DISCIPLE VISITOR

NOVEMBER 8, 2017

 

Prayer Requests

Woody Wright, is in Glenwood Rehabilitation room 100.

Continued Prayer:

Max Barnett (friend of Charles Crow), Larry Young (Sadricia Wilson’s uncle), Sheree League, (Wayne and Martha Johnson son’s mother-in-law), Jennifer Adams of Montgomery, Al, (friend of Marsha Carter) Bill Coussons, Bo Haddock(friend of Jean Peeden), Phyliss Branscome (friend of Jean Peeden), John Nickols (great nephew of Charles & Marilyn Highfield), Jim Hulsizer (friend of Rob Robinson), Scott Phillips (friend of Anne Oliver), Roberta Shivers, Joel Rainer, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, The Wm. Ledbetter family, Rachel Witt, Chase Lewis, Doris Williams, Sherri Wright, Ragan Morris, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

 

November 5, 2017

Sunday school:

Worship: 132

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 34: 1-10, 22

                      Revelation 7: 9-17

 

Sermon: “God Wins” 

  

 

2017 LIVING VETERANS

OF

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH  

Deryll Banning - MARINE

Craig Blasingame - ARMY RESERVE

Jim Blasingame - ARMY

Bill Brackin Jr. - NAVY

Holly Davis Clark - AIR FORCE

Wayne Collier - MARINE

Carl Gebhardt - ARMY RESERVE

Christopher Gebhardt - ARMY RESERVE

Gordon Hamlin - AIR FORCE

Jim Miller - ARMY

Chuck Morgan –AIR FORCE / AIR NATIONAL GUARD

Leon Nale - NAVY

Jim Noles - ARMY

Tommy Peeden - NAVY

Robbie Pinkston - NAVY

Jim Storie - NAVY

Bill Vance - NAVY

Sam Walker - MARINE

Woody Wright - AIR FORCE

                      

Our Daily Bread

For your convenience, the new issues of Our Daily Bread and a special Christmas edition are on the entryway table.

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Nov. 12: “The Great Banquet”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Nov 19: “How the Church Tells Time”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

November Outreach

Let’s reach out to the Help Center.  Help Center is in need of non-perishable food items that are not past their “use-by” date.  Collection bins are in the back hall by the stairway and in Fellowship Hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either “Help Center” or “November outreach.” Thank you for your continued support of FCC’s outreach ministry. A new way to reach out!

 

Thanksgiving Lunch

We will have our Thanksgiving meal on Sunday, November 19. This is also commitment Sunday. There will be a sign-up sheet in your bulletin the next two weeks. Please remember to fill out and place in the offering plate so we will be able to plan for our meal.  Of course, as always, we ask each family to bring a covered dish.

Thanksgiving Meal

Sunday, November 12, someone will be coming to the Sunday school classes to collect donations to buy the turkey for our Thanksgiving meal.

 

Community Thanksgiving Service

There will be a community Thanksgiving service held at First Christian Church on Nov. 19 at 6:00 p.m. 

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

Nov 11: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

Nov 19: Commitment Sunday AND our Thanksgiving Meal

Nov 19: Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at First Christian Church, Florence, 6 pm.

Nov 22-24: Church office closed for Thanksgiving Holidays.

DECEMBER

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the Fellowship Hall.

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Dec 10: Funky Christmas Fashion Show.

JANUARY

Jan 19-21, 2018: Youthtopia at Camp Chandler & Young Adult Retreat at St. Bernard’s in Cullman. 

 

 

Stewardship Cards

Please remember to turn in your stewardship cards as soon as possible so the stewardship committee can prepare the 2018 budget. You may place stewardship and time & talent cards in the offering plate or turn in to the church office.

 

2017 Pledge Year

Anyone who plans to make a donation to the church for 2017 credit, should have it in the church office no later than Dec. 27.  Tammy will be in the church office on Dec. 28, to enter all end-of-the year contributions.

 

Newsletter Information

We would like to share your news! Have something exciting you would like to share? Have your kids gotten an award at school, participated in a sport, been involved in extracurricular activities, done something in college, been in a play? Have you? We would love to share this information with our congregation! Please keep the church office notified either by calling Tammy or sending her an email and or photo at firstchristianc1@bellsouth.net

Operation Christmas Child

The packing party was a success. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way. We were able to pack 38 boxes!!

Youth & Children

On Sunday, December 10, immediately following the worship service, the children and youth will be hosting a Funky Christmas Fashion Show. A sign-up sheet for contestants will be on the bulletin board. Everyone is invited to participate and any Christmas-themed outfit is acceptable. Refreshments will be available.

Current Shut-in List

If you know of someone who is not currently on this list, please contact the church office so that they may be added.

Ruby Nell Brackin

Columbia Cottage

2373 Roberts Lane

Florence, Al 358630

Virginia Youngman

232 N. Crown Street

Florence, Al 35630

Virginia Delaney

202 Lincoln Street

Florence, Al 35630

Martha Wiggins

154 Breckenridge Court

Florence, Al 35630

Jim Miller

102 Ana Circle, Apt. 5

Florence, Al 35630

Edith Daniel

Florence Nursing Home

2107 Cloyd Blvd., Room 210

Florence, AL 35633

June Helton

805 Flagg Circle, Room 530

Florence, Al 35630

256764-7461

Helen Head

3275 Co Rd 47, Apt. D141

Florence, Al 35630

Grace Noles

3275 County Road 47

Apt C-124

Florence, Al 35630

 

 

Birthday

Grace Noles, mother of Jim Noles, will be 100 on November 11. If you would like to send her a card, her address is:

Grace Noles

3275 County Road 47, Apt C124

Florence, Al 35630

 

NEW EVENT!!!

COMBINED YOUNG ADULT - SENIOR ADULT RETREAT

JANUARY 19 - JANUARY 21, 2018

CAMP CHANDLER, WETUMPKA, ALABAMA

REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE

ON THE ENTRYWAY TABLE.

 

2018 REGIONAL ASSEMBLY

CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) IN ALABAMA-NORTHWEST FLORIDA

APRIL 27-APRIL 29, 2018 - VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH, BIRMINGHAM,

ALABAMA

 

Youthtopia

Winter Retreat for Chi Ro & CYF

January 26-28, 2018

7:00 pm Friday until 10:00 am Sunday

Cost: $125 (includes lodging, meals, snacks and t-shirt) Registration Deadline: Jan 7 (all forms & fees must be in the Regional office) please have all forms turned in to the church office no later than Jan 5. Registration forms are available on the entryway table or in the church office.

 

In Loving Memory

Those we love never go away,

they walk beside us even on this day.

Unseen, unheard, but always near,

still loved, still missed, and very dear. 

Eric Plunk

1-25-17

Ken Butler Jr.

2-18-17

Betty J. Paulk

2-20-17

Dottie Elliott

7-25-17

JoAnn Wilson

7-19-17

Lilyan Scharfschwerdt

7-3-17

James Ransom Sr.

10-1-17

 

Anniversary

Congratulations Woody and Burnadine for 75 years of marriage!   On  November 14, 1942, a young GI named Woodven Carvelle Wright married his childhood sweetheart, Burnadine Jones, at a small family ceremony officiated by the bride’s grandfather.  What a legacy they have: two children, six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.  For over 60 years they have attended and served at First Christian Church.  Please join us as we honor them for exemplifying how true love can last a lifetime.                             ~ Gwyn Sanderson

 

Staff Christmas Gifts

With the holiday season upon us, we look to sharing our appreciation for those who give of their special talents – those who share their love of God with our church family. If you wish to donate to staff gifts for Christmas, please give to Lorraine Banning or place in the offering plate, marked “staff gifts”.                        Lorraine

Poinsettias

It is time to order your poinsettia to be placed in the Sanctuary during Christmas. All orders must be turned in by December 11 so that the order may be given to the florist.  Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary on Dec. 17 & 24. Cost: $13.00. Please be sure to put on your check, for: poinsettia. Please fill out the form in your bulletin on Sunday and place in the offering plate or turn in to the church office.


