December 11, 2015
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THIS WEEK                     
This Sunday!  The newest Star Wars Premier!
Star Wars: The New Hope-Episode 00
A Christmas Pageant with Carols

They are already lining up in Hollywood for Lukas' latest epic, premiering next week, but we have Luke's original (with a little help from Matthew and John and David).  Come see our young people's latest presentation of the classic stories. 

TODAY 4pm - DECEMBER 11 - Christmas Shopping Party
The Board of Mission is pleased to announce that 0ur annual Christmas Shopping Party will be held on Friday, December 11th. The fun begins at 4 PM in the De Haan Center. If you are interested in helping with the event, please donate one or two small gifts that would be appropriate for children to give to their parents or grandparents. The children will be given two quarters each to "purchase" these donated gifts to take home for their holiday celebrations. After their choices have been made, volunteers from our church will wrap and tag the purchased items. Collection boxes will be in the Community Room on November 29 and December 6. If you would like to help, please call Colleen Trudeau at 479-0163.
TOMORROW DECEMBER 12 - Church Work Day - 
9:00am - 3:00pm
Come and lend a hand to beautify and clean up the church - we need your help doing whatever you feel like you can.  


On Saturday, December 19, 2015 we are going to be celebrating the life of Jean Starkweather, but we need cookies, and maybe some fruit!  Only cookies and fruit.  The Starkweather family are having caterers supply the savory food and all other miscellaneous items.
Please contact Jackie Dema directly to let her know what you would like to bring so that she can coordinate.  415-446-0125 or

Winter REST Dinners for Woman Shelter 2015-16
The First Congregational Church of San Rafael - Mission Board is happy to provide dinners for homeless women during 2015-16 Winter REST Program.  FCCSR Team will be feeding 15-20 homeless women, at the Wellness Center in San Rafael.  The Mission Board Team we will prepare and bring everything needed for a hot, nutritional and tasty meal for these women.  We will also eat and chat together with our guests before we clean up. It all begins at 5:45pm to set up tables, chairs, and place settings. The guests will be at the center and ready to be serve by 6:00pm, we eat with them and then we clean up the dishes and are usually done by 7:30 PM.  
Our REST Dinner dates - All on Monday nights:
Dec 21 - Jan 25* - Feb 22 - Mar 28 - April 25
We can use your help with table set up, food dishes (we can also pick up any dish/item you make/donate prior to 5:30, if needed), food serving, and clean up. Whatever the donation, help or time you can offer is appreciated.
*The Jan 25 dinner coordinated by Rev Tracy and the Youth.
If you have any questions, ideas to help, suggestions for dinner themes, please call Sher Ripley on her cell at 415-577-6104 or email

JANUARY 9 - Epiphany Party (12th night)
Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM
At the home of Oak and Mary Dowling, 
273 Mountain View Avenue, San Rafael, CA
All are invited to celebrate Epiphany - the revelation of Jesus to the world via the Wise Men - in this festive evening of frivolity. Please bring a dish to share and a wrapped gift for our white elephant exchange. This event is most appropriate for grown-ups, please make other arrangements for children this evening. For more information, please contact Mary Dowling at (415) 456-7251 or

What is two days before Groundhog Day, seven days before that American football extravaganza, and the same day as Jackie Robinson's birthday? Save the date for these celebrations, and more importantly, for the church congregation annual meeting immediately after church. In the United Church of Christ denomination, the congregation is the final authority. In this annual meeting, the congregation reviews and approves the budget and elects officers for the coming year. Following the meeting, the congregation's important task will be to enjoy the comradery and food of our classic church potluck.

Janeth Paz - Who has provided household help to the Millers for 15 years, the Fullers and Spoffords, needs a job on Tuesdays, preferably 12:30-4:30pm.  For info call Alan 415-479-5467, or Janeth at 415-261-1743.

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First Congregational Church of San Rafael 
8 North San Pedro Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903

Current Church Office Hours:

  Monday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

 Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm