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Bulletin for November 29

NEWS – First Presbyterian Church of Warren

Pre-Advent Activities

The Advent of Advent
The Christmas season comes upon us so quickly and goes by us in a blur.  This year, we are presenting pre-Advent activities, or The Advent of Advent.  Take some time to recapture the innocence and joy we all remember,  Center yourself before it gets too hectic so that we can Celebrate Advent with the Heart of  a Child.

Baby Donation Drive – November 1st – November 8th
Our pre-Advent drive this year is to benefit Someplace Safe and Beatitude House.  We will be collecting baby items to help with the work that these two organizations do.  Mary and Joseph Carpenter are registered at Walmart and Target.

A Baby Shower for Mary
November 1st – Drive Kick Off
Bring a wrapped baby gift for Mary’s Baby Shower.  After church we will enjoy refreshments and games as we kick off our baby drive. Mary and Joseph Carpenter are registered at Walmart and Target.

Alternative Christmas – November 8th
Join us in the Fellowship Hall after church and get your Christmas shopping done early and help local and global charities.

The Love Tree – November 15th
Come to Church to celebrate Founder’s Day and don’t forget to pick up a name from our Love Tree.   Love Tree Gifts are to be returned to church by December 6th.

Advent Craft Sunday – November 22nd
A Christmas craft for the whole family to enjoy.  Make an Advent count-down craft for yourself or as a gift for someone else.  Refreshments will be provided.

The Christmas Experience:  
The Christmas Experience is a small group study that examines the Christmas story in detail, helping groups prepare for the Christmas season.  Those participating in The Christmas Experience study will be able to find themselves in the Christmas story as they learn that what happened then changes everything now.

Friday, November 6th:  This is God’s Plan?
The circumstances of Christ’s birth have been softened by the passage of time, but for Mary and Joseph, there were a real test.  Abject poverty?  Scandal?  Political upheaval?  A torturous hundred-mile journey at the height of her pregnancy?  God didn’t even arrange for a room at the inn.
DINNER: Bring your favorite appetizers; beverages and dessert provided.

Friday, November 13th:  Immanuel
A tiny baby, lying in a feeding trough, wrapped in rags by his exhausted parents.  Not much to see if you’re looking with the eyes of man.  But look with the eyes of God, and you see a supernatural celebration beyond the scope of human imagining.
DINNER: Dinner provided, Mac & Cheese, beverage and dessert.

Friday, November 20th:  Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh
As a two-year-old Jesus toddled through the streets of Nazareth, he and his parents receive an exceptional entourage of guests — wise men from a distant country, bearing gifts of great significance.  But Myrrh and embalming ointment?  What did this say about the divine destiny of their son?
DINNER: Salad bar: salad provided; bring your favorite add ins.  Dressings, beverages and desserts provided

Each week we will meet at 6 p.m. for dinner and fellowship.  The study will begin after dinner when we will watch a short video followed by an interactive discussion.  If you plan to attend, please sign up on the sheets in the Fellowship Hall.

Self-Study Online Survey

The excitement generated by the self-study process has been tremendous.  That said, we are asking everyone to complete the Online Survey.  You will have access to the survey from July 31st through August 10th.  Take a moment to provide some feedback as we look toward the next 213 years.


Thank you in advance for your continued time and effort!

Church Growth Committee – Self-Study Update

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The Church Growth committee presented a motion to the Session during the February meeting.  The motion was to authorize a Church wide self-study to consider calling someone for the purposes of adding to FPC’s ministry and mission.  After the Session approved that motion a subcommittee that reports to the Church Growth committee was established.  That committee is Amy Burd, Jennifer Beerbower, Jim Ries, Kevin Yocum, Shelley Odille and Steve Schubert.  Pastor Cowden is acting as an advisor to the committee.  Meetings of the full committee are led by our Interim General Presbytery in Eastminster Presbytery, Nancy Kahaian.

The purpose of this self-study is many-fold.  We are working to gain a better understanding of what we are, where we have been and where we will eventually go.  The hope is that we will determine, through our efforts, if we are in need of and capable of adding to the ministry and mission of FPC.

The self-study has begun and is now approximately 1/3 completed.

What has been accomplished?

  1. Three texts assigned, read and discussed
    1. Discovering Community by Stephen V. Doughty
    2. Postmodern Pilgrims by Leonard Sweet
    3. Transforming Church by Kevin G. Ford
    4. Statistical data analyzed
      1. 10 year trends for FPC
      2. 10 year trends for Trumbull County
      3. Dates selected for “Conversation Cafes” – Shelley Taylor Odille and Jennifer Beerbower moderators
        1. Please sign up / plan to attend one of the following sessions
          i.     June 25th 7:00pm
          ii.     June 28th Immediately following church service and again 7:00pm

What’s next?

  1. Develop an online survey – July
  2. Interview “Non-FPC” community members – July and August
  3. Analyze all data – August
  4. Present findings and recommendations to Session and Congregation – September

What this committee needs?

Your prayers.  A “Prayer Team” will be established.  We will ask individuals, as well as groups, to pray for the committee and more importantly Christ’s church, as we work toward our common goal of Glorifying our Lord and Savior.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the members of this very important committee.  Thank you for your continued prayers as we move toward a bright future in Christ.

Steve Schubert