Scripture Lesson for December 10, 2017

First Scripture Lesson: Psalm  130: 3-8

Second Scripture Lesson: Matthew 24: 36-44

Worship 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary with the Chancel Choir, Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m.

Christmas Eve Services

We hope you will join us on Christmas Eve!

11:00 a.m. One Worship Service in the Sanctuary

5:00 p.m.  Family Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary

10:30 p.m. Eastern Virginia Brass Quintet Concert in Sanctuary

11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols in Sanctuary

Advent Dinner & Choir Concert

Advent Dinner – Sunday, December 10, 6:15 p.m. in Stanton Hall (reservations required)

Advent Christmas Choir Concert – Sunday, December 10, 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

DivorceCare Recovery

If you are experiencing separation or divorce and are looking for a support group, join us on December 12 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Open to the public and to all ages, we will meet at First Presbyterian Church weekly. Interested? Contact Jacqui Horton at 428-6332 and also check out www.divorcecare.org

ADVENT 2017
Jesus, the Light of the World

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.(John 1:5) Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.” (John 8:12)

You are invited to the following Advent events. Reservations are required for all events below except the Chancel Choir Concert and the Children’s Choirs Program. Contact the church office, sign up on the clip board around the corner from the church office, or place the tear-off below in the offering plate.

Sunday, December 3, 4:00 p.m. in Stanton Hall Advent Workshop

Hear stories about the significance of light to Christians, and make an Advent wreath (one per family) for your home. Play a game to get to know others workshop participants. Other craft projects for all ages also offered.
Sunday, December 3, 5:30 p.m. in Stanton Hall
Chili Supper prepared by the Chili Men of FPC

Enjoy an informal supper (a “cheesy” treat for children also offered) with members of your church family and the merriment of the Twelve Days of Christmas participation song!

Sunday, December 10, 6:15 p.m. in Stanton Hall Advent Dinner

It’s a festive event with a mouth-watering menu: Roasted Beef Tenderloin with mushrooms and white wine cream gravy, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls, and Dessert. Cost: $10 per person (under 12 free), family max is $35. Deadline for reservations: Sunday, December 3.
Sunday, December 10, 7:30 p.m. in Sanctuary
Chancel Choir Concert

The program includes Vivaldi’s “Gloria” as well as Christmas favorites by Vaughan Williams, John Williams, and others. Soloists include Judith Bowers, Bonnie Lambert-Baxter, Kimberly Nickerson, Regina Rossi, and Adam Piper.

Sunday, December 17, 9:45 a.m. in Stanton Hall Children’s Choirs Program: Miracle at the Christmas Café

Join members of the Cherub and Carol Choirs at the Christmas Café in Bethlehem, where Polly Porkchop and Mac N. Cheese serve up some home cooking and tell “The Greatest Story Ever Told” about what happened right up the street. Light breakfast following the play furnished by the CE committee and choir parents.

CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKET MINISTRY

FPC has agreed to help 100 families (25 of them from Birdneck Elementary School) with a Christmas meal. Choose one or more of these opportunities to serve:

  1. Support the project financially. Any size donation will be appreciated. 
Mark your contribution to FPC as “Christmas basket” and it will be 
deposited into the fund to buy the food. (each basket costs about $50)
  2. On Monday, December 18, at 3:00 p.m. assist with setting up the food 
when it is delivered to Stanton Hall
  3. On Tuesday, December 19, beginning at 8:30 a.m. pack the food which 
will be given away
  4. On Tuesday, December 19, beginning about 8:45 a.m. deliver the food 
baskets
  5. On Tuesday, December 19, beginning at 10:00 a.m. assist those who come 
to the church to pick up their baskets.

College students are encouraged to participate. This would be a great way for your family to have a mission focus for Christmas. Contact the church office (428-6332 or office@firstpresvb.org) if you would like to volunteer or sign up on the registration table in the church office area.

MONTREAT COLLEGE CONFERENCE

Join the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia this winter as we travel to Montreat College Conference! What makes a place home? What does it mean to leave home? What does it mean to feel like you don’t have a home? This conference will explore the meaning of what it means to be “home” as a people of faith. When: January 2-5, 2018. Cost: $165per person.

SAVE THE DATES – 
Raleigh Mission Trip (Middle School): January 12 – 15,  Family Ski Trip: February 16 – 18

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this blended youth worship service held at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel on the following Sundays: December 10 & 17, January 21 & 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 18, April 8 & 22, and May 13 & 20.

Again, all are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there!

The “Feasting on the Word” curriculum will be used.  If you have any questions or need a copy of this curriculum contact Rev. Lyndsey McCall. Below is a list of the upcoming themes from “Feasting on the Word” for this fall:

Adults of all ages are encouraged to join us for casual round-table conversation about God, the Bible, life, and Christianity while eating tacos and drinking (whatever you choose!) at 5:00 p.m. at Pelon’s Bar and Grill across the street from the church. Come join the adults of all ages in lively and compassionate conversation. All perspectives and beliefs are welcome. This is hosted by First Presbyterian Church of  Virginia Beach, but folks from any church (or NO church!) are welcome. So come hungry and thirsty! Care and activities for children, nursery – 5th grade will be available at the church. Drop your children off between 4:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and pick them up no later than 6:30 p.m.

Here are the dates for Pelon’s!

Dec 17th
Jan 21st
Feb 25th
Mar 18th
April 22nd
May TBD