Reverse Advent Calendars

Do you know what a Reverse Advent Calendar is? Instead of removing something every day, you make a contribution to the box with items that can be taken to a place in need in order to help those less fortunate that are struggling at Christmas time.

These wish lists from the various charities have been provided to assist you in knowing how to fill the box.

Boxes for each of the charities will be located in the Narthex.

Feel free to drop off items at any time, not just on their designated weeks.

Click here to find out more on this years reverse Advent calendar brochure

Alternative Gift Fair

The First Presbyterian Church Alternative Gift Fair is an easy and meaningful way to bypass the annual stress of holiday shopping and “stuff” accumulation while honoring friends and relatives with donations to causes that fit in their values. What’s more, the Alternative Gift Fair provides critical support to three ministries important to the outreach and mission of our church: Loaves and Fishes, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Feed My Starving Children.  Giving alternative gifts simplifies Christmas with gifts that give hope in our community and throughout the world.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Beginning November 25th and running through December 23rd, information will be available in the narthex highlighting the work of the four organizations featured in this year’s Alternative Gift Fair. To shop for alternative gifts, you decide on the amount you will give and write one check. You will receive a card to present to each friend or family member telling of the gift given in their honor.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR ORGANIZATIONS

GOD’S PRESENCE IN THE WORLD

The LOVE of God

If you can’t feed a hundred people then feed just one ~ Mother Theresa

For the past two decades, the Loaves & Fishes program has been providing a warm, nutritional meal and genuine hospitality for the needy of Fond du Lac. Twice a week, a group of volunteers has gathered to serve from 200 to 350 meals to anyone who comes to the door. Sometimes they may not be hungry for food but for companionship. Lonely people are hungry too; we never judge. This is everyone’s program. It is ecumenical and covers all faiths. Hundreds of volunteers have taken turns pitching in to prepare these meals, serve the guests and clean up afterwards. Loaves and Fishes is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

The HOPE of God

Do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you ~ Isaiah 41:10.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables immediate response to national and international disasters and strengthens ongoing work such as training and development, refugee ministry, and response to disasters that do not receive media attention. They focus on the long term recovery of disaster impacted communities as well as provide training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods.

The PEACE of God

The Presbyterian Mission Agency assists millions around the world who are facing daily struggles to access food, clean drinking water and shelter. The purchase and distribution of animals, the building of wells to provide life-giving clean water to entire communities, and ministries to youth and young adults are among ways your gift will be filling a need and making an impact here in the United States and around the globe. The Presbyterian Mission Agency is committed to being good stewards of your gift, and all God had given us, to share with God’s people.

The JOY of God

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations. Founded in 1987, it has reached out to more than 70 countries. For the last several years, members of our church have volunteered for this event when it comes to Fond du lac. FMSC meals are hand-packed by volunteers and sent to an incredible network of partner organizations who distribute them to those in need. More than 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million FMSC meals in 2017. More than 90 percent of total donations go directly to feed under-nourished kids.

 

Alternative gifts, unlike the usual commercial holiday presents, are live-saving and urgently needed.

As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, here are a few ideas on ways to serve others:

  • Take a slip off the Angel Tree to fill the need of a less fortunate local family
  • Visit an elderly home and hand out homemade cookies
  • Take a few small gifts to a shelter for women and children
  • Write a letter to a family friend or some troops overseas
  • Buy a small gift for a child in the hospital or bring flowers to his/her parents
  • Serve a meal together as a family at a local homeless shelter
  • Clean out your toy boxes and donate good quality items
  • Donate food to a local food pantry or charity

Church Ushers Spiritual Qualifications

The Ministry of Church Ushers

 Spiritual Qualifications of Church Ushers

Ushers in church aren’t just door holders and plate-passers. They serve in a spiritual role and therefore should exhibit some spiritual characteristics. The qualifications of an usher aren’t clear in the Bible, but there are some qualities that great ushers will have.

The fruit of the spirit found in Galatians 5 is a solid guideline for a good usher. This is not about perfection, but a heartfelt motive and desire to live a life of a spirit-filled believer.

 

  • Love If you choose to genuinely love the people you serve as an usher, God will bless your actions.
  • Joy – Take God seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Lighten up and enjoy the moment. Your spirit will be contagious to others.
  • Peace – You can add peace, calm, and order to what might otherwise be an overwhelming and hectic experience.
  • Patience – This is a great quality of a good usher. Most of us are impatient by nature. You can set a good example with your patience toward them.
  • Kindness – This is the attitude that makes you approachable as an usher. Going the extra mile can make all the difference in the world!
  • Goodness – The inner quality of goodness is a gift that results from the Holy Spirit’s power working within us. This state of being will naturally spill over into your service and bring an intangible but powerful presence into the worship experience.
  • Faithfulness – Faithfulness as a Christian bleeds over into your faithfulness as an usher. Showing up, being responsible and doing your ministry well matters to everyone.
  • Gentleness –The best usher is a humble one who seeks to put others first no matter how much pressure may be present in the moment.
  • Self-Control –It’s under the pressure of hectic moments and last minute changes that your grace and self-control will shine.

 

Please click HERE to see ushering opportunities.

A signup sheet is also available in the office. If you have any questions, please contact:
Kris Bartelt, Worship Coordinator at kbartelt@fdlpresbyterian.org

Church School Registration

Welcome to another exciting faith-filled year of Church School at First Presbyterian Church.  Kick-Off Sunday, the first day of Church School, will be held on September 9th from 9:15-10:15am in the Fellowship Hall. read on

Christmas Cantata Rehearsals Wednesday 6:30pm

The Mystery and the Majesty
The Christmas Cantata at First Presbyterian has and is a fun time for singers to gather for 12 weeks to prepare for sharing the Good News through music. The Christmas Cantata being planned for this year is “the Mystery and the Majesty” by Joseph M. Martin. From the jubilant glories to gentle manger lullabies, this inspirational cantata celebrates the wonder and splendor of Christmas! Traditional carols and newly composed seasonal anthems blend with thoughtful narration to help create a meaningful experience for our community of faith. Titles include: A Christmas Flourish; Carol of Longing; Advent Jubilation; The Coming Joy; Upon a Midnight Clear; A Call to Christmas Joy; Journey to Bethlehem; The Beautiful Impossible and A Noel Proclamation. We have professionally made CDs available for learning parts. We could use a few more tenors.  Sign up sheet is in the music room or email Kris at kbartelt@fdlpresbyterian.org

Cantata rehearsals: Wed evenings Sept. 12th through Dec. 12th
Dress rehearsal Sat., Dec. 15th at 10:30am
Performance Sun., Dec. 16th during 10:30am worship service

Kris Bartelt
Worship Coordinator, First Presbyterian

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