This Week’s Activities
(11/29 – 12/52020)

TUESDAY
9:00 AM – Prayer Circle meets in the Fellowship Hall.  Leader – Gloria Opgenorth.

1:30– 3:30 PM – Stitching With a Cause in the Fellowship Hall.

WEDNESDAY
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Bible Class for kids in Grades 1 – 5 in the Sanctuary

6:00– 6:45 PM – Middle School Small Groups.

7:00– 7:45 PM – High School Small Groups.

THURSDAY
1:00 PM – Mission Circle will meet in the Fellowship Hall.  Members are asked to bring a Christmas devotion/memory to share. We will have a time of fellowship so bring your own beverage.  A Christmas offering will be taken.

Sunday, December 6th
Message is “LOVE (Joseph)”
The Scripture text is Matthew1:18-25.

What's Happening at FRC

Our Christian Sympathy is extended to Jill& Don Ludens and their family in the loss of Jill’s father, Curtiss Nyenhuis, on November 21st. We pray God will comfort them in their time of bereavement.

Hams Needed!!!  We are in need of 45 hams for the December Drive-Up Food Distribution.  If you are willing to bring a ham, please sign-up on the Children’s Ministry Board outside of the church library.  Hams are needed by next Sunday, December 6th.

The next Drive-up Food Distribution will be on Tuesday, December 8th.  If you could use a little extra help, we hope to see you there.  If you know of someone who could use some extra help, please be sure to invite them or offer to go with them!

Each week during the Advent Season, we are asking church members to bring along an item that correlates to the Sermon and Video.  For December 6, please bring a dozen eggs.  Watch the video next week to see how, eggs, relate to Joseph.  All items collected will go to the Food Vault Ministry at FRC

Parents of three year olds through fifth graders, you should have received an e-mail with Children’s Christmas music as well as information about the weekly kid focused-family Advent materials. The Hands-on Advent devotion materials are available for pick up at church starting today.

ATTENDANCE:  November 22 – 136

Congregational Meeting will be next Sunday, Dec. 6th, immediately following the worship service. At the meeting we will be electing new elders, deacons and pastoral care deacons and approving the 2021 budget. The only planned vote is on the 2021 budget.  The meeting will not be broadcast live on YouTube or Cable 14 but the budget is available in digital and paper format.  An email was sent from the church office with a copy of the 2021 budget and instructions on how you can vote.  Both virtual and paper absentee ballots will be accepted up to this Saturday, December 5, so that those votes may be counted prior to the meeting when we will also have a voice vote for those who are present at the meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office.

MISSION OF THE MONTH:  The offerings received in November will be going to Ben & Becca Johnson for their work in Thailand.  The amount received to date is $634.75.  The special mission of the month offering for December will go towards the FRC mission trip to the Remember Nhu Home (Ke24)that our congregation supports.  The trip is scheduled for August 2021 and we anticipate that 9-11 people will be a part of the trip. The estimated cost of the trip is $2550-$3200 per person.

Faces of FRC: We continue to appreciate seeing our church family photos on Faces of FRC.  We know that many of our families have not been featured to date so if you haven’t submitted your information please consider doing so.  All you need to do is take a few minutes to share your picture and answer a few simple questions and submit that information.  That can be done by going to the church website (frcoostburg.org) and clicking on Faces of FRC tab or if you would like to have a form sent to you, please contact the church office.  Completed forms can be mailed with a photo to the church or put in the Faces of FRC box at the Information Booth.  If you would like us to use your photo from the pictorial directory please contact the church office at 564-2319.  Thanks for your help!

NOTE:  The offering received on 11/22/2020 totaled$15,532.00 (Budget Amount Needed $16,904).

Are you feeling disconnected?  Would you be willing to connect with someone who is feeling disconnected?  If you answered “yes” to either of these questions please contact Pastor Brian.

Joy Tree is a jail ministry project where we purchase gifts on behalf of the imprisoned parent and in the name of Jesus.  Each child receives two gifts (1 fun/1 clothing). We are serving four families/8 Children, and at this time have 9 gifts left to purchase. For details on how to participate please contact Cindy Hoitink via phone or text 920-334-5013 or email phoitink@hotmail.com.

