President's Message
               December, 2018  
                                                                
                                                         by JoAnne Riggs  
 
 
Hello from your Board President,  
 
We are in the midst of the 2018 Holiday Season, and we have lots going on and fabulous things to come here at First Church of Religious Science, Vallejo.  
 
Our Youth Church is still in full swing, meeting on a regular basis every Sunday during service.  Many thanks go to our teachers who make this a winning venture.  Volunteers are Annette Cardin, Michelle Morgan, Emily Frank and Alex Richardson.  We give deep thanks to Rev. Aikya Param who led the group during her tenure here.  Rev. Aikya is now involved with her own focus ministry to work specifically on her Freedom Anywhere prison ministry.  We all say a fond good-bye to Rev. Aikya.    
 
Wednesday night Meditation Services are now being held from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Sanctuary.  Thanks go to Agape-trained Practitioner Michael J. Allen, M.A., and Clark Hawley, R.Sc.P. for leading these services.  
 
We adopted a family in our community for Christmas again this year.  The baskets of presents for our Mom and two young girls were overflowing.  So for the third year in a row, our Church's generosity came through superbly to support a family!  This opportunity was arranged for us by our own Gerry Williams, who works for Families First.  Thanks again, Gerry!   
 
We have two more causes that we are supporting this winter (we sure are in a giving mood this season!). It's all good for the receiver and the giver.  
 
   * The Divine Divas (our ladies group) is collecting gently used or new warm clothing and blankets for those in need in Vallejo.  New socks and used or new shoes are also well-received.  The barrels for these items are in the Sanctuary.  When full, the items are transported to "Faith Food Fridays" by Diane Merrick. So far, we have donated 4 barrels and several bins full of these items.  We will continue this collection through the winter months.  So check your closets for those things you don't wear (or never did), or while you're Christmas shopping buy something extra for these folks in our community.  
 
   * Our Church is donating $250 worth of gift cards for each of three months to those in Paradise who were affected by the Camp Fire in Butte County.  Church members are invited to add to this amount.  Bring a gift card or donate money towards gift cards to help these people!  Gift Card suggestions are those from Target, Raleys, Wal-Mart and Costco.  Our second installment is being sent next week, with the third one being sent in mid-January.  
 
Our Annual Candlelight Service is on December 19th at 7 p.m.  Please come for an evening of song, celebration, and the ceremony of the symbolic lighting of the candles.  Light refreshments will be provided in the Family Room after the service.  
 
We had another successful traditional Thanksgiving Feast last month.  Our Christmas Potluck Feast will be held after service on Sunday, December 23rd.  Sign-up sheets are in the Family Room.  Join us!  
 
This New Year's Eve (Monday, December 31st), we'll have a new and special service/celebration: we will hold a New Year's Eve Night Watch and Peace Meditation Service, starting at 10:30 p.m.  There will be a welcoming-in of the New Year after the service, celebrating with food, sparkling cider & fun!  
 
Rev. Jacquelyn will facilitate a Vision Board Workshop on Saturday, January 5th.  Our Congregational Meeting will be held after the Sunday, February 10 service (remember, to vote on any candidates or motions you must be a member in good standing, so if you're not a member please see a Board Member for an application).  
 
We have two more events coming up in early 2019 -- please save the dates!  First is Sunday, February 24th, when Karen Drucker will be the guest speaker and musician for our morning service, and she will present an afternoon concert (suggested donation only $10 per person).  Please tell your friends!  On Saturday, March 2nd, we will host an Ordination Ceremony and Celebration for Rev. Jacquelyn.  If you are adept at organizing events, your assistance would be appreciated!  (We want this to be yet another grand event that First Church has become known for presenting.)  
 
That's it for now.  Have a blessed holiday season!  
 
Until next time,  
JoAnne 
President, FCRS Board of Trustees