OCTOBER 31, 2017

 

Prayer Requests

Woody Wright is in ECM recovering from surgery.

Continued Prayer:

Max Barnett (friend of Charles Crow), Larry Young (Sadricia Wilson’s uncle), Amy Rogers (friend of George Pinkston),  Sheree League, (Wayne and Martha Johnson son’s mother-in-law), Jennifer Adams of Montgomery, Al, (friend of Marsha Carter) Bill Coussons, Bo Haddock(friend of Jean Peeden), Phyliss Branscome (friend of Jean Peeden), John Nickols (great nephew of Charles & Marilyn Highfield), Jim Hulsizer (friend of Rob Robinson), Scott Phillips (friend of Anne Oliver), Roberta Shivers, Joel Rainer, Woody Wright, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, The Wm. Ledbetter family, Rachel Witt, Chase Lewis, Doris Williams, Sherri Wright, Ragan Morris, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

 

October 29, 2017

Worship: 139

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Scripture:  1 John 3:1-7

                         Revelation 7:9-17

 

Sermon: “For all the Saints”

                 

Thank You

Dear First Christian Church,

We would like to thank you so much for providing the Fire Department with a wonderful lunch in honor of all First Responders and staff. We really enjoyed ourselves; once again!!

                            ~Jeffrey Perkins, Fire Chief

New Member Contact

We would like to welcome new members, Scott & Amy Lovelace and their daughter, Mary Lindsey to our First Christian church family. Mary Lindsay is currently a student at Alabama.

Scott & Amy Lovelace

615 N. Wood Avenue

Florence, Al 35630

256-460-9237

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Oct 29: “The Sower”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Sarah Kate Coussons

Nov. 5: “The Good Samaritan”  

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Nov. 12: “The Great Banquet”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Nov 19: “How the Church Tells Time”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

November Outreach

Let’s reach out to the Help Center.  Help Center is in need of non-perishable food items that are not past their “use-by” date.  Collection bins are in the back hall by the stairway and in Fellowship Hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either “Help Center” or “November outreach.” Thank you for your continued support of FCC’s outreach ministry. A new way to reach out!

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the Fellowship Hall.

Nov 1 & 2: Senior Adult Retreat “Making a Difference: We’re MAD!” (If interested in attending, please call the church office for more information)

Nov 3: Florence Camerata, Whole Hog Lunch – Fellowship Hall reserved.

Nov 5: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Nov 11: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

Nov 19: Commitment Sunday AND our    

                 Thanksgiving Meal

Nov 19: Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at First Christian Church, Florence, 6 pm.

Nov 22-24: Church office closed for Thanksgiving Holidays.

DECEMBER

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the Fellowship Hall.

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

JANUARY

Jan 19-21, 2018: Youthtopia at Camp Chandler & Young Adult Retreat at St. Bernard’s in Cullman. 

Our Daily Bread

For your convenience, the new issues of Our Daily Bread are on the entryway table.

 

TIME   TALENT   TREASURE

When we think about stewardship, we need to remember first that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. That is, we are not the owners; God is. However, we are the stewards: Stewards over everything God has blessed us with.

I’m guessing that when we think about stewardship; most of us think money. The ability to work and earn money is only one of the many gifts we have received from God and over which He calls us to be good stewards. God owns everything; not just the money we earn. God has given us time and talent as well as treasure. It’s all God’s and He has entrusted them to us; to manage and to use all these resources to enlarge his kingdom and glorify His name. Christian stewardship not only recognizes the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit, but also commits us to using these gifts to bring the good news of the love of Jesus Christ to where we live and work and play.

For the next three weeks we will be putting stewardship front and center. We will be challenging each other to respond to God’s call to faithfully use these resources with which He has entrusted us. Then, on Sunday morning, November 19, during our Commitment Sunday Luncheon, we will celebrate our responses to His challenge.   ~Barry Morris

October Outreach

Operation Christmas Child

You still have time to bring items to help fill shoe-boxes. The shoe box packing party will be Sunday, November 5, at 5 p.m.

 

Reminder

Remember to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

Thanksgiving Lunch

We will have our Thanksgiving meal on Sunday, November 19. This is also commitment Sunday. There will be a sign-up sheet in your bulletin the next two weeks. Please remember to fill out and place in the offering plate so we will be able to plan for our meal.  Of course, as always, we ask each family to bring a covered dish.


OCTOBER 25, 2017

 

Prayer Requests

Max Burnett, friend of Charles Crow, has a brain tumor.

Continued Prayer:

Amy Rogers (friend of George Pinkston),  Sheree League, (Wayne and Martha Johnson son’s mother-in-law), Jennifer Adams of Montgomery, Al, (friend of Marsha Carter) Bill Coussons, Bo Haddock(friend of Jean Peeden), Phyliss Branscome (friend of Jean Peeden), John Nickols (great nephew of Charles & Marilyn Highfield), Dennis Koger (nephew of Martha Johnson), Jim Hulsizer (friend of Rob Robinson), Scott Phillips (friend of Anne Oliver), Roberta Shivers, Joel Rainer, Woody Wright, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, The Wm. Ledbetter family, Rachel Witt, Chase Lewis, Doris Williams, Sherri Wright, Ragan Morris, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

 

October 15, 2017

Sunday school: 55

Worship: 120

 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Scripture:  Psalm 1

                        Matthew 22: 34-46

 

Sermon: “Unconditional Faith”

                 

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Bill and Louise Huddleston on the death of Bill’s mother, who passed away on October 22, 2017 in Arkansas.  The service will be held in Arkansas with a private burial in Jackson Mississippi.

 

New Member Contact

Katrina Kelley

1850 Darby Drive, Apt. 210

Florence, AL 35630

773-208-8674

 

  TRUNK OR TREAT

The annual Trunk or Treat event will be Sunday, October 29th at 5 pm! We need people to decorate a trunk so the children can “Trunk or Treat”.

We will also be having a pumpkin contest! Please bring your pumpkin already decorated; anyone can enter and the pumpkins can be decorated or carved however you would like. We will be voting with money. The proceeds will go towards children and youth activities and missions! Please come decorate your car and support our children!

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Oct 29: “The Sower”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Sarah Kate Coussons

Nov. 5: “The Good Samaritan”  

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Nov. 12: “The Great Banquet”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Nov 19: “How the Church Tells Time”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

Our next fifth Sunday breakfast will be held during our Sunday school hour on Sunday, October 29.

 

Children’s Groups

Our Children’s groups are making Christmas cards for Operation Christmas Child.

 

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER

*October is Ministerial Appreciation Month

October Outreach: Operation Christmas Child

Oct 29: Fifth Sunday breakfast

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat at 5 pm.

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the fellowship hall.

Nov 1 & 2: Senior Adult Retreat “Making a Difference: We’re MAD!” (If interested in attending, please call the church office for more information)

Nov 3: Florence Camerata, Whole Hog Lunch – Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 5: Fellowship Hall Reserved.

Nov 11: Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

Nov 19: Commitment Sunday AND our  Thanksgiving Meal

Nov 19: Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at First Christian Church, Florence, 6 pm.

Nov 22-24: Church office closed for Thanksgiving Holidays.

DECEMBER

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the fellowship hall.

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

JANUARY

Jan 19-21, 2018: Youthtopia at Camp Chandler & Young Adult Retreat at St. Bernard’s in Cullman.

 

November Servers

GREETERS:  Joe & Jean Peeden

ELDERS: James & Amy McCorkle

ACOLYTES: Colby Futrell & Carly Grace Foote

HEAD DEACON: Mark Sanders

PREPARE: Louise Tanner & Patti Lough

CLEAN UP: Jim Link & Charlie Champagne

USHER: Tom Lard

SERVE IN BALCONY: Sid Fulford & Sophie McDaniel

SERVE IN SANCTUARY: Mark Sanders, Louise Tanner, Patti Lough, Charlie Champagne, Jim Link, Tom Lard, Sherry Henn & Rachel Storie.

