Category: Connector

Connector for January 23

This Sunday: Learning from Mary’s Song

Join us as our High School Pastor Dan McPherson brings a message from Luke 1:46–55 as a part of our series Lord, Teach Us to Pray.

As a part of our prayer series during the month of January:


Main Services
8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am – In-person and online

Next Gen Services
9:30am – In-person, all ages
11:00am – In-person, birth through 4th grade

In the event of inclement weather, we will post any service delays or cancellations on our website, our Facebook page, and TV channels 18, 27, and 36.

Attending any large gathering puts you at risk of exposure to Covid-19. If you or a family member are feeling unwell over the weekend, please worship with us online.


Launch – Rescheduled!

Sunday, February 6 at 12:15pm

If you’re new to our church, then Launch is the event for you. Join us for lunch, meet our staff, and learn more about the heart of our church. Childcare will be provided.


Membership Class

Sunday, February 6 at 6:30pm

If you are interested in exploring membership at FAC, please join us! We will discuss what it means to be a member, how to become a member, and provide background about The Alliance and FAC.


Winter Olympics

Friday, February 11 from 6 to 8pm in the Gym

Don’t miss the competition, the pageantry, the food, and the fun! From the Opening Ceremony to the awarding of medals and prizes, FAC’s Winter Olympics is going to be full of exciting events everyone can enjoy—no athleticism required. Concession proceeds will benefit our students attending LIFE conference this summer. Register before February 9.


Virtual IF Gathering

Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5

Back by popular demand, join us for our virtual-only IF Gathering from the comfort of your home! Use the link below to register with the IF organization directly at a discounted rate. Attendees will also have access to a Planning Center group for easy access to conference resources. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Scott.


GPOPs

Tuesday, January 25 at 6:45pm

The Grandparents and Parents of Prodigals prayer group will meet this coming Tuesday at 6:45pm in the Sanctuary. Join us as we pray for our children and grandchildren to come to know and love Jesus.


By the Numbers

First Alliance truly is a resource-generous church! Your generosity is reflected in these financial results for December and the first 6 months of the fiscal year. Thank you for blessing the church through the general fund and Alliance missions. This outstanding news comes on top of the very successful Paid in Full and Here, There, and Everywhere offerings that occurred in 2021. God is good!

December 2021

Attendance (weekly Sunday average)

In person8923 weeks
Online3124 weeks

Giving

FundActual
General Fund$221.8K152% of monthly budget
Alliance Missions$45.5K

Year to Date (July-December)

Giving

FundActual
General Fund$996K119% of YTD budget
Alliance Missions$108K

Helpful Links

Connector for January 16

This Sunday: God is Able

Join us as our Lead Pastor Paul Smith brings a message from Ephesians 3:14-21 as a part of our series Lord, Teach Us to Pray.


We’ll be sharing communion during services this Sunday. If you watch our livestream, we hope you’ll gather the elements and join us from home.

As a part of our prayer series during the month of January:

Main Services
8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am – In-person and online

Next Gen Services
9:30am – In-person, all ages
11:00am – In-person, birth through 4th grade

Please be aware that attending any large gathering puts you at risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you or a family member are feeling unwell over the weekend, please worship with us online. We appreciate your help as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy!


Launch

This Sunday at 12:15pm

If you’re new to our church, then Launch is the event for you. Join us for lunch, meet our staff, and learn more about the heart of our church. Childcare will be provided.


Winter Quarter Sign-Ups

Most groups start this Sunday, so sign up today!

  • Life Groups: Grow in your relationship with Christ, deepen your relationships with other believers, and encourage each other to be more like Jesus daily. Our Life Groups meet in homes all throughout the week. Sign up now!
  • Women’s Ministries Bible Study: This quarter’s study is Seamless by Angie Smith. We’ll learn how the whole Bible—from Genesis to Revelation—connects as one beautiful, seamless thread. Sign up now!
  • Adult Education Classes: We have a variety of Sunday morning classes available. Learn more and sign up now!
  • For more, check out the latest issue of Engage Magazine

Winter Olympics

Friday, February 11 from 6 to 8pm in the Gym

Don’t miss the competition, the pageantry, the food, and the fun! From the Opening Ceremony to the awarding of medals and prizes, FAC’s Winter Olympics is going to be full of exciting events everyone can enjoy—no athleticism required. Concession proceeds will benefit our students attending LIFE conference this summer. Register before February 9.


