mary’s Magnificat. The title of the message this week is "Of Biblical Proportions" from Luke 1:46-56. God At Work: Amy Irvine (Neighborhood Christian Center Bible Study). Evening Service, 6:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall  Join us for worship and preaching. Pastor Seth Stevens will continue an exegetical series entitled Philippians: Progress and Joy in the Faith.

 

ConnectKids Sunday Schedule: "Jesus is Born"
Elementary: 9:00 a.m. Sunday School (The Sparkle Project!)
PreK: 9:00 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Children's Church—Christmas Celebration
Nursery: Regular programing

**If your child is participating in the nativity for the evening Christmas Eve Service, please stay after church to practice in the sanctuary.

 

The Sparkle ProjectConnectKids "The Sparkle Project!"—Christmas Celebration THIS Sunday, December 17! Please send a winter accessory to Sunday School with your elementary-aged child on December 17! We will wrap these gifts together and pray for the recipients during Sunday School that day. Remember to record acts of kindness and obedience for our Sparkle Box. We look forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth with your children and learning how we bless Him when we bless others! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Click here for more info on "The Sparkle Project!" or call the Children’s Ministry office.

 

Favorite Family Cookie FellowshipFavorite Family Cookie Fellowship
THIS Sunday, December 17, 10:15 a.m., Fellowship Hall

You are invited to bring a batch of your family's favorite Christmas cookies to share and enjoy during fellowship time. Please drop your cookies off by 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall and make sure and label them with your family name and a list of ingredients to help those with food allergies. Sharing your recipe on an index card is optional. Watch this video!

 

It's A Wonderful LifeLLL Movie Day, Monday, December 18, 1:00 p.m., Chapel
Join us for popcorn, drinks, and a showing of the classic Christmas movie, It's A Wonderful Life.

 

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Do you plan to do a lot of your Christmas shopping online?  Did you know that if you shop online at Amazon, a percentage of your purchases will go to support the ministry of First Evangelical Church? You can click here or simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and search for First Evangelical Church as the organization you would like to support. 

 

Embracing HospitalityNEEDED: Hospitality Volunteers for Holiday Sundays (December 24* or December 31*) Thanks to all the Sunday School classes who have Embraced Hospitality on Sunday mornings by welcoming people in the parking lots and at the doors and welcome desks. Since it is difficult for entire classes to serve during the holidays, we are looking for volunteers. Please contact Crickett Keeth if you’d like to serve. (*No Sunday School; serve before the service).

 

360 Weekend360 Weekend "Be Here" (An overnight retreat for students 6th–12th grade), January 26–28, 2018  360 Weekend is a weekend full of fun and worship. Students will meet at the church on Friday evening and join us for an exciting weekend where we’ll hear from a great speaker, worship together, and have lots of fun! All meals and transportation will be provided. Students will be spending the night at either a host home or the church. Cost: $75/student by December 31; $85/student by January 19. Sign up online now, here.


Upcoming Events

  • Christmas Eve, December 24, No Sunday School
    Worship Service, 10:45 a.m.–noon, Sanctuary

    Elementary and Preschool Children worship with parents (No ConnectKids Worship); Child care: 2 years old and under
    Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5:00 p.m.
    With Children's Nativity and singing. Child care: 2 years old and under.

  • Precept Bible Study “The Righteous Shall Live By Faith. But How?” — Romans Part 4, Beginning January 8
    To register contact Sara Butler at sarabutler6@gmail.com or 491-0101 by Friday, December 29.

  • New Year's Eve Service, December 31, No Sunday School
    Worship Service, 10:45 a.m.–noon, Sanctuary

    Elementary and Preschool Children worship with parents (No ConnectKids Worship); Child care: 2 years old and under
    Evening Service, 6:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

  • Church CLOSED: December 23, 25, 26, and 30, 2017 and January 1, 2018
    For year-end giving, the Finance Office will be open December 27, 28, and 29 until 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 31 until 7:00 p.m.

