COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
The Advent Task Force would like to invite you to The Countdown To Christmas on Sunday, October 16, after worship in Fellowship Hall. We will be decorating and packing Personal Care Packages with your donations of deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, shower gel, body spray, mouthwash and dental floss, for the students at Willard School. We will make Christmas Cards and scan pictures of your Christmas celebrations. There will be food, fellowship, fun and a special Advent gift to take home, so make sure you put it on your calendar to join us as we start our Countdown to Christmas.
BREAD FOR THE WORLD – Sunday, October 16
Our Church joins many other churches across the country in celebrating Bread for the World Sunday. A special offering envelope will be included in the bulletin for your gifts to help with the fight against hunger.
TREATS FOR TROOPS is the Deacons’ October mission project. For the month of October we are asking the congregation to donate gum, hand lotion/cream, dental floss or comic books. The items will be sent to troops overseas. Look for the decorated donation box to deposit your gift.
ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS – November 6, 2016
This year’s charities are Animal Welfare League, S.O.P.H.I.A., Second Harvest Food Bank, Someplace Safe, Lebanon Schools (NESSL), Northeastern Ohio Adoption Services, Heifer International and PCUSA Water for the People. Look for your shopping list in the next SPIRE.
FOUNDERS’ DAY – November 13, 2016.
Saratoga will cater the dinner and the prices will be $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children; children under 5 eat free. Look for more details and the sign-up sheet in the October 16 bulletin.
50-YEAR MEMBER RECOGNITION
Join us on Sunday, November 13, 2016, as we take time to recognize those who have been members for 50 years or more. Mark your calendars and join the celebration on Sunday, November 13, 2016! To 50-year members: Please call the Church Office at 330-393-1524 if you plan to attend.
A NEW EDUCATION SERIES
will begin on the first Sunday of each month in the Parlor at 9:00 am. FPC member Mary Kilpatrick will show slides and discuss her trip with her friend through South Africa. The trip, led by Pastor Dries Coetzee, who grew up as a white Afrikaner in apartheid South Africa, was a mix of history and beauty. The historical ending to the uprising was an attempt to follow Jesus’ teachings and interrupt the cycle of violence with a Truth and Reconciliation Commission led by Bishop Desmond Tutu. Join us on November 6 to learn and enjoy the journey through photos and stories.
Church Growth is sponsoring a night at TNT, Saturday, November 5, to see our very own Amy Burd in “Mom’s Gift.” A sign-up sheet is posted in Fellowship Hall, and the deadline is October 23. The cost is $6 for the play with Church Growth paying the difference. Contact Chuck Chalker with questions at 330-883-5927.
We are excited to offer a new group for mothers of all ages. The group will meet on Sundays in Tieffle Lounge at 9 am. Join us for this time of learning, fellowship and support that moms are so often lacking. Refreshments will be available.