UPCOMING WORSHIP


We are celebrating our renovated & refreshed spaces at 76 Bell Street!

 In December, we began a NEW two service worship schedule debuting our RISE to Shine Family Worship.

Both services take place in the Sanctuary at 76 Bell Street.


Parking will continue to be a challenge while the CFIS school construction continues.  Your patience is appreciated.


SUNDAY JANUARY 27


Rev. Susi Kawolics preaching on

Nehemiah 8:1-10 and Luke 4:14-21     

Theme:  Word

Presentation of 2018 Christmas Eve Offering to HOLA


10AM

Traditional Worship & Sunday School


11:30AM

RISE to Shine Family Worship

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3


Rev. Hamilton Throckmorton preaching on

I Corinthians 15 and Luke 4:21-30

Theme: Meal

Communion served


10AM

Traditional Worship & Sunday School

Special Music by the Bell Choir


11:30AM

RISE to Shine Family Worship

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10


Rev. Hamilton Throckmorton preaching on

Luke 5:1-11

Theme: Ministry

10AM

Traditional Worship & Sunday School

Special Music by the Children's Choir


11:30AM

RISE to Shine Family Worship

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11:45AM

Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser

12:45PM

Annual Meeting of The Federated Church

January/Epiphany Sermon Series

10 am         Traditional Worship & Sunday School

11:30am      RISE to Shine Family Worship

The season after Christmastide in the church begins with the celebration of the visit of the Magi to Jesus, on January 6, after the 12 days of Christmas. This event is known as “Epiphany,” which literally means revelation, or realization, and celebrates the revelation of the Christ to those who traveled so far to find him.


This year, the actual feast of Epiphany falls on a Sunday, January 6.  On that Sunday we will use the One Communion Sunday Prototype (read more at fedchurch.org/rise-prototypes). We will offer Communion, anointing and release during this first service of the new year, and will only have one service at 10:00 am to gather our whole church family.


The first Sunday after Epiphany, January 13, we will go back to two services, our traditional service at 10:00 am, and our RISE to Shine service at 11:30 am. We will begin a sermon series on “Sacred Signposts,” inspired by the book of that same title written by Benjamin J. Dueholm. Sacred Signposts follows a list that Martin Luther identified as seven “holy possessions” of the Christian faith. There are as follows: Word, Water, Meal, Confession and Forgiveness, Ministry, Prayer, Praise and Worship, and Cross. These are practices that shape us as Christians. In order to know, to worship, to engage the transcendent God we believe in, we need particular practices. At the core of the Epiphany season is a willingness to open ourselves to finding God anew in the many ways that God appears to us, to open ourselves to the many “epiphanies” that come our way that we might otherwise never even notice. These sacred signposts help guide us along that journey.


We will follow the lectionary readings connected with the themes of the book as follows. We hope you will join us for this series, and gain a deeper understanding of our Christian practices, and a deeper awareness of God’s presence and love.


January 13        Luke 3:15-17, 21-22                                       Water

January 20        Psalm 36 and I Corinthians 12                  Prayer, Praise and Worship

January 27        Nehemiah 8:1-10 and Luke 4:14-21     Word

February 3        I Corinthians 15 and Luke 4:21-30         Meal

February 10     Luke 5:1-11                                                          Ministry

February 17     Luke 6:17-26                                                       Cross

February 24     Luke 6:27-38                                                       Confession and Forgiveness



ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATIONS



Accessibility

Both the Bell Street campus and the Family Life Center campus are fully handicapped accessible and have marked handicapped parking.  The entire Family Life Center Campus is on one level.  The Bell Street building has an elevator inside the parking lot entrance that leads to all levels including classrooms, restrooms, offices and the Sanctuary.  The level Bell Street drop-off entrance leads directly into the Narthex.  Inside the Sanctuary there are spaces for individuals in wheelchairs.  Those finding it difficult to sit in pews may find one of the padded armchairs more comfortable.  Ushers and greeters are available for assistance before and throughout services.



Vision and Hearing Concerns

Our Sanctuary is equipped with a Hearing Loop system. This system turns hearing aids into loudspeakers, delivering sound right into the ear. A current is amplified and sent to a magnetic cable loop surrounding the Sanctuary and the balcony. This magnetic cable is installed under the carpet. Sound received with this system has improved quality and clarity. 85% of all hearing aids are equipped with a Telecoil which picks up the magnetic field signal. A person so equipped must visit their audiologist to ensure the Telecoil is activated. The individual simply pushes a button on their hearing aid upon entering the Sanctuary and they are immediately wired in when they enter the ‘loop’.


Large print bulletins and hearing aid devices are available in the Narthex.  



Communion Accommodations

For communion we use grape juice and bread. An alternative to the bread is available for those with gluten or wheat allergies.