Join with us as we celebrate the ministry of Ned and Michelle. The church will be presenting a gift of money to help in their transition. If you would like to contribute to this gift, please place a check in the offering plate with "Ned/Michelle" written in the memo line. A church-wide reception will be held immediately following worship on Sunday, January 8th. Everyone is invited.
The ABW Friendship Circle will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Fridell Lounge. In the Spire the next meeting was listed at Hilltop House. This has changed. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.. Dinner will be served, followed by Carol singing. Please contact Carole Cornell. Her phone number is available from the church office.
Be sure to join us for the following events during Advent:
Advent 2 - Sunday, Dec. 4
- Adult Learning - Jim Segaar presents Advent With My Family - learning from our collective pasts
- Worship and Communion - Pastor Tim Phillips preaching on Isaiah 11.1-10 and Matthew 3.1-12
- Seattle Jazz Vespers
Wednesday, Dec. 7
- Community Dinner and Program - Advent: An inititiatory journey from darkness to light - with Patricia Warming
Advent 3 - Sunday, Dec. 11
- Adult Learning - Aaron Burkhalter and a speaker from Real Change on Homelessness
- Worship - Pastor Tim Phillips preaching on Isaiah 35.1-10 and Matthew 11.2-11
- Walk the Labyrinth
Wednesday, Dec. 14
- Community Dinner and Program - A soulful Christmas - with Patricia Warming
Saturday, Dec. 17
- Sanctuary Choir Concert
Advent 4 - Sunday, Dec. 18
- Christmas Breakfast and Do-It-Yourself Christmas Pageant
- Worship - Theologian in Residence Patricia Hunter preaching on Isaiah 7.10-16 and Matthew 1.18-25
- Sanctuary Choir Concert
See our Church Calendar for specific times and locations, plus even more events happening at SFBC in December.
Phil Mortenson, chair of the Personnel Commission, reports that a Search Committee to find a replacement for our organist, Michelle Horsley, has been formed and is beginning its work. Members of the search committee are Margaret Norton-Arnold (chair), Aaron Burkhalter, Renna Pierce, Sterling Morris, Vicky Thomas, Belle Chenault, and Jim Ginn. The Personnel Commission will work with the Diaconate during the next month and a half on the job description for the new pastoral position replacing Pastor Ned Allyn Parker. When the job description has been completed, work will start on forming the Search Committee of nine members. The Diaconate will then recommend election of the Search Committee at a Congregational meeting, probably on the date of the annual meeting set for Jan. 22, 2017 This action is in response to the announcement that Michelle and Ned made after worship this past Sunday. Ned has accepted a position working in the area of Alumni Relations at Yale Divinity School, which is merging with his alma mater, Andover Newton Theological School. He and Michelle will relocate to New Haven, Connecticut, in January and he will start his new position on Feb. 1. Michelle plans to apply to graduate programs and look for employment at a church in the New Haven area. Be sure to thank Ned and Michelle for being such vital parts of our community. A celebration for them is planned for Sunday, Jan. 8 following worship. Ned's last sermon as a member of our pastoral team will be on Sunday, Jan. 1.
Ushers are a VITAL part of our hospitality both to members and visitors. Ushering is an opportunity to serve God by serving God’s people, and is a great way to actively and faithfully participate in the functioning of Seattle First Baptist Church. Our pastors and the current ushers invite you and ask you to prayerfully consider if this is a ministry you could serve. Please contact one of our Lead Ushers on Sunday mornings. They will gladly give you more information.
Are you interested in volunteering in the church office once a month, on a Sunday morning? It’s easy work – you get a chance to meet a lot of people. We need your help! If you are interested, please contact Judy at 206-325-6051.
We are recruiting a team of volunteer van drivers who can transport some of our seniors from Hilltop House, Exeter House, and Fred Lind to Seattle First Baptist and back on Sundays. More details were published in the October Spire. Please contact Darren Hochstedler at the church if you are interested in volunteering.