By the Numbers

November 2021

Attendance (weekly Sunday average)

In person870
Online291

Giving

FundActual
General Fund$169.7K126% of monthly budget
Alliance Missions$11.3K

Helpful Links

Connector for January 9

This Sunday: Red Letter Praying

Join us as our Lead Pastor Paul Smith brings a message from Matthew 6:5-15 as a part of our series Lord, Teach Us to Pray.

As a part of our prayer series during the month of January:

Main Services
8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am – In-person and online

Next Gen Services
9:30am – In-person, all ages
11:00am – In-person, birth through 4th grade

Please be aware that attending any large gathering puts you at risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you or a family member are feeling unwell over the weekend, please worship with us online. We appreciate your help as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy!


Launch

Sunday, January 16 at 12:15pm

If you’re new to our church, then Launch is the event for you. Join us for lunch, meet our staff, and learn more about the heart of our church. Childcare will be provided.


Winter Quarter Sign-Ups

Most groups start Sunday, January 16, so sign up today!

  • Life Groups: Grow in your relationship with Christ, deepen your relationships with other believers, and encourage each other to be more like Jesus daily. Our Life Groups meet in homes all throughout the week. Sign up now!
  • Women’s Ministries Bible Study: This quarter’s study is Seamless by Angie Smith. We’ll learn how the whole Bible—from Genesis to Revelation—connects as one beautiful, seamless thread. Sign up now!
  • Adult Education Classes: We have a variety of Sunday morning classes available. Learn more and sign up now!
  • For more, check out the latest issue of Engage Magazine

Upcoming Events

Men’s Breakfast

Saturday, January 8 at 9am

Come join the men of FAC for breakfast and stay until around noon to help with a few service projects. Let us know if you plan to attend!

Boomers and Beyond Lunch Bunch

Tuesday, January 11 at 11:30am

Join us for our monthly lunch event! This month’s location is Ramsey’s on Harrodsburg Road. RSVP to Sharon Winkle.

GPOPs

Tuesday, January 11 at 6:45pm

The Grandparents and Parents of Prodigals prayer group will meet this coming Tuesday at 6:45pm in the Sanctuary. Join us as we pray for our children and grandchildren to come to know and love Jesus.

MomGroup

Friday, January 14 at 9:30am

Once a month, join with other moms for fellowship, food, and free childcare! Sign up now.


Helpful Links

Connector for December 29

This Sunday: Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Join us as our Lead Pastor Paul Smith brings a message from Luke 11:1-4 as we begin our series Lord, Teach Us to Pray.


As a part of our prayer series during the month of January, we hope you’ll join us for weekly prayer nights Mondays at 6:45pm in the Sanctuary! Find out more about our prayer series here.


There will be no 8:15am service this week!


Main Services
8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am – In-person and online

Next Gen Services
9:30am – In-person, all ages
11:00am – In-person, birth through 4th grade

Please be aware that attending any large gathering puts you at risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you or a family member are feeling unwell over the weekend, please worship with us online. We appreciate your help as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy!


Winter Quarter Sign-Ups

  • Life Groups: Grow in your relationship with Christ, deepen your relationships with other believers, and encourage each other to be more like Jesus daily. Our Life Groups meet in homes all throughout the week. Sign up now!
  • Women’s Ministries Bible Study: This quarter’s study is Seamless by Angie Smith. We’ll learn how the whole Bible—from Genesis to Revelation—connects as one beautiful, seamless thread. Sign up now!
  • Adult Education Classes: We have a variety of Sunday morning classes available. Learn more and sign up now!

For more, check out the latest issue of Engage Magazine


Launch

Sunday, January 16 at 12:15pm

If you’re new to our church, then Launch is the event for you. Join us for lunch, meet our staff, and learn more about the heart of our church. Childcare will be provided.


Men’s Breakfast

Saturday, January 8 at 9am

Come join the men of FAC for breakfast and stay until around noon to help with a few service projects. Let us know if you plan to attend!


Year-End Contributions

If you would like to make a year-end contribution, please note the following:

  • Mailed contributions should be postmarked no later than December 31.
  • Online contributions should be submitted by December 31.
  • The Here, There, and Everywhere fund will be open through the end of the year should you wish to contribute to it.