 

Our Daily Bread

The new issues of Our Daily Bread are on the entryway table for your convenience.

 

October Outreach

Operation Christmas Child

We are in need of items to fill our shoeboxes or donations to help us purchase the items. There is a list on the bulletin board of suggested items, or you may call the church office. The shoebox packing party will be Sunday, November 5, at 5 p.m.

 

2017 FIREMAN'S LUNCHEON

STEWARDSHIP

                                                                                                                                                           October 24, 2017

Dear First Christian family,

“Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom God favors!’” Luke 2: 10-14

            This passage from the second chapter of Luke is one of the most beautiful pieces of prose ever written. Whether recited by a small boy holding a blanket on “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or read from pulpit on Christmas Eve, it never fails to stir my imagination, bring peace to my spirit, and inspire hope in my heart. Years ago, when I was in seminary, as an exercise, I was asked by a spiritual advisor to find a passage of scripture that, for me, encapsulates the entirety of scripture and meditate on it for one month. While others might have chosen more obvious passages like John 3:16 or Micah 6:8, I chose this and it has remained with me ever since. I chose it because it begins with Heaven’s recognition of the human condition: to be insecure and afraid. Yet, the passage calls us to boldness in the security of God’s action and; in so doing, moves us to a place where true peace is not only possible, but is a reality.

            I share this passage and this small anecdote of my past as we begin the march towards the holidays, a new year, and a new century of ministry for our church. I can scarcely imagine how upside down the world appeared in 1917 when the original founders of our church set off to establish a Disciples of Christ congregation in this community. Along with great social upheaval of the industrial age, the whole world was at war for the first time in history. Many were unnerved by the rapid changes and knew that it was only a matter of time before the horrors of the world conflict would touch the sons and daughters of our fair town. The times back then, it seemed, were antithetical to the peace declared by that Heavenly Host so many years ago to the lowly shepherds in the fields. With all our amazing advances in technology and our march of progress, little has changed about the human condition in the past century. The age old enemies of peace: fear, envy, resentment and spite still dwell within us. So, once again, the Good News is proclaimed: “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Once again, you and I are called to boldness in the name of the One that brings: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace!

As each of us considers how to act in boldness in service of the Messiah this year, let us begin with recognizing the many gifts we have to share in the service of peace. Perhaps greatest and foremost is the gift of presence. Simply being present with those in need is something we all can do. Let us commit to finding new avenues of service to each other and our community. Along with presence is the gift of talent. Often mistaken for what we are good at doing, talent is really the gift of what we are able to do. Not everyone can run a race, but we can all be in the crowd to encourage. Not everyone can sing on stage, but we can all praise God with our applause. Not everyone can teach, but we can all continue to learn.  And finally, we have the gift of our finances. We live in an incredibly prosperous community filled with generous and loving neighbors that with great pride, includes the members of First Christian Church. Please continue to give generously as I am sure you will. Remember the writer’s words from 2 Timothy: “Be Strong by the Grace of Christ.” As we act with boldness for our future at First Christian Church, we remember that we stand secure on the solid foundation of grace proclaimed so many years ago and attested to by the cloud of witnesses who have walked these halls before us.    

In Christian love,

Jim


OCTOBER 19, 2017

 

Prayer Requests

Amy Rogers, friend of George Pinkston, is in ECM ICU in a coma.

Continued Prayer:

Sheree League, (Wayne and Martha Johnson son’s mother in law), Jennifer Adams of Montgomery, Al, (friend of Marsha Carter) Bill Coussons, Bo Haddock(friend of Jean Peeden), Phyliss Branscome (friend of Jean Peeden), John Nickols (great nephew of Charles & Marilyn Highfield), Dennis Koger (nephew of Martha Johnson), Jim Hulsizer (friend of Rob Robinson), Scott Phillips (friend of Anne Oliver), Roberta Shivers, Joel Rainer, Woody Wright, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, The Wm. Ledbetter family, Rachel Witt, Chase Lewis, Doris Williams, Sherri Wright, Ragan Morris, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

 

October 15, 2017

Sunday school: 54

Worship: 128

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Scripture:  Psalm 99

                      Matthew 22:15-22

                     

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to June Helton and family on the death of her son, Greg Helton on October 12, 2017. Funeral services were held at Colbert Memorial Chapel.  For cards, June is at Mitchell Hollingsworth, Room 530.

 

OCTOBER OUTREACH

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

We are again asking for your help with our Shoebox Ministry again. Please bring items for the shoeboxes or make a donation marked OCC. We will need to pay for shipping and also buy items to fill in where we are missing, so cash donations are welcome. Suggestions of items to fill the shoeboxes: Doll, soccer ball (make sure to include a manual air pump so the ball can be re-inflated), stuffed animal, outfit, small musical instrument (harmonica or recorder).

Clothing & Accessories: shirts, pants, pillowcase, underwear, shoes and socks, flip flops, hat/scarf/mittens, sunglasses, tote bag, hair bows, and blanket.

Crafts & Activities: friendship bracelets, pencils, small manual pencil sharpener, colored pencils, pencil case, crayons, markers, pens, coloring pads, coloring books, notebook, glue stick(no liquid glue), small adhesive tape, watercolor set, Finger paint palette/crayons/markers (non-liquid containers), paint brushes, canvas or paper, Playdough (Consider adding plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils the child can use with the playdough, stickers,  Toys: jump rope, picture book, foam ball, finger puppets, Slinkys, etch a sketch, interactive toys (include batteries), tennis ball, trucks, cars, boats, dinosaurs, small plastic tools.

Please Do Not Include: Food, used or damaged items; war-related items, liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, or aerosol cans.

Security Team Reminder

After 10:00 a.m., once the service has started, please use our sanctuary doors at the front entrance. Our double glass doors and doors into the fellowship hall will be locked each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. During inclement weather, there will be someone available to let you in the double glass doors until 10:15 a.m. All of our doors can be used to exit the building.

 

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

Our next fifth Sunday breakfast will be held during our Sunday school hour on Sunday, October 29.

  TRUNK OR TREAT

We will have our annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 29, at 5 p.m.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board for food and if you are going to decorate a trunk. Questions? Please contact Alyssa or Caroline.

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Oct 22: “The Leaven”

Storyteller: Rachel Storie

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

Oct 29: “The Sower”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Sarah Kate Coussons

 

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER

*October is Ministerial Appreciation Month

October Outreach: Operation Christmas Child

Oct 29: Fifth Sunday breakfast

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat at 5 pm.

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the fellowship hall.

Nov 1 & 2: Senior Adult Retreat “Making a Difference: We’re MAD!” (If interested in attending, please call the church office for more information)

Nov 3: Florence Camerata, Whole Hog Lunch – Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 5: Fellowship Hall Reserved.

Nov 11: Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

Nov 19: Commitment Sunday AND our     

                 Thanksgiving Meal

Nov 19: Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at First Christian Church, Florence, 6 pm.

Nov 22-24: Church office closed for Thanksgiving Holidays.

DECEMBER

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the fellowship hall.

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

JANUARY

Jan 19-21, 2018: Youthtopia at Camp Chandler & Young Adult Retreat at St. Bernard’s in Cullman.

Anniversary

Former members John and Helen Bloss will celebrate their 72 Wedding Anniversary on Oct 25.

John & Helen Bloss

2709 E. Danforth # 201

Edmond, OK 73034

 

Thank You

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Thank you for the donation made to Belle Aire Baptist Church Mission Fund in memory of my wife, Debra. (Sister of Sharon Harris) Mission has been such an important part of our lives. We have traveled the country, and the world, sharing the love of the Lord, and ministering to those in need. We are so honored that you donated to this mission, and look forward to how the Lord uses your gift to further His gospel.

                         ~~Mike Dewees and Family

 

Good Shepherd Lutheran

Sunday, October 22, at 2 p.m., Dr. Tom Osborn will present “The Lutheran Reformation” at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Florence.  Everyone is welcome.


