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In the Life of the Church 10-29-21

On Sunday, November 7, we will commemorate All Saints’ Day during worship. There will be a time of remembrance for those who have died since the previous All Saints’ Day. If you have someone whose name you would like to be read during the service, contact the church office or indicate the name on our connection card.

In order to adapt to the times, free up energy, and streamline our ministries, the Session has voted to realign some of the structures we use to carry out God's ministry through this congregation. We now have four main ministry teams: Worship, Outreach & Evangelism, Spiritual Nurture, and Stewardship. Stewardship is a new ministry team and will be responsible for stewarding our resources that allow ministry to take place, including our finances, building and grounds, and IT. All deacon ministries have been assigned to a main ministry team so that they have team support. We would love to have your voice on a ministry team for the spring semester. If you would like to learn more, talk to Pastor Chelsea.

Help care for our neighbors by serving on our FPC Room in the Inn Team: The Outreach Ministry Team is following God’s leading and organizing a team of FPC volunteers for Room in the Inn, our community cold-weather shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Our team will serve on December 9 , January 13, and February 10. The different volunteer roles we need to fill are listed below. A training will be provided. If you are interested in serving in any capacity or have questions, contact Joy Swope (

  • Register guests between 4:30 and 5:30 At Warm Blessings

  • Be a van driver (new opportunity) to transport guests from Warm Blessings after supper to the location for the night.

  • ~5 to 6:30pm Greeting and Snacks (guest arrive between 5:30 and 5:45, (get there at 5pm to set up coffee and drinks and snacks)

  • 6:30:-8:30 slot can be for if anyone wants to provide some form of entertainment or an activity or a devotional for the guests.

  • 6:30 pm- 8:15 am Stay Overnight ( 2 men and 2 women hosts)

  • 7:00 am or 7:30am (takes about 30-45 minutes on-site) Prepare and Serve breakfast (have not decided on the breakfast ime yet.)

  • Set up, clean up getting the location prepared. This will be helpful in November also to set up the location. If we get our "one location" not much daily setup is necessary. -- but then, the first week of March to break-down the equipment too.

  • Be a van driver (new opportunity) to transport guests back to Warm Blessings - to leave RITI location at 8:00 AM- not before.

  • Laundry - linens, blankets, and towel/washrags 1 or 2 x/week

Keep in Touch: You can stay in touch with Bob Beatty and Susan with the following contact information: 580 S. Gilbert, Apt. 217Gilbert, AZ. 58296 - Ph: 480-597-5157. They would love to hear from their church family!

We’re hiring

· Music Director and Church Musician (pianist/organist). The positions can be combined if there is an applicant with the necessary abilities. Please help us spread the word. More information can be found on the church website.

· Nursery-Preschool Teacher- We are searching for a friendly and reliable nursery-preschool assistant for Sunday mornings and possibly other occasions. Any questions, please speak with Cynthia Miske,

Thank you to Candy Ott, Ann Kelley, Jan Rucker, Cynthia Miske, and Chelsea Benham for participating in the Messy Church team training last weekend!

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