Connector for December 22

Christmas Candlelight Services

Thursday, December 23 at 7pm
Friday, December 24 at 3pm and 4:30pm

  • In person and online
  • Childcare available on December 24 for children up to 2 years old

Upcoming Sunday Services

December 26

January 2

  • In person and online
  • 9:30am and 11am services only
  • Next Gen ministries will meet as usual

End of Year Notes

  • The church office will close at noon on Thursday, December 23 and reopen on Monday, January 3.
  • As we head into winter, please note that in the event of inclement weather we will post any service delays or cancellations on our website, our Facebook page, and TV channels 18, 27, and 36.

Year-End Contributions

If you would like to make a year-end contribution, please note the following:

  • In-person contributions should be placed in our offering boxes by December 24.
  • Mailed contributions should be postmarked no later than December 31.
  • Online contributions should be submitted by December 31.
  • The Here, There, and Everywhere fund will be open through the end of the year should you wish to contribute to it.

Thank you for all the ways you serve and support our ministries. As it says in 2 Corinthians 9:12 and 15, This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God… Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Connector for December 19

This Sunday
When Heaven Meets Humans:
Angelic Encounters

Join us as guest speaker Karen Thomas brings a message from Luke 1:1–38 as a part of our series Humans of Christmas.


Main Services
8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am – In-person and online

Next Gen Services
9:30am – In-person, all ages
11:00am – In-person, birth through 4th grade

Please be aware that attending any large gathering puts you at risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you or a family member are feeling unwell over the weekend, please worship with us online. We appreciate your help as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy!

Christmas Service Schedule

Thursday, December 23 at 7pm
Friday, December 24 at 3 and 4:30pm

Join us for our annual Christmas Candlelight Services either in person or online.


Sunday, December 26

No in-person services. Livestreamed services will be at our normal service times, or you can watch anytime on our website.


Sunday, January 2

9:30 and 11am services only, both in person and online. Next Gen ministries will meet as usual.


Check out our full Christmas page

Our Winter Quarter Starts in January!

Find out more about how you can move UP, IN, and OUT with us!

Check out the latest issue of Engage Magazine


Learn more about:

Year-End Contributions

If you would like to make a year-end contribution, please note the following:

  • In-person contributions should be placed in our offering boxes by December 24.
  • Mailed contributions should be postmarked no later than December 31.
  • Online contributions should be submitted by December 31.
  • The Here, There, and Everywhere fund will be open through the end of the year should you wish to contribute to it.

Thank you for all the ways you serve and support our ministries. As it says in 2 Corinthians 9:12 and 15, This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God… Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!


Helpful Links

Connector for December 12

This Sunday: Simeon and Anna

Join us as our Lead Pastor Paul Smith brings a message from Luke 2:21–38 as a part of our series Humans of Christmas.


Main Services
8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am – In-person and online

Next Gen Services
9:30am – In-person, all ages
11:00am – In-person, birth through 4th grade

Please be aware that attending any large gathering puts you at risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you or a family member are feeling unwell over the weekend, please worship with us online. We appreciate your help as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy!

Christmas Service Schedule

Thursday, December 23 at 7pm
Friday, December 24 at 3 and 4:30pm

Join us for our annual Christmas Candlelight Services either in person or online.


Sunday, December 26

No in-person services. Livestreamed services will be at our normal service times, or you can watch anytime on our website.


Sunday, January 2

9:30 and 11am services only, both in person and online. Next Gen ministries will meet as usual.


Check out our full Christmas page!

Meals and gifts for our local partners should be dropped off no later than this Sunday.

Secret Sisters Christmas Event

Sunday, December 12 at 1pm

Even if you missed out on picking a secret sister, you can still join in on their quarterly events! Learn more and sign up here.


Classic Christmas Celebration

Sunday, December 12 at 6pm

All are welcome to join us in the Sanctuary for a time of celebration and song, featuring performances by people of all ages.


Boomers and Beyond Lunch Bunch

Tuesday, December 14 at 11:30am

Join us at Saul Good on Fayette Plaza (behind the mall). RSVP to Sharon Winkle.