OCTOBER 12, 2017

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. We would like to acknowledge our pastor, Reverend Storie.

Thank you Reverend Storie for all you do for our church, community and our country!

       

Prayer Requests

Jennifer Adams of Montgomery, Al, (friend of Marsha Carter) has been sent home on hospice care.

Sheree League, (Wayne and Martha Johnson son’s mother in law), has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Continued Prayer:

Bill Coussons, Bo Haddock(friend of Jean Peeden), Phyliss Branscome (friend of Jean Peeden), John Nickols (great nephew of Charles & Marilyn Highfield), Dennis Koger (nephew of Martha Johnson), Jim Hulsizer (friend of Rob Robinson), Scott Phillips (friend of Anne Oliver), Roberta Shivers, Joel Rainer, Woody Wright, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, The Wm. Ledbetter family, Rachel Witt, Chase Lewis, Doris Williams, Sherri Wright, Ragan Morris, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

 

October 8, 2017

Sunday school: 48

Worship: 115

 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10

                      Matthew 3: 1-12

Sermon:  “Peace is the Kingdom”

                                        

Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

Our annual Fire Fighters’ luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 19, from 11am --1 pm. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board, we need volunteers to help serve. Questions? Please see Jodi or Kevin McDaniel.

New Member

New Member to First Christian Church.    Tammy Hendrix

1511 Hermitage Drive

Florence, AL 35630

256-335-1593

 

TRUNK OR TREAT

We will have our annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 29, at 5 p.m. Questions? Please contact Alyssa or Caroline.

PUMPKIN PATCH

The Youth & children will be going to McGee Farms Pumpkin Patch, on Oct. 15, at 2 pm.  Everyone in the church is invited. Come with us and have some fun!!

Security Team Update

After 10:00 a.m., once the service has started, please use our sanctuary doors at the front entrance. Our double glass doors and doors into the fellowship hall will be locked each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. During inclement weather, there will be someone available to let you in the double glass doors until 10:15 a.m. All of our doors can be used to exit the building.

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

Our next fifth Sunday breakfast will be held during our Sunday school hour on Sunday, October 29.

Thank You

Dear Church Family, What a wonderful blessing this church is to our family and especially during our time of loss. We are truly grateful for the wonderful meal (that fed us for days), the memorial to my parent’s church and the cards, calls and kind words. We are fortunate to be a part of such a loving church family.

          Love, Russ, Robin, Noah, Sarah Kate,                           

                                 Sydney and Ella

 

Thank You

Pam and I want to thank all the folks at First Christian Church for a wonderful weekend. We had such fun reacquainting ourselves with all of our friends and church family during the Centennial celebration. To be among the distinguished clergy of the church, past and present, was a great honor for me. Your graciousness was deeply felt. We hope to see you all again soon.

~Blessings, David and Pam Chambers

 

Thank You

Dear Congregation, The 100th celebration was the best! Fellowship, visits, food-- all were excellent. Thank you for such a great experience.  Thank you for my gift. Thank you to Pastor Storie for being a great host.

                               ~Sincerely, Larry Presley

 

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER

*October is Ministerial Appreciation Month

October Outreach: Operation Christmas Child

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the fellowship hall.

Oct 14: Fellowship hall is reserved

Oct 15: Pumpkin Patch 2 pm

Oct 19: Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

(Calendar has the date as Oct. 12; this changed to the 19 after calendar printed)

Oct 29: Fifth Sunday breakfast

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat at 5 pm.

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the fellowship hall.

Nov 1 & 2: Senior Adult Retreat “Making a Difference: We’re MAD!” (If interested in attending, please call the church office for more information)

Nov 3: Florence Camerata, Whole Hog Lunch – Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 11: Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

Nov 19: Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at First Christian Church, Florence, 6 pm.

Nov 22-24: Church office closed for Thanksgiving Holidays.

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Jan 19-21, 2018: Youthtopia at Camp Chandler & Young Adult Retreat at St. Bernard’s in Cullman.

 

Pastor Appreciation Month

We would like to acknowledge all pastors and spouses at First Christian church.

Rev. James & Rachel Storie

Rev. Dr. Bob & Kay Stegall

Rev. Charles & Marilyn Highfield

Rev. Sylvia & Gordon Hamlin

Rev. Dr. John & Shirley Jackson

Sid Fulford

Rev. Dr. Carl Gebhardt

Thank you for your service and commitment to ministry at First Christian Church and in our community.

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Oct 15: “The Mustard Seed”

Storyteller: Patsy Blasingame

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

Oct 22: “The Leaven”

Storyteller: Rachel Storie

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

 

Property Chair

Our new property chair is John Finch. If you know of issues that need to be taken care of, please contact the church office and we will contact John. Thank You.

 

RADA CUTLERY

You still have time to place an order. Please call Anne Oliver at 256-383-6576 to request a catalog or place an order.  Proceeds from the orders will be distributed toward charitable projects.

 


DISCIPLE VISITOR

OCTOBER 4, 2017

OCTOBER OUTREACH: OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Christmas is just around the corner. Last year our children sent 40 boxes to children in Peru, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. We are asking for your help with our Shoebox Ministry again. Please bring items for the shoeboxes or make a donation marked OCC. We will need to pay for shipping and also buy items to fill in where we are missing, so cash donations are welcome.  What is Operation Christmas Child?   The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. 

Suggestions of items to fill the shoeboxes:

A “wow” item: doll, soccer ball (make sure to include a manual air pump so the ball can be re-inflated), stuffed animal, outfit, small musical instrument (harmonica or recorder)

Personal Care: comb, hairbrush, toothbrush, washcloth, bar soap (packaged or in a container), adhesive bandages(colorful ones help a child be more willing to wear.(Do not include ointment)Reusable plastic containers (cup, water bottle, plate, bowl—consider filling empty containers with non-liquid small items such as bows, bracelets, sunglasses or washcloths), blanket.

Clothing & Accessories: shirts, pants, pillowcase, underwear, shoes and socks, flip flops, hat/scarf/mittens, sunglasses, tote bag, hair bows,

Crafts & Activities: friendship bracelets, pencils, small manual pencil sharpener, colored pencils, pencil case, crayons, markers, pens, coloring pads, coloring books, notebook, glue stick(no liquid glue), small adhesive tape, watercolor set, Finger paint palette/crayons/markers (non-liquid containers), paint brushes, canvas or paper, Playdough (Consider adding plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils the child can use with the playdough, stickers,

Toys: jump rope, picture book, foam ball, finger puppets, Slinkys, Etch A Sketch, interactive toys (include batteries), tennis ball, trucks, cars, boats, dinosaurs, small plastic tools.

Please Do Not Include

candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, such as snow globes or glass containers; or aerosol cans.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

John Nickols, 7 year old son of Hillary & John Nickols and great nephew of Charles and Marilyn Highfield, has been diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer.

Bill Coussons is now at

Keestone of Florence

June Helton has moved to Mitchell Hollingsworth 

Continued Prayer:

Dennis Koger(nephew of Martha Johnson), Jim Hulsizer(friend of Rob Robinson), Scott Phillips(friend of Anne Oliver), Jennifer Adams(friend of Marsha Carter) , Roberta Shivers, Joel Rainer, Woody Wright, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, The Wm. Ledbetter family, Rachel Witt, Chase Lewis, Doris Williams, Sherri Wright, Ragan Morris, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

 

October 1, 2017

Sunday school: 49

Worship: 130

 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Scripture: Isaiah 5:1-7

                      Matthew 21:33-46

 

Sermon:  “Ours to Lose!”                    

                   

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

Our next fifth Sunday breakfast will be held during our Sunday school hour on Sunday, October 29.

