Foothills News for 11.28.16

Foothills News for 11.28.16
Common Ground volunteers fill boxes with foods for school families in need during the week of Thanksgiving. 
An Update From Fiji 
The UMC Missionaries in Fiji gear up for graduation week,
and announce that their time in Fiji is drawing to an end.
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Charge Conference Report 
Diane Douthitt gives a brief rundown of what happened at this year's conference.
Charge Conference is held annually and takes care of vital church business.  
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Thank You, Foss Corley
As we continue to solve tech problems in the sanctuary, the generosity of Foothills members continues to show in fortuitous and abundant ways. Esther Corley, on behalf of the estate of Foss Corley donated some much needed funds, in a pinch, to help acquire a new device that will solve (fingers crossed!) our image projection issues. Thank you Foss!
Sponsor a Beam - Support the Church 
$172,809 has currently been raised
The church beams are in great need of repair to keep our sanctuary structurally and aesthetically strong. It will take everyone's help to raise the $200,000 needed. Watch this video to learn all about our Beam Team Campaign. Click here to donate or read more. Sponsor a beam and join the Beam Team to help us reach our goal.
Christmas at Foothills
The holidays are a magical time at Foothills and we hope you find plenty of reasons to come be in the spirit of giving and celebration. Christmas Eve services will be held at 4 pm for families, 6:30 for traditional style worship, 8:30 for contemporary and, as always, the lovely and solemn 11 pm service. The tradition of Silent Night sung by candlelight will be held during the 6:30, 8:30 and 11 pm services. Start inviting your friends to worship and Pastor Eric's message, 'Living in Hope.' Read More
Confirmation 2017
Confirmation Class is starting in January! There will be a mandatory meeting 12/18 at 10 am in Pastor Eric's office for 8th graders and their parents. Confirmation is a time for our youth to dig deeper in their faith while being taught what it truly means to be a United Methodist. If you have any questions please contact Sharon Russo.
Christmas Caroling
Be a blessing to our home-bound seniors as we go Christmas Caroling on Sunday, 12/18. Gather at 5:00 p.m. in the King Hall Connection Center to carpool. This is a great experience for people of all ages, so bring your kids, family and friends. Please bring water and dress warmly.
Common Ground Christmas
Common Ground is an interfaith organization sponsored by Foothills that provides year-round for local disadvanted students. Many of them will not receive gifts during Christmas, so Common Ground is doing what it can to get a gift into each local kid's hands. Sign up for a gift on the patio after services and return it by 12/18. If you would like to sign up for a gift or help, please contact Kathy Glass.
FUMY Canned Food Drive 
Our Foothills United Methodist Youth (FUMY) are holding their annual holiday canned food drive. Beginning now and running through the month of December, bring as much canned food as you can to church Sunday mornings and to the church office throughout the week so we can fill the pantries of the Good Neighbor Center. Let's show our love and support of families who are finding it difficult to make it through a season in which we should all be full of the abundant love of God. Contact Sharon Russo to help
Handel's Messiah: Presentation & a Class 
On 12/11, make sure you are in worship at the single 10 am hour of praise for a presentation of a portion of Handel's Messiah by our choir. To prepare you, choir director Dennis Keller is hosting a one-time class: Handel's Messiah, For Dummies, in King Hall, Tue. 11/29 at 7 pm. Come learn the history of this fantastic musical piece. 
Succulent Sunday 
EarthCare's annual succulent Sunday is coming up o 12/4 and will take place on the sanctuary patio after services. The group will be giving away cuttings of succulents and drought tolerant plants. They invite others in the congregation to share any cuttings they may have by bringing them that morning.
Single 10 am Services in December 
On Sundays 12/11, 12/25 and 1/1, Foothills will be hosting a single hour of worship at 10:00 am. On 12/11, the choir will be performing Handel's Messiah. Be sure to put that on your calendar! On Christmas and New Year's day, there will be one hour of worship at 10 am to accomodate holiday gatherings with family and friends. 
Reiki Clinic at Foothills 
Foothills' member Kathy Cueva is also an avid Reiki teacher, practioner and even a master. She holds regular clinics at Foothills for people to experience this ancient, light-touch, energy healing technique. The clinics are by appointment only, so please contact Kathy to book a spot at her 12/4 clinic. 
The Holidays Will be Warm and Bright at El Nido 
During the holidays, Foothills and El Nido do all they can to make the temporary transitional homes of these survivor families as comfortable as possible. Each church sponsoring an apartment provides their residents with 3 gifts per person. These gifts may be the only gifts many of these residents receive. After only two weeks, Foothills members have signed up to provide all 12 of the gifts needed for our unit! Monetary help is still appreciated to buy trees, decorations and small gifts for every resident of the complex when we go to visit them with the youth group. Your help is needed 
Our leadership has a continuing challenge: to invite you not only to a committed relationship to Jesus Christ, but to grow each year toward becoming more devoted disciples of Jesus Christ with an ever-deepening connection with God. Stewardship emphasis is the time to invite you to take another step in your spiritual growth. This next month promises to be an exciting time of anticipation as we look ahead to what is possible both in our own lives and in our congregational choices for the future. Foothills is poised to move into a powerful year in 2017. Read more and make your pledge
The Foothills Faith Academy
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Family Connection at Foothills
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