GPOPs

Tuesday, December 14 at 6:45pm

The Grandparents and Parents of Prodigals prayer group will meet this coming Tuesday at 6:45pm in the Sanctuary. Join us as we pray for our children and grandchildren to come to know and love Jesus.

Year-End Contributions

If you would like to make a year-end contribution, please note the following:

  • In-person contributions should be placed in our offering boxes by December 24.
  • Mailed contributions should be postmarked no later than December 31.
  • Online contributions should be submitted by December 31.
  • The Here, There, and Everywhere fund will be open through the end of the year should you wish to contribute to it.

Thank you for all the ways you serve and support our ministries. As it says in 2 Corinthians 9:12 and 15, This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God… Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!


Helpful Links

Connector for December 5

This Sunday: The Life of Joseph

Join us as our Lead Pastor Paul Smith brings a message from Matthew 1:18–25 as a part of our series Humans of Christmas.

Main Services
8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am – In-person and online

Next Gen Services
9:30am – In-person, all ages
11:00am – In-person, birth through 4th grade

Please be aware that attending any large gathering puts you at risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you or a family member are feeling unwell over the weekend, please worship with us online. We appreciate your help as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy!

Please turn in your Advent prayer cards to the Connect Here desk in the Atrium this Sunday!

Check out our full Christmas schedule here.

Meals and Gifts for Our Local Partners

Drop-offs for meals and Christmas gifts begin this Sunday.

Join us in serving our local partners by signing up for one of the opportunities below. Stop by the Christmas tree in the OUT alcove in the Atrium to grab a reminder!

  • Provide a Christmas meal for a family in Lexington. You’ll receive a shopping list totaling $50–55 for a family of 4–6.
  • Give $10 so that Natalie’s Sisters can purchase gifts for the women they serve.

To find out more or to sign up, click on the button below.

The Gift: Women’s Ministries Christmas Event

Thursday, December 9 at 7pm

Join us in person or online for a time of worship, praising God for the indescribable gift of Jesus! Come at 6:30pm to enjoy fellowship and coffee.

Gingerbread Bash

Saturday, December 11 at 9am

Join us for a fun, hands-on way for the whole family to celebrate Christmas together. Make a gingerbread nativity, play games, hear the Christmas story, and discover that sometimes the greatest gift comes in the most ordinary box.

To make the morning even sweeter, you and your family can join us beforehand at 8am for a breakfast hosted by our Men’s Ministry!

Vertical

Monday, December 6 at 6:45pm

Join us for our monthly prayer night in the Sanctuary. Learn more here.

MomGroup

Friday, December 10 at 9:30am

Once a month, join with other moms for fellowship, food, and free childcare! Sign up now.

Secret Sisters Christmas Event

Sunday, December 12 at 1pm

Even if you missed out on picking a secret sister, you can still join in on their quarterly events! Learn more and sign up here.

Classic Christmas Celebration

Sunday, December 12 at 6pm

All are welcome to join us in the Sanctuary for a time of celebration and song, featuring performances by people of all ages.

Year-End Stock Donations

If you would like to make a year-end stock donation to the church, please do so by Monday, December 6 to allow time for processing. Thank you for being resource-generous.


Connector for November 28

This Sunday: Women in the Lineage of Christ

Join us as our Lead Pastor Paul Smith brings a message from Matthew 1:1–17 as we begin our series Humans of Christmas.

Main Services
8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am – In-person and online

Next Gen Services
9:30am – In-person, all ages
11:00am – In-person, birth through 4th grade

Please be aware that attending any large gathering puts you at risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you or a family member are feeling unwell over the weekend, please worship with us online. We appreciate your help as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy!

Make sure to pick up your Advent Experience Box this Sunday! Learn more here.

Check out our full Christmas schedule here.

Meals and Gifts for Our Local Partners

Join us in serving our local partners by signing up for one of the opportunities below. Stop by the Christmas tree in the OUT alcove in the Atrium to grab a reminder!

  • Provide a Christmas meal for a family in Lexington. You’ll receive a shopping list totaling $50–55 for a family of 4–6.
  • Give $10 so that Natalie’s Sisters can purchase gifts for the women they serve.

To find out more or to sign up, click on the button below. Drop-offs for meals and Christmas gifts begin Sunday, December 5.