 

RADA CUTLERY

Disciples Women are taking orders for RADA CUTLERY. RADA CUTLERY is manufactured in the U.S.A. Orders are being taken through the month of October. Please call Anne Oliver at 256-383-6576 to request a catalog or place an order.  Proceeds from the orders will be distributed toward charitable projects in our Shoals community and special needs for First Christian Church and to support the Disciples Women, Christian Church, (D.O.C.) in our Region.

 

Centennial

Beloved Friends, Words fail me when I think of the joy we shared on Centennial weekend.  It was amazing to be in the presence of two of my predecessors, and people who have gone into ministry from First Christian and from Central Christian.  What a great day! Most of all, it was deeply satisfying to be in worship with the good people of First Christian Church. We are now into a new century of ministry.  I wonder what it will bring. May the Peace of God be always with you.    Carl Gebhardt                              

                                                                                                                                                         

Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

Our annual Fire Fighters’ luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 19, from 11am --1 pm. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board for volunteers to serve during the luncheon, or to bring cakes. Questions? Please see Jodi or Kevin McDaniel.

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER

*October is Ministerial Appreciation Month

October Outreach: Operation Christmas Child

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the fellowship hall.

Oct 9: Columbus Day

(Church office closed)

Oct 14: Fellowship hall is reserved

Oct 15: Pumpkin Patch 2 pm

Oct 19: Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

(Calendar has the date as Oct 12, this changed to the 19 after calendar printed)

Oct 29: Fifth Sunday breakfast

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat at 5 pm.

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

Disciples Class meets each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 in the fellowship hall.

Nov 1 & 2: Senior Adult Retreat “Making a Difference: We’re MAD!” (If interested in attending, please call the church office for more information)

Nov 3: Florence Camerata Whole Hog Lunch – Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 11: Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

Nov 19: Community Thanksgiving Service. Will be held at First Christian Church Florence, 6 pm.

Nov 22-24: Church office closed for Thanksgiving Holidays.

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Jan 19-21, 2018: Youthtopia @ Camp Chandler & Young Adult Retreat at St. Bernard’s in Cullman.

 

TRUNK OR TREAT

We will have our annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 29, at 5 p.m. Questions? Please contact Alyssa or Caroline.

Property Chair

Our new property chair is John Finch. If there are issues that need to be taken care of, please contact John or the church office.

 

Welcome

We welcome our new members, John & Nelia Westenberger to First Christian Church.    

                   

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Oct 8: “The Great Pearl” 

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Sarah Kate Coussons

Oct 12: “The Mustard Seed”

Storyteller: Patsy Blasingame

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

PUMPKIN PATCH

The Youth & children will be going to McGee farms pumpkin patch on Oct. 15, at 2 pm.  Everyone in the church is invited. Come with us and have some fun!!

 

OCTOBER SERVERS

HEAD: Judy Ford

PREPARE: Gwen & Brandon Foote

CLEAN UP: Judy Goode & Maggie Storie USHER: Jerry Ford 

SERVE IN BALCONY: Sydney Coussons & Terry McGee

SERVE IN SANCTUARY: Judy Ford, Gwen Foote, Brandon Foote, Judy Goode, Maggie Storie, Jerry Ford, Jon Nevins & Jodi McDaniel 

GREETERS: Amy & James McCorkle

ELDERS: Myra Finch & Roger Tanner    ACOLYTES: Margaret & Wynona Tipper

 

Sunday Children &

Youth Activities

CHILDREN 3-5 PM

YOUTH 5-6:30 PM

 

PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH

We would like to acknowledge all pastors and spouses at First Christian church.

Rev. James & Rachel Storie

Rev. Dr. Bob & Kay Stegall

Rev. Charles & Marilyn Highfield

Rev. Sylvia & Gordon Hamlin

Rev. Dr. John & Shirley Jackson

Sid Fulford

Rev. Dr. Carl Gebhardt

Thank you for your service and commitment to ministry at First Christian Church and in our community.


DISCIPLE VISITOR

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

Prayer Requests

John Nickols, 7 year old son of Hillary & John Nickols and great nephew of Charles and Marilyn Highfield, has been diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer.

Jim Hulsizer: friend of Rob Robinson.

Dennis Koger, nephew of Martha Johnson, will be having heart bypass surgery.

Scott Phillips, friend of Anne Oliver, had a kidney transplant at Vanderbilt.

Bill Coussons is in JW Sommer Rehab. He is doing great. Visiting hours are from 4-8 p.m. Mailing address is: JW Sommer Rehab/ Bill Coussons 102 W. Avalon Avenue Room 101A, Muscle Shoals.

Continued Prayer:

Jennifer Adams, Roberta Shivers, Joel Rainer, Woody Wright, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, The Wm. Ledbetter family, Rachel Witt, Chase Lewis, Doris Williams, Sherri Wright, Ragan Morris, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

 

September 24, 2017

Sunday school: 58

Worship: 124

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7

                     Philippians 2:1-13 

Sermon:  “Every Tongue Confess”

 

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Jeff & Tracy Futrell and family on the death of Tracy’s aunt, Cherie Wilborn on September 26.

World Communion Sunday

Sunday, October 1, is World Communion Sunday. World Communion Sunday is a worldwide opportunity for Christians in every culture to break bread and share the cup as they affirm Christ as the head of the church.

 

RADA CUTLERY

Disciples Women are taking orders for RADA CUTLERY. RADA CUTLERY is manufactured in the U.S.A. Orders have been received and orders are being taken through the month of October.

Please call Anne Oliver at 256-383-6576 to request a catalog or place an order.

Proceeds from the orders will be distributed toward charitable projects in our Shoals community and special needs for First Christian Church and to support the Disciples Women, Christian Church, (D.O.C.) in our Region.

 

Upcoming Events

*October is Ministerial Appreciation Month

Oct 1: World Communion Sunday

Oct 9: Columbus Day

(Church office closed)

Oct 14: Fellowship hall is reserved

Oct 19: Fire Fighter’s Luncheon

(Calendar has the date as Oct 12, this changed to the 19 after calendar printed)

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat at 5 pm.

Nov 1 & 2: Senior Adult Retreat “Making a Difference: We’re MAD!” (If interested in attending, please call the church office for more information)

Trunk or Treat

We will have our annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 29, at 5 p.m. Questions? Please contact Alyssa or Caroline.

 

Thank You

I can’t begin to tell you how much Julia and I enjoyed our weekend with you in commemorating your Centennial celebration! Seeing longtime friends… renewing dear acquaintances… meeting new friends and the strength and commitment of the leadership of that great church…catching a glimpse of the excitement and enthusiasm of your fellowship…experiencing a wonderfully uplifting service…the beauty and thrill of delightful music…and being inspired by a most uplifting sermon – everything from beginning to end was a tremendously rewarding time! Especially, were we surprised and very grateful for the tangible gifts we received, and the food that nourished our bodies. Repeatedly, Julia and I were thanked for attending. Why, if you hadn’t invited us, we likely would have come down and conducted a boycott of the whole event!! Why, we’re the lucky ones who thank you!! We wouldn’t have missed it for the world. (Let’s do the whole thing again next year). We’ll certainly not wait another 20-30 years before we return. Take care and may God bless and keep you as you continue to spread the roots and shoots and fruits of the Tree of Life. 

                                            ~~David Blondell

Thank You

My thanks to the Centennial committee and the congregation for your hospitality at the Centennial events. It was a pleasure to have this opportunity to renew past friendships and to be a part of the church’s ongoing mission of witness and service. I pray the congregation will be a courageous symbol of God’s presence now and in years to come.                       ~Guy Waldrop

 THANK YOU

Thank you, dear church family for the gift you gave us on Sunday. We were so honored by your warm recognition, and are so grateful for your enduring love and support. May God’s hand guide us as we look to the future. You are a blessing in this world and in this place. We love you more than you could ever know.  We want to thank the wonderful committee members who worked so hard with us. When you see these people, please give them a big thank you for all they did for our church! Tonitia Butler, Bob & Marsha Carter, Judy Goode, Chuck & Barbara Morgan, Claire Pebworth and George Pinkston. We had wonderful help from so many other members and we are thankful for each act of love and dedication from them as well.  God Bless this wonderful church!!      Bob & Kay

 

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

Our next fifth Sunday breakfast will be held during our Sunday school hour on Sunday, October 29.

