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December 7, 2017

In accordance with God's promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth where righteousness is at home.
[2 Peter 3:13]

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Dear Friends,
     This Sunday is the Third Sunday of the Season of Advent. I am continuing my sermon series called "Focused On Faith." This week we will look at the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25 in which the master entrusts three servants with money. Two of the servants invest the money for profit and one just buries the money out of fear. During Advent, we should focus on our faith as we prepare for the great celebration that God is with us. Do we rejoice in God's love or retreat in fear?
     Many of you will be on the road over the next couple of weeks. You are in my prayer for safe travels.    

    In Christ,

Compassionate Hands is a program of Wilson County churches to offer shelter to homeless men and women during the winter months. FPC houses up to ten women each Saturday night. Volunteers are needed to stay the night with our guests and also to do laundry. A sign-up sheet is in the back hallway or you may contact the church office. This is a crucial ministry of our congregation and all hands are needed. Here are the remaining dates that need volunteers.
Overnight Volunteers

      Jan 6
      Feb 3
      Feb 10
      Feb 24
      Mar 3
Laundry Volunteers (wash linens during the week)
      Mar 3
      Mar 10
This week's volunteers: Overnight - Courtney and Courtney Edington; Laundry - Paul and Natali Devine.

The Decoration Elves need some red holly berries brought to the church on Friday morning so they may continue decorating for Christmas. If you have some spare berries to share, they would be greatly appreciated.

Poinsettia plants can be purchased in memory/honor of a loved one for Christmas. Each plant is $16. Order forms will be available on Sunday, or you can call Kristy in the church office.

The Lebanon High School Chamber Singers produced a wonderful video of their performance of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" which they sang at Keyboards at Christmas. It can be viewed here.

individuals, families, and groups may volunteer to ring at a Salvation Army kettle to help families in Wilson County. For more information, please contact Tom at 615-784-9555.

visit from Santa


Fellowship Dinners will resume January 10

Upcoming at FPC
Saturday, December 13
Compassionate Hands

Sunday, December 24
7:00 p.m. - Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, December 31
Combined Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.

Donations for hurricane relief can be made to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) through the church or online here. Your gifts are greatly appreciated.

FPC Sermons Online
An archive of sermons and bulletins
(audio and text) can be viewed here.

Focused on Faith
  Dec 17 - Be Not Afraid text | audio
  Dec 3 - Be Dressed text | audio
  Nov 26 - Be Hungry text | audio
      Violin Anthem audio
      Violin Offertory audio
  Nov 19 - Be Awake text | audio
  Nov 12 - The People Who Wait text | audio
  Nov 5 - Solas text | audio
              Bagpipes "Highland Cathedral" audio
Truth At All Costs: Creeds of the Reformation
  Oct 29 - 5. Declaration of Barmen text | audio
  Oct 22 - 4. Westminster Confession text | audio
  Oct 15 - 3. Second Helvetic Confession text | audio
  Oct 8 - 2. Heidelberg Catechism text | audio
  Oct 1 - 1. Scots Confession" text | audio

          ...more sermons

  We are presently taking food donations to the Timberline Campground. When our food arrives, the shelves almost always bare. We have seen people waiting for our food deliveries.
  It is easy to forget the need that exists in our own backyard. PLEASE remember to bring canned food donations each Sunday and place them in the boxes in the hallway.
   Requested food donations include:

  • Canned goods—preferably with pull tops—fruit, vegetables, meat/noodles, soups.
  • Dry goods—individual packets of cereal, Ramen noodles, crackers.
  • Peanut butter!
  • Personal hygiene items—soap, shampoo, deodorant, women’s hygiene & toothpaste/brush.
  • Baby care items—diapers, wipes, baby food, blankets/wraps.
  • Dog food—smaller bags or separated into gallon zip lock bags.
Sunday School Offerings

Each Sunday the following classes meet—

Faith Builders: A Journey for the 30s and 40s meets upstairs. Led by Jeff and Alice Gossage.
Westminster Class meets in the Sanctuary. Led by Sheridan Henson, this class follows The Present Word curriculum. 8-10 people.
Atypical Adult Research Bible Class meets upstairs. Led by Brenda Thaxton, this class is reading the book The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. 8-10 people.
Women’s Class meets in the Session Room. This female class is reading When God Winks by S.Q. Rushnell. 12-15 people.
Cross Roads Class in the Library. Led by George Gebhardt. Studying the book When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg. 12-15 people.

Preschool - First Grade (ages 4 - 6 years) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum and is led by John Foutch, Tracey Bone, and Debbie Harlan.
Elementary Class (2nd grade - 4th grade) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude ; Led by Marty Bone and Barbara Howell. Through Biblical stories shared in a variety of ways, children learn in a setting that stimulates their imagination and encourages class participation.
Middle School Class Led by Aileen Foutch using the Connect curriculum.
High School Class Led by Sally Thaxton.

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MATTHEW 25:14-20
14    "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them;
15    to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
16    The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents.
17    In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents.
18    But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
19    After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.
20    Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.'
21    His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
22    And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.'
23    His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
24    Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed;
25    so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.'
26    But his master replied, 'You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter?
27    Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest.
28    So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents.
29    For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.
30    As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

December 17

Third Sunday of Advent

8:45 am - Chapel Worship
11:00 am - Sanctuary Worship

Scripture Text
Matthew 25:14-30
Focused on Faith: Be Not Afraid

Don Goodwin – 12/7
Bill Walker – 12/7
Will Peyton – 12/10
Patricia Williams – 12/14
Paul Devine – 12/16
Annalena Johnston – 12/17
Robert Carroll – 12/19
Savannah Bone – 12/20
Richie Bouton – 12/21
Peter Welser – 12/21
Chloe Foutch – 12/30
Rachel Henson – 12/31

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First Presbyterian Church
304 West Main Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-1360
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Sherard Edington, Pastor

Kristy Vincent,
Administrative Assistant