Hello Friends,

This Saturday is the warm clothing drive and giveaway. Curran and the Social Action Team are planning a coat giveaway and ask for your GENTLY used coats and/or new coats, new socks, and new gloves. It is best to drop them off at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Let Curran know if you need to make other arrangements. We also need helpers to sort and distribute between 9 a.m.—12 p.m. (And please ignore this announcement when you see it in Sunday’s bulletin. I forgot to delete it!)

And then…
Members and friends of FCC are welcome to Tim and Noris’ Farewell Party this Saturday between 2 and 5 p.m. in Burlingame Hall. Mexican-themed finger foods and beverages will be available. Although the event is an informal, drop-in affair, some remarks will be made around 3 p.m. If anyone wishes to assist with set-up and/or clean-up, or with bringing a baked good or other treat to share the help will be welcome. Thanks, Tim ( )

On Sunday, we swerve out of Advent order by going straight to Love. Nothing wrong with that if you ask me! Our scripture reading is Luke 1:26-38. During both services we will hear Curran’s message, “Mary Christmas.” Mary – all her glory and perhaps the unpleasantry that came with her unique call.

We will also receive a special offering for the UCC Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and The Emergency Fund. This yearly offering has provided assistance to clergy and lay employees who, after years of service to others, now find themselves facing unexpected needs. In addition to pension supplementation, Christmas “thank you” gift checks and emergency grants, the Pension Boards-administered program also grants quarterly health premium supplementation to individuals and families in need.

The Hand Bell Choir fills the Sanctuary with its beautiful sound during the second service. After second service you are invited to take your pick of, free of charge, any items remaining in our Thrift Shop. The Shop will close through January 17 to clean and restock.

Return to the Sanctuary from 4-5:30 p.m. for Margo Biestman’s breathexperience Breath Workshop. This is the second of three, free workshops.

January Grapevine items are due no later than noon on Wednesday, December 20. That’s next week so please, please plan accordingly.

To view all of our upcoming meetings and events, access our online calendar via our website Select ‘Calendar’ at the top of the page.

Thank you, everyone.



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