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Outsiders and Insiders: All Are Welcome
Insiders and Outsiders. In many aspects of life, we often find ourselves in one of those categories. The good news of Christmas and the Gospel is that all are invited to worship Christ: the insider who wants to hold on to power and outsider who doesn’t know much but is willing to inquire and follow.  But we still have a choice to move toward Him or fight against Him.
Sermon and scripture reading by Tom Hansen, Senior Pastor
Children's Message: Janet Young, Executive Director of Church-wide & Children's Ministries
Music by John Howard, Director of Music & Worship Arts & FPC Praise Band

Matthew 2:1:18

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Altar-ed Proximity
Sermon by Tom Hansen, Senior Pastor 
Scripture reading by Jason Emberger, Assistant Pastor of Student Ministries
Children's Message by FPC Fireproof
Music by John Howard, Director of Music & Worship Arts & FPC Praise Band
Christmas Eve - December 24, 2020

Proximity can change so much. Getting close to people and things we don’t understand is the best way to understand. In the message for Christmas Eve, an angel came to the shepherds with information about a life-altering event, and THEY WENT with haste – as if their lives depended on it. And they got VERY close to Jesus. That changed everything!  Join us in worship this Christmas Eve as we hear how God’s love and mercy ALTARs/ALTERs everything.

Luke 2:1-20

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Altar-ed Christmas: Altared Everything
Sermon and scripture reading by Jason Emberger, Assistant Pastor of Student Ministries
Children's Sermon by Tasha Haley, Children's Ministry Assistant
Music by John Howard, Director of Music & Worship Arts & FPC Praise Band
December 20, 2020

In this week's message, the long-waited moment of answered prayer and fulfilled promise is taking place for Elizabeth and Zachariah. As promised, Elizabeth conceived and now close to a year later, gives birth to a son. This was a life-altering moment for Elizabeth. God’s altering work is a life-long process and always involves His great mercy! Join in worship as we learn more of the amazing connection between God's great mercy and life-altering work.

This week, instead of Journey Through the Bible, we have a special Christmas video to share with you. Crayon drawings come to life as the traditional story of Jesus’ birth is told by a very young storyteller.

Luke 1:57-80

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Altar-ed Christmas: Elizabeth
Sermon and scripture reading by Tom Hansen, Senior Pastor
Children's Sermon by Tom Hansen
Music by John Howard, Director of Music & Worship Arts &
Josh James, Interim Contemporary Worship Leader
December 13, 2020

What do you do . . . when you don’t know what to do?  How about if this decision of what to do is connected to what God wants you to do?  Do you need some help with the ‘Now What?’ Of course, you do.  And of course, Mary did too.  Join us for this week's message as we look at what happened next in the Life-Altaring work of God.

This week in Journey Through the Bible, we are continuing to look at the life of David. We learn that David made some bad choices, but knew that he could go to God for forgiveness. 

Luke 1:39-56

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Altar-ed Christmas: Mary
Sermon and scripture reading by Tom Hansen, Senior Pastor
Children's Sermon, Prayer of Confession & Communion by Jason Emberger, Assistant Pastor of Student Ministries
Music by John Howard, Director of Music & Worship Arts &
Josh James, Interim Contemporary Worship Leader
December 6, 2020 - Communion Sunday

This week, instead of an old married man, we witness a holy moment in the life of an unwed, teenage girl.  Same God.  Same angel Gabriel.  Similar promise; “kid on the way.” Are we – like Mary had to be – willing to hang in there with God, with ourselves, and with each other for the slow, steady and, often, painful life-altering work of God?    

Following the service, Journey Through the Bible brings us the story of David and Goliath being chosen as King. Thanks again to Debbie Berry for her creative story-telling gift!

Luke 1:26-38

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Altar-ed Christmas: Zechariah
Sermon and scripture reading by Jason Emberger, Assistant Pastor of Student Ministries
Children's Sermon by Tom Hansen, Senior Pastor
Music by John Howard, Director of Music & Worship Arts 
November 29, 2020

Usually, when we think of Advent and Christmas, we experience feelings of excitement, joy, peace, hope, love, and anticipation. But what about weariness, discouragement, fear, and disappointment? Feelings that we may be experiencing a bit more this year. As we enter into this season of Advent, we might be surprised to find that a lot of these same very feelings and emotions surround the very first Advent season. This week as we look at Zechariah’s story, we see a forgotten prayer answered and a long-ago promise fulfilled and are reminded that God is faithful to His promises and hears our prayers.

Stay tuned following the service for this week's Journey Through the Bible!

Luke 1:1-24

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