  • Midweek, Wednesdays, beginning January 10, 5:00–7:30/8:00 p.m. (Sign up for Child Care here)
    There's something for everyone on Wednesday nights. It starts with dinner from 5:00–6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, where you can choose from a hot meal or a lighter soup and salad. Drop off the kids (6 weeks through 5th grade) at 6:00 p.m. and you'll have no problem making it to any of the other offerings by 6:15 p.m. Most activities end at 7:30 p.m. with a few lasting until 8:00 p.m., but all the kids are cared for until 8:00 p.m. if needed.

  • A Colorful Day "Wholehearted Trust," Saturday, February 10, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Cost $10 (Additional cost for some sessions)
    Come join us for a special day filled with learning, creativity, and encouragement. You will have the opportunity to sign up for two electives taught by fellow women of First Evan and will be treated to a brunch between sessions. This day provides a wonderful opportunity to invite neighbors, friends, and loved ones to experience the community we have at our church. Childcare is provided. Registration begins Sunday, January 14.

  • Father-Daughter Luau, Thursday, January 25, 6:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
    Cost: $10/person ($30 family max). Fathers and daughters of all ages are invited to join us for a night of food, hula dancing, sno cones, crafts and lots of fun! Tickets will be available for purchase Sunday, January 1 here.


Ongoing Events


Mondays

  • Walking for the Ages Walking Class, 7:15 a.m., Meet in Gym Lobby (ON HOLD)
    Join us for a high-intensity walking class for seasoned athletes, novice exercisers, young, and old, that incorporates dynamic movements as you walk.

  • Men's Prayer Breakfast, 6:30 a.m., Gathering Place (does not meet when the church is closed)

  • Mighty Mommas Circuit Class*, 9:45–10:45 a.m., Multi-purpose Room (ON HOLD)
    Get fit in this beginner-friendly circuit class, focusing on cardio, strength, total body fitness, and fat loss. Young mothers striving to rediscover their strength and confidence will find a community of friends having fun while focusing on their overall fitness. No heavy lifting. Register here. *Must have 3 people to form a class.

  • Pickleball, 7:30 a.m., Gym
    All are welcome, so come have some laughs and work up a sweat.

  • Multi-National Ministries (Crossroads and Impact Service Opportunity), 4:45-7:30 p.m., Meet in Gym Lobby
    A Christian organization that reaches out to the world that has come to Memphis—the refugees and immigrants who need help finding their way, understanding the culture, achieving academic success, and feeling the love of God. Just about every Monday night during the school year, we load up a van full of students and head to MNM for a night of tutoring and evangelism. Bring some money for dinner and we will go eat, serve, and be back around 7:30 p.m. For more information on the work of Multi-National Ministries, click here.

  • Zumba, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Multi-purpose Room
    An aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and music. You don't even know you're exercising! $5/class.

  • Precept Bible Study “The Righteous Shall Live By Faith. But How?” — Romans Part 4, Beginning January 8
    To register contact Sara Butler at sarabutler6@gmail.com or 491-0101 by Friday, December 29.

  • Men's Bible Study “The Gospel According to Luke" with Buddy Jones, now–November 27 and February 5–April 30, 6:30–8:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall  Join us on Monday nights as we put ourselves in the place of Theophilus and study volume one, the Gospel of Luke, and grow in our certainty regarding Jesus. Details and registration here.

Tuesdays
  • Play 735, 10:00 a.m.–noon, Gym
    Open gym available to kids through 5th grade for play and fellowship time. Balls and other equipment will be provided. Parents or caregivers must remain with children at all times. No child care provided. 

  • Heart to Heart Bible Study "All Things New: A Study of 2 Corinthians" written by Kelly Minter, January 9–March 6, 9:30–11:30 a.m., Chapel
    Over eight sessions, we will explore anchoring truths that will help us proclaim and live by the message: Because of Jesus the old has gone, the new has come. To register, click here or contact Sharon Mrok. Books can be purchased at Lifeway or Amazon

  • Pilates, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Multi-purpose Room (E125/126)
    Helping improve core strengthening and function taught by certified Pilates instructor Susan Gray. Bring your own mat. $10/class.

