Weekly Announcements

December 8, 2019


Children’s Christmas Cantata Rehearsal
December 8, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.

A Service of Hope
First Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church invite you to a Service of Hope for those grieving the loss of loved ones, have difficulty with family relationships, struggling with illness, addiction, depression, or stress, December 10, 2019, 12:15 p.m. and 6 p.m., at First United Methodist Church Theater, 162 E. Main Avenue, Gastonia.

Christmas for Black Mountain Home for Children
We at FPC Gastonia have had a relationship with the Black Mountain Home for Children for a number of years, and one of the ways we maintain this relationship is by providing Christmas gifts for residents of the Home. There are two ways that you can participate in this ministry. If you would like to shop for one of the children, contact Rick Hovis at 704-718-0971 or rhovis@carolina.rr.com. If you would like to make a donation, you may do so at the Angel Tree that is located outside Lauren’s office. The deadline for gifts to be at the church is Wednesday, December 11.

After School Ministry
Please join the After-School ministry as they present their Christmas play on Thursday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be provided.

Sunday, December 15 - Third Sunday of Advent
  • 8:55 a.m.  Thrive Service - Shazam Sweet Adelines Quartet  
  • 11:00 a.m.  Traditional Service - Special Christmas music by the Sanctuary Ringers and Choir, featuring a chamber ensemble. Also featured will be Shazam Sweet Adelines Quartet.  
  • 5:00 p.m  Children’s Christmas Cantata and Advent Vespers (featuring members of our Music Ministry)
Children’s Cantata
Our Children’s Choir will present “Sing Carols of Joy: A Christmas Cantata” by Eugene Butler on December 15, at 5:00 p.m. Please come and support our children as we worship the coming of the Lord together! If your child is participating, please ensure they attend practices during the Sunday School hour every Sunday. Rehearsals will be held in the Fellowship Hall on December 8, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., and on December 15, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. To help your children practice at home, stop by the church and see Susannah to pick up a CD and a printed copy of the music. Questions? Email Susannah Bryant (sbryant@fpcgastonia.org) or Isaiah Cornelius (isaiahcornelius1@gmail.com).

Youth Progressive Dinner
Following the Children’s Christmas Cantata on December 15, all youth are invited to the progressive dinner! We will be leaving the church at 5:30 p.m., to travel to different houses for each course of our meal. Transportation will be provided for youth without a car or license. We will also celebrate Tori’s ministry at FPC Gastonia, so make sure to come and thank her for all she’s done!

PWS Christmas Program
Our Presbyterian Weekday School will present “The Friendly Beast” on Wednesday, December 18, at 10:00 a.m., in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, December 22 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
  • 11:00 a.m  Traditional Service - The Carolina Brass will present special music

Christmas Eve Worship Opportunities
  • 11:00 a.m  Children’s Worship in the Chapel
  • 5:00 p.m  Festival of Light in the Sanctuary
  • 11:00 p.m  Candlelight Communion in the Chapel
Faith and Fiction
Our next meeting is Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 4:00 p.m., at Covenant Village. The book discussion will be on “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. Hostesses will be Lenise Melton and Pat Aunan.

Our next outing is Saturday, February 8, 2020. We will be traveling to attend the Stuart Cramer High School chorus’ singing supper at Bethlehem Heights Church near Belmont Abbey. We will leave the church promptly at 4:00 p.m. The program begins at 5:00 p.m., and we will return to the church at approximately 8:00 p.m. The cost is $16. This program sells out in December, so please make your reservations ASAP by calling the Reception Desk at 704-864-2651. The music and food are both great. Bethany Jennings’ group is FABULOUS!

If You Missed the Presentation on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD )...
You can go to our website fpcgastonia.org, and watch it on livestream.

Bulletin Announcements and E-blast Notice
Effective immediately, all announcements for the bulletin and weekly e-blasts are due by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday. If announcements are received after this deadline, it will be the following week before they are published. Please email all announcements to Sherry Moore at smoore@fpcgastonia.org and communications@fpcgastonia.org.


Blanket Sunday
February 16, 2020

Sunday, Decmeber 8:
8:55 a.m. Thrive; Nickel-a-Meal
10:00 a.m. Sunday School; Children’s Choir
11:00 a.m. Worship Service; Nickel-a-Meal 5:30 p.m. Youth Ministry
12:00 p.m. Children’s Christmas Cantata Rehearsal
12:30 p.m. Children’s Ministry Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m. Session Meeting
5:30 p.m. Youth Ministry
6:00 p.m. Diaconate Meeting

Monday, December 9:
10:00 a.m. Circle 1
11:00 a.m. Women’s Bible Study: Teachings of Paul
6:30 p.m. Circle 6

Tuesday, December 10:
9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting
11:30 a.m. Circle 4

Wednesday, December 11:
8:00 a.m. Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
5:35 p.m. Sanctuary Ringers
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Choir

Thursday, December 12:

Friday, December 13:

Saturday, December 14:
1:00 p.m. Thrive Rehearsal