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What’s New at FPC?

What’s New at FPC?

Church Updates Celebrating the great things happening at FPC

DECEMBER & ADVENT RECAP

We mailed out 625 packs of Advent Cards and 110 Children’s Advent Books to families. Hunter sent out videos to our families each Wednesday in December, walking through the Advent season with them and reading from the book.

On December 4, 40 FPC Chancel Choir members led us in the traditional worship services through Taylor Scott Davis’ Magnificat for Music Sunday. They were joined by 12 instrumentalists from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. At the contemporary service, our children led us in song and Joel gave a special message. 

Also on December 4, 61 people, including 27 youth, gathered for the Youth Family Potluck and Christmas Party.

50 kids participated in our Christmas Pageant on December 11 and over 200 parents and other church members attended to see this beautiful rendition of the first Christmas.

We had 76 Poinsettia Dedications in honor or in memory of loved ones. The flowers decorated our worship spaces throughout the season.

Our flower and greenery team really hit it out of the park, creating a different Advent Wreath for each week of the season. We had 8 families participate in the lighting of the advent candle.

21 of our youth participated in Ice Skating on December 18.

20 families made 70 lasagnas (meat and vegetarian) to have on hand in the freezer for folks who need a meal. The kids also made bags of trail mix for our Soup Kitchen guests during the Lasagna Cooking Night on December 20.

The URC Toy Drive collected 358 toys from across Hampton Roads to give to children in need. We partnered with 10 area couches and businesses to put out bins to collect the toys.

We also raised over $15,000 for Tree of Lives’ Boxes of Love! This year we were able to help 320 families at the Holy Family Center and Allamano School in Kenya by providing four weeks worth of food an supplies over the holiday season.

We had at total of 937 people attend 3 in-person Christmas Eve Services. We also had 102 people watch online. We had a 4 p.m. Family Service in First Hall and 5:30 and 7 p.m. traditional services in the Sanctuary. Brass musicians played prior to the traditional services and during the hymns. The 4 and 5:30 p.m. services were live-streamed, and the 5:30 p.m. service was then be on demand throughout the rest of the night.

On Christmas Day, 80 people came to our casual service in the Sanctuary at 10 a.m. Many brought their favorite gift!

Both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fell on Saturdays this year. Our wonderful Soup Kitchen volunteers served lasagna on Christmas Eve, and 15 of our youth came out to cook and serve on New Year’s Eve.

On January 1, 166 people came together for Worship as One @ 10 a.m. in First Hall. The service combined elements of both traditional and contemporary services and everyone enjoyed breakfast biscuits after the service.

We collected $18,847 for the Ukraine Generator Fund to help purchase a generator for a Ukrainian church acting as shelter for those displaced by the conflict.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

In the New Year, we will embark again on the B90X journey, reading the Bible in 90 days! Our sermon series will follow the reading plan.

We will begin presages for Jim’s World Famous Chili on January 22. Chili pick up will be Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. All proceeds will go to send out youth to FUGE camp this summer!

The URC will be hosting its third concert in the Black Sacred Arts Series on January 29 @ 5 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This concert will feature strings and will focus on the influence of African music on American music, and specifically, the African-American music tradition. Admission is free.

We will have and FPC 101 class on February 5 from 3-7 p.m. Anyone interested in attending should contact Valena.

Mark your calendar for our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 22 @ 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The FPC women will head to the Outer Banks for our Women’s Retreat – the first one since COVID! – on Feb. 24-26.

Youth will have a Bowling Outing on February 26. Contact Jackson for more information.

IN THE CHURCH

Frances Elizabeth Yoder was born to FPC Members Duncan and Molly Yoder on November 29.

On January 1 during the Worship as One service, we baptized Cole Bender, son of FPC Members Rachel and Drew Bender.

There will be a Service of Witness to the Resurrection for our beloved brother Jim White on Saturday, February 4 @ 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Jim passed away on November 3, 2022.

IN THE CITY

Bike Norfolk came out on Saturday, Dec. 3 to fix bikes for guests of the Soup Kitchen. Everyone enjoyed the event and Bike Norfolk said they would like to do it again soon!

The URC Annual Report will come out in the early part of 2023.

IN THE WORLD

At team of 15 people, both from FPC and from around the U.S., will travel to Kenya on a Tree of LIves’ Pilgrimage from January 8-20.

Upcoming Pilgrimages for 2023 will be July 9-21 (Youth Trip, limited space) and October 1-13. Please contact Jim Wood if you are interested in going!

The Tree of Lives’ Annual Report will come out in January.

SUNDAY ATTENDANCE

Below are charts showing attendance numbers for worship, Children’s Church, Community Hour, and Youth Group. Please remember that online worship numbers are for all three services and include both website and Facebook connections. Also, each connection could have multiple people, so it is likely that the online numbers are slightly higher than reported.

CHURCH ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Lee Ann and Linda, our bookkeeper, are working to close the books and send out Year End statements.

Lee Ann and Rebecca are also working on our first-ever FPC Annual Report, detailing the financial position of the church, 2022 giving, and other 2022 events and highlights.