Holiday Compassion Opportunities
Warm Coats and Blankets for Refugees
Contact: Lucas McGarity
Help support new refugee families as they prepare for their first cold, windy Kansas winter! We are partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in collecting new winter coats and blankets. Coats for infants up to adult size large and full or twin size blankets are requested. The IRC is only able to accept new donations at this time.
Operation Christmas Child
Contact: Sherry Unruh, 686-6269
Be a part of sending gift-filled shoeboxes and the good news of Jesus Christ to children around the world by participating in Operation Christmas Child. You can find more info on our website about sending and packing boxes. If you need a shoe box, they will be available starting November 5.
Drop-off tables for both of these projects will be outside the church offices on Sundays, November 5, 12, and 19.
Sunday, November 19, 5:30 pm, Worship Center
Plan on attending our upcoming Members Meeting, Sunday, November 19. At the meeting, we’ll be voting to approve the 2018 budget as well as elder, trustee, and deacon candidates. Afterward there will be snacks in the Courtyard and the opportunity to sign up for access to our online church community site, launching in December.
Before you vote: Please take time to review our candidate profiles available online or at the Welcome Center.
Childcare: Childcare is by registration and is available through 5th grade. To sign up you can register online or call the church office by Monday, November 13.
Deck the Halls
Friday, December 1, 9 am
Join us in decorating the church while Christmas music fills the Worship Center on Friday, December 1, starting at 9 am. We will provide coffee and snacks. We need many helping hands for this big job, and no special talent is required—just a willingness to serve. Even an hour of help would be greatly appreciated. If you can’t help now, we’ll also need help taking decorations down on Friday, January 5, at 9 am. Contact Lori Phillips with questions.
Joy Has Dawned!
Sunday, December 3, 6 pm, Worship Center
Celebrate Christmas with us as First Free presents “Joy Has Dawned!” a night of Christmas music and praise on Sunday, December 3. The evening will feature our Worship and Kids Choirs along with orchestra. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend to enjoy the music and hear the gospel story! Childcare will be available through age 2, no registration is required.
FOCUS Conference 2018
Registration deadline is December 3
Middle and High School students are invited to Wheat State Camp, February 16-18, 2018, for the annual FOCUS Conference! Parents, find more information online and register your student by Sunday, December 3. Learn More>>>
GriefShare—Surviving the Holidays
Monday, December 4, 7-8:30 pm
Grieving the loss of a loved one? Join Pastor Phil for this DVD/discussion group to help you navigate the holiday season. This session will provide practical holiday coping strategies and hope for brighter days ahead. Cost is $10 and includes a Holiday Survival Guide. Register online or by contacting Pastor Phil.
Saturday, December 9, 9:30 am, Kitchen & Fireside Room
The Deacon Women will be assembling plates of Christmas goodies for our elderly friends on Saturday, December 9, at 9:30 am in the Kitchen and Fireside Room. You can participate by donating individually wrapped muffins or small loaves of sweet bread. You may also help assemble and deliver the plates. For more information please contact Cindy Roth (734-4225).
An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Monday, December 11, 7 pm, The Lott’s Barn
First Free women and girls are invited to join us at the Lott’s Barn (7341 N. 143rd St. E.) on Monday, December 11, from 7-8:30 pm. We’ll celebrate Christ’s coming with carols, cookies, corn (the popped variety) and conversation! Holly Krahn will help us reflect on the coming of Jesus, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. Invite your friends, dress warmly, and plan on carpooling out to the barn. Maps will be available November 26 at the Women’s Ministries Table.
For a full list of events visit our events calendar.