Flash: ON   December 22, 2014 
Upcoming Events
Preparing for Advent:
Advent study to begin:  “Travel the Highways of Advent”  will explore how to take what you learn from the Bible and apply it to everyday, practical life experience, nurturing faith development and spiritual growth during the church season of Advent.  The class meets at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays in Aldersgate through December 21 and will be led by Chris Squier.
We are looking for families or friends to light the Advent candles each Sunday during Advent at both services and on Christmas Eve.  If you are interested in reading and lighting the candles, please contact Jennifer Grisolia at carmjen@comcast.net
We also are in need of ushers  for the Christmas Eve late service. Please contact Sharyl (skung@allstate.com) if you would like to participate.
Purchase with a Purpose: We have a unique shopping opportunity again this year that will make a big difference for our church kitchen.  Stop by the Pampered Chef Fundraiser table in the Narthex beginning today and start or finish your Christmas shopping.  Choose helpful tools for your own kitchen as well as great gifts for everyone you know who eats. 100% of the proceeds from this Fundraiser will go to purchase a new frost-free upright freezer for the kitchen. For ordering instructions, visit the display table between services or call Kelley Hook at 630-852-2433
Please join other First Church parents for coffee and conversation in Wesley Hall next Sunday, December 7 at 9:15 a.m. Advent resources for families will be available.
The “Dinner and the Arts” group will attend the “Lessons and Carols Advent” presentation at Elmhurst College at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 5 in Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus.  We will meet at the church at 3:15 and carpool.  Dinner will follow, tentatively at Café Amano.  Call Mary Hallman (630-279-7578) by December 1 to make a dinner reservation.  There is no charge for the program.  This new small group is open to anyone interested.

Children’s Christmas Tree:  Make sure to choose a pair of tags from the Children’s Christmas tree today. Once again, take one with you to shop and place the other in the basket after writing your phone number on the back. All wrapped gifts with the tag firmly attached are due back at the church by 10:30 worship on Sunday, December 14th. Envelopes will be available, if you want the youth to shop for you. Call Carolyn Heiney 630-834-1426 with questions.
LifeTouch Photos; If you ordered pictures during our Directory photography sessions last month, you should have received them at your home by now. Those families who chose only the complimentary 8 x 10 photos may pick them up on the Yoke table in the Narthex.  
United Methodist Women Advent / Christmas Program: Christmas from the Gospel of Luke
Saturday, Dec. 6  10:00 a.m. - Biblical Storyteller Beth Galbreath will present our program, sharing the opening chapters of the Gospel of Luke. This powerful selection highlights the stories of two strong New Testament women, one older, one younger. Come join us for refreshments and a spiritual beginning to the holiday season.
Public Action to Deliver Shelter: Our next weekend to support PADS will be Jan. 3-4, 2015.  There are openings on all shifts at this time.  Doug & Lola Hotchkis will be coordinating the dinner (thanks a bunch!).  Please take time to add your name to the chart in Wesley Hall to help with this local, hands-on mission ministry.
Please come see the Capital Campaign update bulletin board in Wesley Hall, (west wall) with before-and-after photos, and to look at the photo album on the table which shows many more pictures of phases in the progress of all of the Capital Campaign projects.  Please note that there is a box on the table for questions/comments for the Capital Campaign Steering Committee.  A list of Steering Committee members is posted on the table.
Spirito! Singers  is an exceptional choral organization based in the Western Suburbs with rehearsals held in both La Grange and Elmhurst.  Three ensembles include: Bravura, young women 9th -12th, Ragazze girls, 5th – 8th grade, grade of Elmhurst and of LaGrange, and the Men of Spirito!, men 18 years old and up. 
Join us for our upcoming concert The Seven Joys of Christmas at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church on Sunday, December 7th at 3:00pm.  For more information regarding our concerts or other Spirito! events please visit our website www.spiritosingers.org or call (630) 581-5440.
Mark your calendar for “Should I Stay or Should I Go? Exploring Options for Successful Aging”, a HUGS presentation with lunch on January 11, 2015. Details to follow.
Special Offering Today for United Voices for Children:  United Voices for Children encourages congregations in the Northern Illinois Conference to make a difference in the lives of children by supporting and developing ministries for children and youth. On months where there is a 5th Sunday they also promote the 5th Sunday Appeal that provides critical financial resources to the United Methodist-related child-serving agencies in the Northern Illinois Conference: ChildServ, MYSI Corporation (formerly Methodist Youth Services), and Rosecrance.
To support the United Voices for Children Sunday, write your check to your church with a note in the memo "United Voices for Children," and place it in the Sunday offering plate or the Church Office. Thank you!

Imagine No Malaria Loose Change Jar: Don’t forget to put your loose change in the Jar! It is in Wesley Hall by the Missions table.

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