The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom…”Be strong, do not fear, your God will come.”  Isaiah 35:1-2,4


Worship Services: 8:15a and 10:45a

Hear from our Confirmation families in Advent readings and Pastor Tim continues exploring the themes of the Advent candle with Micah 5:2-5a,  Faith: Bethlehem’s Candle.

Sunday School 9:30-10:30a  | Ages 2 y.o. to Adult

  • Adults/High School/Middle School: D-Term Teaching Series
    • Guest Teacher: Juan Hernandez, PhD  |  Bethel University Professor
    • Four Portraits of Jesus: Luke
    • Dec. 8:  Worship Center  |  Dec. 15: Multipurpose Room
  • Children: The Gospel Project - Current Unit:  “A Kingdom Provided” (1 Samuel)


Sunday, December 8 | following the 10:45a service

This month Pastor Brian & Kim’s small group will be your hosts!    

THIS SUNDAY: LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: A Service of Hope for the Hurting Heart

Sunday, December 8  | 6:30p

Whether loved ones missed, trials of body or mind, hopes unmet, let’s come together for comfort and hope for this season…and the new year to come. To share a prayer need about your trial or the name of someone you’d like remembered at the service, please drop them off in the office or send to Please feel free to invite your friends or neighbors.


Saturday, December 14, 4:30-7:30p

TO SEE what roles are still needed or to help in other ways check @theHub or with Laura Schatz (715-441-4192).   OR SIGN UP HERE!  (note 2 different tabs … day of event opportunities are on tab 2 ).

Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 1:00-3:00p,  and 6:30-8:00p 

Come help with costume prep! 


Thursday, December 5  | Can you help?

UWRF InterVarsity will be having their outreach banquet on Thurs., Dec. 5.   They will need help with serving and also people to bring lasagnas. If you can help with either of these needs, contact FirstCov’er and IVCF staff worker Brian Aust at 765-414-5987 or


Saturday, December 7th 1:00p  | Christmas Tea!!

Sign ups are available at theHub or sign up by clicking  HERE   (for attending, bringing food, or borrowing items).


Helping 3 families in our community!

Our Giving Tree is up!  You can grab a tag from the tree, and purchase that item, and then bring it back unwrapped with the tag by Dec. 11. 


Prepare for Christmas with Great Resources

There’s a free Advent devotional (individual, family, or small group use) on our resource table by the office window.  There are many good ways to use Advent (the 4 Sundays before Christmas) for preparing to celebrate Christmas. Here are more:


Groups will be formed soon… sign up!

Great opportunity to meet others from church and get know them better, as well as meet newcomers and welcome them to our church family.  How does it work? There is a sign up sheet at theHub, or online HERE.  Please sign up by Dec.  11th and we will set up groups of 6 (or so), get the names and contact information out, and then you are free to coordinate get togethers with your group through meals, either at each other’s homes, or restaurants, or both!  We encourage at least getting together once a month or more but it’s a busy season, so whatever works for your group is fine. Fill out the sign up sheet to let us know your preferences.


Remember These Special Notes!

  • Saturday, Dec. 7  Women’s Christmas Tea - 1:00p
  • Sunday, Dec. 8   (Advent 2)
    • 9:30-10:30a: D-Term (High School, Middle School and Adults in Worship Center)
      • Title: "Gospel of Luke” with Dr. Juan Hernandez. 
    • 6:30p Light in the Darkness Service (Grief and Hope Service)
  • Saturday, Dec. 14  
    • Our Free Drive-Thru Living Nativity  4:30-7:30p
  • Sunday, Dec. 15  (Advent 3)  
    • 9:30-10:30a
      • Children’s Christmas program practice - Worship Center
      • **Location Change** D-Term (High School, Middle School and Adults) -  Multipurpose Room
        • Title: "Gospel of Luke”  with Dr. Juan Hernandez. 
    • 4:00p  Children’s Christmas Program 
  • Sunday, Dec. 22  (Advent 4)
    • 9:30-10:30a (No Sunday School)
      • All-Church Christmas Party  |  Multipurpose Room 
      • **Bring a plate of cookies, snack, etc. to share!**
      • And feel free to wear an ugly Christmas sweater! 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24    Christmas Eve Candlelight Services  |  3:00p and 5:00p         
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25  Merry Christmas!    (No Wednesday Ministries)
  • Sunday, Dec. 29 
    • Special Time: 10a (One Service Only)
    • No Sunday School
  • Wednesday, Jan. 1 No Wednesday Ministries 
  • Sunday, Jan. 5  START!All Sunday School classes (2 y.o to Adult)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 8  START! All Wednesday Ministries (and Parent Conferences for Confirmation)


Saturday, February 1  8a-4p | No Regrets Conference  | Simulcast Site Here!

A special time for guys to seek Christ and get inspired for following him in everyday life! Learn about No Regrets here OR Buy tickets (and learn more) here


The WHOLE Bible in Story Order  | Starts January 1, 2020

Why do this? We’ve had great response on this approach and are bringing it back. In around 15 minutes per day, get the whole picture of God’s work and teaching as you see different parts of Scripture interweave together in history/story order. See Paul’s letters connected with the actual time in the book of Acts. Or read of David’s sin with Bathsheba in the book of Samuel and then his repentant response in Psalm 51.

Resources: Prayer & Notes/Videos

If you sign up (see below) we’ll pray for you this year and send encouraging notes and videos connected to your readings. 

**SPECIAL THIS YEAR**: For the online plan, A GREAT, quick, and fun way to learn!! We are using the Bible Project read through that includes videos on the books of the Bible AS WELL AS videos on various biblical and theological themes

Ready? Connect to Resources


  • Buy a chronological paperback Bible OR engage another plan!

Don’t like to read? Listen! The electronic versions lets you listen for FREE! Just seek out getting the whole counsel of Scripture and see how God works.


Financial Peace University  | Starts Monday, January 13, 2020

Is it for you?

·   Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have financial security?

·   Do you know what God wants you to do with the money He has trusted you with?

·   Do you ever have too much month at the end of your money?

·   Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

 What will you learn?

·   A proven method on getting out of debt and stay out of debt

·   How to budget your income and stick to the plan

·   If you are married, how to set financial goals and work together to achieve them

·   Dave Ramsey’s seven baby steps to financial freedom

·   The importance of insurance and the best buys in the insurance world

·   How to plan for your child’s college and retire with dignity

·   How to live like no one else, so you can live and give like no one else


·  Monday nights at 6:00pm

·   Classes last 1 ½ hours (with optional 30 minutes after for open discussion and Q&A session if needed)

·   This is a nine-week course

·   Childcare available by RSVP-ing your needs with the church office. 

How to sign up:

·   To sign up go to this link:  

·   To learn more:

·   Cost:  NOTE: The first five to sign up will get it for $99 instead of full price of $129.00 of the FPU membership, which includes:

◦   Instant access to online lessons, tools, coaching and the Dave Ramsey Community

◦   All materials shipped directly to you (shipping included)

◦   Attend as many FPU classes as you’d like during your membership

◦   Subscription to EveryDollar Plus App:

◦   Digital tools to help stay motivated

◦   If a couple, one membership covers both.

For more info or to discuss whether FPU is right for you: contact FirstCov’er Luke Strehlau: 

Proverbs 22:7: ...the borrower is slave to the lender.