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Announcements & Ministry Highlights Christmas Hours: Church business offices will be closed Dec 26, 27 and Jan 2. Worship Services: Join us for worship on Christmas morning! We will have one traditional service at 10:30am. Then on Jan 1 we will have one contemporary service at 10:30am with Communion. We will resume regular worship times beginning Jan 8: 8am, Communion Worship, Chapel; 9:15am, Traditional Worship, Sanctuary; 10:45am, Contemporary Worship, Sanctuary. KidTrek, a ministry for children and families: We’d love to see you on Sundays for Sunday School each week. First thru fifth graders may also join us on Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00pm for Base Camp, our midweek program packed with games, friends and Jesus. This summer, we will host an amazing Music Camp, June 19–23, and we’ll be sending 8–12 year olds to Eagle Lake Camp in Colorado Springs, July 9–14. For more info visit or contact Jennie, [email protected]. Fishy (Middle School) & Club (High School): Boulder student ministries that use small group relationships and extravagant adventures to make young disciples of Jesus Christ! Join us Wednesday nights, 7:15–8:45pm starting Jan 11, 2017. Middle School, join us on Sunday mornings, 9:15am starting Jan 15 for Axis to dive into the Bible and worship. Check out our websites at and for all the details! The Annex: a University Ministry that desires for CU students to know life in Jesus by experiencing the Best of College. Tuesday nights at 8pm in the Sanctuary, starting Jan 17. Visit to learn more about us. Contact Kelsey Bennett for more info, [email protected]. Women’s Ministry: We’d love to connect you with other women! Join us for Mothers of Preschool Children (MOPS) or The Well Bible study. Contact Judy Pierce, [email protected]. MenX: The Weekend: All men are invited to our winter retreat at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Feb 24–26. Our speaker will be Dr. Forrest Buckner, former Director of High School Ministry at First Pres. Get all the details at or contact Steve Cartwright, [email protected]. The ROOTS Ministry: ROOTS is an umbrella ministry that brings individuals over age 55 together for fellowship, service, education, and spiritual nurturing. We are committed to enjoying the Lord and his people in the church, community, and worldwide missions. We welcome you to join us. Program offerings include mission trips, potluck dinners, day trips, and many more. Visit or call Libby, 303.402.6433, for more information. Music at First Pres: The Music Ministry offers a variety of music opportunities including two children’s choirs (4s–2nd grade and 3rd–6th grade), Salt & Light Choir (7th–12th grade), two adult choirs (Chapel and Chancel), small ensembles, the First Pres Bell Ringers, the Family Bells Choir, the First Pres Worship Team, and special concerts throughout the year. We want you to join in the fun! Visit or contact Robin, [email protected]. WEDX: a night to encourage, inspire, challenge, celebrate, and support marriage. March 11, 7pm at First Pres Boulder. Dessert and coffee intermission. Childcare provided by reservation. Contact Judy Pierce: 303.402.6453, [email protected] 9th Annual Father Daughter Dance: Join us for the 9th annual Father Daughter Dance on Sat, Feb 4, 4:30–8pm! This celebration is open to daughters of all ages, fathers, and grandfathers. Cost is $7.50 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Join us Thursday nights at First Pres: All classes begin Jan 26. Buffet dinner and childcare are provided and begin 30 minutes prior to each class. • Financial Peace University, a 9-week DVD course taught by Dave Ramsey. Dave uses Biblical principles to help you get out of debt, save for emergencies, pay off your mortgage early, save for your kids’ college and your retirement, and become a generous giver. Class time is 6:30– 8pm. Visit our table in the Atrium in January to sign up/ask questions. Contact Dave Pedersen, [email protected], 720.244.5100. • The Marriage Course is for any couple who wants to invest in their relationship, whether you have been together 1 or 61 years and whether you have a strong relationship or are struggling. Some of the topics we will cover are understanding each other’s needs, effective communication, resolving conflict, parents and in-law issues, and more. Class time is 6:15–8pm. • Behold: Beauty and the Life of Faith, an 8-week class led by Jeff Hoffmeyer. We will explore the biblical foundation for the idea that God is Beauty and will discuss how God might transform our lives as we begin to see (behold!) the world as God sees it. Class time is 6:30–8pm.

Poinsettia Dedications In loving memory of: • My beloved sister, Tracey Lewis by Stephanie & Bob Helsel • Our parents by Jack & Mary Oslund • Charles Howard and Dan Stoner by the Strait family • Our wonderful Larry by Ruth Hause & family • George Powell by Jerry Powell & family • Reg & Ruth Plumridge and Clarence Jochum by Rich & Kim Plumridge • Jack Little by Joanne and the rest of his family • Dennis Irwin by Mrs. Pat Irwin • Marleen Martin by Brad & Bree Bergford • Mimi & Popup, Grandpa Bob and Amma by Don Gallotte

• Frances Evans, 104-year-old grandmother of Evan McCaig and great grandmother of Will, Sadie, Hayden and Luke by Frances McCaig • Linda Overholser by Kids Hope Mentors • Family members by Marty Coffin Evans & Robert Trembly • Kimberlie, our parents and our aunts by the Bedell family • Jerry and June Scofield by Mary & Dan Cartwright & Tracey Boward • Dan (Dave’s brother) by Dave & Maggie Lee • James Dale Maxwell - a life well lived… by Nadia Maxwell • Leslie Conger by Alan Conger

In joyous celebration and thanksgiving for: • Our grandsons Luke, Calvin and Evan by Bill & Karen Bell • God’s grace and blessings in our lives by David & Emily Tueting • Jesus Christ and First Pres Boulder by the Parkhurst family • Our grandchildren by John & Judy Brooks • The blessing of our family by Katy & Jim Carpenter • Our wonderful families by Rick & Fran Frey • Christmas and all its glory in Boulder County by John, Allison, Aspen & Margaret McDougall • The Lord by Ginny & Don Otero