St. Paul Lutheran Early Childhood Center in Sheboygan Falls is looking for a caring, Christian person who enjoys working with children to serve as our afternoon Assistant Child Care Teacher for 2.5 -5 year olds. The position is Monday-Friday, generally 12-5 pm.  Past experience with children is necessary as supervision of a small group will occur in a separate classroom while COVID procedures are in force.  For more information or to apply, call 467-6733 or visit stpaulfalls.com.

VOLUNTEER THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON! With more people facing hardship this year, the need to serve those most vulnerable is greater than ever.  Although these challenges are unprecedented, The Salvation Army is committed to providing hope to those who need it this Christmas and beyond.  We need your help!  Volunteer to ring bells at www.RegisterToRing.com.  Just two hours makes a great difference.

Please be in prayer for the following people this week:

Pray for Gerry Lammers who is receiving rehabilitative care at the Haven Drive Campus of Pine Haven as he recovers from Covid 19.

Pray for Delores Roethel who is scheduled for outpatient surgery on Tuesday.

Pray for Gary Feldmann as he receives additional testing this month. Pray for relief from the pain in his legs that it continues to decrease.

Pray for reduced pain for Dale Ten Pas as he recuperates at home after shoulder surgery.

Pray for Gary Gabrielse who is recuperating at home following knee replacement surgery.

Pray for Jason Mills who is recuperating at home following surgery on his back. Pray that he continues to do well as he is weaned off from his brace.

Pray for Bill Schmit who is recuperating at home after having had rotator cuff surgery.

Pray for Carol Klarman as she adjusts to her new surroundings at the Faith Home at the Haven Drive Campus of Pine Haven.  Pray that she regains some strength that was lost due to a stroke she had several weeks ago.

Offer a prayer of praise for great test results for Randy Prinsen. The bone lesions are gone and the cancer is currently in remission.  Pray for the bi-weekly maintenance treatments.  He will receive a treatment on Monday.

Pray for Pat Zurmond at Sheboygan Health Services as her health is gradually declining.

Pray for Rollie Rauwerdink to regain strength and energy following chemotherapy treatments and pray that his blood counts will remain in a good range.

Pray for Henry DeBlaey as he recuperates from surgery which took place on Tuesday.  Pray for pain control and healing for his belly.

Pray for strength for Sande Peters as she adjusts to her limitations.

Pray for E. J. Caljouw as he has a PET scan this week. Pray for a good report.

Pray for Verla Westerbeke as her body responds to the chemo treatment she received this week.  Also pray for her and her family as they grieve the unexpected death of her 13 year old great-grandson (Aaron Wade) who died this week.

Pray for our government officials and doctors and health care workers as they make decisions and care for people.

Pray for those who are isolated from family and friends in their homes or in care facilities and for those who provide care for them.

ADVANCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

December 6 – Congregational Meeting after the morning service.

December 19 & 20 – The Giving Experience.

December 25 – Christmas Day Worship at 9:00 AM. The offering will be going to Pine Haven Christian Homes.

Feb.26-28th – High School Winter Retreat @ Silver Birch Ranch.

June 2, 2021 – Annual Grill& Chill at FRC. 

The Giving Experience

The Giving Experience event will take place again this year in a little different style to keep everyone’s health and safety in mind. The dates for this event will be Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th, times of deliveries will be agreed upon by recipient and delivering families.

There are 3 different opportunities available– participation in one or more functions is welcome:  

1.Individuals and Families sign-up to deliver a prepared gift basket.  This will be done in a safe, no-contact method.  Delivery area is mainly the Oostburg School District (Oostburg, Gibbsville & Hingham).  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board or you can sign-up by emailing Lorann@ltenhaken@wi.rr.com or text at 262-573-5406.  Please sign-up by Sunday, Nov. 29th.

2.Donations of gift cards to add to the gift baskets – suggested values between $10 – $25 per card.  Gift cards for Oostburg Chamber Bucks, gas, or for local grocery stores including Walmart and Meijer so the recipient can purchase groceries, personal items or perhaps small Christmas gifts.

3.Write Christmas cards – cards with a thoughtful note or words of encouragement to be included in baskets.

As we get closer to the delivery dates there will be a location under the carport to drop off cards and a basket in the narthex.

If you know of a family in need or someone that could use some additional Christmas cheer, please provide that info to Pastor Brian via email at btaylor@frcoostburg.comor by calling the church office.

More detailed information about this event will be communicated in upcoming weeks.

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