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First Free Email Bulletin

November 19, 2021

Dear First Free Church Family,

Forgiving others can be difficult, even seemingly impossible. Time doesn't always make forgiveness easier, either. Old wounds can be the hardest to heal. However, as we said last week, what is difficult, even impossible, for us is neither for God. No healing is impossible for God, no matter how old or deep the wound (Matthew 19:26; Philippians 4:13). 

This Sunday, we'll conclude our three-part, verse-by-verse study of Philemon. We'll see how God's forgiveness sets us free to forgive others.

And don't forget to join us for our annual Praise and Thanksgiving service at 6:00 pm! Pastor Alex will preach and we will celebrate the Lord's Supper together. Afterward, we'll enjoy fellowship over pudding and pie! 

We can't wait to see you this Sunday! Come worship and bring a friend! 

You're loved. Don't forget it!

-Kevin Labby, Lead Pastor

Praise & Thanksgiving Service

Join us for our annual Praise & Thanksgiving Service on THIS Sunday, November 21 at 6 p.m. with our Pie n' Pudding fellowship to follow.

Happening Now

Dad's Breakfast n' Bible

CANCELED! We will no longer be hosting our Dad's Breakfast n' Bible originally planned for this Sunday.
 

Church Officer Nominations

Starting this Sunday, November 21, we will open our church officer nomination process to our members. Information about open positions and the nomination forms & box will be available in the lobby until December 24. 

Members should have received an email with the open positions. 

Office Closed

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we will not have any Wednesday Night Programming this upcoming Wednesday, November 24.

Office Closed

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the office will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26.

Senior Achievers

Anyone 50+ is invited to sign up for the next Senior Achievers Meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. Fellowship starts at 11:00 a.m. & lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.

Cost is $15 and sign ups begin on Sunday, November 28 in the lobby.

Next Generation Prayer Time

Join us in the Adult Learning Center after worship on Sunday, December 5 to pray for the next generation in our congregation and communities in the Adult Learning Center.

Holiday Season at First Free

Women's Christmas Tea

Women of First Free, please join us for a time of fellowship at our Women’s Christmas Tea on Sunday, December 5 from 2-4. 

Register online today or in the lobby Sunday after service.

Christmas Fest

Join us this year for our newly named ChristmasFest celebration on December 10 & 11. Christmas Fest features our Live Nativity, Live Animals, Kidzone Carnival and more! 

Want to get more involved? Our ChristmasFest Volunteer Luncheon is THIS Sunday, Nov. 14 following service. Come find out where you can serve!

Blue Christmas Gathering

It's easy for us to forget that in our own church family and community there are those for whom the idea of Christmas joy is not part of the season this year. We want to minister to those among us who are struggling to enter into the joy of the Christmas season.

 

That is why on Sunday, December 19th from 3-4 p.m., First Free will be presenting a Blue Christmas gathering, paying attention to the special needs of people who are "blue" or in pain at this time. This gathering will be a blend of elements that recognize Christmas and the fact that Jesus came to offer hope, as well as the fact that people are in pain. The Blue Christmas gathering will be a quiet time of reflection and remembrance using various Scripture passages and gentle music.  It is our desire to offer support and healing to a hurting, broken world, all the while pointing to the hope that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Following the gathering, there will be a café with light refreshments.

Christmas Eve Service

This year we will have ONE Christmas Eve Service at 5 p.m. Childcare for ages 0-4 will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Faith Giving Information

Thank you for your continued support of our ministry. 

Give to First Free
 Upcoming Student Ministry Events
  • November 24 – No student ministry
  • December 1 - Christmas shopping for community families
  • December 3, 6:30-8:30 pm - Leader/Staff Christmas party, FPR 
  • December 5, 12 pm - Prayer for the next Generation, ALC
  • December 8, 6:30-8:30 pm Christmas cookie/meal share 
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