December 19, 2015
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Today, 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

Fill the sanctuary during Christmas with brilliant color in honor or memory of a loved one. You may purchase a poinsettia by filling out the order form and a check for $10.00 (made out to FCCSR). Order forms will be available in the December Sunday bulletins or in the church office.

The Christmas Shopping Party at Pilgrim Park was a success - thanks to all the gift donations from the Congregation and great work of the gift wrappers, Jean Nadell, Lynn Grant, Milagro Ramirez, Nancy Mahl and Laurie McInnis.  Bob DeHaan was greeted happily when he arrived.  The Pilgrim Park staff prepared the setup for all the gifts - tables, paper, ribbons, etc. and provided crafts for the children to work on between sales.  It really was a lot of fun, and they all smiled and thanked everyone.

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

DECEMBER 29 - TIE Deadline for January Issue
The deadline for articles and news for the January 2016 issue of The TIE is Monday, December 28. Please have all articles for the December issue at the church office by Sunday, December 27th. Or, email your articles to by Monday, the 28th.

JANUARY 9, 2016 - Men's Group to Tour on January 9, 2016
Join us for a 1850's tall ship replica under construction in Sausalito --  In lieu of a January men's meeting, Bob De Haan will lead church adults and children of this 100' brigentine.   This wooden ship is in a very interesting phase of it's construction.   One can walk the deck, peer below the hull planking to view the ribs and interior spaces and view masts and spars being built.   Volunteers are doing most of the work to modern standards for a charitable foundation that offers sailing, navigation and sea ecology experiences and eduation to young people.   Bob is one of the volunteers.  Meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. on January 9th.   We will carpool to Sausalito for a one-hour tour.

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

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Tuesday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

 Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm