DISCIPLE VISITOR

JUNE 4, 2019

PRAYER REQUESTS

Jan Stone, friend of Marsha Carter, had a recurrence of breast cancer.

Bill Gullett, friend of Marsha & Bob Carter, diagnosed with cancer

The family of Terry Rochester (friends of Bob & Marsha Carter) who was killed in a tragic accident last week in Florence.

Dennis Gist, friend of Bob & Marsha Carter, involved in a bad accident. He is in Helen Keller Hospital facing surgeries due to multiple broken bones.

Continued Prayers: 

*Reverend James Storie while he is deployed on active duty.

*The Storie family, Chris Gaskell, George Pinkston, Jim Miller, Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bernadine & Woody Wright, , Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Grady Patrick, Ginger Wenger, Sandy Dickinson, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

                   

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Scripture: John 14: 8-17, (25-27)

Acts 2:1-21

  Sermon: Reverend Sylvia Hamlin

“When Christ’s Church has a party!"  

 

 

JUNE OUTREACH

SIDNEY’S SAFE

FOUNDATION

Let’s work together and reach out to help SSF provide snacks for hungry children in the Shoals.  We are asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as: jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, boxes of saltines, Little Debbies, fruit bars, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collections bins are in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either SSF or April Outreach, and place it in our offering tray.

June Outreach Contacts: Tricia & Harold Lewis

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 7 & 8: Fellowship Hall and Church reserved for wedding.

June 9: Pentecost

June 16: Father’s Day

June 17-21: Jr Camp/Chi Ro & CYF

June 21-23: Genesis & Discovery Camp

June 28, 29, and 30: Vacation Bible School

 


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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

“IN THE WILD”

Friday, June 28: 12-3 p.m.

Saturday, June 29: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, June 30: 2-6 p.m.

 

Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board. Please consider helping in some way with VBS. There are many ways to help!

We are also sending out post card invitations. If you know someone who would be interested in coming, please pick up a post card in the church office through the week, or on the podium on Sunday when you pick up your bulletin.

Thanks for your continued support of our youth. Remember to invite your friends and neighbors!



SATURDAY, JUNE 8 TRISSL SPORTS CARS FIFTH ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT

519 WILHITE STREET, FLORENCE, AL

THIS IS A BENEFIT DRIVE TOWARDS A CURE FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE, THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA OFFICE OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND THE CITY OF FLORENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT

QUESTIONS: Call 256-766-0911 or see Tracy Johnson

 

UBER REGION FEST & MUSIC IN THE (INDUSTRIAL) PARK PRESENTS:

THE ROCK-N-ROLL REBELS ALSO FEATURING MUSCLE SHOALS MUSIC LEGENDS: HARVEY THOMPSON & FRIENDS -- BRING A CHAIR OR A BLANKET – ADMISSION $3 – GATES OPEN AT NOON

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MAY 29, 2019

PRAYER REQUESTS

Jan Stone, friend of Marsha Carter, had a recurrence of breast cancer.

Bill Gullett, friend of Marsha & Bob Carter, diagnosed with cancer

The family of Terry Rochester (friends of Bob & Marsha Carter) who was killed in a tragic accident last week in Florence.

Dennis Gist, friend of Bob & Marsha Carter, involved in a bad accident. He is in Helen Keller Hospital facing surgeries due to multiple broken bones.

Continued Prayers: 

*Reverend James Storie while he is deployed on active duty.

*The Storie family, Chris Gaskell, George Pinkston, Jim Miller, Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bernadine & Woody Wright, , Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Grady Patrick, Ginger Wenger, Sandy Dickinson, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Scripture: Psalm 97                     

            John 17: 20-26      

 

  Sermon:   "The One Many Thing"      Dr. Larry Bates

                        

   

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to all the high school and college graduates and all who won awards through school this year. Well done! ~June Helton

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

Contacts: Tricia & Harold Lewis

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Tricia Lewis.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you so much for the very sweet and thoughtful gift card for my graduation! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful church family! I will really miss being at church each Sunday. Thank you for all that you have done for me! Thanks! Love, Caroline Hean

Caroline’s new address:

101 Gillespie Drive Apt 4305

Franklin, Tennessee 37067

 

THANK YOU

Dear Friends, Thank you for the wonderful expression of thanks and the great luncheon you provided to the area Law Enforcement members on May 15, 2019. It was greatly appreciated, and means so very much to us.

Mark Parker

Deputy Chief of Police, UNA

MAY OUTREACH-

UNA WOMEN’S CENTER

Contacts: Harold & Tricia Lewis

Some of the services the Women’s Center offers for UNA students are:

•Pregnancy and Parenting: Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students• Lactation Room: An on-campus lactation room is located in the UNA Women's Center. • R.A.D.  Rape assault defense class• Take back the night for sexual assault victims.

The items most needed are: Shampoo, mouthwash, shaving cream – for both men and women, razors, Q-tips, toothpaste, deodorant – for both men and women, bar soap (something non-gender specific if possible), tampons, Band-Aids. Of course you may also make a monetary donation and place it in the offering plate on Sunday (please put for: May Outreach)

 

THANK YOU

Dear First Christian Church,

Thank you so much for thinking of me during my graduation. I am so happy to have a Bible to take with me to school. You all mean so much to me and my family. Love, Charlie Champagne

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

VBS is Friday, June 28: 12-3 p.m.

Saturday, June 29: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, June 30: 2-6 p.m.

This summer we will head out on a 3 day wilderness adventure like no other! We’ll get up close with elephants, polar bears, and penguins as we focus on real life encounters with Jesus.  We will need your help with decorations, meals, crafts, music, storytelling, and games.  You don’t have to be available every day to help. Just let us know how you would like to help.

We are sending out post card invitations. If you know someone who would be interested in coming, please pick up a post card in the church office through the week, or on the podium on Sunday when you pick up your bulletin.

Rachel Storie 502-682-7844

Alyssa Baldwin 205-706-0478

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 31: Soup Kitchen

June 2 & 9: Pentecost Special Offering

June 7 & 8: Fellowship Hall and Church reserved for wedding.

June 9: Pentecost

June 16: Father’s Day

June 17-21: Jr Camp/Chi Ro & CYF

June 21-23: Genesis & Discovery Camp -- Deadline to have registration in to the church office is May 29. Registration forms are on the entryway table

June 28, 29, and 30: Vacation Bible School

 Interim Pastor’s Ponderings

I will admit it.  Not only am I a star-gazer, but I love looking at interesting clouds. Now, I’m not talking about looking as if I were a meteorologist, … I’m talking about seeing formations like Snoopy, Angels, Mickey Mouse, and once a definite harp.  So as I read about the Ascension of Jesus into a cloud in the heavens, if I had been with those first disciples, I ponder how long I would have stayed looking into the clouds. Could that be why the men in white robes suddenly appeared to them, asking why they were continuing to gaze toward heaven?  After all, Jesus had given them a promise that the Holy Spirit would come and empower them to fulfill their mission … but He did not tell them when.  “Just wait there, (in Jerusalem) and you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”Ascension Day is the 40th day of Eastertide. It is one of the earliest Christian festivals dating back to 68AD/CE.   It occurs on the 10th day prior to Pentecost. Many of you will read this on Thursday, Ascension Day. 

Do you think that you would have waited 10 days in the upper room in Jerusalem, … or would you be tempted to once again look into the heavens for a cloud bringing Jesus back?

Just pondering.

I look forward to worshiping together Sunday.     Love and Peace, Sylvia






MAY 22, 2019

PRAYER REQUESTS

Continued Prayers: 

*Reverend James Storie while he is deployed on active duty.

*The Storie family, Chris Gaskell, George Pinkston, Jim Miller, Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bernadine & Woody Wright, , Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Grady Patrick, Ginger Wenger, Sandy Dickinson, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

                   

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Scripture: John 14: 23-29

                      1 Corinthians 1: 10-18   

                     

Sermon:   Reverend Sylvia Hamlin

                       “Devotion or Division"     

                     

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 27: Memorial Day – office closed

May 31: Soup Kitchen

June 2 & 9: Pentecost Special Offering

June 7 & 8: Fellowship Hall and Church reserved for wedding.

June 9: Pentecost

June 16: Father’s Day

June 17-21: Jr Camp/Chi Ro & CYF

June 21-23: Genesis & Discovery Camp -- Deadline to have registration in to the church office is May 29. Registration forms are on the entryway table

June 28, 29, and 30: Vacation Bible School

 

 

THANK YOU

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to First Christian Church for providing your Annual Law Enforcement Luncheon to our officers and all Law Enforcement in the area. Your ongoing support for police personnel during Law Enforcement Memorial Week each year is extremely thoughtful and kind. Thank you so much for thinking of us.

Respectfully, Chief Ron Tyler, Florence Police Department.

LUNCHEON – THANK YOU

The Law Enforcement Luncheon held on May 15th was a great success! We served approximately 60 Law Enforcement personnel from the surrounding City, UNA, State Patrol and Sheriff’s departments. We served a baked potato bar with pulled pork, salad and desserts. Thanks so much for the fantastic members who worked so hard and those that brought desserts.  We also took 30+ baked potatoes to Safe Place to feed the families there.  They were THRILLED. Workers:  Doug Evans, Carol Hill, Patsy Blasingame,  Charles & Marilyn Highfield, Tammy Hendrix,  Marsha Carter, Harold & Tricia Lewis. Desserts: Jean Peeden, Kay Stegall, Carol Hill, Patsy Blasingame, Marsha Carter and Gale Evans

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

Contacts: Tricia & Harold Lewis

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Tricia Lewis.

 

 

MAY OUTREACH-

UNA WOMEN’S CENTER

Contacts: Harold & Tricia Lewis

Some of the services the Women’s Center offers for UNA students are:

•Pregnancy and Parenting: Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students• Lactation Room: An on-campus lactation room is located in the UNA Women's Center. • R.A.D.  Rape assault defense class• Take back the night for sexual assault victims.

The items most needed are: Shampoo, mouthwash, shaving cream – for both men and women, razors, Q-tips, toothpaste, deodorant – for both men and women, bar soap (something non-gender specific if possible), tampons, Band-Aids. Of course you may also make a monetary donation and place it in the offering plate on Sunday (please put for: May Outreach)

 

CONGREGATIONAL LUNCH

Dear FCC Family,

Our thanks and high praise to Amy McCorkle and the Membership Team for making the congregational lunch a time for delicious food, fellowship, and the sharing of hopes and ideas for our Church! May we continue to be in prayer for our Church, and for the discernment of God’s direction for us in this time of our congregation’s ministry.

I look forward to being with you in worship this Sunday!

Love in Christ, Sylvia

CONGRATULATIONS

You are invited to a anniversary celebration(at First Baptist Church Florence) hosted by their children on May 26, at 2 pm, in honor of Martha & Wayne Johnson. A copy of the invitation with all the details is on the bulletin board.

 

THANK YOU

I would like to express my appreciation and thank you for your recent donation to The Salvation Army of the Shoals. We will endeavor to use this funding in the most efficient way possible to reach out to the needy in our area. Sincerely, Salvation Army, Shoals

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

“In the Wild”

June 28, 29, and 30

 

This summer we will head out on a 3 day wilderness adventure like no other! We’ll get up close with elephants, polar bears, and penguins as we focus on real life encounters with Jesus.

We will need your help with decorations, meals, crafts, music, storytelling, and games.

You don’t have to be available every day to help. Just let us know how you would like to help.

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MAY 15, 2019

PRAYER REQUESTS

Continued Prayers: 

*Reverend James Storie while he is deployed on active duty.

*Peter Murphy had his feeding tube removed and may return to work the end of May.

*The Storie family, Chris Gaskell, George Pinkston, Jim Miller, Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bernadine & Woody Wright, , Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Grady Patrick, Ginger Wenger, Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

                   

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Scripture: John 13:31-35

                       Acts 11:1-18

                     

Sermon:   Reverend Sylvia Hamlin

“Searching for the Beloved Community"

                     

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 17: Fellowship Hall Reserved 9-3

May 19: Congregational Lunch

May 27: Memorial Day – office closed

May 31: Soup Kitchen

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

 

CAMP DATES

June 17-21 (Jr Camp, Chi Rho & CYF) - June 21-23 (Genesis & Discovery) Deadline to have registration in to the church office is May 29. Registration forms are on the entryway table.

 

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

Contacts: Tricia & Harold Lewis

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Tricia Lewis

 

 

CONGREGATIONAL LUNCHEON

This Sunday, May 19, following worship. After lunch, we will share the most listed congregational responses to the questions about our Congregation’s Strengths and Challenges, as well as the suggestions as to how to build on our strengths and how to address our challenges. We look forward to this time of fellowship and discussion!

 

 

MAY OUTREACH-

UNA WOMEN’S CENTER

Outreach contacts for April-June: Harold & Tricia Lewis

Some of the services the Women’s Center offers for UNA students are:

•Pregnancy and Parenting: Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students/Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students• Lactation Room: An on-campus lactation room is located in the UNA Women's Center. • R.A.D.  Rape assault defense class• Take back the night for sexual assault victims.

The items most needed are: Shampoo, mouthwash, shaving cream – for both men and women, razors, Q-tips, toothpaste, deodorant – for both men and women, bar soap (something non-gender specific if possible), tampons, Band-Aids. Of course you may also make a monetary donation and place it in the offering plate on Sunday (please put for: May Outreach)

 

CONGRATULATIONS

You are invited to a anniversary celebration hosted by their children on May 26, at 2 pm, in honor of Martha & Wayne Johnson. A copy of the invitation with all the details is on the bulletin board.

 

FROM THE TREASURER

It’s time for the report of the first quarter 2019 financial activity.  I apologize for being a month late, but April was very busy for all of us. We ended the first quarter with an overage of $1,755.88.  This is due to a transfer from our savings account of $5,175.00, which is one-fourth of last year’s blessing.  Without it, we would have had a shortage. The good news is the kindness and generosity of this congregation to those community projects we support, such as CASA, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, Shoals Scholar Dollars, Start on Success and the soup kitchen, just to name a few.  You are also generous in giving to the Disciples Special Offerings.  The Week of Compassion offering, which supports many projects around the world, usually in the areas of natural disasters, amounted to $2,506.00.  The Easter special offering, which supports General Church ministries, amounted to $2,300.00.  I thank you for your financial support of God’s work in our community and throughout the world.  Thank you also for your prayers as we continue being God’s hands in the Shoals. ~Lorraine Banning

 





M. H. Harper Library

 Thomas Harrison

Completing our library's collection of the Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time quintet is the recent addition of the fourth volume, Many Waters. Sandy and his twin brother, Denny’s, are the practical members of the Murry family, having rarely paid much attention to their scientist parents' theoretical talk about "tesseracts" and "farondalae." But in this novel, they end up transported to the time just before the Flood, and they find themselves wondering if they will ever find their way back to the safety of the oasis that is home

Disciple Visitor

May 15, 2019

 

MY “MANY” MOMS

I have a bunch of “mama’s”. I see this every day!

There’s a special lady at my church who teaches me to pray.





There is a certain person who leads my class at school.

From her I learned my ABC’s and got the golden rule.

 

There is an aging neighbor who sometimes makes me treats,

and shows me how to plant a seed which grows up smelling sweet!

 

Cousins, Aunts and Uncles take good care of me.

They make sure I know my place on the family tree.

 

But best of all I have my mom. God gave me just to her.

She combs my hair, washes, cooks, her days are such a blur!

But she gives me hugs and sings to me, we snuggle in her chair,

and we give thanks to God above for the different moms who care.

 

And when I go to sleep at night, beneath my quilted cover,

I dream of all those precious ones who’ve chosen me to “mother”.

 

Written by Kay Stegall for Mother’s Day




CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATING SENIORS!

UNA GRADUATES: Caroline Hean, Alyssa Baldwin & Taylor Hendrix.

FLORENCE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES: Charlie Champagne, Leelee Ozbirn, Jones Webb & Garrett Dickinson.

SHOALS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GRADUATE: Julianna Jackson





Congratulations to Joe Storie, Sam Storie, Ella Coussons, Sydney Coussons, Morgan Johnson, Coby Futrell, Ragan Morris, Joe Champagne, Julian Franks, Will Futrell, Annie Champagne, Gracie Ozbirn, RIley Webb, Abbey Sanford, Kathryn Sanford, Sophie McDaniel, Ann Lilly McDaniel, Logan SMith, Ethan Trousdale ,CLoie Trousdale and Suzy Ozbirn for your many awards and accomplishments during this school year. Way to go!!




MAY 7, 2019

PRAYER REQUESTS

Continued Prayers: 

*Reverend James Storie while he is deployed on active duty.

The Storie family, Chris Gaskell, George Pinkston, Jim Miller, Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bernadine & Woody Wright, , Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Grady Patrick, Ginger Wenger, Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

UPDATE

Peter Murphy had his feeding tube removed and may return to work the end of May. Thank you for your continued prayers and love. ~Ann Murphy

 

                   

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Scripture: Psalm 23

                      Luke 2: 41-52

Sermon:   Reverend Dr. Bob Stegall     

                         “A Nurturing Spirit”   

                     

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 15: Policeman’s Luncheon

May 17: Fellowship Hall Reserved 9-3

May 19: Congregational Lunch

May 27: Memorial Day – office closed

May 31: Soup Kitchen

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

 

 

CAMP DATES

June 17-21 (Jr Camp, Chi Rho & CYF) - June 21-23 (Genesis & Discovery) Deadline to have registration in to the church office is May 29. Registration forms are on the entryway table.

 

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

Contacts: Tricia & Harold Lewis

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Tricia Lewis

 

MAY SERVERS

DIACONATE HEAD: Robin Coussons PREPARE: Laura & Ray Aldridge CLEAN-UP: Jeff Futrell & Tom Lard USHER: Gail Evans  SERVE IN BALCONY: Sydney Coussons & Kim Smith SERVE IN SANCTUARY: Gail & Doug Evans, Jeff Futrell, Ray & Laura Aldridge, Russ & Robin Coussons, Tom Lard  ELDERS:  Deryll Banning & Bob Hill GREETERS: Sam & Kathy Walker ACOLYTES: Carly Grace Foote SECURITY TEAM: Bill Davis & Scott Lovelace

MAY OUTREACH-

UNA WOMEN’S CENTER

Outreach contacts for April-June: Harold & Tricia Lewis

Some of the services the Women’s Center offers for UNA students are:

•Pregnancy and Parenting: Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students/Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students• Lactation Room: An on-campus lactation room is located in the UNA Women's Center. • R.A.D.  Rape assault defense class• Take back the night for sexual assault victims.

The items most needed are: Shampoo, mouthwash, shaving cream – for both men and women, razors, Q-tips, toothpaste, deodorant – for both men and women, bar soap (something non-gender specific if possible), tampons, Band-Aids. Of course you may also make a monetary donation and place it in the offering plate on Sunday (please put for: May Outreach)

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Kenneth and Barbara Butler on the death of Kenneth’s sister, Wanda Swader. Wanda passed away on May 2, 2019.

 

THANK YOU

We appreciate the cards and visits and everything that the congregation has done for our family. Thank you. Richie & Chris Gaskell

 

CONGRATULATIONS

You are invited to a anniversary celebration hosted by their children on May 26, at 2 pm, in honor of Martha & Wayne Johnson. A copy of the invitation with all the details is on the bulletin board.

 

FLORENCE SPRING

MUSIC EVENTS

As requested, here are the dates and information for upcoming performances by some singers from our church:

**Shoals Chamber Singers- Spring Concert

Laudate Dominum "Praise the Lord"

Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 pm

Florence First United Methodist Church

Free admission, Donations accepted 

**Florence Camerata

Adventures in Broadway

Thursday, May 16, 7:00 pm

First Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students/children

**Beauty and the Beast

Shoals Theatre

June 13-15 at 7pm

June 16 at 2pm

June 21-22 at 7pm

Tickets - vary by section; range around $10-20

You can buy your tickets ahead of time online on the Shoals Theater website!

THANK YOU

We want to thank you for your continued support. We are extremely appreciative to have community partners to help our fight to end domestic violence. You are helping change lives every day! Sincerely, Safeplace

 

SHOALS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

THE LION KING JR.

Morgan Johnson and Logan Smith are both part of the Lion King play going on this week at Shoals Christian School!

CONGREGATIONAL LUNCHEON

We already have 35 reservations for our Congregational Luncheon on May 19!  If you did not fill out the insert in the bulletin last Sunday, you have another opportunity this Sunday to do so.  (If you know you will be out of town this Sunday, please call the office by Monday, May 13 to make your reservation.) After lunch, we will share the most listed congregational responses to the questions about our Congregation’s Strengths and Challenges, as well as the suggestions as to how to build on our strengths and how to address our challenges. We look forward to this time of fellowship and discussion! Sylvia Hamlin, (on behalf of the Elders serving this past year)

ACOLYTE NEWS

Former acolytes, Will Futrell and Logan Smith, now in high school, filled in Sunday when there was no one else available to serve. What a blessing!! Well done, fine young men! First Christian church appreciates your service!!




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MAY 1, 2019

PRAYER REQUESTS

Continued Prayers: 

*Reverend James Storie while he is deployed on active duty.

The Storie family, Chris Gaskell, George Pinkston, Jim Miller, Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bernadine & Woody Wright, , Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Peter Murphy, Grady Patrick, Ginger Wenger, Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

April 28, 2019

Worship: 120

                   

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Scripture: Psalm 30

                      John 21:1-19

Sermon:   Reverend Sylvia Hamlin     

  “When Love Transcends Feelings"   

                     

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 5: Congregational Meeting

May 10: UNA Graduation

May 12: Mother’s Day

May 15: Policeman’s Luncheon

May 17: Fellowship Hall Reserved 9-3

May 19: Congregational Lunch

May 27: Memorial Day – office closed

May 31: Soup Kitchen

 



VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

 

 

MAY SERVERS

DIACONATE HEAD: Robin Coussons PREPARE: Laura & Ray Aldridge CLEAN-UP: Jeff Futrell & Tom Lard USHER: Gail Evans  SERVE IN BALCONY: Sydney Coussons & Kim Smith SERVE IN SANCTUARY: Gail & Doug Evans, Jeff Futrell, Ray & Laura Aldridge, Russ & Robin Coussons, Tom Lard  ELDERS:  Deryll Banning & Bob Hill GREETERS: Sam & Kathy Walker ACOLYTES: Carly Grace Foote SECURITY TEAM: Bill Davis & Scott Lovelace

 

Church Officer Nominations

2019-2020 Nominees

Board Chair: Doug Evans

1st Vice Chair: Jeff Futrell

2nd Vice Chair: Bob Hill

Treasurer: Lorraine Banning

Secretary: Tammy Hendrix

Elders: Jim Link, Amy McCorkle, James McCorkle, Leon Nale, Eva Knight

Deacons: Jeff Futrell, Tracey Futrell, Rachel Storie, Judy Goode, Rose McGee, Terry McGee, Ray Aldridge, Donnie Haynes, Ruth Haynes.

*There will be a congregational meeting to vote on new officers, following worship on May 5.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT

LUNCHEON

Our annual luncheon honoring members of law enforcement and support personnel is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 11:00 – 12:30.   We are asking for 5 volunteers to help serve our meal.  We are asking for 6 cakes.  If you are willing to provide a cake or help with the luncheon, a sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Thank you for your dedication to First Christian Church, and your support of our law enforcement.

 

CAMP DATES

June 17-21 (Jr Camp, Chi Rho & CYF) - June 21-23 (Genesis & Discovery) Deadline to have registration in to the church office is May 29. Registration forms are on the entryway table.

 

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

Contacts: Tricia & Harold Lewis

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Tricia Lewis

 

MAY OUTREACH-

UNA WOMENS CENTER

Outreach contacts for April-June: Harold & Tricia Lewis

This month our outreach will be supporting the UNA Women’s Center.

Some of the services the Women’s center offers for UNA students are:

•Pregnancy and Parenting: Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students/Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students• Lactation Room: An on-campus lactation room is located in the UNA Women's Center.• R.A.D.  Rape assault defense class• Take back the night for sexual assault victims.

The items most needed are: Shampoo, mouthwash, shaving cream – for both men and women, razors, Q-tips, toothpaste, deodorant – for both men and women, bar soap (something non-gender specific if possible), tampons, Band-Aids. Of course you may also make a monetary donation and place it in the offering plate on Sunday (please put for: May Outreach)

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

The Lauderdale County observance of the National Day of Prayer will be this Thursday, May 2, at 12 noon in Wilson Park in front of the library.





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APRIL 24



PRAYER REQUESTS

Continued Prayers: 

Chris Gaskell, George Pinkston, Grady Patrick, Peter Murphy, Miguel Simo, Ginger Wenger, Jim Miller, Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, Margaret Taylor, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

April 21, 2019

Worship: 8 am: 50

                    10 am: 160

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Scripture: Psalm 150

                      John 20:19-31

Sermon:          “Shut doors”

                    Reverend James Storie

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 12: Mother’s Day

May 10: UNA Graduation

May 12: Mother’s Day

May 15: Policeman’s Luncheon

May 17: Fellowship Hall Reserved 9-3

May 19: Congregational Lunch

May 27: Memorial Day – office closed

May 31: Soup Kitchen

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

 

 

MAY SERVERS

DIACONATE HEAD: Robin Coussons PREPARE: Laura & Ray Aldridge CLEAN-UP: Jeff Futrell & Tom Lard USHER: Gail Evans 

SERVE IN BALCONY: Sydney Coussons & Kim Smith McGee  

SERVE IN SANCTUARY: Gail & Doug Evans, Jeff Futrell, Ray & Laura Aldridge,  Russ & Robin Coussons, Tom Lard

ELDERS:  Deryll Banning & Bob Hill GREETERS: Sam & Kathy Walker ACOLYTES: Carly Grace Foote SECURITY TEAM: Bill Davis & Scott Lovelace

 

 

Church Officer Nominations

2019-2020 Nominees

Board Chair: Doug Evans

1st Vice Chair: Jeff Futrell

2nd Vice Chair: Bob Hill

Treasurer: Lorraine Banning

Secretary: Tammy Hendrix

Elders: Jim Link, Amy McCorkle, James McCorkle, Leon Nale, Eva Knight

Deacons: Jeff Futrell, Tracey Futrell, Rachel Storie, Judy Goode, Rose McGee, Terry McGee, Ray Aldridge, Donnie Haynes, Ruth Haynes.

 

CAMP DATES

June 17-21 (Jr Camp, Chi Rho & CYF) - June 21-23 (Genesis & Discovery) Deadline to have registration in to the church office is May 29. Registration forms are on the entryway table.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for your continued support and donation to Meals on Wheels of the Shoals. We rely heavily on repeat donors and appreciate you being one of them! Your generous gift will directly benefit our seniors in need.

With much gratitude, Suzanne Moore

Meals on Wheels

LAW ENFORCEMENT

LUNCHEON

Our annual luncheon honoring members of law enforcement and support personnel is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 11:00 – 12:30.   We are asking for 5 volunteers to help serve our meal.  We are asking for 6 cakes.  If you are willing to provide a cake or help with the luncheon, a sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Thank you for your dedication to First Christian Church, and your support of our law enforcement.

 

 

APRIL OUTREACH--CASA Outreach contacts for April-June: Harold & Tricia Lewis

            April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and in honor of this we have chosen to support Mary Ellen’s Circle for CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates.   CASA works diligently to ensure that abused and neglected children do not “fall through the cracks”.   They speak up for the children with the courts and gather valuable information on each child’s situation to ensure that the judge can make the best decision for each child.  Their goal is that no child be left in or placed into an abusive or neglected situation.  They are the child’s advocate to be sure their voice is heard. Mary Ellen’s Circle provides awareness, as well as financial and community support for the work of Shoals CASA with the hope that one day every foster child will benefit from the love and special services of a CASA.  Donations can include – Financial, NEW shoes, NEW stuffed animals, NEW children’s clothing, or security blankets for children in foster care.   These children are often abused, frightened and have nothing.   We need to give them something that will help brighten their day.

 SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

Contacts: Tricia & Harold Lewis

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Tricia Lewis

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for all the kind Easter cards I received. I appreciate each of you thinking of me.  ~~ June Helton

 

 


APRIL 17

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Chris Gaskell, George Pinkston, Grady Patrick, Peter Murphy, Miguel Simo, Ginger Wenger, Jim Miller, Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, Margaret Taylor, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

April 14, 2019

Worship: 105

Sunday school: 26

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

8:00 am: meet on the front lawn

(Biscuits in fellowship hall between services)

10:00 am: meet as usual

Scripture: Acts 10:34-43                                                  

                       Mark 16: 1-8                  

     

EASTER SERVICES

We will have two services on Easter:

8am: please gather outside the front doors, 10 am: meet like always.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 19: Good Friday- Office closed

April 20: Easter egg hunt 11 a.m.

April 21: Easter- 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. 

May 12: Mother’s Day

May 10: UNA Graduation

May 15: Policeman’s Luncheon

May 27: Memorial Day – office closed

May 31: Soup Kitchen

 

 

APRIL SERVERS

DIACONATE HEAD: Jim Link PREPARE: Marsha & Bob Carter CLEAN-UP: Rachel Storie & Jim Link USHER: Rachel Storie  SERVE IN BALCONY: Andrew Storie & Terry McGee  SERVE IN SANCTUARY: Tom Lard, Judy & Jerry Ford, Patti Lough, Judy Goode, Jim Link, Marsha & Bob Carter ELDERS:  Amy McCorkle & Thomas Harrison  GREETERS: Amy & James McCorkle & Anne Oliver  ACOLYTES: Morgan Johnson SECURITY TEAM: Deryll Banning & Rob Robinson

 

 

Church Officer Nominations

2019-2020 Nominees

Board Chair: Doug Evans

1st Vice Chair: Jeff Futrell

2nd Vice Chair: Bob Hill

Treasurer: Lorraine Banning

Secretary: Tammy Hendrix

Elders: Jim Link, Amy McCorkle, James McCorkle, Leon Nale, Eva Knight

Deacons: Jeff Futrell, Tracey Futrell, Rachel Storie, Judy Goode, Rose McGee, Terry McGee, Ray Aldridge, Donnie Haynes, Ruth Haynes.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

 

 

CAMP DATES

June 17-21 (Jr Camp, Chi Rho & CYF) - June 21-23 (Genesis & Discovery) Deadline to have registration in to the church office is May 29. Registration forms are on the entryway table.

 

APRIL OUTREACH--CASA Outreach contacts for April-June: Harold & Tricia Lewis

            April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and in honor of this we have chosen to support Mary Ellen’s Circle for CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates.   CASA works diligently to ensure that abused and neglected children do not “fall through the cracks”.   They speak up for the children with the courts and gather valuable information on each child’s situation to ensure that the judge can make the best decision for each child.  Their goal is that no child be left in or placed into an abusive or neglected situation.  They are the child’s advocate to be sure their voice is heard. Mary Ellen’s Circle provides awareness, as well as financial and community support for the work of Shoals CASA with the hope that one day every foster child will benefit from the love and special services of a CASA.  Donations can include – Financial, NEW shoes, NEW stuffed animals, NEW children’s clothing, or security blankets for children in foster care.   These children are often abused, frightened and have nothing.   We need to give them something that will help brighten their day.

Chocolate Trifle Recipe

By: Faye Tash

1) Place cubed chocolate pound cake or brownies in bottom of bowl.

2) Pour Hershey's chocolate syrup and caramel sundae syrup over cake cubes.

3) If you wish, you could also add candied nuts and cherries here.

4) Top with chocolate custard mixed with Cool Whip.

5) Layer of chocolate custard.

6) Spread with Cool Whip

7) Repeat steps 1 through 5

8) Garnish with whipping cream, chocolate, and caramel syrups!

Recipe for chocolate custard

(Make 2 recipes, one at a time!)

3 egg yolks

1 1/4 c sugar

1/2 c self-rising flour

2 heaping Tbsp. cocoa

Dash of salt

Melt 1/2 stick of butter in 2 c of boiling water.  Add to above mixture and blend well.  Place in microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Remove and whisk. Return to microwave for 2 minutes.  Remove and whisk.  Set aside to cool or place in refrigerator. When completely chilled, fold 1 recipe with 8oz original Cool Whip.  ENJOY!!

Strawberry/Blueberry Trifle

By: Faye Tash

(You can substitute other fresh fruits.)

 

(1) Layer bottom of bowl with small cubes of angel food cake or pound cake.

(2) Top with a layer of fresh fruit.

(3) Add layer of custard mixed with Cool Whip

(4) Layer of custard

(5) Top with layer of Cool Whip (Here I prefer whipped cream but tends to melt.) 

(6) Repeat steps 1, 2, 3, and 4

(7) Garnish top with whipping cream and fruit.

Recipe for custard:

(Make two recipes of this, but one at a time!)

4 egg yolks

3/4 c sugar

2Tbs self-rising flour

1 tsp vanilla flavoring

2 c half and half milk

Mix well in blender or with mixer.   Place in microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Remove and whisk.  Return to microwave for 2 minutes.  Remove and whisk.  Return for an additional 2 minutes.  Remove and whisk.  Set aside to cool or place in refrigerator. When completely chilled, mix one recipe with 8 oz. of original Cool Whip.

 

**Faye Tash made these for the most recent board meeting, they were wonderful!! Thank you Faye for sharing these recipes with us!!




APRIL 3, 2019

Prayer Requests

Chris Gaskell needs your prayers.

George Pinkston is continuing to recover at home and continues with physical therapy.

Grady Patrick, friend of Roger & Paula Babcock.

Continued Prayers: 

Peter Murphy, Miguel Simo, Ginger Wenger ,Jim Miller, Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, Margaret Taylor, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

March 31, 2019

Worship: 100

Sunday school: 34

 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Scripture: Psalm 126

                       Philippians 3:4b-14

Sermon:    “The Heavenly Call”

                     Reverend James Storie

 

SPRING CLEANING

We invite everyone to join in fellowship and service to make our sanctuary shine for Palm Sunday and Easter. We will meet Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 am to polish and clean, then gather for lunch afterward at a local restaurant. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. This is a good time to give a few hours of time and sacrifice during Lent. Join as we spend time together and prepare for His sacrifice for us.

 

THANK YOU

Dear First Christian friends,

It is impossible to tell you how much your prayers, thoughts, notes and calls have meant to us during these last six years of my sister, Rita‘s life. Thank you for all the ways your words have blessed us during Rita‘s battle with cancer. She has seen five grandchildren born during this time and has blessed our family in many, many ways. Now she is without the discomforts of this life and is enjoying God, our Father and our loved ones who went on before her.  Also thank you for your thoughts, prayers and notes during my recent surgery and recovery. We love you all so very much and we miss you every day.

God’s Blessings,

Sharon and Jim Harris

 

 

MEET & GREET FOR

THE ROBINSONS

Join us for coffee and donuts at a

Meet & Greet honoring

Tamara, Rob & baby Joseph Robinson

Sunday, April 14, 9:30 a.m.

First Christian Fellowship Hall

Call Laura Aldridge for additional information 256-856-4822

APRIL OUTREACH--CASA

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and in honor of this we have chosen to support Mary Ellen’s Circle for CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates.  

CASA works diligently to ensure that abused and neglected children do not “fall through the cracks”.   They speak up for the children with the courts and gather valuable information on each child’s situation to ensure that the judge can make the best decision for each child.  Their goal is that no child be left in or placed into an abusive or neglected situation.  They are the child’s advocate to be sure their voice is heard.

Mary Ellen’s Circle provides awareness, as well as financial and community support for the work of Shoals CASA with the hope that one day every foster child will benefit from the love and special services of a CASA.  Donations can include – Financial, NEW shoes, NEW stuffed animals, NEW children’s clothing, or security blankets for children in foster care.   These children are often abused, frightened and have nothing.   We need to give them something that will help brighten their day. Outreach contacts for April-June:

Harold & Tricia Lewis

 

EASTER LILIES

If you would like to order an Easter lily, please fill out the form in the bulletin on Sunday, or call the church office. All orders must be in the church office no later than, April 7. Lilies will be placed in the sanctuary on April 21. $13 each

APRIL SERVERS

DIACONATE HEAD: Jim Link PREPARE: Marsha & Bob Carter CLEAN-UP: Rachel Storie & Jim Link USHER: Rachel Storie  SERVE IN BALCONY: Andrew Storie & Terry McGee  SERVE IN SANCTUARY: Tom Lard, Judy & Jerry Ford, Patti Lough, Judy Goode, Jim Link, Marsha & Bob Carter ELDERS:  Amy McCorkle & Thomas Harrison  GREETERS: Amy & James McCorkle & Anne Oliver  ACOLYTES: Morgan Johnson SECURITY TEAM: Deryll Banning & Rob Robinson

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 7: Board Meeting

April 13: Youth Rummage Sale

April 14: Palm Sunday

April 18: Maundy Thursday

                   Service 7 P.M.

April 19: Good Friday- Office closed

April 20: Easter egg hunt 11 a.m.

April 21: Easter- 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. 

 

THANK YOU

The Cooperative Community Ministries, Inc. would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the donation of blankets for those in need this winter. We are a non-profit organization that ministers to the needy of Florence and Lauderdale County through “The Help Center”. Thank you for your gift to help people in our community who are in need this winter.

 RUMMAGE SALE

The youth will hold their annual rummage sale on April 13. Do you have items you want to donate, clean out, get rid of? The youth will gladly take your items off your hands for their rummage sale. Monies raised from this sale help the youth with their missions. Beginning March 31, you may start bringing items you would like to donate. Please leave items on the designated tables in the fellowship hall

 

EASTER EGG HUNT

On April 20, the youth group will be hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will be held at the church at 11 am. Please help us prepare by bringing filled eggs and placing them in the basket in the fellowship hall! This is a whole church event. Please invite friends, family and neighbors! We hope to have a “hoppy” day!!

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

 

BOARD MEETING

There will be a board meeting on April 7, 2019. Lunch provided.

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE

Thursday, April 18 @ 7 pm

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

Our library now has the complete Newbery Medal–winning Giver Quartet series: THE GIVER, GATHERING BLUE, MESSENGER, and SON. So why not make time, if not now, over this summer to enter this dystopian, futuristic world through reading all four of these hardcover editions? Start your page-turning journey with the masterpiece The Giver, first published twenty-five years ago. This set is appropriate for enjoyment by middle-school readers through adults.

 





MARCH 27, 2019

Prayer Requests

Peter Murphy, son of Ann Murphy, had his surgery on March 14. He is doing well and is home.  

Chris Gaskell needs your prayers.

George Pinkston is continuing to recover at home and continues with physical therapy.

Miguel Simo, has multiple myeloma. Connie Lards’ granddaughter, Victoria is also Miguel’s granddaughter.

Ginger Wenger, daughter of a friend of Jackie Noles, has cancer.

Continued Prayers: 

Jim Miller, Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, Margaret Taylor, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

March 24, 2019

Worship: 100

Sunday school: 35



EASTER LILIES

If you would like to order an Easter lily, please fill out the form in the bulletin on Sunday, or call the church office. All orders must be in the church office no later than, April 7. Lilies will be placed in the sanctuary on April 21. Cost: $13.00 each.


CONGRATULATIONS!!

Caroline Hean and Igor Dyky

are engaged!!

Igor proposed to Caroline in New Orleans on Sunday, March 24. Caroline is the daughter of George and Maryjane Hean and the granddaughter of Bob and Kay Stegall.

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Mary Lindsay Lovelace and David Berrens are engaged!!

David proposed to Mary Lindsay on Friday, March 22. Mary Lindsay is the daughter of Amy & Scott Lovelace.


CONGRATULATIONS

Janie Clasgens has been cast to play the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast!!


MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE

Thursday, April 18 @ 7 pm.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.



MARCH OUTREACH

SHOALS SAV-A-LIFE

Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

During March, let’s help Shoals Sav-a-Life by providing needed items to stock their Baby’s Room. Shoals Sav-A-Life is a non-profit organization that assists mothers who are in need of assistance by providing basic baby items, parenting education and additional services related to pregnancy and child care. Current needs include: diapers (preemie and newborn), bottles, pacifiers, bibs, blankets (gender neutral), baby clothes (preemie-newborn), crib sheets, children’s books, baby lotion/shampoo.  Monetary donations can also be made designated for SSAL. Drop off bins are located in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall.

 

ELDERS MEETING

There will be an Elder’s meeting in the library this Sunday, March 31, immediately following worship.

 

FIFTH SUNDAY BREAKFAST

This Sunday, March 31 we will have our fifth Sunday breakfast during our normal Sunday school time. Bring a friend, come eat and enjoy fellowship!

 

BOARD MEETING

There will be a board meeting on April 7, 2019. Lunch provided.

 

 

 

MARCH SERVERS

Head: Bill Davis

Prepare: Lynne & Bill Davis

Clean-up: Laura & Ray Aldridge

Usher: Judy Goode

Serve in Sanctuary: Laura & Ray Aldridge, Judy & Jerry Ford, Robin & Russ Coussons, Lynne & Bill Davis

Greeters: Judy & Jerry Ford, Louise Huddleston

Elders: Suzanne & Barry Morris

Acolytes: Sam Storie & Carson Foote

 

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

Donated food should be delivered to First Presbyterian by 10:30.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help in any way!!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 25-29: Spring Break for area schools

March 31: District one church-wide meeting on March 31st from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at First Christian Church, Decatur.

April 7: Board Meeting

April 13: Youth Rummage Sale

April 14: Palm Sunday

April 18: Maundy Thursday

                   Service 7 P.M.

April 19: Good Friday- Office closed

April 20: Easter egg hunt 11 a.m.

April 21: Easter- 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.     

 

RUMMAGE SALE

The youth will hold their annual rummage sale on April 13. Do you have items you want to donate, clean out, get rid of? The youth will gladly take your items off your hands for their rummage sale. Monies raised from this sale help the youth with their missions. Beginning March 31, you may start bringing items you would like to donate. Please leave items on the designated tables in the fellowship hall.

EASTER EGG HUNT

On April 20, the youth group will be hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will be held at the church at 11 am. Please help us prepare by bringing filled eggs and placing them in the basket in the fellowship hall! This is a whole church event. Please invite friends, family and neighbors! We hope to have a “hoppy” day!!

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

From the creator of the much-loved poetry collections Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up, New York Times bestseller Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic has been added to our library. This is a quite-imaginative collection of poems and drawings that has long been a favorite of Silverstein fans of all ages. 

"Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo With an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with the Broiled Face, and find out what happens when someone steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a mountain snores, and they’ve put a brassiere on the camel." (Taken from the inside jacket cover.)



THANK YOU

Thank you for the kindness, flowers, visits and food in remembrance of my mother.

In Christian Love, Ray Aldridge and the family of Jeanette Aldridge







MARCH 20, 2019

Prayer Requests

Peter Murphy, son of Ann Murphy, had his surgery on March 14. He is doing well and will hopefully be home soon.  

Continued Prayers: 

Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, Chris Gaskell, June Helton, George Pinkston, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, Margaret Taylor, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

March 17, 2019

Worship: 110

Sunday school: 35

 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Scripture: Psalm 63:1-8

                      Luke 13:1-9

Sermon:    “One More Last Chance”

                     Reverend James Storie

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for your contribution to the ARC of the Shoals in memory of Theresa; also the beautiful pink roses.

Lana, Leon & family of Theresa Roberts.

 

THANK YOU

Dear First Christian Church,

Thank you all so much for your recent donation to Room in the Inn. Your support of our homeless friends means so much to us. Thank you for helping us make the “invisible”-visible.

Peace and Blessings, Krista Manchester

MARCH OUTREACH

SHOALS SAV-A-LIFE

Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

During March, let’s help Shoals Sav-a-Life by providing needed items to stock their Baby’s Room. Shoals Sav-A-Life is a non-profit organization that assists mothers who are in need of assistance by providing basic baby items, parenting education and additional services related to pregnancy and child care. Current needs include: Diapers (preemie and newborn), bottles, pacifiers, bibs, blankets (gender neutral), baby clothes (preemie-newborn), crib sheets, children’s books, baby lotion/shampoo.  Monetary donations can also be made designated for SSAL. Drop off bins are located in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 25-29: Spring Break for area schools

March 31: District one church-wide meeting on March 31st from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at First Christian Church Decatur.

April 7: Board Meeting

April 13: Youth Rummage Sale

April 14: Palm Sunday

April 18: Maundy Thursday

                   Service 7 P.M.

April 19: Good Friday- Office closed

April 20: Easter egg hunt 11 a.m.

April 21: Easter- 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.     

 

DISTRICT ONE CHURCH- WIDE MEETING

There will be a District one church-wide meeting on March 31st from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at First Christian Church Decatur. Each church will have 5 minutes to present something they are doing in their church. It may be presented by the Minister or someone you have designated. We will have the meal at 5:00pm. Bring the children. We will have activities for all ages.

If you would like to attend, please let Tammy in the church office know so we can send a count to First Christian Decatur.

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Judy or Jerry Ford

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

Church Nominating Committee

Over the next few weeks the Church Nominating Committee will take nominations for church officers. Nomination forms will be in your church bulletin. These will be considered and published for two weeks in April. A business meeting will be held to take additional nominations from the floor. The church will then vote by secret ballot for the 2019-2020 officers.  Please prayerfully consider nominations for these vital roles of church leadership.

Nominating Committee members: Patsy Blasingame, Doug Evans, Barry Morris, Tracey Futrell & Marsha Carter.

 
EASTER EGG HUNT

On April 20, the youth group will be hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will be held at the church at 11 am. Please help us prepare by bringing filled eggs and placing them in the basket in the fellowship hall! This is a whole church event. Please invite friends, family and neighbors! We hope to have a “hoppy” day!!

CONGRATULATIONS

Taylor Hendrix and Sam Henderson were married on Saturday, March 16.

Taylor is the daughter of Tammy and Trace Hendrix, Sam is the son of Christy & Kelly Henderson.




MARCH SERVERS

Head: Bill Davis

Prepare: Lynne & Bill Davis

Clean-up: Laura & Ray Aldridge

Usher: Judy Goode

Serve in Sanctuary: Laura & Ray Aldridge, Judy & Jerry Ford, Robin & Russ Coussons, Lynne & Bill Davis

Greeters: Judy & Jerry Ford, Louise Huddleston

Elders: Suzanne & Barry Morris

Acolytes: Sam Storie & Carson Foote

Wedding Shower

All the church is invited to the wedding shower for Danielle Ashman, daughter of Michelle and David Ashman and Thomas Haynes, son of Ruth and Donnie Haynes, in the fellowship hall on Sunday, March 24, immediately following worship service. Danielle and Thomas are registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target.  If you would like to help with refreshments, a sign-up sheet for finger foods is on the bulletin board.

 RUMMAGE SALE 

The youth will hold their annual rummage sale on April 13. Do you have items you want to donate, clean out, get rid of? The youth will gladly take your items off your hands for their rummage sale. Monies raised from this sale help the youth with their missions. Beginning March 31, you may start bringing items you would like to donate. Please leave items on the designated tables in the fellowship hall.


MARCH 13, 2019

Prayer Requests

Peter Murphy, son of Ann Murphy, needs our prayers. He has a tentative surgery date of March 14 in Connecticut for an esophageal cancer. The date depends upon the results of two additional tests this week.

Continued Prayers: 

Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, Chris Gaskell, June Helton, George Pinkston, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, Margaret Taylor, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

March 10, 2019

Worship: 115

Sunday school: 30

 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Scripture: Psalm 27

                      Philippians 3:14 - 4:1

Sermon:    “Transforming Power”

                     Reverend James Storie

 

MARCH SERVERS

Head: Bill Davis

Prepare: Lynne & Bill Davis

Clean-up: Laura & Ray Aldridge

Usher: Judy Goode

Serve in Sanctuary: Laura & Ray Aldridge, Judy & Jerry Ford,

Robin & Russ Coussons, Lynne & Bill Davis

Greeters: Judy & Jerry Ford, Louise Huddleston

Elders: Suzanne & Barry Morris

Acolytes: Sam Storie & Carson Foote

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

March Outreach:

Shoals Sav-A-Life

March 14 & 15: Fellowship Hall Reserved

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

March 18: Easter lily order forms go out.

March 25-29: Spring Break for area schools

APRIL

April 7: Board Meeting

April 13: Youth Rummage Sale

April 14: Palm Sunday

April 18: Maundy Thursday

                Service 7 P.M.

April 19: Good Friday- Office closed

April 21: Easter- 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Services

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Brandon Rutherford and his family on the death of his grandmother, Kay Jones, who passed away on March 1. (For those of you who may not have met him, Brandon sings with our choir)

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Kristi Dickinson, who passed away on March 12. Kristi is the daughter of Anna McLemore and the niece of Agnes Wiedemeyer. Please keep Kristi’s husband Tony, son Garrett and the entire family in your prayers.

 

 

VBS

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

256-366-9966

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Judy or Jerry Ford

 

Church Nominating Committee

Over the next few weeks the Church Nominating Committee will take nominations for church officers. Nomination forms will be in your church bulletin. These will be considered and published for two weeks in April. A business meeting will be held to take additional nominations from the floor. The church will then vote by secret ballot for the 2019-2020 officers.  Please prayerfully consider nominations for these vital roles of church leadership.

RUMMAGE SALE

The youth will hold their annual rummage sale on April 13. Do you have items you want to donate, clean out, get rid of? The youth will gladly take your items off your hands for their rummage sale. Monies raised from this sale help the youth with their missions. Beginning March 31, you may start bringing items you would like to donate. Please leave items on the designated tables in the fellowship hall.

MARCH OUTREACH

SHOALS SAV-A-LIFE

Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

 

During March, let’s help Shoals Sav-a-Life by providing needed items to stock their Baby’s Room. Shoals Sav-A-Life is a non-profit organization that assists mothers who are in need of assistance by providing basic baby items, parenting education and additional services related to pregnancy and child care. Current needs include: Diapers (preemie and newborn), bottles, pacifiers, bibs, blankets (gender neutral), baby clothes (preemie-newborn), crib sheets, children’s books, baby lotion/shampoo.  Monetary donations can also be made designated for SSAL. Drop off bins are located in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall.


Wedding Shower

There will be a wedding shower for Danielle Ashman, daughter of Michelle and David Ashman and Thomas Haynes

in the fellowship hall on Sunday, March 24, immediately following worship service. Everyone is invited! Danielle and Thomas are registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target.  If you would like to help with refreshments, a sign-up sheet for finger foods is on the bulletin board.







MARCH 6, 2019

Prayer Requests

Peter Murphy, son of Ann Murphy, needs our prayers. He has a tentative surgery date of March 14 in Connecticut for an esophageal cancer. The date depends upon the results of two additional tests this week.

Continued Prayers: 

Patti Lough, Bill Coussons, Chris Gaskell, June Helton, George Pinkston, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Scott Franks, Dick Hollis, Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, Margaret Taylor, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

March 3, 2019

Worship: 100

Sunday school: 30

 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Scripture:  Deuteronomy 26:1-11

                       Matthew 6:16-21

                                    

Sermon:          Reverend Sylvia Hamlin

     “Baggage, Burdens, and Blessings”

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Sharon & Jim Harris on the death of Sharon’s sister, Rita Carr on March 1, 2019.

 

Our sympathy is extended to Scott and Sally Franks on the death of Scott’s sister, Marsha Franks, on February 28, 2019.

 

Our sympathy is extended to Ray and Laura Aldridge and family, on the death of Ray’s mother, Jeanette Aldridge.  Jeanette passed away on March 5, 2019 after complications from a heart attack.        

UPCOMING EVENTS

March Outreach:

Shoals Sav-A-Life

March 9: (turn your clocks ahead ONE hour before you go to bed)

March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins.

March 14 & 15: Fellowship Hall Reserved

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

March 18: Easter lily order forms go out.

March 25-29: Spring Break for area schools

APRIL

April 7: Board Meeting

April 13: Youth Rummage Sale

April 14: Palm Sunday

April 18: Maundy Thursday

                Service 7 P.M.

April 19: Good Friday- Office closed

April 21: Easter- 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Services

 

RUMMAGE SALE

The youth will hold their annual rummage sale on April 13. Beginning March 31, you may start bringing items you would like to donate. Please leave on the designated tables in the fellowship hall.

 

VBS

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

256-366-9966

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Joe Storie!! Joe is a junior at Shoals Christian School, he recently made a 34 on his ACT exam!!!

 MARCH OUTREACH

SHOALS SAV-A-LIFE

Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

 

During March, let’s help Shoals Sav-a-Life by providing needed items to stock their Baby’s Room. Shoals Sav-A-Life is a non-profit organization that assists mothers who are in need of assistance by providing basic baby items, parenting education and additional services related to pregnancy and child care. Current needs include: Diapers (preemie and newborn), bottles, pacifiers, bibs, blankets (gender neutral), baby clothes (preemie-newborn), crib sheets, children’s books, baby lotion/shampoo.  Monetary donations can also be made designated for SSAL. Drop off bins are located in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall.

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Judy or Jerry Ford

 

MARCH SERVERS

Head: Bill Davis

Prepare: Lynne & Bill Davis

Clean-up: Laura & Ray Aldridge

Usher: Judy Goode

Serve in Sanctuary: Laura & Ray Aldridge, Judy & Jerry Ford, Robin & Russ Coussons, Lynne & Bill Davis

Greeters: Judy & Jerry Ford, Louise Huddleston

Elders: Suzanne & Barry Morris

Acolytes: Sam Storie & Carson Foote


SPRING FORWARD

Daylight Saving Time begins on March 10. Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday, March 9!

 

THANK YOU

With much appreciation for our caring congregation, we give thanks for your prayers, flowers, cards, food and visits during Theresa’s illness and death, but most of all your love for her.

Lana & Leon Nale & Families of Theresa Roberts

 


THANK YOU

Dear members and friends of First Christian Church; Thank you so much for the donation to the YMCA of the Shoals children’s program in honor and memory of our mother. The YMCA was such a big part of her world and she especially loved the children and they loved her! This is such a thoughtful gift which will be a positive impact of children of our community.

Thank You for your love and kindness.

The Jackson family-

Don, Lynn, Sally, Scott and our families, and Daddy!

 

THANK YOU

Thank you to our wonderful church family for all your kindness. Your cards, calls and visits are so appreciated. We miss seeing each of you.

Bernadine & Woody Wright

 


FEBRUARY 26, 2019

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Sandy Dickinson, Stacey Rogers, George Pinkston, Tyler Storie, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Scott Franks, Patti Lough, Margaret Taylor, Dick Hollis, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Rita Carr, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

February 24, 2018

Worship: 125

Sunday school: 34

 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Scripture:  Psalm 92: 1-4, 12-15

                       Luke 6: 37 - 49

                                    

Sermon: “The Measure We Give”

                 Reverend James Storie

 

VBS

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

256-366-9966

 

HANDBELLS

The handbell choir will meet on Wednesday nights through the end of March. Questions? Contact Maryjane Hean.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE

Our Ash Wednesday service will be held on March 6 at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

March Outreach:

Shoals Sav-A-Life

March 6: Ash Wednesday Service-                     

                   5:30 pm

March 9: (turn your clocks ahead ONE hour before you go to bed)

March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins.

March 14 & 15: Fellowship Hall Reserved

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

March 18: Easter lily order forms go out.

March 25-29: Spring Break for area schools

 

APRIL

April 7: Board Meeting

April 13: Youth Rummage Sale

April 14: Palm Sunday

April 18: Maundy Thursday

                Service 7 P.M.

April 19: Good Friday- Office closed

April 21: Easter- 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Services

 

 

RUMMAGE SALE

The youth will hold their annual rummage sale on April 13. Beginning March 31, you may start bringing items you would like to donate. Please leave on the designated tables in the fellowship hall.

 

 

 

MARCH OUTREACH

SHOALS SAV-A-LIFE

Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

During March, let’s help Shoals Sav-a-Life by providing needed items to stock their Baby’s Room. Shoals Sav-A-Life is a non-profit organization that assists mothers who are in need of assistance by providing basic baby items, parenting education and additional services related to pregnancy and child care. Current needs include: Diapers (preemie and newborn), bottles, pacifiers, bibs, blankets (gender neutral), baby clothes (preemie-newborn), crib sheets, children’s books, baby lotion/shampoo.  Monetary donations can also be made designated for SSAL. Drop off bins are located in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall.

 

THANK YOU

First Christian Church, I want to thank everyone who has sent a card, made a phone call, or sent a text to me after the death of my brother, Dan Abston. Your outpouring of support has been much appreciated.

Thanks again, Steve Abston

 

OUR DAILY BREAD

The newest edition of Our Daily Bread is available on the entryway table by the fellowship hall. If you are missing an older version, many of those are available in the parlor on the shelf to your right just inside the door.

 

ADDRESS

Many have asked about an address for Dick Hollis: he is currently at Green Oaks. Mail may be sent to

Green Oaks

Dick Hollis

140 Pepper Ln

Florence, AL 35633

 

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Judy or Jerry Ford

 

 

CONGREGATIONAL VOTE

This is to inform you that the proposal for interim Reverend Sylvia Hamlin was overwhelmingly approved at the congregational meeting on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Thank you for your continued support.

Patsy Blasingame, Board Chair

 




FEBRUARY 20, 2019

Prayer Requests

Sandy Dickinson just had surgery for tongue cancer.  She is a friend of Betty Hollis and Tricia & Harold Lewis.

George Pinkston is home from the hospital.

Stacey Rogers, friend of Macon Jones and Doug Evans, had a stroke last week.

Continued Prayers: 

Sharon Harris, Tyler Storie, Gail Evans, Andrew Newborn, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Roger Tanner, Scott Franks, Patti Lough, Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Rita Carr, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

February 17, 2018

Worship: 110

Sunday school: 34

 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Scripture:  Psalm 103

                       Luke 6:27-38

                                    

Sermon: “A Good Measure”

                 Reverend James Storie

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Lana and Leon Nale on the death of Theresa Roberts on Tuesday, February, 19, 2019. Our prayers go out to the entire family. Address for cards:

Lana & Leon Nale

36 Lake Shore Avenue

Killen, AL 35645

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Leonard and Kay Stevens. We learned this week that Leonard’s father passed away in December 2018.

Address for cards:

Leonard & Kay Stevens

126 E. Tennessee Street

Florence, AL 35630

 

 

VBS

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

256-366-9966

 

TASK COMMITTEE

A recommendation from the Interim Task Force was approved by the First Christian Board called board meeting on February 3, 2019.  It is available for review by the congregation.  It will be published in the Disciple Visitor and copies will also be available in the lobby by the fellowship hall and in the back of the sanctuary.  A congregational vote will be held on February 24, 2019, immediately following the worship service.  Please be in prayer for our church as we make this important decision. 

Blessings,

Patsy Blasingame, Chairperson

First Christian Church, Florence 



UPCOMING EVENTS

February Outreach:

Socks for Room In The Inn

February 24: Congregational vote on Task Committee recommendation.

Week of Compassion special offering

February 21: Fellowship Hall Reserved 4-7 pm

   

ROOM IN THE INN

 (Judy & Jerry Ford-Contacts)

No one wants cold feet on cold nights!  Let’s help “Room in the Inn” during February by providing socks for their guests. Please bring NEW men’s, women’s and children’s socks and place them in the collection baskets in the foyer or fellowship hall. Donations earmarked for Room in the Inn are also welcome!

 

OUR DAILY BREAD

The newest edition of Our Daily Bread is available on the entryway table by the fellowship hall. If you are missing an older version, many of those are available in the parlor on the shelf to your right just inside the door.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for all your calls, cards, prayers and visits while I was in the hospital. I am home and recovering.

~~George Pinkston

ADDRESS

Many have asked about an address for Dick Hollis, he is currently at Green Oaks. Mail may be sent to

Green Oaks

Dick Hollis

140 Pepper Ln

Florence, AL 35633

 

 

ADDRESS UPDATE

Albert & Pam Monroe’s address is:

Albert & Pam Monroe

2805 C Hwy 25 N

Iuka, MS 38852

 

 

THANK YOU

To our special and dear church family. Thank you! Thank you for the love and support you have given to our family over 30+ years and intensely in 2018 during the transition we journeyed with our parents. Thank you for embracing us during the death of our precious mother. Thank you for the love and kindness you gave to our Dad, also, during this most difficult time for him. The cards, phone calls, and meals you provided; the hugs, and the love you embraced us with were such a blessing; such a comfort to all of us. You walked us through this journey with love and prayers and we all felt it!! You are an amazing church family and we are so thankful for your kindness to our entire family-- kids, grandkids, great grandkids and our mom and dad over the years.

God is good!!!

Love, Don, Lynn, Sally, Scott and our families.

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Parents, Melody and Greg Mercer, with 3 month old son, Silas Ford Mercer. Proud grandparents are Jerry and Judy Ford.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to Coby Futrell on being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at Hibbett Middle School.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Woody Wright will celebrate his 102nd Birthday on February 24, 2019. Happy Birthday Woody!!!

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FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Prayer Requests

George Pinkston has bronchitis and is in Helen Keller.

Continued Prayers: 

Theresa Roberts, Sharon Harris, Tyler Storie, Gail Evans, Andrew Newborn, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Roger Tanner, Scott Franks, Patti Lough, Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Rita Carr, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

February 3, 2018

Worship: 115

Sunday school: 28

 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Scripture:  Psalm 1

                       Luke 6:17-26

                                    

Sermon: “On the Level”

                 Reverend James Storie

 

OUR DAILY BREAD

The newest edition of Our Daily Bread is available on the entryway table by the fellowship hall. If you are missing an older version, many of those are available in the parlor on the shelf to your right just inside the door.

 

VBS

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

256-366-9966

TASK COMMITTEE

A recommendation from the Interim Task Force was approved by the First Christian Board called board meeting on February 3, 2019.  It is available for review by the congregation.  It will be published in the Disciple Visitor and copies will also be available in the lobby by the fellowship hall and in the back of the sanctuary.  A congregational vote will be held on February 24, 2019, immediately following the worship service.  Please be in prayer for our church as we make this important decision. 

Blessings,

Patsy Blasingame, Chairperson

First Christian Church, Florence 

 

LOST AND FOUND

Are you missing something?

There are numerous pairs of sunglasses, reading glasses and prescription glasses in the lost and found. If you are missing glasses, a drink container, a Bible, notebook or various other items, please check the shelf behind the door of the parlor.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you so very much for all the love each of you has shown to Theresa and our family. We appreciate all your calls, cards, food and visits. At this time we ask to please keep all visits to immediate family only. Your continued prayers are appreciated.

Leon & Lana Nale

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

February Outreach:

Socks for Room In The Inn

February 18: President’s Day:

                           Office closed

February 17:

Week of Compassion special offering

February 24: Congregational vote on Task Committee recommendation.

Week of Compassion special offering

February 21: Fellowship Hall Reserved 4-7 pm

      ROOM IN THE INN

 (Judy & Jerry Ford-Contacts)

No one wants cold feet on cold nights!  Let’s help “Room in the Inn” during February by providing socks for their guests. Please bring NEW men’s, women’s and children’s socks and place them in the collection baskets in the foyer or fellowship hall. Donations earmarked for Room in the Inn are also welcome.

THANK YOU

Dear First Christian Church, We want to express our gratitude for your generosity. You are helping to change lives and remove barriers from victims of domestic violence. If all homes were safe, there would be no need for Safeplace.  Thank you, Safeplace, Inc.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you all for the cards, words of comfort and especially prayers during the loss of Albert’s daughter.    With love, Albert and Pam Monroe 

 

NEW STUDY

Sunday, February 17, we will begin a study of Ephesians. This short epistle gives us much to think about and in particular some insightful instruction concerning the church. We meet in the first classroom on the left upstairs. Come join us. Everybody needs a little class!  - Sid Fulford

 

CONGRATULATIONS


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Logan Smith passed his permit test. Way to go!! Drive Safely!!

PROM KING!

John Jackson was chosen as Brookdale’s Valentine’s Prom “King of Hearts” on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. 

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FEBRUARY 7, 2019

Prayer Requests

The Jackson family, The Monroe family & The Abston family. Each has lost a loved one in the last week.

Gail Evans is recovering from knee surgery at Mitchell Rehabilitation.

Tyler Storie, nephew of Jim & Rachel Storie, needs our prayers.

Sharon Harris had back surgery and is doing well.

John Nickols, great-nephew of The Highfields. He has been in cancer treatment; his condition is good.

Theresa Roberts continues to need our prayers.

Continued Prayers: 

Andrew Newborn, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Roger Tanner, Scott Franks, Patti Lough, Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Rita Carr, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

February 3, 2018

Worship: 115

Sunday school: 30

 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Scripture:  Psalm 138

                        Isaiah 6:9-13

                                       

Sermon: “The Holy Seed"

                 Reverend James Storie

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Pam and Albert Monroe on the death of their daughter, Deborah Monroe this past week.

OUR DAILY BREAD

The newest edition of Our Daily Bread is available on the entryway table by the fellowship hall. If you are missing an older version, many of those are available in the parlor on the shelf to your right just inside the door.

THANK YOU

Dear First Christian Family,

Thank you so much for all the many acts of kindnesses shown to me and my family during my oral cancer journey. All the cards have been saved and are re-read when I need them most. It has meant so much to me to have my church’s support.

Christian love, Patti Lough

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From Patti Lough:

This is my grandson, Will Weaver, newly voted Mr. Muscle Shoals Middle School.  His mother, Allison Ayers Weaver grew up all the way through college at First Christian. The values that she grew up with at FCC from the many teachers and youth leaders that are still here today, have been instilled in Will. So proud of Will and his walk with Jesus.

TASK COMMITTEE

A recommendation from the Interim Task Force was approved by the First Christian Board called board meeting on February 3, 2019.  It is available for review by the congregation.  It will be published in the Disciple Visitor and copies will also be available in the lobby by the fellowship hall and in the back of the sanctuary.  A congregational vote will be held on February 24, 2019 immediately following the worship service.  Please be in prayer for our church as we make this important decision. 

Blessings,

Patsy Blasingame, Chairperson

First Christian Church, Florence 

 

CONGREGATIONAL VOTE

The will be a congregational vote for the proposed budget on February 10.

 

? LOST AND FOUND?

Are you missing something?

There are numerous pairs of sunglasses, reading glasses and prescription glasses in the lost and found. If you are missing glasses, a drink container, a Bible, notebook or various other items, please check the shelf behind the door of the parlor.

VBS

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

256-366-9966

PLEASE SHARE

We know you have news!!

Did you travel over the holidays? Did you do something new or exciting with family? Did you take family photos around the tree? Do you have exciting news to share with your church family? Email or drop off your photos and information to Tammy in the church office and she will put it in the newsletter.

VALENTINE’S BANQUET

The Valentine’s banquet will be this Sunday, February 10, 2019. Tickets will be available before church, or they may be bought at the door. This is a fundraiser that helps the youth group with mission work. Please come and join in Valentine’s fellowship! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

SERVING DISHES

There are numerous serving dishes remainng in the fellowship hall that have been left here from previous meals over the last year!! They are on the wire roll-around rack in the kitchen. Please check and see if one belongs to you. We know they want to come home!!

Report First Christian Church Interim Task Committee

February 3, 2019

The Interim Task Committee met on January 21, 2019, to look at and discuss options for the interim period while Rev. Jim Storie is deployed beginning May, 2019.  John Mobley, Regional Minister, shared with the committee that his role is to help and facilitate the process for the committee and the congregation. He stressed that he was not here to make any decisions for us, but simply to offer his assistance. He stated that our common task is to try to do what is best for the church. He presented two names available to serve as interim minister. He discussed the abilities of each of these and some of the possible advantages of them serving during this time. Rev. Mobley presented information on Rev. Cameron Douglas of Decatur, AL and Rev. Mary Alice Mulligan of Indianapolis, IN.  Rev. Mulligan is in the process of retiring and relocating to Birmingham, AL.  Both have been contacted and are willing to serve and available during the time period needed. Each candidate has also had experience with interim ministry.

Rev. Sylvia Hamlin also came that evening and presented a proposal that would involve her, Bob Stegall, and other ministers/speakers for pulpit supply both from within the congregation and outside of it. (See Attached Proposal).

The committee had the opportunity to ask both Rev. Mobley and Rev. Hamlin questions they had related to these options.

Following these presentations, the task committee discussed needs and challenges of the church, concerns, and questions they would like to have follow-up on before they met again. After much discussion, the committee unanimously agreed to present to the board a proposal for Sylvia Hamlin to serve as the interim, with pulpit supply to be filled at her discretion. 

On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, the Interim Task Committee met again to review some revisions to the proposal.  They also had the opportunity to discuss any other questions or concerns related to the proposal made by Rev. Hamlin. 

As a result, the Interim Task Committee moves that the proposal submitted by Rev. Sylvia Hamlin be accepted by First Christian Board, with a congregational vote on this proposal be scheduled based on constitutional guidelines. 

Respectfully submitted,

Rose D. McGee, Chairperson

Deryll Banning, Tonitia Butler, Robin Coussons, Jeff Futrell, Amy McCorkle

 

PROPOSAL FOR INTERIM Rev. Sylvia Hamlin

Rev. Sylvia Hamlin will provide the following ministerial services:

Preaching

Rev. Sylvia Hamlin will fill the pulpit at least 3 Sundays a month.

Dr. Robert Stegall will fill the pulpit on the 4th Sunday quarterly (supply fee)

On other 4th or 5th Sundays the pulpit may be filled with local ministers/speakers from both within and outside the congregation at the discretion of Rev. Hamlin. Proposed supply fee of $200 weekly also includes these speakers.  

Administration

Sylvia Hamlin will be in the office Monday - Wednesday mornings, (otherwise reachable by phone)

Coordinate, contact and schedule all ministers/speakers for pulpit supply

Sylvia Hamlin will coordinate with Tammy, Janie, and/or the Worship Chair for Sunday Worship services and other special services. (bulletin litanies, Scriptures, hymns, announcements)

Attend committee meetings (ex-officio) if requested

Submit minister’s report for the Board Meetings

Pastoral Care

Sylvia Hamlin will make scheduled and “as needed” visitation to the homebound, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, and Hospitals.  Sylvia will accompany new Elders who are taking Communion to Homebound/Nursing homes if needed.

“All other services deemed necessary” …. 

Other Information

Funerals, weddings, baby dedications and baptisms are among the “all things deemed necessary”.  These will be officiated by Sylvia Hamlin or Bob Stegall or those designated by the family or deceased. 

Contract/Budget Details

A contract and budget details will be developed by the Personnel Committee in collaboration with Rev. Hamlin following the congregational vote. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

February Outreach:

Socks for Room In The Inn

February 10:

Congregational Vote on Budget

Valentine’s Banquet 6pm

February 14: Valentine’s Day

February 18: President’s Day:

                           Office closed

February 17:

Week of Compassion Special Offering

February 24: Congregational Vote on Task Committee recommendation.

Week of Compassion Special offering

February 21: Fellowship Hall Reserved            

                            4-7 pm

 SOUP & CHILI COOK-OFF WINNING RECIPE

BY: MARSHA CARTER

  • 3-4 Cooked chicken breasts, shredded/chopped, *reserve chicken broth

  • Homemade Taco Seasoning (see recipe below)

  • 1 TBS olive oil

  • 1/2 - 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper

  • 1 (10 oz) can mild Rotel tomatoes*

  • 1 small can tomato sauce*

  • 1 (26.5 oz) container of Poma chopped tomatoes

  • 5 oz. frozen yellow corn (or more if desired)

  • 1 (16 Oz) Red kidney beans ( light or dark - either is good)

  • 1 (16 oz) Black beans

  • Dried (or fresh) chopped cilantro 

  • Corn chips, shredded cheddar cheese

Cook onions and peppers in olive oil until aroma is released and vegetables are translucent.  Add chicken, entire recipe of Taco Seasoning and the remaining ingredients, except chips and cheese. Combine the ingredients in a large stock pot or crockpot.  After adding the tomato sauce and Rotel tomatoes, measure reserved chicken broth into empty cans and add to the soup mixture. Sprinkle as much of the cilantro as you wish to give that south of the border flavoring. Cook on low for 3 hours.  Serve with chips and cheese.

Homemade Taco Seasoning:

  • 1 TBS chili powder

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

Mix all taco seasoning ingredients together and store in an air tight container at room temperature.  This seasoning easily replaces the sodium loaded commercially made varieties.  Makes approximately 3-4 Tablespoons.

A YEAR OF GROWTH

For those of you who may not have Facebook to see Sarah Kate Coussons post, this is her most recent blog post. Photos are from a recent skiing trip to Sweden.

Almost 7 Months

My time in Denmark is going by so fast. I didn’t realize how quickly time could pass by. I’ve been away from home for 180 days. Most days pass by pretty quick and I don’t ever realize it. I’ve traveled to Germany, France, Luxembourg, and tomorrow I’m heading to Sweden. It’s weird to think that before I left the USA I had only been to one other country. Now in just 180 days I have experienced cultures I never dreamed of experiencing. It’s been a very eye opening 7 months. Today Isabella, who is the only other volunteer from the US, left Denmark. Isabella and I met in June at a pre departure training in New Hampshire, and we’ve both come so far since then. I didn’t realize how much time had slipped away until I realized her 6 months were up. And now I only think about how much little time I have left. I’ve made so many new friendships and learned so much about Denmark. I volunteer at an amazing school with incredible people. Every student here is so different, and complex. It’s amazing to talk and to listen to all of their stories. The teachers at the school have so much patience for me and offer me so much grace. I’m extremely grateful for them, and the students. I now have different perspectives and think about things in a completely new way. I see how they view the US, and its eye opening to listen to their opinions. I think every day about how different they do things. I see how the students all have their own unique talents. I have made new friends and stayed just as close with my ones at home.❤️ So far Denmark has been “life changing” and I hope it only gets better. So grateful for my parents who paid for this year.

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JANUARY 29, 2019.



Prayer Requests

The Gough Family of Waynesboro Tn. Mr. Gough was killed when a log truck crushed his car. His wife, Lori and 3 young sons are in need of our prayers. One child has Downs syndrome. These are students at the school where Thomas Harrison teaches.

Continued Prayers: 

Andrew Newborn, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Roger Tanner, Scott Franks, Patti Lough, Theresa Roberts, Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Rita Carr, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

January 27, 2018

Worship: 125

Sunday school: 38

 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Scripture:  Jeremiah 1:4-10

                        Luke 4:21-30

                                        

Sermon: “A Time for Everything

                 Reverend James Storie

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to John Jackson, Sally & Scott Franks, Susan & Scott Jackson and the entire Jackson family on the loss of Shirley Jackson. Shirley passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019. Cards may be mailed to John @

John Jackson c/o Scott Jackson

5170 Co Rd 2

Florence, Al 35633

SYMPATHY

Our Sympathy is extended to Steve Abston on the death of his brother, Dan Abston on January 28. Dan lived in Orange Beach.

 

FEBRUARY OUTREACH

ROOM IN THE INN

(Judy & Jerry Ford-Contacts)

No one wants cold feet on cold nights!  Let’s help “Room in the Inn” during February by providing socks for their guests. Please bring NEW men’s, women’s and children’s socks and place them in the collection baskets in the foyer or fellowship hall. Donations earmarked for Room in the Inn are also welcome!

 

THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who cooked chili and soup, baked desserts, helped in any way or came to participate in the youth soup & chili cook-off and dessert auction. Thanks to your help the youth/children raised $1055.00. We appreciate your continued support of our youth and children’s programs!

 

? LOST AND FOUND ?

Are you missing something?

There are numerous pairs of sunglasses, reading glasses and prescription glasses in the lost and found. If you are missing glasses, a drink container, a Bible, notebook or various other items, please check the shelf behind the door of the parlor.

 

ADVENTURES

We enjoy sharing your exciting adventures and news with the congregation.

Did you travel over the holidays? Did you do something new or exciting with family? Did you take family photos around the tree? Do you have exciting news to share with your church family? Email or drop off your photos and information to Tammy in the church office and she will put it in the newsletter.

firstchristianc1@bellsouth.net

 

VBS

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

256-366-9966

 

SECURITY/SAFETY TEAM

There will be a Security/Safety Team meeting in Fellowship Hall on Saturday morning, February 2 at 9:00 AM.  We will discuss new safety measures and our new camera system.

Questions?  Call Bob Hill 256-436-0956.

 

CONGREGATIONAL VOTE

The will be a congregational vote for the proposed budget on February 10.

 

TASK COMMITTEE

A task committee has been appointed by The Board leadership to explore possible options for interim arrangements during Jim Storie’s deployment. The committee includes: Deryll Banning, Tonitia Butler, Robin Coussons, Jeff Futrell, and Amy McCorkle. Rose McGee will serve as chairperson. Please be in prayer for this committee and the work they will do on behalf of First Christian Church as they endeavor to seek God’s will and plan for the next several months.

 THANK YOU

Thank you for all your lovely cards sent to me over the holidays. It is really nice hearing from each of you.

June Helton

 

YOUR SERVING DISHES MISS YOU!!

Are you missing your favorite bowl, serving tray or plate???

There are numerous serving dishes in the fellowship hall that have been left here from previous meals over the last year!! They are on the wire roll-around rack in the kitchen. Please check and see if one belongs to you. We know they want to come!!

VALENTINE’S BANQUET 

The Valentine’s banquet will be on February 10, 2019. Tickets are being sold each Sunday and can also be bought at the door. This is a fundraiser that helps the youth group with mission work. Please come and join in Valentine’s fellowship! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Questions? Contact Caroline Hean

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January Outreach: Blankets for the Help Center

February 2: Fellowship hall reserved

February 3: Called Board Meeting

February 10:

            Congregational Vote on Budget

            Valentine’s Banquet 6pm

February 14: Valentine’s Day

February 18: President’s Day: Office closed

February 17 & 24:

Week of Compassion Special Offering

February 21: Fellowship Hall Reserved 4-7 pm

 

FEBRUARY OUTREACH

 (Judy & Jerry Ford-Contacts)

No one wants cold feet on cold nights!  Let’s help “Room in the Inn” during February by providing socks for their guests. Please bring NEW men’s, women’s and children’s socks and place them in the collection baskets in the foyer or fellowship hall. Donations earmarked for Room in the Inn are also welcome!

 










JANUARY 24, 2019

Prayer Requests

Shirley Jackson has been moved to her son, Scott Jackson’s house. John is still at Brookdale in Muscle Shoals.

Address for cards: 5170 Co Rd 2 Florence, 35633

Continued Prayers: 

Andrew Newborn, Shirley Jackson, Bernadine & Woody Wright, Roger Tanner, Scott Franks, Patti Lough, Theresa Roberts, Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Rita Carr, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

January 20, 2018

Worship: 90

Sunday School: 25

 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Scripture:  Psalm 19

                       1 Corinthians 12:12-31

                      

Sermon: “Not One but Many”        

                 Reverend James Storie

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Ruth & Donnie Haynes and family on the death of Ruth’s father, Bill Smith, on January 21. Services will be held on Saturday, January 26, at First United Methodist Church in Florence.

Address for cards:

Ruth & Donnie Haynes

1213 Woodridge Court

Florence, AL 35630

 

 

JANUARY OUTREACH

The FCC outreach project for January 2019 will be to provide blankets for The Help Center. Please bring NEW blankets or make a cash donation designated for the purchase of needed items at the center. There is nothing more appreciated than a warm blanket in the cold winter months! Questions? Contact Judy or Jerry Ford.

 

ADVENTURES

Did you travel over the holidays? Did you do something new or exciting with family?

Did you take family photos around the tree? Do you have exciting news to share with your church family? Email or drop off your photos and information to Tammy in the church office and she will put it in the newsletter.

firstchristianc1@bellsouth.net

 

LOST AND FOUND

There are numerous pairs of sunglasses, reading glasses and prescription glasses in the lost and found. If you are missing glasses, a drink container, a Bible, notebook or various other items, please check the shelf behind the door of the parlor.

 

VBS

If you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School Planning Committee to choose a theme and plan events, please let Caroline Hean know.

256-366-9966

VALENTINE’S BANQUET

The Valentine’s banquet will be on February 10, 2019. Tickets will be sold starting January 13, and can also be bought at the door. This is a fundraiser that helps the youth group with mission work. Please come and join in Valentine’s fellowship! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Questions? Contact Caroline Hean

 

 

SOUP & CHILI COOK OFF

The youth group will host their annual soup and chili cook-off this Sunday, January 27. They are still in need of volunteers to bring soups as well as desserts to auction. This is a youth fundraiser. Please consider bringing a soup and/or dessert to help. Hope to see you there!

 

TASK COMMITTEE

A task committee has been appointed by The Board leadership to explore possible options for interim arrangements during Jim Storie’s deployment. The committee includes: Deryll Banning, Tonitia Butler, Robin Coussons, Jeff Futrell, and Amy McCorkle. Rose McGee will serve as chairperson. Please be in prayer for this committee and the work they will do on behalf of First Christian Church as they endeavor to seek God’s will and plan for the next several months.

 

SERVING DISHES

There are numerous serving dishes in the fellowship hall. They were left here from previous meals. They are on the table by the glass side door. Please check and see if one belongs to you.

THANK YOU

Thank you to the Disciples Women for your contribution to the Worship Committee. We appreciate your help.

James McCorkle

 

SECURITY/SAFETY TEAM

There will be a Security/Safety Team meeting in Fellowship Hall on Saturday morning, February 2 at 9:00 AM.  We will discuss new safety measures and our new camera system.

Questions?  Call Bob Hill 256-436-0956.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January Outreach: Blankets for the Help Center

January 27: Soup & Chili Cook-off

February 2: Fellowship Hall Reserved 12-3 pm

February 10: Valentine’s Banquet

 

THANK YOU

We want to express our gratitude for your generosity, your kindness helps victims of domestic violence revive much needed resources and services. If all homes were safe, there would be no need for Safeplace.

                                      Sincerely, Safeplace




JANUARY 9, 2019


Prayer Requests

Bernadine & Woody Wright are both at home now and doing much better.

Continued Prayers: 

Family of Ginny Frazier Palmer,

Bernadine & Woody Wright, Scott Franks, Patti Lough, Roger Tanner,  Theresa Roberts, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

January 6, 2018

Worship: 130

 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Scripture:  Psalm 29

                       Isaiah 43:1-7

Sermon: “My Precious”

                 Reverend James Storie

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Robert Palmer, Wes Frazier, Rachel Frazier and family of Ginny Frazier Palmer. Ginny passed away on Monday, January 7.


JANUARY OUTREACH

The FCC outreach project for January 2019 will be to provide blankets for The Help Center. Please bring NEW blankets or make a cash donation designated for the purchase of needed items at the center. There is nothing more appreciated than a warm blanket in the cold winter months! Questions? Contact Judy or Jerry Ford.

 

SOUP & CHILI COOK-OFF

The youth group will be hosting the annual Soup and Chili Cook-Off and Dessert auction on January 27. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Please sign if you would like to bring an item. This is a youth group fundraiser to help raise money for the youth to do mission work through the year. We appreciate the support of our loving church and we are excited to see you there. Everyone is welcome!! Thank you, First Christian children and youth

VALENTINE’S BANQUET

The Valentine’s banquet will be on February 10, 2019. Tickets will be sold starting January 13, and can also be bought at the door. This is a fundraiser the helps the youth group with mission work. Please come and join in Valentine’s fellowship! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Questions? Contact Caroline Hean

 

LORD’S PRAYER STUDY

Have you made your New Year’s Resolution to engage in more Bible study? To make your life more meaningful? To take part in Sunday school? Fulfill all those resolutions by joining us in “Tim’s Class” as we embark on a study of The Lord’s Prayer. The study will run for seven weeks. The first class was on January 6. Led by Bill Huddleston, this group is one that encourages discussion and expression of multiple viewpoints related to the materials we study. The class meets in the second room on the left on the adult Sunday school hallway. Come join us as we take a more in-depth look at the words we pray every Sunday.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you so much for your continued support of Meals on Wheels of The Shoals. None of our work would be possible without the amazing support of our community. Your gift impacts our seniors in need.

                With Gratitude, Suzanne Moore

                    Community Dev. Coordinator

ADVENTURES

Did you travel over the holidays? Did you do something new or exciting with family?

Did you take family photos around the tree? Do you have exciting news to share with your church family? Email or drop off your photos and information to Tammy in the church office and she will put it in the newsletter.

firstchristianc1@bellsouth.net

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January Outreach: Blankets for the Help Center

January 18-20: Young Adult Retreat & Youthtopia

January 21: MLK Holiday, Office Closed

January 17: Fellowship Hall Reserved 4-8 pm

January 27: Soup & Chili Cook-off

February 10: Valentine’s Banquet

 

SERVING DISHES

There are several serving dishes in the fellowship hall. They were left here from previous meals. They are on the table by the glass side door. Please check and see if one belongs to you.

 

LOST AND FOUND

There are numerous pairs of sunglasses, reading glasses and prescription glasses in the lost and found. If you are missing glasses, a drink container, a Bible, notebook or various other items, please check the shelf behind the door of the Parlor.

 

SECURITY TEAM

January: Deryll Banning & Jeff Futrell

Questions about participating on the security team? Call Bob Hill at 256-436-0956

 


DECEMBER 17, 2018

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Bernadine Wright, Scott Franks, Patti Lough, Roger Tanner, Lewis Delbert, Theresa Roberts, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

December 16, 2018

Worship: 128

Sunday school: 40

 

Sunday, December 18, 2018

Scripture:  Psalm 80:1-7

                       Luke 1: 39-45. 

Sermon:  “Missing Mary”

                 Reverend James Storie

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

 

CONTRIBUTIONS

Anyone who plans to make a donation to the church for 2018 credit, should have it in the church office no later than Dec. 26.  Tammy will be in the church office on Dec. 27 to enter all end-of-the year contributions.

 

Church Office Closed

The church office will be closed, Dec. 24- Jan. 1 so our staff may spend time with their families.  Tammy will be in to do the end of the year deposit on Dec. 28.  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. 

 

HELP CENTER

The Help Center is in need of a president and vice president. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Louise Tanner, 256-436-1121.

 

POINSETTIAS

Poinsettias will be in the sanctuary on December 23 & 24. If you ordered a Poinsettia, please remember to take it home after the Christmas Eve service.

 

JANUARY OUTREACH

The FCC outreach project for January 2019 will be to provide blankets for The Help Center. Please bring NEW blankets or make a cash donation designated for the purchase of needed items at the center. There is nothing more appreciated than a warm blanket in the cold winter months! Questions? Contact Judy or Jerry Ford.

 

ADVENT READERS

Dec. 23: The Cox Family

Dec. 24: The Morris Family

 

NEWSLETTER

**There will not be a newsletter the week of Dec 25. Newsletters will resume the first week of January.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

December Outreach

Meals on Wheels

Dec 17-20: Office Hours 9-12

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service 6pm.

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 24-Jan 1: Office Closed

 

RADA ODERS

There is a copy of the RADA catalog in the church office. If you would like to order, please call or come by the church office. We will take orders through the end of the year and place the order in January. Questions, please call Anne Oliver or Tammy in the church office.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Kevin Hean and Eugenie Wang. Kevin and Eugenie were united in marriage on November 29, 2108.

 

SECURITY

2019 Security Team

Additional volunteers are needed for our Church Security Team.  If you are interested in serving your church and safeguarding our families as we worship together, please call me.

Bob Hill 256-364-0956

 

 

YOUTHTOPIA RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 8, 2019

Registration forms available on the entryway table or in the church office.

 

YOUNG ADULT RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available on the entryway table or in the church office.

STEWARDSHIP CARDS

Please remember to turn in your Stewardship cards by placing in the offering plate or turning in to the church office. This is so our stewardship committee can prepare our 2019 budget.

 

 

BUDGET REQUESTS

Committee chairs: please get your committee budget requests turned into the church office no later than December 30. The Stewardship committee needs this information to work on the church budget.


December Outreach

Meals on Wheels

There is still time to contribute to our December outreach. Meals on Wheels is a 43-year-old service through the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, with help from volunteers who deliver hot meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled The  program feeds approximately 180 clients one nutritious meal every day, including weekends.  The majority of the clients are senior residents living in Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale County.   Let’s join together in monetary donations to help Meals on Wheels get a good financial start to the New Year. “(Checks can be made to the church and note to: “Meals on Wheels”)




DECEMBER 11, 2018

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Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Patti Lough, Roger Tanner, Lewis Delbert, Theresa Roberts, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

December 9, 2018

Worship: 130

Sunday school: 49

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Scripture:  Philippians 4:4-7

                       Zephaniah 3: 14-20

Sermon:    Reverend James Storie

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

 

Contributions

Anyone who plans to make a donation to the church for 2018 credit, should have it in the church office no later than Dec. 26.  Tammy will be in the church office on Dec. 27 to enter all end-of-the year contributions.

 

              ADVENT READERS

Dec. 16: The Coussons Family

Dec. 23: The Cox Family

Dec. 24: The Morris Family

 

Church Office Closed

The church office will be closed, Dec. 24- Jan. 1 so our staff may spend time with their families.  Tammy will be in to do the end of the year deposit on Dec. 28.  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.  **There will not be a newsletter the week of Dec 25. Newsletters will resume the first week of January.

 

Poinsettias

Poinsettias will be in the sanctuary on December 23 & 24. If you ordered a Poinsettia, please remember to take it home after the Christmas Eve service.

 

BUDGET REQUESTS

Committee chairs: please get your committee budget requests turned into the church office no later than December 30. The Stewardship committee needs this information to work on the church budget.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

December Outreach

Meals on Wheels

Dec 13 & 14: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 15: UNA Graduation

Dec 16: Christmas Caroling

Dec 17-20: Office Hours 9-12

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service 6pm.

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 24-Jan 1: Office Closed

YOUTHTOPIA RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 8, 2019

Registration forms available on the entryway table or in the church office.

YOUNG ADULT RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available on the entryway table or in the church office.

 

KITCHEN DOOR

If you are exiting through the fellowship hall, please use the glass or double wood doors and not the old white kitchen door.  If for some reason you must use it, PLEASE make sure to push it closed from the outside. It may sound like it shut, but it does not always catch.  We have found this door partially open several times recently. We want to be sure the church is locked we are not here.  Thank you for your help!

 

SECURITY

2019 Security Team

Additional volunteers are needed for our Church Security Team.  If you are interested in serving your church and safeguarding our families as we worship together, please call me.

Bob Hill 256-364-0956

 STEWARDSHIP

Please remember to turn in your Stewardship cards by placing in the offering plate or turning in to the church office. This is so our stewardship committee can prepare our 2019 budget.

 

RADA ODERS

There is a copy of the RADA catalog in the church office. If you would like to order, please call or come by the church office. We will take orders through the end of the year and place the order in January. Questions, please call Anne Oliver or Tammy in the church office.

December Outreach

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a 43-year-old service through the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, with help from volunteers who deliver hot meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled The  program feeds approximately 180 clients one nutritious meal every day, including weekends.  The majority of the clients are senior residents living in Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale County.   Let’s join together in monetary donations to help Meals on Wheels get a good financial start to the New Year. “(Checks can be made to the church and note to: “Meals on Wheels”)

 

HELP CENTER

The Help Center is in need of a president and vice president. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Louise Tanner, 256-436-1121.

JANUARY OUTREACH

The FCC outreach project for January 2019 will be to provide blankets for The Help Center. Please bring NEW blankets or make a cash donation designated for the purchase of needed items at the center. There is nothing more appreciated than a warm blanket in the cold winter months! Questions? Contact Judy or Jerry Ford.




DECEMBER 5, 2018


Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Patti Lough, Roger Tanner, Lewis Delbert, Theresa Roberts, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

December 2, 2018

Worship: 130

Sunday school: 45

 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Scripture:  Malachi 3: 1-4

                        Luke 1: 68-79

Sermon:  

“Waiting … in Anticipation”

Reverend Sylvia Hamlin

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

 

Contributions

Anyone who plans to make a donation to the church for 2018 credit, should have it in the church office no later than Dec. 26.  Tammy will be in the church office on Dec. 27 to enter all end-of-the year contributions.

 

Youth & Children

On Sunday, December 9, immediately following the worship service, the children and youth will be hosting a Funky Christmas Fashion Show. A sign-up sheet for contestants is on the bulletin board. Everyone is invited to participate and any Christmas-themed outfit is acceptable. Refreshments will be available.

 

YOUTHTOPIA RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 8, 2019

Registration forms available on the entryway table or in the church office.

 

YOUNG ADULT RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available on the entryway table or in the church office.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

December Outreach

Meals on Wheels

Dec 9: Funky Christmas Fashion Show

        Children & Youth Christmas Party

Dec 13: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 14: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 15: UNA Graduation

Dec 16: Christmas Caroling

Dec 17-20: Office Hours 9-12

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service 6pm.

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 24-28: Office Closed

 


STEWARDSHIP CARDS

Please remember to turn in your Stewardship cards by placing in the offering plate or turning in to the church office. This is so our stewardship committee can prepare our 2019 budget.

 

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”.   All gifts must be in the church no later than Dec. 20. Monies received after Dec. 20 will be placed in the savings account to be given out Dec. 2019.   

~ Lorraine Banning

 

ADVENT READERS

Dec. 9: The Lovelace Family

Dec. 16: The Coussons Family

Dec. 23: The Cox Family

Dec. 24: The Morris Family

 

POINSETTIAS

It is time to order your poinsettia to be placed in the Sanctuary during Christmas. All orders must be turned in by December 10 so that the order may be given to the florist.  Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary on Dec. 23 & 24. Cost: $13.00. Order forms will be in your bulletin.

Please be sure to put on your check, for: poinsettia. 

 

RADA ODERS

There is a copy of the RADA catalog in the church office. If you would like to order, please call or come by the church office. We will take orders through the end of the year and place the order in January. Questions, please call Anne Oliver or Tammy in the church office.

 

 

BUDGET REQUESTS

Committee chairs: please get your committee budget requests turned into the church office no later than December 30. The Stewardship committee needs this information to work on the church budget.

 

December Outreach

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a 43-year-old service through the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, with help from volunteers who deliver hot meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled The  program feeds approximately 180 clients one nutritious meal every day, including weekends.  The majority of the clients are senior residents living in Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale County.  Though our church helps with the delivery of these meals, Meals on Wheels has had financial challenges meeting their operating expenses.  

Meals on Wheels spends $3.30 on each meal.  The program does not receive any federal dollars.  Funding is through United Way, local government, and the generosity of businesses, churches, and kind souls.  Let’s join together in monetary donations to help Meals on Wheels get a good financial start to the New Year. “(Checks can be made to the church and note to: “Meals on Wheels”)

 

 


NOVEMBER 28, 2018

Prayer Requests

Patti Lough had surgery on Nov. 28.  

Continued Prayers: 

Roger Tanner, Lewis Delbert, Theresa Roberts, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

November 25, 2018

Worship: 125

 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Scripture:  Jeremiah 33: 14-16

                        Isaiah 40: 9, 11, 28                      

Sermon:  “The Hinge of History”                     

                Reverend Charlie Highfield

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

 

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to the Champagne family on the death of Anna’s mother, Ann Baxter, on November 20, 2018.

 

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Nelia Westenberger on the death of her sister-in-law on November 23.

 


Contributions

Anyone who plans to make a donation to the church for 2018 credit, should have it in the church office no later than Dec. 26.  Tammy will be in the church office on Dec. 27 to enter all end-of-the year contributions.

 

Youth & Children

On Sunday, December 9, immediately following the worship service, the children and youth will be hosting a Funky Christmas Fashion Show. A sign-up sheet for contestants is on the bulletin board. Everyone is invited to participate and any Christmas-themed outfit is acceptable. Refreshments will be available.

 

YOUTHTOPIA RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 8, 2019

YOUNG ADULT RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available on the entryway table or in the church office.

 

Thank You

Thank you to everyone involved in the making of the new Chrismons for our tree. I appreciate your help! James McCorkle

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Nov 30: Soup Kitchen

December Outreach

Meals on Wheels

Dec 9: Funky Christmas Fashion Show

        Children & Youth Christmas Party

Dec 13: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 14: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 15: UNA Graduation

Dec 16: Christmas Caroling

Dec 17-20: Office Hours 9-12

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service 6pm.

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 24-28: Office Closed

 STEWARDSHIP

Please remember to turn in your Stewardship cards by placing in the offering plate or turning in to the church office. This is so our stewardship committee can prepare our 2019 budget.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Florence High School participated in the N2Hoops tournament on Nov. 21. Tournament MVP, Charlie Champagne scored 10 of his game high 19 points in the fourth quarter to propel Florence to a 58-47 win over Bob Jones in the championship game.

 

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”.   All gifts must be in the church no later than Dec. 20. Monies received after Dec. 20 will be placed in the savings account to be given out Dec. 2019.   

~ Lorraine Banning

POINSETTIAS

It is time to order your poinsettia to be placed in the Sanctuary during Christmas. All orders must be turned in by December 10 so that the order may be given to the florist.  Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary on Dec. 23 & 24. Cost: $13.00. Order forms will be in your bulletin.

Please be sure to put on your check, for: poinsettia. 

 

RADA ODERS

There is a copy of the RADA catalog in the church office. If you would like to order, please call or come by the church office. We will take orders through the end of the year and place the order in January. Questions, please call Anne Oliver or Tammy in the church office.

December Outreach

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a 43-year-old service through the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, with help from volunteers who deliver hot meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled The  program feeds approximately 180 clients one nutritious meal every day, including weekends.  The majority of the clients are senior residents living in Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale County.  Though our church helps with the delivery of these meals, Meals on Wheels has had financial challenges meeting their operating expenses.  

Meals on Wheels spends $3.30 on each meal.  The program does not receive any federal dollars.  Funding is through United Way, local government, and the generosity of businesses, churches, and kind souls.  Let’s join together in monetary donations to help Meals on Wheels get a good financial start to the New Year. “(Checks can be made to the church and note to: “Meals on Wheels”)

 

ADVENT READERS

Dec. 2: The Johnson Family

Dec. 9: The Lovelace Family

Dec. 16: The Coussons Family

Dec. 23: The Cox Family

Dec. 24: The Morris Family



November 21, 2018

Prayer Requests

Lewis Delbert: Paula Babcock’s cousin, was diagnosed with Leukemia and will be treated at Vanderbilt.

Continued Prayers: 

Theresa Roberts, Patti Lough, John Jackson, Tommie Plunk, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

November 18, 2018

Worship: 125

Sunday school: 37

 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Scripture:  Daniel 7: 9 & 10, 13 & 14

                       John 18: 33-37

Sermon:  “Christ the King” Sid Fulford

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

 

STEWARDSHIP

Please remember to turn in your Stewardship cards by placing in the offering plate or turning in to the church office. This is so our stewardship committee can prepare our 2019 budget.

 

Youth & Children

On Sunday, December 9, immediately following the worship service, the children and youth will be hosting a Funky Christmas Fashion Show. A sign-up sheet for contestants is on the bulletin board. Everyone is invited to participate and any Christmas-themed outfit is acceptable. Refreshments will be available.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

November Outreach

The Healing Place

Nov 21-23: Office Closed

Nov 30: Soup Kitchen

Dec 9: Funky Christmas Fashion Show

        Children & Youth Christmas Party

Dec 13: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 14: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 15: UNA Graduation

Dec 16: Christmas Caroling

Dec 16: Lessons in Carols

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service 6pm.

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 24-28: Office Closed

 

YOUTHTOPIA

WINTER RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 8, 2019

YOUNG ADULT

WINTER RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available on the entryway table or in the church office.

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

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 and 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. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Marsha or Bob Carter

 

November Outreach

The Healing Place

The mission of The Healing Place is to offer support to grieving children and families in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance in order to promote a sense of well-being and productivity in their participants.   At The Healing Place, their focus is children aged 3-19 and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one including a sibling, a parent, grandparent, friend, or other loved one who may need support or guidance in dealing with the grief associated with the loss. How can First Christian Church help?  Below is a list of needs that would help The Healing Place, especially as we enter the Christmas season: gift cards to area office supply stores, postage stamps, file folders – (8.5”x11”), paper towels, facial tissue (boxed), facial tissue (pocket size), 13 gallon trash bags, envelopes

, composition notebooks  (not spiral), sketch/scribble Pads, NEW stuffed bears (small to medium in size), the office could use two NEW side chairs for their counselors’ offices; a nine-square toy storage unit; a printer for designing and printing holiday cards; a small Christmas tree and nice ornaments would be helpful as well. 

 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”.   All gifts must be in the church no later than Dec. 20. Monies received after Dec. 20 will be placed in the savings account to be given out Dec. 2019.   

~ Lorraine Banning

 

POINSETTIAS

It is time to order your poinsettia to be placed in the Sanctuary during Christmas. All orders must be turned in by December 10 so that the order may be given to the florist.  Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary on Dec. 23 & 24. Cost: $13.00. Order forms will be in your bulletin.

Please be sure to put on your check, for: poinsettia. 

 

RADA ODERS

There is a copy of the RADA catalog in the church office. If you would like to order, please call or come by the church office. We will take orders through the end of the year and place the order in January. Questions, please call Anne Oliver or Tammy in the church office.



NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Theresa Roberts, Patti Lough, John Jackson, Tommie Plunk, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Margaret Taylor, Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

November 11, 2018

Worship: 125

Sunday school: 35

 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Scripture:  Psalm 113

                       Hebrews 10:19-25

Sermon:  “Holy Provocation”

   

SYMPATHY

Sympathy is extended to the family of Edith Daniel. Edith passed away on Sunday, November 11. Services were held on November 13, at Elkins Funeral home, Florence. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Edith Daniel.

THANKSGIVING MEAL

REMINDER

Our Thanksgiving/ Stewardship luncheon is Sunday, November 18, following worship. The turkey and dressing will be provided by the church. Please remember to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert.

 

Youth & Children

On Sunday, December 9, immediately following the worship service, the children and youth will be hosting a Funky Christmas Fashion Show. A sign-up sheet for contestants is on the bulletin board. Everyone is invited to participate and any Christmas-themed outfit is acceptable. Refreshments will be available.

 

THANK YOU

First Christian Church: You truly love out your faith through supporting and bringing peace out of chaos for families escaping abuse. Your generous support is of great value to us as we grow and expand our service to our clients. We appreciate all you do to spread God’s love to others with your time, food and contributions. Thank you from the bottom of our heart.

Sincerely, Safeplace

Our Daily Bread

The new issue of Our Daily Bread and a special Holiday issue are available on the front entryway table.

UPCOMING EVENTS

November Outreach

The Healing Place

Nov 18: Thanksgiving Luncheon

Thanksgiving Special Offering

Nov 21-23: Office Closed

Nov 30: Soup Kitchen

Dec 9: Funky Christmas Fashion Show

        Children & Youth Christmas Party

Dec 13: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 14: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 15: UNA Graduation

Dec 16: Christmas Caroling

Dec 16: Lessons in Carols

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service 6pm.

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 24-28: Office Closed

 

YOUNG ADULT

WINTER RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

YMCA Camp Chandler

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available on the entryway table or in the church office.

 

YOUTHTOPIA

WINTER RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Camp Chandler

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 8, 2019

Registration forms available on the entryway table or in the church office.

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

November Outreach

The Healing Place

The mission of The Healing Place is to offer support to grieving children and families in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance in order to promote a sense of well-being and productivity in their participants.   At The Healing Place, their focus is children aged 3-19 and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one including a sibling, a parent, grandparent, friend, or other loved one who may need support or guidance in dealing with the grief associated with the loss. How can First Christian Church help?  Below is a list of needs that would help The Healing Place; especially as we enter the Christmas season: gift cards to area office supply stores, postage stamps, file folders – (8.5”x11”), paper towels, facial tissue (boxed), facial tissue (pocket size), 13 gallon trash bags, envelopes ,composition notebooks  (not spiral), sketch/scribble Pads, NEW stuffed bears (small to medium in size), the office could use two NEW side chairs for their counselors’ offices; a nine-square toy storage unit; a printer for designing and printing holiday cards; a small Christmas tree and nice ornaments would be helpful as well. 

 

FLOWERS

Flowers will be placed in the fellowship hall on November 18, by Woody Wright in honor of his and Burnadine’s 76th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary!!

STEWARDSHIP

Please remember to bring your stewardship cards to our Thanksgiving/Stewardship luncheon on November 18. This is so our stewardship committee can prepare our 2019 budget. You may also place your card in the offering plate or mail to the church office.

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”.   All gifts must be in the church no later than Dec. 20. Monies received after Dec. 20 will be placed in the savings account to be given out Dec. 2019.   ~Lorraine                 

CONGRATULATIONS

Bob Hill was recently elected to the Extreme Cowboy Association hall of fame and won another award for second highest points for the year (Reserve). Bob also won 2 Wrangler Performance awards.

BOB HILL.jpg

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

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 and 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.

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

Questions? Please contact Marsha or Bob Carter

 

POINSETTIAS

It is time to order your poinsettia to be placed in the Sanctuary during Christmas. All orders must be turned in by December 10 so that the order may be given to the florist.  Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary on Dec. 23 & 24. Cost: $13.00.

Please be sure to put on your check, for: poinsettia.






NOVEMBER 7, 2018

Prayer Requests

Roger Tanner is in the hospital having tests run.

Patti Lough will be going to Huntsville to have a second opinion regarding her last surgery.

Margaret Taylor, sister of Martha Wiggins, will be starting a new chemo regimen.

Continued Prayers: 

Theresa Roberts, Patti Lough, John Jackson, Tommie Plunk, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

November 4, 2018

Worship: 115

Sunday school: 30

   

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

www.disciples.org/ga

 

Our Daily Bread

The new issue of Our Daily Bread is available on the front entryway table.

  

HURRICANE MICHAEL

DONATIONS

If you would like to make a donation for those affected by hurricane Michael, you may drop a check in the offering plate. Please note: Hurricane Michael. All funds will be designated for such and sent to Week of Compassion.

 

THANKSGIVING MEAL

There will be an insert in the bulletin this Sunday for our yearly Thanksgiving/ Stewardship luncheon. Please remember to fill out a form to let us know the number of people who will be attending or call the church office by November 12. This is a count for the turkey and dressing provided by the church. Please remember to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert.

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

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 and 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? Please contact Marsha or Bob Carter

 

HANDBELLS

It's time to ring some bells!  We will begin rehearsals for the Handbell Choir at 2:30 PM Sunday, November 11.  We will practice for an hour.  Round up all the past ringers as well as give a nudge to some of the high schoolers you think may be interested in joining us or anyone else who has an interest!  We will meet upstairs in the Bell Room.  While I am at it, thank you to the angel who went into the Bell Room and straightened things to give a little order.  See you Sunday at 2:30 pm!

Jimmy

  

UPCOMING EVENTS

November Outreach

The Healing Place

Nov11: Veterans Day

Nov 12: Office Closed/Veterans

Nov 18: Thanksgiving Luncheon

Thanksgiving Special Offering

Nov 21-23: Office Closed

Nov 30: Soup Kitchen

Dec 9: Funky Christmas Fashion Show

        Children & Youth Christmas Party

Dec 13: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 14: Fellowship Hall Reserved

Dec 15: UNA Graduation

Dec 16: Christmas Caroling

Dec 16: Lessons in Carols

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service 6pm.

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 24-28: Office Closed

 

 

SENIOR ADULT RETREAT

Nov. 7 beginning at 11:30 am - Nov 8, concluding at 1:30 pm

St. Bernard Retreat and Conference Center, Cullman, AL

Early-bird registration deadline: 10/17/18

Registration forms available in the church office

 

YOUNG ADULT

WINTER RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

YMCA Camp Chandler

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available in the church office

 

YOUTHTOPIA

WINTER RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Camp Chandler

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 8, 2019

Registration forms available in the church office

 

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

In the first chapter of Mark, John the Baptist tells us that there is a baptism by the Holy Spirit that will change people from the inside out. We have many commentaries in our library to help us study God's Word and to grow in His Spirit.

November Outreach

The Healing Place

The mission of The Healing Place is to offer support to grieving children and families in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance in order to promote a sense of well-being and productivity in their participants.   At The Healing Place, their focus is children aged 3-19 and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one including a sibling, a parent, grandparent, friend, or other loved one who may need support or guidance in dealing with the grief associated with the loss. How can First Christian Church help?  Below is a list of needs that would help The Healing Place; especially as we enter the Christmas season: gift cards to area office supply stores, postage stamps, file folders – (8.5”x11”), paper towels, facial tissue (boxed), facial tissue (pocket size), 13 gallon trash bags, envelopes ,composition notebooks  (not spiral), sketch/scribble Pads, NEW stuffed bears (small to medium in size), the office could use two NEW side chairs for their counselors offices; a nine-square toy storage unit; a printer for designing and printing holiday cards; a small Christmas tree and nice ornaments would be helpful as well.  Of course, monetary donations are welcomed. 





OCTOBER 31, 2018

Prayer Requests

Margaret Taylor, sister of Martha Wiggins, will be starting a new chemo regimen. NOTE: Martha will be moving to Texas once her home sells to live in an assisted living facility close to her two sons.

Continued Prayers: 

Theresa Roberts, Patti Lough, John Jackson, Tommie Plunk, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

October 28, 2018

Worship: 115

Sunday school: 31

 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

All Saints Sunday

Scripture:  Revelation 21: 1-6a

                        John 11: 32-44

Sermon: “Glimpses of Resurrection”

                         Sylvia Hamlin    

   

 

SYMPATHY

Our prayers are extended to the family and friends of Jim Hulsizer who passed away in September.

 

Our prayers are extended to the family and friends of Terry Davis who passed away a few weeks ago.

 STEWARDSHIP 

          Our stewardship theme this year is Time, Talents, and Treasure. My dictionary defines stewardship as “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” You don’t have to reflect long on that definition before you realize that stewardship involves more than just money. Yes, money is important to the operation of the church; the utility bill must be paid and the yard has to be mowed; however, so much more is required if the church is to remain not just viable but to grow in the service of Jesus Christ. Sunday school classes need teachers and committees need members; how about deacons, elders, greeters, choir members, and bell ringers? Opportunities of service are everywhere.

          If First Christian Church is to continue as a sanctuary, a place we go TO for peace and worship and a place we go FROM to share the joy of our salvation; we must all do our part to be good stewards of the resources left to us by all those faithful members of First Christian who came before us and be willing to dedicate our own resources to God’s glory. So, when we think Stewardship, I encourage us to think Time, Talents, and Treasure.   ~Barry Morris

Operation Christmas Child

Packing Party

The youth and children will be packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child on Sunday, November 4. Along with your donations of items for the boxes, we also need $9 per box to ship. All help is appreciated.

 

HURRICANE MICHAEL

DONATIONS

If you would like to make a donation for those affected by hurricane Michael, you may drop a check in the offering plate. Please note: Hurricane Michael. All funds will be designated for such and sent to Week of Compassion.

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

www.disciples.org/ga

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

November Outreach:

The Healing Place

Nov 4: All Saints Sunday

Nov 4: Youth and children will be packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Nov 11: Veterans Day

Nov 12: Office Closed/Veterans Day

Nov 18: Thanksgiving Luncheon

                Thanksgiving Special Offering

Nov 22-23: Office Closed                       

                        Thanksgiving holidays

Nov 30: Soup Kitchen



THANKSGIVING MEAL

There will be an insert in the bulletin this Sunday for our yearly Thanksgiving/ Stewardship luncheon. Please remember to fill out a form to let us know the number of people who will be attending, or call the church office by November 12. This is for a count for the turkey and dressing provided by the church. Please remember to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert.

 

YOU ARE INVITED

The members of the B’nai Israel invite you to join them on Friday afternoon, Nov. 9, at 3:30 pm for the dedication of a historical marker, followed by an open house. They also invite you to join them for Sabbath Services at 7:00 pm, with a reception to follow. For those who may not know, the Temple is located one block from our church at the corner of Hawthorne and Prospect.

 

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!! Please let us know if we can assist you in the future.

Jeffrey Perkins, Fire Chief

November Outreach

The Healing Place

The mission of The Healing Place is to offer support to grieving children and families in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance in order to promote a sense of well-being and productivity in their participants.   At The Healing Place, their focus is children aged 3-19 and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one including a sibling, a parent, grandparent, friend, or other loved one that may need support or guidance in dealing with the grief associated with the loss. How can First Christian Church help?  Below is a list of needs that would help The Healing Place, especially as we enter the Christmas Season: Gift cards to area office supply stores, Postage stamps, File folders – (8.5”x11”), Paper towels, facial tissue (boxed), facial tissue (pocket size), 13 gallon trash bags, Envelopes ,Composition Notebooks  (not spiral), Sketch/scribble Pads, NEW stuffed bears (small to medium in size), the office could use two NEW side chairs for their counselors offices; a nine-square toy storage unit; a printer for designing and printing holiday cards; a small Christmas tree and nice ornaments would be helpful as well.  Of course, monetary donations are welcomed.  One last way to help is to be a participant in the 365 project - For just $365 per year ($1/day) you can provide programming for a child at The Healing Place for the entire year. 

DONATION

The money that was collected during our morning fellowship for Lola Aune’s 103rd birthday, has been given to the church discretionary fund in her memory. Given by Henrik Aune, Jan & Joe Billions and family.

 

 

SENIOR ADULT RETREAT

Nov. 7 beginning at 11:30 am - Nov 8, concluding at 1:30 pm

St. Bernard Retreat and Conference Center, Cullman, AL

Early-bird registration deadline: 10/17/18

Registration forms available in the church office

 

YOUNG ADULT

WINTER RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

YMCA Camp Chandler

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available in the church office.

 

YOUTHTOPIA

WINTER RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Camp Chandler

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 8, 2019

Registration forms available in the church office







OCTOBER 24, 2018

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Theresa Roberts, Patti Lough, John Jackson, Tommie Plunk, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

October 21, 2018

Worship: 129

Sunday school: 31

 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Scripture:  Jeremiah 31: 7-14

                        Mark 10: 46-52

Sermon: “A Faith That Heals”

       

        

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct 28: Spooky Carnival and Trunk or Treat

November Outreach:

The Healing Place

Nov 4: All Saints Sunday

Nov 4: Youth and children will be packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Nov 11: Veterans Day

Nov 12: Office Closed/Veterans Day

Nov 18: Thanksgiving Luncheon

                Thanksgiving Special Offering

Nov 22-23: Office Closed                      

                        Thanksgiving holidays

Nov 30: Soup Kitchen

 

Sunday, October 28, 5-7 pm

This year we will be having a spooky carnival along with our trunk or treat.

This is an ALL-CHURCH EVENT! Please come and enjoy games and fellowship. We will have a costume contest, car decorating contest and pumpkin decorating contest (please bring pumpkin already carved or decorated). We will also have carnival booths in the fellowship hall with different types of games/prizes.  Please let Caroline or Alyssa know if you are able to run a booth/game.

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board for bringing food and/or decorating a car. Our children and youth appreciate your support of their programs.

OCTOBER OUTREACH: OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

SUGGESTIONS OF ITEMS TO FILL 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), 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.

Operation Christmas Child

Packing Party

The youth and children will be packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child on Sunday, November 4. Along with your donations of items for the boxes, we also need $9 per box to ship. All help is appreciated.

 

SENIOR ADULT RETREAT

Nov. 7 beginning at 11:30 am - Nov 8, concluding at 1:30 pm

St. Bernard Retreat and Conference Center, Cullman, AL

Early-bird registration deadline: 10/17/18

Registration forms available in the church office

 

YOUNG ADULT

WINTER RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

YMCA Camp Chandler

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available in the church office.

 

YOUTHTOPIA

WINTER RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Camp Chandler

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 8, 2019

Registration forms available in the church office

 

 

Hurricane Michael Donations

If you would like to make a donation for those affected by hurricane Michael, you may drop a check in the offering plate. Please note: Hurricane Michael. All funds will be designated for such and sent to Week of Compassion.

 

REUNION

Together again!!! Noah and Sarah Kate Coussons have not seen each other in over a year---they met in Germany last week!

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CONGRATULATIONS

Florence last race of the season before sectionals! Sydney Coussons had another PR--22:05 and came in 15th out of 135 girls! Florence Girls took 1st place for the race! Way to go Sydney!!

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

www.disciples.org/ga 

CONGRATULATIONS

These boys just made Shoals Christian School Cross Country history as they are the 1st JH team to win a trophy at a meet - and won 1st place at the Athens Bible Invitational!

Congratulations to the team, from left: Clark Hughes, Logan Thornton, Sam Storie, John David Bachofer and Nate Nester, coached by Will McKelvey.

Sam Storie: 2 mile race time 13:36.45

WORSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

There will be a worship committee meeting in the parlor, following worship on Sunday, October 28.

 

THANK YOU

Dear First Christian Church, The recent gift for my mother, Lola Aune, on her birthday was such a surprise and a lovely thing to do for her. Mother loved the church and all the people there. Henrik and I discussed this and we would like to give the money to the Discretionary Fund. Mother had a very tender place in her heart for people who must live on the fringes of life—those who struggle to have their basic needs met. We hope that the assembly group will approve of using the gifts to Mother in this way. I know Mother would want the money to be a blessing for someone. In gratefulness for your friendship with my mother, I pray that the assembly group will continue with their prayers to and witness for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

FIRE FIGHTERS LUNCHEON

Thank you to everyone who helped with the fire fighters luncheon. We appreciate all the volunteers as well as the donations of cakes. We served approximately fifty-seven fire fighters and volunteers. Everyone was very appreciative of First Christian Church for our support of the fire fighters service.

In His service, Jan Billions,

Lola’s daughter

 
HANDBELLS

Sunday, October 28, we will have a brief meeting for those interested in ringing handbells. Please prayerfully consider starting something new in service to the church. There is no need to read music, but rather be able to count. We need ringers who are not necessarily singers in the choir; however, all are welcome! Please meet at the front of the Sanctuary.

~Jimmy Hubbard

November Outreach

The Healing Place

 

The mission of The Healing Place is to offer support to grieving children and families in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance in order to promote a sense of well-being and productivity in their participants.   At The Healing Place, their focus is children aged 3-19 and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one including a sibling, a parent, grandparent, friend, or other loved one that may need support or guidance in dealing with the grief associated with the loss. 

How can First Christian Church help? 

Below is a list of needs that would help The Healing Place,

especially as we enter the Christmas Season:

Gift cards to area office supply stores, Postage stamps, File folders – (8.5”x11”), Paper towels, facial tissue (boxed), facial tissue (pocket size), 13 gallon trash bags, Envelopes (5”x7” or 8.25” x 10.5” or 10.25” x 14.5”), Composition Notebooks  (not spiral), Sketch/scribble Pads, NEW stuffed bears (small to medium in size), the office could use two NEW side chairs for their counselors offices; a nine-square toy storage unit; a printer for designing and printing holiday cards; a small Christmas tree and nice ornaments would be helpful as well.  Of course, monetary donations are welcomed.  One last way to help is to be a participant in the 365 project - For just $365 per year ($1/day) you can provide programming for a child at The Healing Place for the entire year.  For more information about the great works the organization does visit: www.thehealingplaceinfo.org


OCTOBER 17, 2018

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Patti Lough, John Jackson, Tommie Plunk, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

October 14, 2018

Worship: 135

Sunday school: 53

 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Scripture:  Psalm 91: 9-16

                      Mark 10: 35-45

       

Sermon: “Becoming a Servant”

        

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct 21: Board Meeting

Oct 28: Spooky Carnival and Trunk or Treat

November Outreach:

The Healing Place

Nov 4: All Saints Sunday

Nov 4: Youth and children will be packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Nov 11: Veterans Day

Nov 12: Office Closed/Veterans Day

Nov 18: Thanksgiving Luncheon

                Thanksgiving Special Offering

Nov 22-23: Office Closed                      

                        Thanksgiving holidays

Nov 30: Soup Kitchen

 

Sunday, October 28, 5-7 pm

This year we will be having a spooky carnival along with our trunk or treat.

This is an ALL-CHURCH EVENT! Please come and enjoy games and fellowship. Will have a costume contest, car decoration contest and pumpkin decorating contest (please bring pumpkin already carved or decorated). We will also have carnival booths in the fellowship hall with different types of games/prizes.  Please let Caroline or Alyssa know if you are able to run a booth/game.

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board for bringing food and/or decorating a car. Our children and youth appreciate your support of their programs.

OCTOBER OUTREACH: OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

SUGGESTIONS OF ITEMS TO FILL 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), 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.

SENIOR ADULT RETREAT

Nov. 7 beginning at 11:30 am - Nov 8, concluding at 1:30 pm

St. Bernard Retreat and Conference Center, Cullman, AL

Early-bird registration deadline: 10/17/18

Registration forms available in the church office

 

YOUNG ADULT

WINTER RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

YMCA Camp Chandler

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available in the church office.

 

YOUTHTOPIA

WINTER RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Camp Chandler

Deadline to sign up is Jan. 8, 2019

Registration forms available in the church office

 

All Saints Day

This year in observance of All Saints Day on November 4, we will be reading the names of those who have passed between November 1, 2017, and October 28, 2018.  If you have lost a loved one during that time, please contact the church office by October 28 to give us the information needed for the service.

YOUTH SUNDAY

Thank you to all the youth involved in Youth Sunday. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to our worship service.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

www.disciples.org/ga

 


OCTOBER 10, 2018

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Patti Lough, John Jackson, Tommie Plunk, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

October 7, 2018

Worship: 140

Sunday school: 45

 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

YOUTH SUNDAY

Scripture:  Genesis 9: 8-15                      

Sermon: “Noah’s Ark”

        

PASTOR APPRECIATION DAY

Sunday, October 14

If you would like to bring a card for Reverend Storie and family to show your appreciation, a basket is in the fellowship by the door going into the hall.

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

www.disciples.org/ga

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct 14: Youth Sunday

Oct 14: Youth & Children trip to McGee 

              Farms Pumpkin Patch.

Oct 14: Pastor Appreciation Day

Oct 18: Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

Oct 18: Fellowship hall reserved, 5 pm

Oct 21: Board Meeting

Oct 28: Trunk or Treat

TRUNK OR TREAT Sunday, October 28 5-7 pm

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Please let us know if you are going to be able to decorate your trunk by putting your name on the sign-up sheet. We also need volunteers to sign up to bring food. Our children and youth appreciate your support of their programs.

PUMPKIN PATCH

The youth & children will be going to McGee Farms Pumpkin Patch, on Oct. 14.  Everyone in the church is invited. Come with us and have some fun!!

Questions? Please see Alyssa or Caroline.

OCTOBER OUTREACH: OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

SUGGESTIONS OF ITEMS TO FILL 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), 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.

All Saints Day

This year in observance of All Saints Day on November 4, we will be reading the names of those who have passed between November 1, 2017, and October 28, 2018.  If you have lost a loved one during that time, please contact the church office by October 28 to give us the information needed for the service.

M. H. Harper Library Thomas Harrison

Back with another bestseller is Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.  Flagg's new novel, The Whole Town's Talking, has her at her best in this fun-loving tale about what it means to be truly alive. This is a story "about Lordor Nordstrom and his Swedish mail-order bride, Katrina, and their neighbors and descendants, as they live, love, die, and carry on in mysterious and surprising ways." The novel is set in Elmwood Springs, Missouri, a small town like any other; however, something unusual is happening at the cemetery,

Still Meadows. That is, it is anything but still! (Quote taken from the book jacket.)


SENIOR ADULT RETREAT

Nov. 7 beginning at 11:30 am - Nov 8, concluding at 1:30 pm

St. Bernard Retreat and Conference Center, Cullman, AL

Early-bird registration deadline: 10/17/18

Registration forms available in the church office

 

YOUNG ADULT

WINTER RETREAT

JANUARY 18-20, 2019

YMCA Camp Chandler

Deadline to signup is Jan. 11, 2019

Registration forms available in the church office

 

YOUTHTOPIA

WINTER RETREAT

For Chi Rho & CYF (grades 6-12)

January 18-20, 2019

Camp Chandler

Deadline to signup is Jan. 8, 2019

Registration forms available in the church office

 

FIRE FIGHTERS’ LUNCHEON

 

Our annual Fire Fighters’ luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 18, from 11am --1 pm 

Please help us show our support for all they do for our community

A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board: we are in need of five volunteers to help serve and still need a couple of volunteers to provide cakes for dessert. Questions? Please see Marsha or Bob Carter or call the church office. 

 


OCTOBER 3, 2018

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Tommie Plunk, Agnes Wiedemeyer, Betty McCarty,  Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

September 30, 2018

Worship: 128

Sunday school: 50

 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Scripture:  Psalm 26

Mark 10:2-16                  

Sermon: “Thanks Be To God”

      

WORSHIP & WONDER

10/7: The Parable of the Treasure

 

PASTOR APPRECIATION DAY

Sunday, October 14

If you would like to bring a card for Reverend Storie and family to show your appreciation, a basket will be available in the fellowship.

 

LOST AND FOUND

A bracelet was found in the sanctuary following the service for Lola Aune. If you are missing a bracelet, please call the church office and identify.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct. 7: World Communion Day and

               Reconciliation Offering

Oct 8: Columbus Day: Office closed

Oct 14: Youth Sunday

Oct 14: Youth & Children trip to McGee 

              Farms Pumpkin Patch.

Oct 14: Pastor Appreciation Day

Oct 18: Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

Oct 18: Fellowship hall reserved, 5 pm

Oct 21: Board Meeting

Oct 28: Trunk or Treat

 

FIRE FIGHTERS’ LUNCHEON

Our annual Fire Fighters’ luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 18, from 11am --1 pm. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board: we need volunteers to help serve and volunteers to provide cakes for dessert. Questions? Please see Marsha or Bob Carter or call the church office.  

 

TRUNK OR TREAT

Sunday, October 28

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Our children and youth appreciate your support of their programs.

 

PUMPKIN PATCH

The Youth & children will be going to McGee Farms Pumpkin Patch, on Oct. 14.  Everyone in the church is invited. Come with us and have some fun!!

Questions? Please see Alyssa or Caroline.

FROM THE TREASURER

I reported to you in August that we had had a great month in July.  I have the unpleasant duty of telling you that August was not a good month.  Our expenses were somewhat higher than usual.  We had a reception for the Gatlinburg choir, educational expenses with the start of school, and payment of our choir scholarships.  Our anticipated expenses would have been about $28,300.  Our actual expenses were $31,400.  The major factor in our budget shortfall remains extremely low income, much lower than previous years, and lower than anticipated in the budget (average monthly expected $24,500).  August pledges received were about $19,900.  This leaves us with a year-to-date budget shortfall of about $13,700. I remind you again that this shortfall is in our budget; we have sufficient monies to pay our bills.  We have funds in our money market account that we could use in emergencies, but we should not depend on such funding.  I am asking everyone who is responsible for some portion of the budget to seriously consider reducing spending.  We have paid off our church insurance, so that is a good thing.  We are approaching the holidays and our stewardship campaign, which will require funds.  We must; however, continue to look to the future to ensure that the church will have funds then.  We must also continue to be good stewards of our funds and spend wisely. If you have any questions, please contact me at church, via email at LorrKSB@comcast.net, or by phone at 256-767-2507 (the answering machine will pick up; if I am home, I will answer).      Lorraine Banning, Treasurer

All Saints Day

This year in observance of All Saints Day on November 4, we will be reading the names of those who have passed between November 1 2017 and October 28, 2018.  If you have lost a loved one during that time, please contact the church office by October 28 to give us the information needed for the service.

THANK YOU

On behalf of my family, I want to thank you for the beautiful service celebrating the Christian life of our stepmother and my father’s loving wife, Lola. The service was a testament to a life well lived. Thank you for your many kindnesses shown during the visitation and for the food served to our family after the burial service.

          ~Yours truly in Christ, Bruce Aune

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

www.disciples.org/ga

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 (each box costs $9 to ship) 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 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), 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.




SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

Prayer Requests

Tommie Plunk fell and broke her wrist.

Agnes Wiedemeyer fell and broke her hip.

Continued Prayers: 

Betty McCarty,  Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

September 23, 2018

Worship: 140

Sunday school: 44

 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Scripture:  James 5:13-20 

                        Mark 9:38-50

Sermon:

         “The Incredible Power of Prayer”

      

WORSHIP & WONDER

9/30/2018: Exile and Return

10/7: The Parable of the Treasure

 

NEW STUDY

Our Study, From Judaism to Jesus, began Sunday, September 23. However, two classes are now combining for this study. We are moving the class to the larger classroom on the right upstairs. Class begins at 8:50 and ends at 9:30

                                                 ~ Sid Fulford

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept. 30: 5th Sunday Breakfast

Oct. 7: World Communion Day and

               Reconciliation Offering

Oct 8: Columbus Day. Office closed

Oct 14: Youth Sunday

Oct 14: Youth & Children trip to McGee 

              Farms Pumpkin Patch.

Oct 14: Pastor Appreciation Day

Oct 18: Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

Oct 18: Fellowship hall reserved, 5 pm

Oct 21: Board Meeting

Oct 28: Trunk or Treat

 

FIRE FIGHTERS’ LUNCHEON

Our annual Fire Fighters’ luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 18, from 11am --1 pm. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board: we need volunteers to help serve and volunteers to provide cakes for dessert. Questions? Please see Marsha or Bob Carter or call the church office.  

 

LOST AND FOUND

A bracelet was found in the sanctuary following the service for Lola Aune. If you are missing a bracelet, please call the church office and identify.

  

CONGRATULATIONS

The Region 6 Annual Tournament was held this past weekend in Foley.  Deryll Banning was awarded Instructor of the Year.  He also won a medal for weapons.  Deryll also served as a judge for several events.  Region 6 is comprised of studios in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

   

HOMELESS CARE COUNCIL OF NORTHWEST ALABAMA

During October, the Homeless Care Council will be collecting socks to donate to the homeless in our area. To donate, please call Christa Martin at 256-398-0192

 

THANK YOU

Dear First Christian Church,

Thank you for remembering the families served by Safeplace with your gift of food. Your support provides services to victims of domestic violence.

Sincerely, Safeplace

 

THANK YOU

Dear First Christian Church,
Thank you for your donation of $50.00 to One Place of the Shoals. We appreciate your support of our efforts to assist individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Our staff have been very busy this summer helping individuals with petitioning the court for protection from abuse orders, legal services, police reporting, counseling, and so much more. Thank you for helping to make this possible.

Sincerely, Elizabeth Moore

 

TRUNK OR TREAT

Sunday, October 28

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Our children and youth appreciate your support of their programs.

 

PUMPKIN PATCH

The Youth & children will be going to McGee Farms Pumpkin Patch, on Oct. 14.  Everyone in the church is invited. Come with us and have some fun!!

Questions? Please see Alyssa or Caroline.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Mark your calendar!

Registration for the 2019 General Assembly begins on Nov. 1, 2018.

www.disciples.org/ga

Some of the features of the 2019 General Assembly include:

•Opening Ceremony on Saturday afternoon, July 20

•Education featuring some of the premiere programs of the General Ministries

•Sending out & Closing ceremony on Wednesday morning, July 24

•Pre-event Bible studies and Bible lessons Monday - Wednesday mornings

 

PASTOR APPRECIATION DAY

Sunday, October 14

If you would like to bring a card for Reverend Storie and family to show your appreciation, a basket will be available in the fellowship.

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 (each box costs $9 to ship) 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 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), 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.

 

 


SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Betty McCarty,  Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Henrik Aune, Jan and Joe Billions and the entire family on the death of Lola Aune on Monday, September 17.

 

September 16, 2018

Worship: 125

Sunday school: 45

 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sermon:

             “Blessed are the Peacemakers”       

      

WORSHIP & WONDER

9/23/2018: The Promised Land 

9/30/2018: Exile and Return

10/7: The Parable of the Treasure

 

 

From the Director of Music

FCC Members,

Thank you for all the warm welcomes to the church! You have been a joy to meet and I look forward to getting to know each of you even more in the future.

The Chancel Choir has been amazing to work with and they work very hard to provide the music in our services each week.  Always pray for them to bring God's word through song in a meaningful way.  We will soon begin preparing for Advent and Christmas.  If you would like to join the group for this insightful and reflective time, please don't hesitate to let me know. 

Finally, the church has allowed me to become acclimated with the Chancel Choir before beginning efforts with the Handbell Choir.  I am looking to begin rehearsals on October 14 in the afternoon.  Once I have an idea of the group that wishes to ring, we will select a time for rehearsal.  I encourage people from the congregation to join us in the choir.  You don't have to know anything about them to learn them. If you can count, you will be good to go! I'm looking to recruit more ringers because I would like to add Handbells to some of our Chancel Choir music on Sundays, but many of the current ringers are singers.  We need some that aren't necessarily interested in singing to play bells.  Feel free to email me if you're interested.  We welcome all ages!  My contact is jhubbard68@gmail.com.

Wishing all of you a joyful song in your heart!                                             ~Jimmy

 

SEPTEMBER OUTREACH

UNA -- FEED THE PRIDE

We need non-perishable and microwaveable food items for struggling college students. (Canned veggies, fruit, soup, ravioli, spaghetti, mac & cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, oatmeal and coffee)

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!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept. 23: Church picnic

Sept. 30: 5th Sunday Breakfast

Oct. 7: World Communion Day and

               Reconciliation Offering

Oct 8: Columbus Day. Office closed

Oct 14: Youth Sunday

Oct 14: Youth & Children trip to McGee 

              Farms Pumpkin patch.

Oct 14: Pastor Appreciation Day

Oct 18: Fellowship hall reserved, 5 pm

Oct 21: Board Meeting

Oct 28: Trunk or Treat

 

TRUNK OR TREAT

Sunday, October 28. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Our children and youth appreciate your support of their programs.

THANK YOU

Dear FCC Members,

Thank you for the beautiful reception welcoming me and Brian to the church.  The food and punch was excellent, but even better was the fellowship and opportunity to meet so many of you.  I look forward to sharing with all of you the joy and blessing of music!                                                                Sincerely, Jimmy Hubbard     

 

ACOLYTE SCHEDULES

Acolyte Schedules for the upcoming 12 months are ready for parents to pick up. I will have copies this Sunday for each acolyte's family. Serving in October will be Coby Futrell and Morgan Johnson. Many thanks for the blessings that each acolyte brings to our worship service by carrying the light of Christ.

~Thomas Harrison

 

NEW STUDY

Our Study, From Judaism to Jesus, begins this Sunday, September 23. However, two classes are now combining for this study. We are moving the class to the larger classroom on the right upstairs. Class begins at 8:50 and ends at 9:30

                                                 ~ Sid Fulford

 CHURCH PICNIC

Mark your calendars!!!

First Christian Church annual church picnic will be at St. Florian Senior Center on Sunday, September 23, from 4-8 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Come enjoy fellowship and fun!!

 


SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Lola Aune, Betty McCarty,  Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, David Lady, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

September 9, 2018

Worship: 115

Sunday school: 42

 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Scripture: Psalm 116: 1-9   

                       James 3:1-12                                         

Sermon: “Starting a Fire”       

      

 

WORSHIP & WONDER

9/16/2018: The Ten Best Ways to Live

9/23/2018: The Promised Land 

9/30/2018: Exile and Return

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept. 16: Elders meeting in fellowship

                   hall, following worship.

Sept. 16: Chrismon meeting in library,

                   for those needing help.

Sept. 23: Church picnic

Sept. 30: 5th Sunday Breakfast

 

CHRISMONS

There will be a meeting in the Library on Sunday, September 16, for anyone who needs help with putting together their Chrismon. James McCorkle and others will be there to help.

 

CHURCH PICNIC

Mark your calendars!!!

First Christian Church annual church picnic will be at St. Florian Senior Center on Sunday, September 23, from 4-8 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

 

NEW STUDY

On September 23 our Sunday school class will begin a new study, From Judaism to Jesus: Connecting the Dots. This will be a six to eight week study, looking particularly at the 450 years from the close of the Old Testament to the coming of Jesus and the development of the conditions in which Christianity was born. You are invited to join us. Class starts at 8:50, first room on the left upstairs.  ~ Sid Fulford

Regional Minister

Reverend John Mobley will be joining First Christian Church for worship on Sunday, September 23.  He will be bringing us information from the Region.

 

SEPTEMBER OUTREACH

UNA -- FEED THE PRIDE

We need non-perishable and microwaveable food items for struggling college students. (Canned veggies, fruit, soup, ravioli, spaghetti, mac & cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, oatmeal and coffee)

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!

THANK YOU

Dear First Christian Church,

Thank you for remembering the families served by Safeplace with your gift of food. Your support provides services to victims of domestic violence.

Sincerely, Safeplace

 

Mama’s Squad

Let’s support the Nevins family.

Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. If you would like to join The Nevins team or make a donation, you can go online to: https://www.alz.org/

Once on the page, Scroll down until you see: Find a Team, type in: Mama's Squad and hit enter. A page will come up with that name, click on the name and you will be at the Nevins page.

(You must type in Mama’s Squad just like it is typed here or you will not find the page)

THANK YOU

James and I wanted to acknowledge and express our sincere appreciation to Faye Tash, Connie Lard, Robin, Sydney and Ella Coussons for all of their help with the reception this past Sunday.  We could not have done this without the tireless efforts of these special people. Thanks so much for all of your help.          ~Amy and James McCorkle

 

THANK YOU

Thank you to Amy and James McCorkle and everyone who helped with the reception on September 9. We appreciate all of your hard work and Amy’s wonderful food!

~First Christian Church

ACOLYTES

Acolyte Schedules for the upcoming 12 months are ready for parents to pick up. I will have copies this Sunday for each acolyte's family. Serving in October will be Coby Futrell and Morgan Johnson. Many thanks for the blessings that each acolyte brings to our worship service by carrying the light of Christ.

~Thomas Harrison

LEMON BARS -- AMY MCCORKLE

 

1/2 CUP BUTTER, SOFTENED

1 1/2 CUPS LIGHT BROWN SUGAR

1 1/4 CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR

2 EGGS ROOM TEMPERATURE

1 TSP VANILLA

1 TSP BAKING POWDER

1/2 TSP SALT

1 CUP PACKED FLAKED COCONUT

3/4 CUP CHOPPED PECANS

FROSTING:

2 CUPS CONFECTIONERS SUGAR

1/4 CUP MILK

2 TSP LEMON JUICE

DIRECTIONS:

•CREAM BUTTER AND 1/2 CUP LIGHT BROWN SUGAR UNTIL LIGHT AND FLUFFY.  ADD 1 CUP

FLOUR AND MIX WELL.  PRESS MIXTURE INTO A GREASED (PAM SPRAY) 9 X 13” METAL PAN.  BAKE @ 350 DEGREES FOR 10 MINUTES.   REMOVE FROM OVEN AND SET ASIDE.

•BEAT EGGS, VANILLA, 1 CUP LIGHT BROWN SUGAR UNTIL LIGHT AND FLUFFY.  IN SEPARATE BOWL, ADD 1/4 CUP FLOUR, 1 TSP BAKING POWDER AND 1/2 TSP SALT—MIX WELL.   FOLD DRY MIXTURE INTO EGG MIXTURE.  ADD COCONUT AND PECANS.  SPREAD EVENLY ONTO CRUST.  BAKE @ 350 DEGREES FOR 20 MINUTES AND LET COOL COMPLETELY IN PAN.

FROSTING:

•MIX CONFECTIONERS SUGAR, LEMON JUICE AND MILK.  COOK IN PAN ON LOW SETTING UNTIL SUGAR DISSOLVES AND MIXTURE IS SMOOTH—STIRRING AS NEEDED.  LET COOL—STIRRING OCCASIONALLLY.  WHEN FROSTING STARTS TO THICKEN—POUR OVER COCONUT MIXTURE.  LET FROSTING SET (MAY TAKE AWHILE BUT IT WILL SET) AND CUT INTO BARS BEFORE SERVING. 

•ENJOY!



SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayers: 

Lola Aune, Betty McCarty,  Janet McCarley, Dick Hollis, Ginny Palmer, David Lady, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

September 2, 2018

Worship: 125

Sunday school: 48

 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Scripture:   Psalm 125

                        James 2: 1-17

                                           

Sermon:

“Being Accountable to One Another”

      

 

WORSHIP & WONDER

9/9/2018: Exodus

9/16/2018 The Ten Best Ways to Live

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept. 9: Reception for Jimmy Hubbard

                 and Brian Weir

Sept 9: Quick called board meeting in

                library following worship.

Sept. 16: Elders meeting in fellowship

                   hall, following worship.

Sept. 16: Chrismon meeting in library,

                   for those needing help.

Sept. 23: Church picnic

Sept. 30: 5th Sunday Breakfast

CHRISMONS

There will be a meeting in the Library on Sunday, September 16, for anyone who needs help with putting together their Chrismon. James McCorkle and others will be there to help.

 

CHURCH PICNIC

Mark your calendars!!!

First Christian Church annual church picnic will be at St. Florian Senior Center on Sunday, September 23, from 4-8 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

 

RECEPTION

Following worship on September 9, there will be a reception in the fellowship hall for our new choir director, Jimmy Hubbard and our new accompanist, Brian Weir. Please come and meet Jimmy and Brian and enjoy time to fellowship with them.

 

NEW STUDY

On September 23 our Sunday school class will begin a new study, From Judaism to Jesus: Connecting the Dots. This will be a six to eight week study, looking particularly at the 450 years from the close of the Old Testament to the coming of Jesus and the development of the conditions in which Christianity was born. You are invited to join us. Class starts at 8:50, first room on the left upstairs.  ~ Sid Fulford

 

TUESDAY FALL

BIBLE STUDY

Invitation to Romans

By: Pamela M. Eisenbaum

Our current study is a short Disciple course from Abingdon Press, "Invitation to Romans". The first class met at 6:30 on Tuesday, September 4.

The class will move to Wednesday nights starting Wednesday, September 19, but the week of Sept 11, we will meet on Tuesday, due to Jim’s drill schedule with the Navy. I hope you will consider joining us. Everyone is welcome.

 

SEPTEMBER OUTREACH

UNA -- FEED THE PRIDE

We need non-perishable and microwaveable food items for struggling college students. (Canned veggies, fruit, soup, ravioli, spaghetti, mac & cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, oatmeal and coffee)

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!

CONGRATULATIONS

Usher Anshel Franks, born August 22. Parents are Curtis and Lydia Franks.  Grandparents are Sally and Scott Franks.

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THANK YOU

The Shoals Area Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities, the organization which Start on Success functions, sends its genuine appreciation for the donation of $500. Your donation is an important part of helping to build the future of high school students with disabilities. By giving to this program, you provide opportunities "unto the least of these.”  ~Sybylle Kipp, Coordinator of Interns and Development

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

NEW materials donated for Sunday school teachers of adult classes: In the upstairs Sunday school wing, within the short access way to the elevator, there is an assortment of Sunday school publications for your use. Many new books were added last week, although most have only one copy for your perusal and selection. These are located to the far right in the bottom of the blue book cart. There are also multiple copies of many other study books already on display for your consideration.

CALLED BOARD MEETING

There will be a quick called board meeting in the library this Sunday, following worship, before we head to the reception for Jimmy & Brian.

Regional Minister

Reverend John Mobley will be joining First Christian Church for worship on Sunday, September 23.  He will be bringing us information from the Region.

 

 


AUGUST 30, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Immediate Prayers:

Betty McCarty, Jerry Ford, Myra Finch

CSM(R) David Lady, friend of Jim Noles.

Janet McCarley, daughter of Mary & Wayne Collier.

Ginny Palmer was recently diagnosed with liver cancer.

Dick Hollis is in the VA retirement home for Veterans.

Continued Prayers: 

Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Lola Aune, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

August 26, 2018

Worship: 125

Sunday school: 45

 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Scripture:  Psalm 15: 1-5

                        James 1:17-27

                                           

Sermon: “No Room for Anger”

 

                          

WORSHIP & WONDER

9/2/2018: Abram and Sarai

9/9/2018: Exodus 

 

CHRISMONS

There will be a meeting in the Library on Sunday, September 16, for anyone who needs help with putting together their Chrismon. James McCorkle and others will be there to help.

CHURCH PICNIC

Mark your calendars!!!

First Christian Church annual church picnic will be at St. Florian Senior Center on Sunday, September 23, from 4-8 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

 

TUESDAY FALL

BIBLE STUDY

Invitation to Romans

By: Pamela M. Eisenbaum

Our study "Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation" with Dr Bruce Metzger was a huge success. We had a large turnout and we learned a great deal. Our next study will be a short Disciple course from Abingdon Press, "Invitation to Romans". We will begin at 6:30 on September 4, and run through the end of October. I hope you will consider joining us. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board, only to make sure we have enough resources. Everyone is welcome.

 

Thank You

We are most grateful for the depth and breadth of your loving kindness. Your prayers have been certain help; your cards and other expressions of concern have lifted us up. Physical therapy has been delayed until early September, so that though absent in body for a while longer, our spirits are joined with you on Sunday mornings.

                           All in Grace,  The Cranes

FROM THE CHURCH TREASURER

I reported to the Administrative Board at their July 15 meeting that our budget finances mid-year showed a year-to-date shortfall of about $7,900.  Our expenses have not been extravagant or “out of line” with our normal spending; our church offerings have been lower than previous years and lower than anticipated in the budget. I am happy to report, as of July 31, 2018, that our situation has improved greatly.  We received almost $37,000 in regular offerings, quite a sum for a summer month.  We also spent about $31,500 in expenses.  This leaves us, as of July 31, 2018, with an overall year-to-date budget shortfall of about $2,350.  In addition to this, MJ Carter Insurance has allowed us to pay our building insurance in three payments.  This has eased the draw on our bank account.  I remind you that this shortfall is in the budget, not our bank account.  We have sufficient monies to pay our bills; we must, however, look to the future to ensure that the church will have funds then.  We must also continue to be good stewards of our funds and spend wisely.

If you have any questions, please contact me at church, via email at LorrKSB@comcast.net, or by phone at 256-767-2507 (the answering machine will pick up; if I am home, I will answer).  Lorraine Banning, Treasurer

 

 

 

NEW STUDY

On September 23 our Sunday school class will begin a new study, From Judaism to Jesus: Connecting the Dots. This will be a six to eight week study, looking particularly at the 450 years from the close of the Old Testament to the coming of Jesus and the development of the conditions in which Christianity was born. You are invited to join us. Class starts at 8:50, first room on the left upstairs.  ~ Sid Fulford

 

SEPTEMBER OUTREACH

UNA -- FEED THE PRIDE

We need non-perishable and microwaveable food items for struggling college students. (Canned veggies, fruit, soup, ravioli, spaghetti, mac & cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, oatmeal and coffee)

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!

 

RECEPTION

Following worship on September 9, there will be a reception in the fellowship hall for our new choir director, Jimmy Hubbard and our new accompanist, Brian Weir. Please come and meet Jimmy and Brian and enjoy time to fellowship with them.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Tara Danley and Nic Creekmore on their marriage on June 23. Reverend James Storie officiated. Tara is the daughter of Teresa and Flynt Danley.

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

New to the library is The Masterpiece, the latest novel from the esteemed inspirational author Francine Rivers. In this romantic story of redemption, successful LA artist, Roman Velasco, and his newly-hired personal assistant, Grace Moore, both have demons in their pasts. As aspects of those pasts begin slowly coming together, something unexpected happens that changes the direction of their relationship. This is "a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece." (Quote taken from the book jacket.)

LIBRARY.jpg

AUGUST 15, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

PRAY FOR:

Immediate Prayers: Betty McCarty, Gene Crane, Jerry Ford

Ginny Palmer was recently diagnosed with liver cancer.

Continued Prayers: 

Brad Bowen, Marilyn Jones, Jim Hulsizer, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Lola Aune, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

August 12, 2018

Worship: 125

Sunday school: 45

 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Scripture:  Psalm 111

                                                                  Proverbs 9:1-6                                          

Sermon: “A Child's Simplicity”

 

                          

WORSHIP & WONDER

August 19: Noah

 

 

CHURCH PICNIC

Mark your calendars!!!

First Christian Church annual church picnic will be at St. Florian Senior Center on Sunday, September 23 from 4-8 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

 

BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE

A list of the 2017/18 Bereavement Committee members is on the bulletin board. If you wish to remain on the Bereavement Committee for 2018/19, please circle your name.

If you would like to begin serving on the Bereavement Committee for 2018/19, please sign the sheet provided on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Cherion Crow, Bereavement Committee chair.

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31

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? Please contact Rose McGee

 

DEACONS

Please remember to pick up your folder with information and schedules for 2018-2019. Folders are located in the workroom in a box on the counter. Questions? Please contact Laura Aldridge.

 

AUGUST OUTREACH

SIDNEY’S SAFE FOUNDATION

Let’s work together and reach out to help SSF provide snacks for hungry children in the Shoals.  We are asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as: jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, boxes of saltines, Little Debbies, fruit bars, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop-top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collection bins are in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either SSF or August Outreach, and place it in our offering tray.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LUNCH

Thank you to everyone for helping make the student luncheon a success. We had a great turnout and enjoyed fellowship with the students from UNA.

NOTE OF THANKS

Dearest friends of First Christian Church; May God bless each and every one of you richly, as we travel the road God has planned for us. You have been a true blessing in our lives during the past few years and we thank God for knowing you, working with you and worshipping with you. Your generous thoughts, prayers and expressions of love mean the world to Wayne and me. Thank you so much for your kind responses extended last Sunday. The day was special because of you--whether or not you were able to attend our last service! We will forever treasure the friendships and support we have in this wonderful congregation. Although we will be worshipping elsewhere, we will remain in the Shoals for a time and look forward to seeing you in the community. Continue to serve our Lord together in your many ministries. To God be the glory for the things He has done and continues to do in your sweet fellowship!!!     In His love,   Martha and Wayne Johnson

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

In honor of Charles and Marilyn Highfield, the following title has been placed in our library: Where the Wind Leads, which is a true account by a Vietnamese refugee, Vinh Chung.  Vinh Chung was born into a wealthy family that controlled a rice-milling empire worth millions; however, within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to poverty. A very-young Vinh and his family fled Vietnam in 1979, making a daring escape as boat people via the lawless South China Sea. Their journey took them from communist oppression to a better life in America, although it was a journey fraught by poverty, discrimination, and an extreme language barrier. This is a tale "of personal sacrifice, redemption, and endurance" that shows "what it truly means to be American" (taken from the book-jacket synopsis).


AUGUST 8, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

PRAY FOR:

Immediate Prayers:

Family of Laura Thompson. Laura passed away on August 4 from complications following childbirth.

Brad Bowen, son of Ann & Jack Bowen is in the hospital.

Betty McCarty fell and had to go to ECM.

Gene Crane is in Florence Nursing Home rehabilitation following surgery for a broken leg. Please call Ann before going by to be sure Gene is feeling up to visitors.

Rachel Carter as she lives and works in Dallas, Texas, for a temporary job assignment.

Continued Prayers:  

Marilyn Jones, friend of The Bannings,

Jim Hulsizer, friend of Rob Robinson, Roberta Shivers, Evelyn Gilley, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Lola Aune, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

August 5, 2018

Worship: 165

Sunday school: 50

WORSHIP & WONDER

August 12: Creation

August 19: Noah

DEACONS

Please remember to pick up your folder with information and schedules for 2018-2019. Folders are located in the workroom in a box on the counter. Questions? Please contact Laura Aldridge.

 

BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE

A list of the 2017/18 Bereavement Committee members is on the bulletin board. If you wish to remain on the Bereavement committee for 2018/19, please circle your name.

If you would like to begin serving on the Bereavement Committee for 2018/19, please sign the sheet provided on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Cherion Crow, Bereavement Committee chair.

 

 

SOUP KITCHEN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31

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? Please contact Rose McGee

 

 

AUGUST OUTREACH

SIDNEY’S SAFE FOUNDATION

Let’s work together and reach out to help SSF provide snacks for hungry children in the Shoals.  We are asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as: jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, boxes of saltines, Little Debbies, fruit bars, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop-top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collection bins are in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either SSF or August Outreach, and place it in our offering tray.

 

CHURCH PICNIC

Mark your calendars!!!

First Christian Church annual church picnic will be at St. Florian Senior Center on Sunday, September 23 from 4-8 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

 

LOVE OFFERING

If you would like to contribute towards a love offering for Wayne and Martha Johnson, you may place a check in the offering plate through August 12. Designate: Johnson love offering.

 

A Note of Thanks

Thank you Jim, choir and church family for the blessings you have shown to Martha and myself during the six and a half years we have served our Lord here at First Christian. You are all so special to us and we will miss you. May God shower His richest blessings on all of the church family.  In His love, Wayne

 

Dear Friends and Elders of First Christian Church,

Thank you for the honor and privilege of allowing me to serve alongside you at First Christian Church. It is with sadness that I am resigning as Elder. Wayne and I are stepping aside in our music ministry as we seek God’s leadership in our future. I know that God has a wonderful plan for First Christian congregation. We have many precious memories of service with friends and co-workers here and throughout the Shoals community. I have been very impressed with the broad vision this congregation has for touching lives, meeting needs and sharing the Gospel of Christ. You are in good hands as our Lord leads you all to greater things. Know that we keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely, Martha Johnson

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for your recent gift to Shoals Scholar Dollars Foundation. Your generosity and faith in higher education is inspiring to the Shoals students. Your gift will have a positive impact in the lives of these students.

Lisa Patterson, Treasurer

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Holly and Adam Clark on the birth of their son, Elliott William Walter Clark, born on August 6. He weighed 7lb 12 oz. and is 21” long. Proud grandparents are Lynne & Bill Davis.

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Certificate

First Christian Church was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by the Regional office.

“This Certificate of Recognition to First Christian church is for gifts of $33,089.00 in 2017 supporting ministries of the Christian Church beyond the local congregation. Your congregation’s support of these ministries is not only appreciated by the Region, but also by every Disciple’s educational institution and general unit. This certificate is given with appreciation in recognition of your outstanding support.”   ~John Mobley, Regional Minister

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

In memory of Mike Nale, his brother Leon has purchased the two new bookcase-towers in our library. These cases house the teen/young adult books. The cases were, of course, built by my buddy Herbert Luker. Make a point to visit the library at your convenience to pick up a book and take a journey...

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August 1, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns:

Marilyn Jones, (friend of Lorraine & Deryll Banning) is having major surgery on Monday for cancer.

Gene Crane is in Florence Nursing Home rehabilitation following surgery for a broken leg. Please call Ann before going by to be sure Gene is feeling up to visitors.