 

Dear First Christian Church family,

Thank you for all your support during and following the passing of Julian’s father, Billy Englett. Your thoughts and prayers were a comfort during this time. The meal you provided our family following the visitation was wonderful and greatly appreciated by all the family. Thank you also for accommodating our family’s dietary restrictions. Thank you for the memorial made to the discretionary fund in Billy’s name. Our First Christian family is and will always be dear to us.     

                                  Love, Jill & Julian Englett

 

Fire Fighter’s Luncheon

Our annual Fire Fighter’s luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 19, from 11am --1 pm. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board for volunteers to serve during the luncheon, or, volunteers to bring cakes. Questions? Please see Jodi or Kevin McDaniel.

 

Our shepherd and sheep from the children’s play on Centennial Sunday.

 

TREE OF LIFE IN BAHRAIN

Below is a little bit of information regarding the tree that Jim spoke of a couple of weeks ago during worship:

The Tree of Life is a mesquite lonely tree that has stood in the heart of Bahrain’s desert for over 400 years. Both its age and its location definitely make this tree a survivor, which is considered to be a remarkable natural wonder of the world witnessed by most who visit Bahrain. It stands alone, on top of a 25-foot-high sandy hill, at the highest point in Bahrain, miles away from another natural tree and with no apparent source of water. With 32 feet in height, it has continued growing--despite the extreme temperatures, lack of fresh water, and nutrients. It has come to be known as the Tree of Life due to the very fact that the tree stands amidst a hot and dry desert with no known water feeding source, which truly represents the magic of life and the power of nature. Serving to increase the lure of the place, the tree’s source of water is a mystery because it stands in a place completely free of water. Plant scientists may say that its roots go very deep and wide to get water from the reserves of sweet springs kilometers away. The local inhabitants believe with heart and soul that the tree marks the location of the Garden of Eden. Surrounded by endless oilfields, from far away it looks like a green spot in the desert.

TREE OF LIFE.jpg

 


DISCIPLE VISITOR

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Prayer Requests

Cherie Wilborn, Aunt of Tracey Futrell.

Dennis Koger, nephew of Martha Johnson, will be having heart bypass surgery.

Scott Phillips, friend of Anne Oliver, had a kidney transplant at Vanderbilt.

Bill Coussons is in JW Sommer Rehab. He is doing great. Visiting hours are from 4-8 p.m. Mailing address is: JW Sommer Rehab/ Bill Coussons 102 W. Avalon Avenue Room 101A, Muscle Shoals.

Continued Prayer:

Jennifer Adams, Roberta Shivers, Sandra Bolton, Dr. Joel Rainer, Becky Morris, Estelle, Troy Haynes, Phyliss Branscome, Bo Haddock, Eleanor Flippen, Pat Ward, Woody Wright, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, Allen Galloway, The Wm. Ledbetter family, Rachel Witt, Chase Lewis, Doris Williams, Dr. Tim Martin, Cullen Green, Greg Helton, Sherri Wright, Ragan Morris, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

 

September 17, 2017

Worship: 171

 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 145: 1-8

                      Matthew 20: 1-16

Sermon:  “The Generosity of the Lord”

 

Board Meeting

Following worship on Sunday, September 2, there will be a board meeting in the fellowship hall. Lunch will be provided.

Thank You

To my caring church family. Thank You for all the kind things you have done in celebration of my 102nd birthday!

                                                      ~~Lola Aune

 

Soup Kitchen

Friday, September 29, 2017

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

We still need a few smiling faces to volunteer!!  Donated food should be delivered to First Presbyterian by 11:00.  Please prayerfully consider our mission.

September Outreach

Let’s FEED THE PRIDE at UNA!!  You still have time to donate non-perishable and microwaveable food items for struggling college students. Many of them are receiving minimal help or their families are struggling. UNA has a distribution system in place to ensure resources are allocated to students in need.  Let's help FEED THE PRIDE at First Christian Church.  Who is your neighbor?  WE ARE, for these students!

 

John & Helen Bloss

John Edward Bloss is a Timothy of FCC-Florence, and many in our family were long-time members. Their 72nd anniversary is October 25, 2017;

John & Helen Bloss

2709 E. Danforth, #201,

Edmond OK 73034.

 

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

In memory of Sharon Harris' sister, Debra Dewees, the book, Sermons on Women of the Bible by C. H. Spurgeon, has been added to the library. This volume, selected from over 3,500 of Spurgeon's sermons, features women from both the Old and New Testaments, whether they be pious, notorious, or infamous. Among the women featured within these texts are Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Rahab, Delilah, Ruth, Hannah, the Queen of Sheba, Esther, Mary (the mother of Jesus), Mary of Bethany, Mary and Martha, the Samaritan woman, and Lydia. Charles H. Spurgeon (1834 – 1892) was an English Particular Baptist (or Calvinistic Baptist) minister who remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, some of whom consider him the "Prince of Preachers."

 

NEW SEEKERS CLASS STUDY

The New Seekers will begin a new study on Sunday, September 24.  We will be studying some of the Parables of Jesus. The first one is “The Story of Two Foundations”, Matthew 7:24-27.  Our class is discussion-led.  Anyone interested is welcome to come upstairs and join us for this 11-week study.  Bring your favorite Bible (electronic or paper) and join us as we study the Word of God.

TRUNK OR TREAT

We will have our annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 29, at 5 p.m. Questions, please contact Alyssa or Caroline.

 

Thank You

We are very thankful and appreciative of those who filled in for Reverend Storie while he was in Bahrain. We appreciate each one’s time and commitment to our worship service. We are happy to have Reverend Storie back with us at First Christian Church. Below is a photo of Jim while in Bahrain.

 

Thank you

Our sincere thanks to Bob & Kay Stegall and the Centennial Committee for all your dedicated hard work and planning for our Centennial events and weekend celebration. We applaud you for an event well done. First Christian Church Congregation and staff

 

Our returning pastors who participated in our Centennial Sunday worship service.

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What a joyful and wonderful weekend we have enjoyed! Your centennial committee has been blessed to serve you, and we leave you with these thoughts to ponder. For 100 years this church has met and worshipped, witnessing in many ways to the Lordship of Christ here in Florence, Alabama --reaching out in widening circles of service in our town, our region, our nation, and to the uttermost parts of the world. We have worked together, rejoiced together, wept together, loved one another and sometimes agreed to disagree. But we have always been God’s people.

Like a tree nurtured by earth and water, we have received strength and love from God’s care. We have grown – putting down deep roots of faith – putting out new shoots – reaching out to be a source of shade in the heat of a broken world – trying to reflect the One who has blessed us so bountifully. We have matured and brought fourth fruits with which to feed the needs of a people hungry for God’s word, hungry for a sign that God does love and wants only good for His creation. We have put forth leaves in Christ, “leaves for the healing of the nations”.  Our purpose and mission is far from being done, even after 100 years! So now, we have rededicated this church – this body of Christ in the world – to renewed effort, rejoicing in the beauty of God’s love and resolving again to be a movement for wholeness in our fragmented world.  Amen

~From your Centennial Committee.


DISCIPLE VISITOR

AUGUST 30, 2017

CENTENNIAL UPDATE

Blessed is the man….. Whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. Psalm 1:1-3

 

The tree is a symbol of Godly people. That is why the tree was chosen as the emblem for our centennial celebration. We, as a church family, have been nurtured by the streams of God’s loving care over all these years. We have responded by finding ways to worship God and serve Christ in our community and in our world. We are known by the fruits of our labors of love.

In gratitude for God’s presence among us, His guidance and never ending love for each of us, we will plant a tree on the church grounds, symbolizing our dedication to His kingdom, and rededicating this church to His purpose in the future.

