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Join the Live Nativity  Each year, thousands of people drive through our church grounds to see the live Nativity scene with animals, a bonfire, and church members dressed in costumes to represent the amazing miracle of Christ’s birth. This year the Live Nativity will take place on December 16 and 17, from 5:00–8:00pm.  Check your calendar, and join the over 100 volunteers who work together to create this Christmas card for our community.  One hour shifts are available, or you can participate by bringing food donations for volunteers.

Sign up to participate in Live Nativity

Learn to Curl Event Back by popular demand!  Please join us for our second FPC “Learn to Curl” night at Madison Curling Club, which will be held on Saturday, December 30 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Madison Curling Club (4802 Marsh Road, McFarland).  Bring some friends and join us on December 30 -  we’ll have you curling like an Olympian in no time!   A light supper of sandwiches and cookies will be provided; feel free to bring a snack or dessert to share if you would like to.  Necessary equipment (except for shoes) will be provided by the Madison Curling Club.  The temperature on the ice is typically in the mid-40s, so you’ll want to dress warmly.  Jackets, hats and gloves are recommended.  Clean athletic shoes or skater shoes are best - please do not wear heeled shoes. (Please note that this event is not recommended for preschoolers or young children, and childcare is not provided.)  Mark your calendars now and get ready to hit the ice! If you plan to join us, please sign up using this link so that we have an accurate headcount for food and for the curling instructors: FPC Curling Event.  If you need additional information, please contact Kate Dietry.  We hope to see you there!

"Sing Choirs of Angels" or "Play with a Band of Angels
If you want to try something new this Christmas season, FPC Adult Choir andn Joyful Noise invite you to join them.  If you'd like to raise your voice in song, the Adult Choir will rehearse every Wednesday, November 29-December 20 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.  Contact Andy Estervig at aestervig@myfpc.org. If playing an instrument is more appealing, Joyful Noise will rehearse on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00pm in the Music Room, and also Wednesday, December 20 at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary, and Thursday, December 21 at 7:00pm in the Music Room.  Contact Sam Robinson, Joyful Noise Director, to say you'll be there!

Shelter from the Storm Ministries:  This organization supports single women with children through a variety of services, including finding housing for those facing homelessness, teaching life skills, providing a network of community resources, and encouraging their clients through prayer, listening and leadership.  This Christmas, FPC is partnering with SFTSM to provide hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for children.  Please consider donating these items at the designated drop-off area in the lobby by Sunday, December 17.  If you have questions, please contact Sue Truitt or (608) 370-2655.

Operation Christmas Angel:  FPC’s Missions Team is partnering with the Patriot Guard Riders of Wisconsin to honor veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.  This year we are collecting new toys and warm clothing for children (ages 7-14) of veterans in our area.  Please deliver your unwrapped donation to the table in the Gathering Space, by Wednesday, December 13.  For more information, please contact Glenn Myers or (608) 770-2234.

Information Meeting for Summer Backpacking Trip and Mission Trip for high school students: This meeting will be held on Sunday, December 10 between services (9:50–10:00) in the Youth Space.  

Christmas Eve Treats and Fellowship: We will serve Christmas cookies and other sweets after the 6:00 and 8:00 services on Christmas Eve, and also following the worship service at 10:00am on Christmas Eve day.  If you would be willing to share a few dozen of your favorite holiday treats, we would appreciate it!  If your baked goods will freeze well, you can drop them off at the church office any time before Christmas Eve, and we will make sure they are stored in the freezer. Otherwise, please bring your treats to the upstairs kitchen on Christmas Eve by 6:00 p.m.  You can sign up to bring treats by clicking on the following link: Christmas Eve Fellowship Treats!. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Dietry, Fellowship Elder.

Commissioning Stephen Ministry Caregivers: Seven Stephen Ministry Caregivers will be commissioned next Sunday, December 17.  They have gone through 50 hours of intense training and are ready to serve.  They will provide confidential one on one care to people in our congregation and wider community who are struggling and suffering.  Stephen Minister Caregivers are not fixers, but compassionate Christians who have been trained to walk alongside a person as they deal with their problems.  They provide the care, while God provides the cure.  Please pray for them as they prepare to be commissioned.

Graceland Youth Group Christmas Party for all middle school and high school students on Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00-8:30pm in the Youth Space on the second floor.

Network 56 will construct "Christmas gifts" on Sunday, December 17 from 11:45-1:45pm to sell at the Children's Nativity Service.  All funds raised will support a charity researched and chosen by the 5th and 6th grade students.  Lunch will be provided.

Children’s Nativity Service Our highly anticipated Children’s Nativity Service will be held on Saturday, December 23 at 4:00pm. Our narrator reads the story of Christ’s birth while our children (ages 4yrs - grade 6) come forward in costumes provided to create a live nativity. After service, we celebrate Jesus’ birthday with cupcakes for all. Rehearsal (optional) will be Saturday, December 16 at 9:30-10:00am. In addition, children (grades 1-12) are invited to sing or play an instrument as part of the service. If your child is interested in providing music, please contact Lori Phelps. Registration forms for children participants and parent volunteers are available at the welcome table in the Education Wing entrance, or by clicking here. Please complete a form by Sunday, December 10. Questions? Contact Lori Phelps at lphelps@myfpc.org, (608) 849-4625 ext. 511.

The WEB (Waunakee Ecumenical Board) Giving Tree, a reminder that gifts should be at church by December 10. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Christmas Meal Delivery In collaboration with Waunakee Community School District, Piggly Wiggly, and EC Moving and Storage, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (a resource organization supported by FPC Missions) is proud to provide a free Christmas dinner to families and seniors in the greater Waunakee Area on December 16 who are in need of help this holiday season. If you or someone you know could be helped by receiving a Christmas meal, please sign up for by calling (608) 849-5740 by December7.