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ANNOUNCEMENTS


SATURDAY WOMEN’S BREAKFAST GROUP will meet on Saturday, November 9 at 8:30 a.m. at The Daily (Carytown). Please RSVP to Julie. Thanks!

FOCUS: REFUGEES – join us for breakfast, hear stories from our refugee neighbors and shop crafts made by refugees in Richmond. Saturday, November 9 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 2828 Emerywood Parkway, Henrico. This event is sponsored by ReEstablish Richmond.

DECEMBER 1 BULLETIN – The December 1st bulletin will be printed a week early on Thursday, November 21 to accommodate for our secretary’s vacation. If you would like to put an announcement or prayer request in the December 1 bulletin, make sure it is sent to Shelby by 9:00 a.m. November 21. Thank you!

THANK YOU to each one who helped make our annual First Wednesday meal and MCC/MDS fundraiser a success!  The best soup “award” was shared by Pon Pun Nickel and Erica Cravens. Over $5,000 was donated for MCC and MDS!  Anyone still wanting to donate can place a check (MCC/MDS noted on memo line) or cash (in a marked envelope) in today’s offering. Again, many thanks!

CREATING OUR OWN ADVENT DEVOTIONAL GUIDE – The deadline to turn in your advent devotionals has been extended to 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Shelby will be putting the guide together that morning. Devotionals should be 250-500 words in length.

 “PERFORMING A FINANCIAL HEALTH CHECK-UP” - Everence® will host this informative webinar on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (EST). Participants will learn about steps to take to build healthy financial habits, how to prevent debt with spending and savings strategies and what financial health means to you. For more information, or to register, visit www.everence.com/national  or contact Melissa Short at 800-348-7468 ext. 3392 or melissa.short@everence.com.

MENNONET ARTICLES – We are looking for articles on the special activities you are, were, or will be involved with in the near future for the next MennoNet. Please submit a MS Word document to Murray Ellison at bluemur@verizon.net by November 15 to be included in the next issue.

ISRAELI SETTLER AND PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST DIALOGUE—On November 18th at 7pm Temple Beth-El (3330 Grove Ave.) will host “A Painful Hope”: a dialogue featuring Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger (an Israeli settler) and Shadi Abu Awwad (a Palestinian youth director and activist). Both men are part of ROOTS—a grassroots movement fostering understanding, nonviolence and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians. The event is free, but please register online at www.bethelrichmond.org/events/roots. FMC is a sponsor of this event.

THANKSGIVING FELLOWSHIP MEAL – Our Thanksgiving fellowship meal will take place on Sunday, November 24. Everybody bring your favorite Thanksgiving main dish! A-L also bring a vegetable, salad, etc. M-Z also bring dessert. Ham and Turkey will be provided. Please label your dishes. Thanks!

THANKSGIVING SERVICE - Our church will join three other neighborhood congregations for a community Thanksgiving Service at Chamberlayne Baptist Church (215 Wilkinson Rd) on Wednesday, November 27th, at 7pm. Everyone is invited to bring along items to donate for Lamb’s Basket (food and supplies). A combined choir, open to anyone, will rehearse an anthem at 6pm. See Pastor Ryan if you would like a copy of the music or a link to a recording of the anthem.

ADVENT CRAFTS SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS—On December 1st, the first Sunday of Advent, the children and youth classes will be combined so that they can work on Advent crafts and projects in the Fellowship Hall. Make sure to bring your kids for Sunday school that day!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7 is the rescheduled date for the comforter sewing, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Come for a few minutes or several hours. Soup will be provided for those helping at noon.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM—This annual program will be the first half of the worship service on December 15th. A wonderful new script has been chosen. Contact Tina Eshleman if your child or teen can be  part of this fun and meaningful program tradition!

SAVE THE DATE! - All those who work with children/youth in the church (ie. nursery volunteers, Sunday School teachers, MYF/Jr. MYF leaders) should plan to attend a live workshop/training related to the Child Protection Policy on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 9:30am - 10:30am. This workshop will be facilitated by a trained representative from Dove's Nest, a group that provides guidance to churches on how best to protect children and youth. Please plan to attend!

LAMB’S BASKET - Over 40 pounds of food and household supplies was given by FMC folks last month, for our neighbors in need.  Place your gifts any time in the wagon in the Commons.  Smaller containers are especially appreciated since many of the food pantry clients are single folks.

FREE UPRIGHT PIANO - Contact Val Reinford at sportsrval@aol.com or
560-1868 if you or someone you know is interested.

WANT TO JOIN A SMALL GROUP? - FMC has three small groups that meet in members’ homes about every three weeks, on various evenings. These groups help people to get to know one another, share their lives, support one another, sometimes study a topic or book together, and share a meal or snacks together. Information on these small groups is available on our church website: www.firstmennonitechurch.org. If you would like to join one of these small groups, or become part of a new small group, see Pastor Ryan.

NEW HYMNAL FUND—For every $25 that you contribute to the New Hymnal Fund, you will have the option of having an inscription placed inside the front cover of a new hymnal (coming next year) with the name of the donor and the name of a person you want to honor (living, or now with the Lord). If possible, make contributions to the New Hymnal Fund by the end of the year so we can budget for what has not been covered by donations. Make checks out to FMC and write “New Hymnal Fund” in the memo line. Thank you!

BRUCKHART’S NEW ADDRESS – The Bruckhart’s new address (effective October 31, 2019) is: 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543. Their phone numbers are: 804-381-9477 (B) and 804-382-8497 (M). Their email is: watchbob1960@gmail.com.

PHOTO BULLETIN BOARD - Our "church family" Photo Bulletin Board, which was created to help us all put names with faces, is located in the hall across from the mailboxes.  If you don't have a photo displayed or if your photo needs to be updated, please see Jean Oswald or Hazel Bowman to have a photo taken.  If you already have a photo you'd like to submit, send it to the church secretary.  Thanks! 

LOST & FOUND – If you’ve recently lost an item at the church make sure to check out the Lost & Found Box in the secretary’s office. It’s located on the table by the office door.

FACEBOOK – Have you checked out FMC’s Facebook page? Do you want another way to keep up with everything FMC has to offer? Then head on over to Facebook and give our page a like! Follow this link to check it out: www.facebook.com/FirstMennoniteChurch/