We are truly blessed, and hope you will attend the tree planting service on September 16 at 11:45, with lunch to follow. The dogwood tree that we will plant will remind us in the days ahead of our commitment to the ongoing treasure that is ours, and to the spreading of the good news of Christ in this place, acting as the hands and feet, and heart of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

Your Centennial Committee.

Prayer Requests

Lilyan “Pete” Scharfschwerdt is in the hospital and her family asks for your prayers.

Emanola Dial (aunt of Sandra Kilgore) has lung cancer.

Becky Morris, Estelle Scott & Troy Hayes (unspoken prayer request)

Continued Prayer:

Rachel Witt, Woody Wright, Pat Ward, Jennifer Adams, Ledbetter family, Dave Tanner, Chase Lewis, June Helton, Doris Williams, Dr. Tim Martin, Cullen Green, Tommy Peeden, Greg Helton, Gisela Myers, Michael Myers, Sherri Wright, Debra Dewees, Ragan Morris, Faith Tanner, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

 

August 27, 2017

Sunday school: 65

Worship: 140

 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Scripture:  Psalm 26: 1-8

                       Matthew 16:21-28

Sermon: “Finding the True Cross”

                   Reverend Cameron Douglas

 

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Robin & Russ Coussons and family on the death of Robin’s father, Roy McIntyre on August 25.  Services will be Saturday, September 2, at Grace United Methodist Church on Old Monrovia Road in Huntsville. Visitation 12-2 pm with the funeral service at 2 pm.

 

 

New Sunday School Class

Sure you know of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, but how familiar are you with Hosea, Obadiah, Habakkuk, Haggai, and Micah?  This last collection of names can also be found in your Bible. Starting August 27, Tim’s Class will start studying the Minor Prophets of the Old Testament. We will meet from 9 to 9:35 during the Sunday school hour on second floor. If you have ever wanted to study these Old Testament books, please join us. You will learn something new and have some fun doing it at the same time.

 

Stained Glass Window Information

The information that Tonitia shared about our beautiful stained glass windows during her presentation, are printed out and available for you to pick up on the entry-way table. 

 

Greeters

September: Kathy & Sam Walker

October: Amy & James McCorkle

 

Parking Pass

UNA classes have started; if a student in your family currently has a First Christian Church parking pass, please have them come by the church office to get a NEW Fall 2017—Spring 2018 pass. The old pass will no longer be valid.

 

Cure Kids

Cure Kids is a fund raiser dedicated to helping find cures and better treatment for children in New Zealand affected by serious illnesses and diseases. Wayne & Martha Johnson’s son, Peter, is participating in this fundraiser and cycling 250 km through Cambodia in order to raise funds. If you would like to donate to help Peter raise funds, anything you are able to give will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made through a Go Fund Me account at www.gofundme.com/47g9tsg.   You may give to Wayne and Martha or you may contact Peter directly at peter84is@gmail.com .

Thank you for your help, Much Love,

Peter Johnson – Wayne Johnson

 

Thank You

Dear Friends at First Christian Church,

Thank you for your yearly support to Shoals Scholar Dollars. Your donation is helping us to provide over 300 scholarships over two years. To date, we have helped over 1000 young men and women start their careers!

Sincerely, Randy

 

New Pulpit Bible

The new pulpit Bible was given to First Christian Church to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Peggy Gray Harrison & Susan Stuve Harrison, by Kathy & Sam Walker.

 

Soup Kitchen

Friday, September 29, 2017

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

We need 15 smiling faces to work.  We are asking for donations of 5-pound containers of potato salad, 100+ oz. cans of whole kernel corn, 100+ oz. cans of green beans, 9x13 cakes as well as donations toward the purchase of our rolls and meat.  Donated food should be delivered to First Presbyterian by 11:00.  Please prayerfully consider our mission.  Questions?  Contact Rose McGee or Patsy Blasingame

Hurricane Harvey Texas

Many have asked about a donation to Texas hurricane Harvey relief. If you would like to donate, there are two options: 1: make a check out to the church and place in the offering on Sunday with a note for hurricane relief. These will be mailed to the regional office and sent to Week of Compassion for Harvey victims. 2: go online to: www.weekofcompassion.org .

September Outreach

THANKS for your out pouring to Sidney’s Safe last month. Now let's FEED THE PRIDE at UNA!!  We need non-perishable and microwaveable food items for struggling college students. Many of them are receiving minimal help or their families are struggling. UNA has a distribution system in place to ensure resources are allocated to students in need.  Let's help FEED THE PRIDE at First Christian Church.  Who is your neighbor?  WE ARE, for these students!

 

Volunteer Needed

A volunteer is need to chair the Property committee. Please call the church office.

 

New Adventures Class

Our Sunday school class will begin a new study focusing on the teachings of Jesus on Sunday, September 3. Anyone who has read the gospels knows that He said interesting, challenging, and sometimes enigmatic things. We only have room for about two more in our classroom, but we would love for you to join us if you can. First room on the left upstairs. 

                                                           Sid Fulford

 

Acolyte Schedule

September: Sam Storie & Carson Foote

October: Margaret & Wynona Tipper

November: Coby Futrell & Carly Grace Foote

December: Sam Storie & Carson Foote

 

Phone Tree

We now have a new phone tree system; it is called The Calling Post. When a call goes out from this system, it will come from the church # 256-764-2192.  This should remedy our recent ongoing issues with the old system.

 

Christian Ed. Committee Meeting

Sept. 6, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Library

 


The Disciple Visitor

August 23, 2017

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Rachel Witt, Woody Wright, Pat Ward, Jennifer Adams, Ledbetter family, Dave Tanner, Chase Lewis, June Helton, Doris Williams, Dr. Tim Martin, Cullen Green, Tommy Peeden, Greg Helton, Gisela Myers, Michael Myers, Sherri Wright, Debra Dewees, Ragan Morris, Faith Tanner, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

August 20, 2017

Sunday school: 65

Worship: 170

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Scripture:  Genesis 1:3-5

                       Ephesians 5:8-14

Sermon:      Rev. Dr. Nisha Warbington

“Reflections on the Great American Eclipse.”  

 

Christian Ed. Committee Meeting

Sept. 16, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Library

 

Joel Raney Concert

Congregation is invited to attend the Joel Raney concert at First United Methodist Church of Florence Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary.  A 100 voice choir will sing some of Mr. Raney’s favorite compositions as well as new selections. Fourteen of FCC choir will be participating. This will be an opportunity to worship through music. Please come and be a part of this special event. There is no admission charge.

 

August Outreach – Sidney’s Safe

Our children have been out of school for the summer and many have been assisted by the Sidney's Safe Foundation throughout this break. As school begins, these children and perhaps many other children will need help to combat hunger at home, especially during the weekend. SSF gets many new referrals each year as school starts and new families in need move into the community. Let’s challenge each other to fill a bag with food. 

Sidney’s Safe Foundation continues to help hungry children in our community all year long.  SSF is asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as:  Little Debbies, fruit bars, granola bars, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collection bins are in the fellowship hall and at the back entrance.

 

New Sunday School Class

Sure you know of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, but how familiar are you with Hosea, Obadiah, Habakkuk, Haggai, and Micah?  This last collection of names can also be found in your Bible. Starting August 27, Tim’s Class will start studying the Minor Prophets of the Old Testament. We will meet from 9 to 9:35 during the Sunday school hour on second floor. If you have ever wanted to study these Old Testament books, please join us. You will learn something new and have some fun doing it at the same time.

Cure Kids

Cure Kids is a fund raiser dedicated to helping find cures and better treatment for children in New Zealand affected by serious illnesses and diseases. Wayne & Martha Johnson’s son Peter is participating in this fundraiser and cycling 250 km through Cambodia in order to raise funds. If you would like to donate to help Peter raise funds, anything you are able to give will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made through a Go Fund Me account at www.gofundme.com/47g9tsg.   You may give to Wayne and Martha or you may contact Peter directly at peter84is@gmail.com .   Thank you for your help, Much Love, 

                                                    Peter Johnson – Wayne Johnson

Parking Pass

**UNA starts August 23**

If a student in your family currently has a First Christian Church parking pass, please have them come by the church office to get a Fall 2017—Spring 2018 pass. The old pass will no longer be valid.