The Gift: Women’s Ministries Christmas Event

Thursday, December 9 at 7pm

Join us in person or online for a time of worship, praising God for the indescribable gift of Jesus! Come at 6:30pm to enjoy fellowship and coffee.

Gingerbread Bash

Join us on Saturday, December 11 from 9–10:30am for a fun, hands-on way for the whole family to celebrate Christmas together. Make a gingerbread nativity, play games, hear the Christmas story, and discover that sometimes the greatest gift comes in the most ordinary box.

To make the morning even sweeter, you and your family can join us beforehand at 8am for a breakfast hosted by our Men’s Ministry!

Vertical

Monday, December 6 at 6:45pm

Join us for our monthly prayer night in the Sanctuary. Learn more here.

Secret Sisters Christmas Event

Sunday, December 12 from 1 to 4pm

Even if you missed out on picking a secret sister, you can still join in on their quarterly events! Learn more and sign up here.

Year-End Stock Donations

If you would like to make a year-end stock donation to the church, please do so by Monday, December 6 to allow time for processing. Thank you for being resource-generous.


Connector for November 21

This Sunday: Receive the Spirit

Join us as our Lead Pastor Paul Smith brings a message from John 14:15–21 as we conclude our series The Invitation.


Main Services
8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am – In-person and online

Next Gen Services
9:30am – In-person, all ages
11:00am – In-person, birth through 4th grade

Please be aware that attending any large gathering puts you at risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you or a family member are feeling unwell over the weekend, please worship with us online. We appreciate your help as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy!


Our annual Here, There, and Everywhere offering is this Sunday! Your generous gifts will go towards three main areas, which include the specific items listed below. We hope you will prayerfully consider how you can join with us, whether in person or online.

HERE

  • Helping high school students and leaders attend LIFE Conference next summer
  • Planning more conferences for Adult Ministries

THERE

  • Helping the Alliance as it transitions its headquarters to Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • Providing for our local partnerships and other ministries

EVERYWHERE

  • Giving to Alliance Missions
  • Providing for our missionary partners

As a resource-generous church, we are always looking to steward your generosity and our finances well. Help us by participating in a quick survey!


Meals and Gifts for Our Local Partners

Join us in serving our local partners by signing up for one of the opportunities below. Stop by the Christmas tree in the OUT alcove in the Atrium to grab a reminder!

  • Provide a Christmas meal for a family in Lexington. You’ll receive a shopping list totaling $50–55 for a family of 4–6.
  • Give $10 so that Natalie’s Sisters can purchase gifts for the women they serve.

To find out more or to sign up, click on the button below. Drop-offs for meals and Christmas gifts begin Sunday, December 5.

Gingerbread Bash

Join us on Saturday, December 11 from 9–10:30am for a fun, hands-on way for the whole family to celebrate Christmas together. Make a gingerbread nativity, play games, hear the Christmas story, and discover that sometimes the greatest gift comes in the most ordinary box.

To make the morning even sweeter, you and your family can join us beforehand at 8am for a breakfast hosted by our Men’s Ministry!


Love coffee? Love Sunday mornings? Love coffee on Sunday mornings?

FAC Youth are now offering specialty coffee for you between each service. Donations go towards helping students pay for the 2022 LIFE Conference.


Upcoming Events

GPOPs

Tuesday, November 23 at 6:45pm

The Grandparents and Parents of Prodigals prayer group will meet this coming Tuesday at 6:45pm in the Sanctuary. Join us as we pray for our children and grandchildren to come to know and love Jesus.


Other Announcements

Office Closed

The church office will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Childcare Workers Needed

We are currently hiring paid childcare workers for various events (outside of Sunday mornings). Pay is $15 per hour for adults and $13 per hour for high school students. If you’re interested, contact Hannah Meredith.

Elementary Small Group Leaders Needed

We are always looking for volunteers to help serve the youngest members of our congregation. We are currently in need of several elementary small group leaders who can serve weekly on Sunday mornings. If you’re interested, contact Tim Davis.

Year-End Stock Donations

If you would like to make a year-end stock donation to the church, please do so by Monday, December 6 to allow time for processing. Thank you for being resource-generous!


By the Numbers

October 2021

Attendance (weekly Sunday average)

In person833
Online344

Giving

FundActual
General Fund$169.7K116% of monthly budget
Alliance Missions$11K