  • Boy Scout Troop 276, 6:30–8:15 p.m., Impact and Crossroads Rooms
    We are a Christ-centered Boy Scout Troop helping boys grow into authentic Godly men. For more information contact Richard Marsh at 482-4429.

  • Women's "Healing for Heart Wounds," March 20–April 17, 9:30–11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
    This five-week workshop will take you through five core lessons which are the steps of recognizing, procession, dealing with, and healing from trauma and grief. Details here.

Wednesdays
  • Walking for the Ages Walking Class, 7:15 a.m., Meet in Gym Lobby (ON HOLD)
    Join us for a high-intensity walking class for seasoned athletes, novice exercisers, young, and old, that incorporates dynamic movements as you walk.

  • Pickleball, 7:30 a.m., Gym
    All are welcome, so come have some laughs and work up a sweat.

  • Worship Choir, Dinners: 5:00–6:15 p.m., Chapel; Rehearsals: 6:15–8:00 p.m., Sanctuary
    If you like to sing, please help the Worship Choir lead the Classic Service. Let us know if you'll be joining us. For more information, call the Worship Office at 682-8452 or email April Fichthorn.

  • Student Ministries' Wednesday Nights, January 10–May 2 (No meeting March 14), 6:15–7:45 p.m.Impact (Middle School), Room E226 and Crossroads (High School), Room E202  Provides an opportunity for students to grow in their relationships with Jesus, their friends, and their adult small group leaders. Each week we meet for games, worship, teaching, and small group time. Small groups are divided by grade and gender to discuss the message from the evening, build friendships, and pray together. Afterwards, we eat great snacks and hang out. For more information, email students@firstevan.org.

  • Heart to Heart Bible Study "All Things New: A Study of 2 Corinthians" written by Kelly Minter, January 10–March 7, 6:15–8:00 p.m., Chapel
    Over eight sessions, we will explore anchoring truths that will help us proclaim and live by the message: Because of Jesus the old has gone, the new has come. To register, click here or contact Sharon Mrok. Books can be purchased at Lifeway or Amazon. 

  • Men’s Ministry Spiritual Growth Groups with Seth Stevens, Wednesdays, January 10–April 25 (No meeting March 14), 6:15–7:30 p.m., Room A211 Spiritual Growth Groups are communities of men intentionally training their spiritual disciplines so they might look more like Christ in their everyday lives (Ephesians 4:12-13) and be better equipped for ministry. This process involves dependence upon God’s guidance through His Word and Spirit, as well as commitment, prayer, and honesty within the church body.

  • Equipping Elective "Seeking Shalom" with Andrew Beach and Jim Pendleton, Wednesdays, January 10–February 8, 6:15–7:30 p.m., Room A211  "Seeking Shalom" is a six-week, video-based series on how our traditional approaches to poverty may not bring about long-term gospel transforming outcomes. Those who attend this series will gain a richer biblical understanding of poverty. But they will also learn how to bring the peace and love of God to our neighbors by building dignity into each person through cross-cultural community. For registration and more information, click here or contact Andrew Beach.

  • Awana, Wednesdays, January 10–April 25; Awana Store: April 18; Awards Night: April 25 (No meeting March 14), 6:00–7:30 p.m.
    Cost: $35 per child (additional fees for shirts, vests, CD’s, & extra books) Age 3 (by January 10) through 5th grade.
    Build a firm foundation of God’s Word in your children’s lives through our Awana program on Wednesday night. Children will participate in handbook time (Scripture memorization and recitation), council time (songs, Bible stories, etc.), and game time. Register here. It is not necessary to re-register if you registered for Fall 2017.

