December 31, 2015
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HAPPY NEW YEAR from FCCSR!!!
Best wishes for a wonderful 2016 to ALL!!
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED 
January 1st in observance of New Years Day

PREPARING for a NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY
As we enter into 2016, we will be preparing a new church directory.  Please keep an eye out on Sunday mornings for a directory in the Community Room so that you can double check that all your address and phone number information is correct for the new edition!!  Please call or email the church office if you have any questions.  

COMING UP
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING PARTY A SUCCESS
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.

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 maryrpt@comcast.net

JANUARY 22 - 7:00pm - MOVIE NIGHT
Pixar's "Inside Out" has been hailed as "A thrilling return to form for Pixar" and "a flat-out masterpiece."  It deals brilliantly and seriously with how we grow up and learn resilience;  It's full of uproariously funny moments; and it's a shoe-in to win big at the Oscars in February.
"Inside Out" takes place inside the head of an 11 year-old girl named Riley. There we meet the crew of emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness - who negotiate how she will respond to life's challenges. Their job threatens to overwhelm them when Riley's family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco, and she has a rough time adjusting.
This is a perfect movie for pre-teen and older kids to share with parents and anyone else who's survived growing up.   This movie night will be a joint production with the FCCSR Youth Group, and Pizza will be served!
7 PM Friday January 22 In the DeHaan Center at Pilgrim Park

JANUARY 25 - Winter REST DINNER
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:
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 sher_ripley@comcast.net

ANNUAL MEETING JANUARY 31
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.

FROM ALAN MILLER
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