• For family, friends and God’s bounty by Mrs. Pat Irwin • The blessing of our first great grandchild by Dick & Jean Bedell • Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace by the Litsey family • Each of our 10 grandchildren and their wonderful parents by Willhelmina & George Gilmer • Trystan Jacob Lee, our first grandchild, by Dave & Maggie Lee • Our family by Sandy & Sally Bracken • Joy of family and the addition of Luna & Carrie by Michael & Sue Holtz • Our grandchildren Joshua, Ana, Kristofer, Taylor and Noah by Sharryl & Jim Davis

Assisting in Worship

Erik Hanson, Lead Pastor Jane Filkin, Pastor, Discipleship & Community Carl Hofmann, Pastor, Congregational Care Jennie Fletemeyer, Director, Children & Family Ministry Jim Keller, Director of Music & Worship, Tracy, Ali & Sam Keller, vocalists Dr. Joyce Kull, Organist Joe Cutshall, Director, Worship & Creative Arts Chancel Choir, Salt & Light Choir James Wilson, Baby Jesus First Pres Worship Team: Sara Coleman, piano, vocals, Caroline Cutshall, vocals, Christy DeMeyer, vocals, Joe Cutshall, guitar, Stan Benjamin, bass guitar, Paul Schirmer, drums Mile High Brass: Bruce Barrie, 1st Trumpet & Piccolo Trumpet Dave Rajewski, 2nd Trumpet, Marian Hesse, French Horn, Tom Ball, Trombone, Mike Dunn, Tuba

December 24, 2016 Christmas Eve Services 5pm, 7pm, 9pm Christmas Message Taste and See

Psalm 34:8, Isaiah 9:2-3b; 6–7

Merry Christmas! Rejoice and be glad! The Savior has come. First Time Visitors: Welcome! We would love to get to know you. We invite you to fill out the Connection Card in the pew rack and put it in the offering plate when it comes by. If you have brought children with you, we welcome them! We are glad to have the whispering, wiggling, and giggling that comes with children worshiping with us. On Sundays, we have a vibrant children’s ministry and would love to have your children join us. Weekly Email Updates: Our weekly email, delivered straight to your inbox, is a great way to learn about First Pres and the events happening in our various ministry areas. To receive emails, visit our website, and click on “New to First Pres?” then “Subscribe and Follow,” or fill out the Connection Card and drop it into the offering plate.

Our Vision: to create and share together in a community that will Go Deep with our trust in Jesus Christ, Live Wide and generously to the world with the gospel, and Be Rooted and seek influence here where God has planted us. Christ Centered • Biblically Faithful • Kingdom Committed

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Christmas Eve Family Service 5:00pm

Christmas Video A Very Special Baby Welcome Congregational Singing O Come, All Ye Faithful, verses 1 & 3 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, verses 1 & 3 Lighting of the Advent Candles - Hope, Peace, Joy & Love Chris, Crystal, Rachel and Sam Rieger

Congregational Singing Joy to the World! verses 1 & 4

(Children are invited to come forward for the Time For Kids)

Time For Kids Live Nativity Christmas Message Taste and See Erik Hanson

Bringing Our Gifts To The Manger/Offering

All children may come forward. Packages of diapers for the Diaper Drive may be brought forward at this time. The Diaper Drive will benefit Mother House, Marisol Health and Family Learning Center.

Congregational Singing Away in a Manger Lighting of the Christ Candle Congregational Singing Silent Night! Holy Night!

Christmas Eve Traditional Service 7:00pm


Mile High Brass


Carol Of The Bells, arr. Ed Hirschman Go Tell It On The Mountain, arr. Russell Anixter The First Noel, Trad. English Carol, arr. Craig Levesque

Scripture Reading

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

*Scripture Reading *Carol No. 173

J. Neale

Psalm 34:8, Isaiah 9:2-3b; 6–7 O Come, All Ye Faithful

J. Wade

Lighting of the Advent Candles - Hope, Peace, Joy & Love

Fenton, Michelle, Kyle, Josh and Brady Hill, and Kiersten Gore

Christmas Prayer for the World *Carol No. 146 Offertory

Joy to the World! the Lord Is Come Mary, Did You Know?

Christmas Message *Carol No. 152

I. Watts

arr. Jack Schrader

Taste and See Angels We Have Heard On High

Erik Hanson Trad French Carol

*Lighting of the Christ Candle *Carol No. 164

Silent Night! Holy Night!

J. Mohr

*Benediction *Postlude

Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. — Galileo

Congregational Singing Angels We Have Heard On High Lighting of the Advent Candles - Hope, Peace, Joy & Love John, Janet, Keith, Lauren and Brad Winchester

Christmas Prayer for the World Congregational Singing What Child Is This?

(Salt & Light Alumni are invited to the choir loft to sing Breath of Heaven)

arr K. Chapman

Christmas Blessing & Invitation Postlude He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child (#177)

Congregational Singing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Welcome and Christmas Greeting *Carol No. 157

Christmas Eve Contemporary Service 9:00pm

Offertory Breath of Heaven, arr. Don Hart Salt & Light Choir, Ali Keller, solo

Christmas Message Taste and See Erik Hanson

Congregational Singing O Holy Night Lighting of the Christ Candle Congregational Singing Silent Night! Holy Night! Benediction & Invitation

*Congregation standing if you are able.

The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both. Proverbs 20:12

Postlude Joy to the World!

If ‘seeing is believing’ what happened to taste, touch, sound and smell? Did our creator really intend to favor sight over the other senses? I don’t believe so. — Alex Morritt