  • CRASH!, January 10–April 25 (No meeting March 14), 6:00–7:30 p.m., Room A111; Cost: $40 per child. Announcing CRASH! A First Evan Trash Can Band for 3rd–5th graders. Under the direction of Doris Shifflette, this unique percussion ensemble will learn, perform, and transform God's Word into energetic and engaging rhythms. Children will actively participate in playing on aluminum/rubber trash cans and various "crashing" items. The repertoire will model the Orff Schulwerk method of utilizing creative rondos to form organized rhythmical compositions. The curriculum will focus on God's Word. Register here.

  • Financial Peace University, January 10–March 7, 6:15 p.m., A221  More than 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Thirty-three percent of Christian marriages end in divorce, and money problems are the number one cause. More than 1.5 million families have attended Financial Peace University (FPU) with amazing results. On average, these families paid off $5,300 in debt and saved $2,700 in just the first 90 days! FPU consists of a 9-week video curriculum, taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey, that incorporates small-group discussions to encourage accountability and discipleship. FPU is highly entertaining for everyone, with a unique combination of humor, informative financial advice and biblical messages. Register here.

  • Women's "Healing for Heart Wounds," March 21–April 18, 6:15–8:00 p.m., Chapel
    This five-week workshop will take you through five core lessons which are the steps of recognizing, procession, dealing with, and healing from trauma and grief. Details here.

Thursdays
  • Pickleball, 7:30 a.m., Gym
    All are welcome, so come have some laughs and work up a sweat.

  • Pilates, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Multi-purpose Room (E125/126)
    Helping improve core strengthening and function taught by certified Pilates instructor Susan Gray. Bring your own mat. $10/class.

FRIDAYS
  • Walking for the Ages Walking Class, 7:15 a.m., Meet in Gym Lobby (ON HOLD)
    Join us for a high-intensity walking class for seasoned athletes, novice exercisers, young, and old, that incorporates dynamic movements as you walk.

Sundays
  • Worship Service Intercessors
    Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer…” Each Sunday there is someone in the Prayer Room praying for our pastors, worship leaders, and congregation during both Sunday morning worship services. Will you consider committing to pray as our church gathers? You only need to commit once or twice a year. Please contact Kate Patrick at 685-0171.

  • Impact Sunday Evening Community (SEC), December 10, 6:15–8:00 p.m., Boys: Philip Vickery’s House (2086 Knoll Lane), Girls: Campbell Kizer’s House (9617 Colthurst Cove) SEC is a time for Impact students to gather on Sunday evenings, for snacks, fun activities, and Bible Study. Grab your Bible and friend and come hang out with us as we study God’s Word together! 

  • Crossroads Light Nights, December 10, 6:30–8:15 p.m., The Berr Den (4969 Flamingo Road) Light Nights is a time for Crossroads students to gather together on Sunday nights for dinner, fellowship, and Bible Study. Grab your Bible and a friend and come hang out with us as we study God’s Word together!


Announcements/Needs

  • Audio/Visual Assistance Needed
    If you like working with gadgets and other technical things, our A/V ministry might be able to use your skills and interests. For more information on volunteering in this area contact Nick Toebbe.

  • Guardians Needed, Sundays and Wednesdays
    Men are needed to help keep our church members and property safe during church services and activities. Contact Charlie Mazzone at 494-0431.

  • Mother's Day Out Teachers Needed, Mondays and Thursdays
    Contact MDO at mdo@firstevan.org or call Susan Guffin at 685-7561.

  • Kroger Community Rewards
    Kroger allows you to link your card to one charity. You can have extended family members and friends register as well. To register, simply activate your card at Kroger.com, click log-in, click on the “community” tab. Register your card to “First Evangelical Church” organizational number “23883.” It only takes five minutes to register.

  • Lessons and Carols 2016 “Gift of Gifts” and Palm Sunday 2017 “Awesome Wonder, the Majesty and Glory” CDsAvailable from the Audio Ministry. Request forms are located at the Information Desks. Cost $5.

  • The Worship Service is now available in its’ entirety on CD. Cost $4. You may fill out an audio form at the Information Desk in the Foyer.