 

Centennial Update

What a fabulous day we had on Sunday! The worship service was great, filled with a stirring message and awesome music. Then our luncheon was packed and the displays were very meaningful. Our youth did a super job of questioning Kay about our history, and we all learned new things about our beginnings, and realized how far we have come as servants of God and followers of Christ. It was a day we will long remember!

As we look toward our anniversary, please sign up for our catered lunch, September 16th at noon. There is no charge, but we do need to know how many to plan for. About fifteen minutes before noon that day, we will have a symbolic tree planting and rededication of our congregation. That service will be outside, weather permitting, at 11:15 a.m. We hope all of you will attend as we commit ourselves again to be a blessing to this community in which we live.

Plan to attend our Anniversary worship service on September 17 at 10 a.m. There will be no Sunday school that day, but there will be a lovely reception after worship. There will be time to meet and greet visitors (there will be many) and mingle with old and new friends. This is an exciting time in the life of our church family. Come and enjoy all of it!! ~~Centennial Committee

 

Volunteer Needed

A volunteer is need to chair to Property committee. Please call the church office.

New Adventures Class

Our Sunday school class will begin a new study focusing on the teachings of Jesus on Sunday, September 3. Anyone who has read the gospels knows that he said interesting, challenging, and sometimes enigmatic things. We only have room for about two more in our classroom, but we would love for you to join us if you can. First room on the left upstairs.   Sid Fulford

Senior Adult Retreat

Wed., Nov 1 – Thur., Nov 2, 2017

St. Bernard Retreat & Conference Center Information located on the bulletin board.

 

New Youth Group Study & New Children’s Group Study for Fall

Youth

“Half Truths”

Children

“Beakers, Bubbles & the Bible”

 

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

As part of our centennial celebration, among the many displays in the fellowship hall are some items from the library that are present for your perusal and enjoyment. Among them are the following rather old publications and documents: 

  • The New Testament - An American Translation by Edgar J. Goodspeedcopyright 1923, was a gift from the late Mrs. Walter B. Bell.
  • Story of the Hymns or Hymns That Have a History: An Account of the Origin of Hymns of Personal Religious Experience by Hezekiah Butterworth, copyright 1875.
  • The Indexed Holy Bible published in 1907 and containing the handwritten inscription “Central Christian Church” was possibly the Lectern Bible.
  • Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible - Volumes 1-4, copyright 1871, “From the Library of Morton Boyle Howell 1909.”
  • Central Christian Church Ledger containing the Board Meeting Minutes dating from November 21, 1934 through December 13, 1942.

The Disciple Visitor

August 16, 2017

Prayer Requests

Paul Poole, friend of Peter Johnson, was killed in an automobile accident. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Continued Prayer:

Pat Ward, Jennifer Adams, Ledbetter family, Dave Tanner, Chase Lewis, June Helton, Doris Williams, Dr. Tim Martin, Cullen Green, Tommy Peeden, Greg Helton, Gisela Myers, Michael Myers, Sherri Wright, Debra Dewees, Ragan Morris, Faith Tanner, Aria Perry, and Stacy Hall.

 

August 13, 2017

Sunday school: 60

Worship: 118

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Scripture:  Ephesians 1:3-14

                       Matthew 3: 13-17               

Sermon: “The Ultimate Calling”

THANK YOU            

Thank you so much for all the expressions of kindness, flowers, visits and love shown us during our mother’s illness and passing. Special thanks to the hosts and hostesses for treating is to delicious foods after mom’s funeral. She loved FCC so much and was so glad to serve in many capacities.

With love, Patti Lough

Christian Ed. Committee Meeting

Sept. 16, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Library

August Outreach – Sidney’s Safe

Our children have been out of school for the summer and many have been assisted by the Sidney's Safe Foundation throughout this break. As school begins, these children and perhaps many other children will need help to combat hunger at home, especially during the weekend. SSF gets many new referrals each year as school starts and new families in need move into the community. Let’s challenge each other to fill a bag with food. 

Sidney’s Safe Foundation continues to help hungry children in our community all year long.  SSF is asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as:  Little Debbies, fruit bars, granola bars, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collection bins are in the fellowship hall and at the back entrance.

 

Birthday

There will cake and ice cream for Edith Daniel, Thursday, August 17 from 2-4 pm at Florence Nursing home if anyone would like to go by and visit.

Edith Daniel-Florence Nursing Home

2107 Cloyd Blvd Rm 212

Florence, AL 35633

 

Senior Adult Retreat

Wed., Nov 1 – Thur., Nov 2, 2017

St. Bernard Retreat & Conference Center More information available on the bulletin board or in the church office.

Catered Lunch RSVP

If you have guests, either out of town or in town, to attend our weekend celebration events, please pick up an invitation to the catered luncheon, as well as an envelope from the table in the foyer to send to them.  This luncheon will be catered, so we will need to know how many to plan for. Your “invitees” should reply to our church office by September 1, 2017.  Church office: 256-764-2192

                              ~~Centennial Committee

 

Memorabilia Sunday

Saturday, August 19th, 2017:

Bring any memorabilia you wish to display on August 20th to the church the week before during office hours, or on Saturday August 19th from 10 a.m. until noon. Please fill out our receiving form so that we can make sure you get your treasurers back!

Sunday, August 20th, 2017:

8:45 a.m.: During Sunday school hour: tour of the Sanctuary windows with Tonitia Butler. All are invited; however, this event is optional.

11:30 a.m.: Pot luck lunch after worship. All are invited. Meat and drink will be provided. There will be a short program on our church history with memorabilia displays.

Cure Kids

Cure Kids is a fund raiser dedicated to helping find cures and better treatment for children in New Zealand affected by serious illnesses and diseases. Wayne & Martha Johnson’s son Peter is participating in this fundraiser and cycling 250 km through Cambodia in order to raise funds. If you would like to donate to help Peter raise funds, anything you are able to give will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made through a Go Fund Me account at www.gofundme.com/47g9tsg.   You may give to Wayne and Martha or you may contact Peter directly at peter84is@gmail.com .

Thank you for your help, Much Love,

Peter Johnson – Wayne Johnson

       Time for our “Tree Party”

The group who signed up for creating the décor for our catered luncheon on September 16 will meet on Saturday, August 19, at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall. We should be finished well before lunch. If you signed up, or if you want to join, please feel free to come and help us.

                                                        ~Kay Stegall

 

Congratulations

Jennifer Huddleston & Timon Skees were married on August 12. The photo is of Jennifer and her father, Bill Huddleston.

Thank You

Your faithful contributions allow us to meet the needs of families who want a safe, stable, loving home in our community. The generosity of people like you make our work possible. We are grateful for your giving spirit and appreciate all you do for Safeplace.

Thank you, Safeplace

 

Parking Pass

If a student in your family currently has a First Christian Church parking pass, please have them come by the church office to get a Fall 2017—Spring 2018 pass. The old pass will no longer be valid.

 

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

 

Several large print novels have recently been added to our library. Among these are Ann H. Gabhart's first two novels from her Shaker series: The Outsider and The Believer.

 

In The Outsider, Gabrielle Hope has the gift of "knowing-visions," which can warn of things to come. Surprisingly, when she and her mother join a Shaker community called Pleasant Hill in 1807, her gift is accepted by the community. Yet Gabrielle fears this gift, for the unwanted visions are often ones of sorrow and tragedy.

 

The Believer is centered on Elizabeth Duncan, an orphan whose parents have died, leaving her in charge of her younger brother and sister. With her options limited, Elizabeth learns that Harmony Hill, the Shaker community in the next county, takes in orphans. As times passes, she finds herself attracted to a handsome young Believer named Ethan, which begins to complicate both of their lives.