Continued Prayers: Jim Hulsizer, friend of Rob Robinson, Roberta Shivers, Evelyn Gilley, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Lola Aune, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

July 29, 2018

Worship: 137

 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Scripture:  Psalm 51

                       John 6:24-35                         

Sermon: “Our Secret Heart”

                          

Worship & Wonder

August 5: God’s Dream

August 12: Creation

August 19: Noah

Deacons

Please remember to pick up your folder with information and schedules for 2018-2019. Folders are located in the workroom in a box on the counter. Questions? Please contact Laura Aldridge.

A fellowship welcome lunch will be held immediately following worship service on August 5th for UNA students from China.  Meat, bread, and drinks will be provided but we are asking for vegetables, salads, and desserts from our members.  This is a joint effort by World and Community Outreach, Membership, and Long Range Planning.  Please plan to attend and support this event as we welcome these students to our community for this academic year.  

Beginning Sunday, August 5th, we will resume our fellowship time in the fellowship hall. Sunday school should begin at 8:45 and conclude at 9:30.  fellowship time will be from 9:35 until 9:50. Please come to celebrate birthdays, share your brags and blessings, hear our church announcements, and visit with your friends.

 

BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE

A list of the 2017/18 Bereavement committee members is on the bulletin board. If you wish to remain on the Bereavement committee for 2018/19, please circle your name.

If you would like to begin serving on the Bereavement Committee for 2018/19, please sign the sheet provided on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Cherion Crow, Bereavement Committee chair.

 SOUP KITCHEN

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? Please contact Rose McGee

AUGUST OUTREACH SIDNEY'S SAFE FOUNDATION

Let’s work together and reach out to help SSF provide snacks for hungry children in the Shoals.  We are asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as: jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, boxes of saltines, Little Debbies, fruit bars, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collection bins are in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either SSF or August Outreach, and place it in our offering tray.

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Dot Lyle, mother of Mike Lyle and grandmother of Tricia Wall. (Family of Ruby Nell Brackin and Tonitia Butler) Dot, a long time former member, passed away at the age of 95 on July 25.

 

Upcoming Events

August 5: International Student Luncheon

Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

Last fall the Alabama-Northwest Florida Region made a remarkable response to an appeal for emergency financial assistance to Puerto Rico through our network of Disciples congregations in Puerto Rico.  The outpouring of support made a huge difference to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico as they worked to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.  General Pastor Miguel Morales personally expressed his gratitude to the Region for our contribution of resources.  At that time volunteers and work groups were discouraged from trying to travel to Puerto Rico to lend additional assistance. The Office of Disciples Volunteering and Week of Compassion are ready now to handle volunteer groups that wish to travel to Puerto Rico in solidarity with our Disciples congregation in that country.  Perhaps your congregation will want to explore this as a way to engage persons in important hands-on mission.  For more information you can go to: www.discipleshomemissions.org/missions
Once there, type in Puerto Rico Response to read more.
Your partner in ministry,
John P. Mobley
Regional Minister

 

M. H. Harper Library 

Thomas Harrison

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a recent New York TimesUSA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller, being Publishers Weekly's #3 longest-running bestseller of 2017. "Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong." (Synopsis taken from the book jacket.)  This story spans 1939 to the present day. 


July 25, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns:

Continued Prayers: Roberta Shivers, Evelyn Gilley, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Lola Aune, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

July 22, 2018

Worship: 115

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Scripture: Exodus 29: 8-11

                       Mark 2: 23-28

 

                             Sid Fulford

Sermon: “Jesus and the Sabbath”

                          

Worship & Wonder

July 29: Best of All

August 5: God’s Dream

August 12: Creation

August 19: Noah

 

Upcoming Events

July 29: Fifth Sunday Breakfast

August 5: International Student Luncheon

 

July Outreach

HYDRATE THE HOMELESS

We are taking donations for Hydrate the Homeless.

Thanks to the overwhelming turnout for the Lauderdale event, they do not need any more bottled water. They DO; however, need any donations of the NEW summer essentials listed below. Monetary donations may also be made and dropped in the offering plate noted: Hydrate the Homeless.

COOLING TOWELS - BAGS

FLIP FLOPS - SUNSCREEN

ICE PACKS - NEW SOCKS

LIP BALM - HANDHELD FANS

BABY WIPES - SUNGLASSES

RAIN PONCHOS - TISSUES

UMBRELLAS - DEODORANT

T-SHIRTS - HATS

 

Tuesday Night Bible Study

The Tuesday night Bible study class will not meet on July 31 while Jim and his family are on vacation. Class will resume on August 7.

International Student Luncheon

A fellowship welcome lunch will be held immediately following worship service on August 5th for UNA students from China.  Meat, bread and drinks will be provided but we are asking for vegetables, salads, and desserts from our members.  A sign-up sheet will be placed on the bulletin board in the hallway.  This is a joint effort by World and Community Outreach, Membership, and Long Range Planning.  Please plan to attend and support this event as we welcome these students to our community for this academic year.  

Congratulations

Congratulations to Claire and Don McCamy on their marriage on July 7.

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Dot Vance and family on the death of Bill Vance on July 20.

From the Times Daily:

Mr. Vance was a World War II veteran in the U.S. Navy. He owned and operated the Corner Drug Store for 30 years and was a Master Mason with Masonic Lodge #338. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Florence. Survivors include his loving wife of 71 years, Dot Vance; son, Ronald Max Vance and wife, Jennifer; grandson, Stephan Vance and wife, Lynnsee; and great-grandson, Sawyer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity. 

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Bereavement Committee

A list of the 2017/18 Bereavement Committee members is on the bulletin board. If you wish to remain on the Bereavement committee for 2018/19, please circle your name.

If you would like to begin serving on the Bereavement Committee for 2018/19, please sign the sheet provided on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact Cherion Crow, Bereavement Committee chair.

 

Fellowship Time

Beginning Sunday August 5th, we will resume our fellowship time in the fellowship hall. Sunday school should begin at 8:45 and conclude at 9:30.  Fellowship Time will be from 9:35 until 9:50. Please come to celebrate birthdays, share your brags and blessings, hear our church announcements, and visit with your friends.

THANK YOU

Dear church members,

On behalf of the Living Well Project, thank you for your contribution of $3163.50 on April 13, 2018. Thank you for partnering with us to provide clean water for those without. Included are two photos: before and after a well that was just completed in Liberia. Jessica Schwieger, Living Water Project.


JULY 19, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns:

Continued Prayers: Bill Vance, Roberta Shivers, Bill Vance, Evelyn Gilley, (Niece of Martha Johnson), Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Lola Aune, Peggy Willich, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

July 15, 2018

Worship: 115

 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Scripture: Psalm 23

                      Jeremiah 23:1-6

                

Sermon:

       “The Comfort of Righteousness”

 

 

DIACONATE

A general meeting/training session for all Diaconate will be on July 22, 2018. Questions? Please contact Laura Aldridge

Upcoming Events

July 20: Fellowship Hall Reserved

July 22: Diaconate Meeting

July 29: Fifth Sunday Breakfast

UPDATE

Is your address, phone number or email up-to-date in the church office? 

Do you have a home phone or just a cell phone? Does the church office have your correct phone number? Would you like to occasionally receive updates from the church by email?

Does the church have your current email address? Have you moved and given the church your correct mailing address? We want to be able to stay in touch. Please contact Tammy in the church office if any of these need to be updated.

Thank You

Thank you for your recent donation to the Meals on Wheels Program. Meals on Wheels not only provides a nutritious meal but also a smile and a visit with the volunteer delivering the meal. We are currently providing meals for 157 people in our area. Contributions such as yours make it possible for us to continue this important program. Thank you again for your kind and generous donation.

                    ~Sincerely, Meals on Wheels

 

July Outreach

HYDRATE THE HOMELESS

We are taking donations for Hydrate the Homeless.

Thanks to the overwhelming turnout for the Lauderdale event, they do not need any more bottled water. They DO; however, need any donations of the NEW summer essentials listed below. Monetary donations may also be made and dropped in the offering plate noted: Hydrate the Homeless.

COOLING TOWELS - BAGS

FLIP FLOPS - SUNSCREEN

ICE PACKS - NEW SOCKS

LIP BALM - HANDHELD FANS

BABY WIPES - SUNGLASSES

RAIN PONCHOS - TISSUES

UMBRELLAS - DEODORANT

T-SHIRTS - HATS

Thank You

Thank you so much for your recent donation to Safeplace and the families we serve. Your faithful support means so much to us as we provide opportunities for charge and hope for a future without violence. We are grateful to have the blessing of your support. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

                                ~Sincerely, Safeplace

International Student Luncheon

A fellowship welcome lunch will be held immediately following worship service on August 5th for UNA students from China.  Meat, bread and drinks will be provided but we are asking for vegetables, salads, and desserts from our members.  A sign-up sheet will be placed on the bulletin board in the hallway.  This is a joint effort by World and Community Outreach, Membership, and Long Range Planning.  Please plan to attend and support this event as we welcome these students to our community for this academic year.  

Thank You

Dear First Christian Church family,

Thank you so much for all your support, cards, gifts and most of all prayers for me before, during and after my cancer surgery on my tongue (squamous cell carcinoma).  I've never smoked; it was just a fluke for me: however, I really hope that those of you who do would consider stopping.  There's a lot of things that could have been worse than what they found, so for that I am thankful.  The love and support was truly heart felt.

               ~Christian love, Patti Lough

Congratulations

Charles Christopher (Charlie) Morgan, born July 9, 2018 to Chris and Jennifer Morgan. Proud “big brothers” are Gresham and Henry and grandparents are Barbara and Chuck Morgan.

 

Tuesday Night Bible Study

The Tuesday night Bible study class will meet on Tuesday, July 24.  However, we will not meet on July 31, while Jim and his family are on vacation. Class will resume on August 7.


July 11, 2018

Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns:

Tiran Jackson (lifelong friend Curtis Franks and Sally & Scott Franks) and his wife, Maleka Grimes Jackson were involved in a boat accident in the Bahamas last week. Sadly, Maleka was killed in the accident and Tiran lost a leg. Please keep their family in your thoughts and prayers. Tiran is originally from Florence, he and his wife and children were currently living in Nashville, Tn.

Continued Prayers: Bill Vance, Roberta Shivers, Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Anna Perez, Lola Aune, Annie Storie (Jim’s sister-in-law), Patti Lough, Peggy Willich, Burnadine & Woody Wright, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Tommy Peeden, Sara Wright, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

July 8, 2018

Worship: 125

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Scripture: Psalm 24

                Genesis 37:1-11             

Sermon:  “Winners and Losers

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 9-13: Vacation Bible School

July 15: Board Meeting

July 20: Fellowship Hall Reserved

July 22: Diaconate Meeting

July 29: Fifth Sunday Breakfast

 

“A Parthian Shot”

The phrase “a Parthian Shot” or “a Parting Shot” (our vernacular betrays us) refers to a stinging insult thrown by a person as they leave a room. In Arthur Doyle Cannon’s, “A Study in Scarlet”, the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, devastates a pair of rivals using this technique. For those of us who grew up in the South, probably our most famous Parthian Shot is when Scarlett O’Hara pleads with Rhett Butler “Where will I go? What will I do?” His response was an “ouch” indeed, and “Frankly my Dear…I’ll let you look that one up.” This phrase is a reference to an early rival to the Roman Empire called “the Parthians”. Their empire once centered in Northeastern Iran but over time, extended all the way to Asia Minor, what is now Turkey. That is where they came into contact with the Romans. The Parthians were fierce warriors known for their incredible horsemanship, their composite bow, and their barbed arrows. This allowed them to move very quickly on the battlefield and inflict horrific casualties on an enemy all the while feigning retreat. Once the enemy was weakened, the Parthians would turn on their pursuers with devastating effectiveness. They used this tactic to greatest effect at the Battle of Carrhae in 53 BC when the famous Roman General Crassus (the man who defeated Spartacus) led an army of 50,000 into the Syrian Desert against 9,000 Parthians and was soundly defeated. The Romans wearing their heavy armor and their dark red cloaks soon became exhausted in the heat chasing the fast-moving Parthians in their lighter white cloaks. When the Parthians finally turned, Crassus was killed and only a fraction of the Romans survived. During the First century AD, every Roman child knew the image of the white horseman with a bow and the stories of Parthian ferocity.  Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures call out, as with a voice of thunder, “Come!” 2 I looked, and there was a white horse! Its rider had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering and to conquer.  –Revelation 6:1-2

John of Patmos likely used the image of a Parthian Horseman in the Book of Revelation to say, not so subtly, the judgements of God as expressed by the Seven Seals would destroy the military might of the oppressive and persecuting Roman Empire. Much the same as the Bible used the military power of the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, and the Greeks to express God’s power to bring justice and end persecution, John shows that God’s will cannot be thwarted, not even by Mighty Rome: the epitome of earthly power.  For us today, this imagery should reassure us of God’s ability to end our own suffering, to bring relief to our own persecutions and that God remains in control. Remember, Paul’s words in Romans tells us we are more than conquerors and no power on earth or in heaven can separate us for the love of God that we know through Christ Jesus. However, it is also a warning to us about our own actions or inactions.  It would be very easy for us to fall into the same power trap the Romans did and believe that our earthly wealth and position somehow freed us from God will for mercy. My “Parthian Shot” to you is not an insult, but a truth spoken in Psalm “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.”             ~Jim

 

Directory Update

Is your address, phone number or email up-to-date in the church office? 

Do you have a home phone or just a cell phone?

Does the church office have your correct phone number?

Would you like to occasionally receive updates from the church by email?

Does the church have your current email address?

Have you moved and given the church your correct mailing address?

We want to be able to stay in touch. Please contact Tammy in the church office if any of these need to be updated.

 

Thank You

Dear First Christian Church children and youth,

Thank you so much for coming to Columbia Cottage and helping make Fourth of July door decorations. We all enjoyed your time with us.

Love, Ruby Nell Brackin

 

Diaconate Meeting

A general meeting/training session for all Diaconate will be on July 22, 2018. Questions? Please contact Laura Aldridge

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

July 15: The Case of the Lost Temper.

July 22: The Lord’s Prayer.

July 29: Best of All

August 5: God’s Dream

August 12: Creation

August 19: Noah

JULY OUTREACH: We are taking donations for Hydrate the Homeless.

Thanks to the overwhelming turnout for the Lauderdale event, they do not need any more bottled water. They DO however, need any donations of the NEW summer essentials listed below. Monetary donations may also be made and dropped in the offering plate noted: Hydrate the Homeless.

COOLING TOWLES

FLIP FLOPS

SUNSCREEN

ICE PACKS

NEW SOCKS

LIP BALM

HANDHELD FANS

BABY WIPES

SUNGLASSES

RAIN PONCHOS

TISSUES

UNBRELLAS

DEODORANT

T-SHIRTS

HATS

BAGS

JUNE 27, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns:

Bill Vance is in Mitchell Rehabilitation.  

Continued Prayers: Janna Mussleman Childers, Grace Noles, Anna Perez, Lola Aune, Annie Storie (Jim’s sister-in-law), Patti Lough, Peggy Willich, Burnadine & Woody Wright, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Tommy Peeden, Sara Wright, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

June 24, 2018

Sunday school: 45

Worship: 125

 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Scripture: 2 Samuel 2: 17-27

                       Mark 5: 24-34                   

Sermon:  “Being Made Whole”  

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

July 1: Let’s Make a Joyful Noise

 

Mission Work

The children and youth will be doing local mission work this summer. Please let Caroline Hean know if you have any suggestions for mission work for both older youth and children.

 

Diaconate Meeting

A general meeting/training session for all Diaconate will be on July 22, 2018. Questions? Please contact Laura Aldridge

UPCOMING EVENTS

June Outreach Contacts:

 Judy & Jerry Ford

June Outreach: One Place

June 29: Soup Kitchen.

Contacts, Judy & Jerry Ford

July 4: Office closed

July 9-13: Vacation Bible School

 

Handbells

There will not be any practice for handbells during the month of July.

Thank You

Thanks to all of you who showed concern and support during Charlie’s hospitalization and recovery from the “attack of the red truck.” Having a caring church family is a blessing.

Charlie, Marilyn, Jennifer, Jonathan, Cindy, Emma, Maud & Fergus

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be held in the evening, the week of July 9-13. We are asking for help in several areas: people to provide nightly meals, storytellers, volunteers to help decorate, group leaders for the different grade levels, craft leaders, etc.

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

We appreciate your continued help. 

Please let Caroline or Alyssa know if you have any questions.

 Directory Update

Is your address, phone number or email up-to-date in the church office?  Do you have a home phone or just a cell phone? Does the church office have your correct phone number? Would you like to occasionally receive updates from the church by email? Does the church have your current email address?

Have you moved and given the church your correct mailing address? We want to be able to stay in touch. Please contact Tammy in the church office if any of these need to be updated.

 

Exchange Club Recognition

The Florence Exchange Club of Florence recognized First Christian Church on June 26 during their luncheon. First Christian Church was given a plaque recognizing our display of The American Flag.

 

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

Interested in a bit of intriguing summer reading? Then try the latest trilogy by Terri Blackstock: If I Run, If I'm Found, and If I Live. The latest novel has been placed in the library in honor of Lorraine Banning. In the first novel, "Casey Cox’s DNA is all over a crime scene. There’s no use talking to the police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested... or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore... But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. Casey doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?" (Amazon.com synopsis)

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Exchange Club Award

The Book of Golden Deeds project is the most valued and important recognition given at the Florence Exchange Club Annual Meeting every June. We are honored this year to recognize all the wonderful contributions made by the award recipient, William “Bill” Batson. Bill joined the Exchange Club in 1952 and dedicated most of his life to service. He was Mayor of Florence from 1969-1978 and served a second term from 1981-1984. He volunteered on numerous boards and committees and was best known for his 30-years of service to Meals on Wheels through the Community Action Agency of NW Alabama. Bill had the heart of a servant and was a prime example of “Unity of Service”, which is the motto of the Exchange Club. Bill passed in December 2015, but is forever remembered for his focus on others, not himself. Adin Batson presented the award to the family of Bill Batson. Bill’s daughter, Suzanne Morris, her husband Barry Morris, and Bill’s grandson, Dean Sanders accepted the award.         

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Mark 5: 24-34

As you have probably noticed, I have been fascinated lately with the Biblical (Kione) Greek especially in finding words that are not easily translated into modern English.  Sometime the meanings have to be described as “sort of like” this or “sort of like” that because there are no direct equivalents. As it turns out, when early Jewish leaders were translating the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek. They too had no direct equivalent.  For instance, the Hebrew word “טָמֵא” or Tameh (Tah-may) which we translate as “unclean” really means “defiled” or “sickly” or “not pure” or “spiritually corrupt” or just plain “physically dirty.” As you can see each has a different meaning or at least a nuanced one. So, the first century Greek-writing Jewish community used several different words for each meaning that often failed to express the nuance intended.

 To complicate matters even more, there were two types of Tameh in Hebrew: plain Tameh and Metameh (May-tah-may). Tameh was unclean by itself, and Metameh was uncleanliness that could be imparted by others or to others. Here is an example: a pig is Metameh. If you used a glove to touch the pig then the glove becomes Temah but you are not because the glove does not transmit the Tameh.  Why is this important? In Mark 5, when the hemorrhaging woman touches Jesus’ cloak, by Jewish tradition, she is Metameh. Notice she did not touch Jesus directly but, out of fear and respect, reached for something that would not transmit her uncleanliness; his garment. Now, uncleanliness may not mean much to us today but to the original Jewish audience that would have been a huge deal. An unexpected thing happened. The process reversed itself.  Jesus transmitted cleanliness. By touching his garment, the woman was made whole. She was no longer Metameh. Jesus transmits cleanliness! Remember that the next time you feel unloved or unlovable. Whatever uncleanliness you and I find ourselves in or surrounded by, Jesus can make us whole.             ~Jim 


JUNE 20, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns:

Lynn Peterson, (sister of Sally Franks), husband, Kevin Peterson, was involved in a motorcycle accident on June 10. Sadly he passed away on June 17 from injuries sustained in the accident. Please keep the family in your prayers.

Janna Mussleman Childers, was recently diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and has been to Emory in Atlanta, Georgia, to see about treatment options.

Bill Vance is in the hospital in CCU with pneumonia. They hope to be in a regular room by 6-20-18.

Azalia Shaw, friend of Paula Babcock, had tests at Vanderbilt and was cleared of any cancer! Thank you for your prayers!!

Continued Prayers: Grace Noles, Anna Perez, Lola Aune, Annie Storie (Jim’s sister-in-law), Patti Lough, Peggy Willich, Burnadine & Woody Wright, Katrina Kelley, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Tommy Peeden, Sara Wright, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

June 17, 2018

Sunday school: 40

Worship: 150

 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Scripture:  Psalm 133

                        2 Corinthians 6:1-13

Sermon:  “Not In Vain”

                   

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

June 24: Heaven is for Real for kids

 

Mission Work

The children and youth will be doing local mission work this summer. Please let Caroline Hean know if you have any suggestions for mission work for both older youth and children.

 

Chrismon Tree

The worship committee is asking for volunteers to help make new Chrismon Ornaments for our tree. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact James McCorkle.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June Outreach Contacts:

 Judy & Jerry Ford

June Outreach: One Place

June 29: Soup Kitchen.

Contacts, Judy & Jerry Ford

July 9-13: Vacation Bible School

 

Choir Practice

There will not be any choir practice on July 4th.

 

Handbells

There will not be any practice for Handbells during the month of July.

 

 

 

 

 

June Outreach

One Place of the Shoals

Judy & Jerry Ford, contacts.

In October, 2013 One Place of the Shoals was incorporated. One Place is a collaborative effort to provide services in one location to victims of rape and sexual assault, physical abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. One Place of the Shoals uses the Family Justice Center model providing one place for victims to talk to an advocate, plan for their safety, have evidence collected in cases, get interviewed by law enforcement, meet with a civil attorney, receive information on shelter, receive free counseling, and receive information about other community services. Their immediate needs are: Monetary donations, individually wrapped snacks for their family rooms, black ink pens, file folders, file folder labels, post-it notes, and colored index cards.

Soup Kitchen

Friday, June 29, 2018

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? Please contact Judy or Jerry Ford

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will be held in the evening, the week of July 9-13. We are asking for help in several areas: people to provide nightly meals, storytellers, volunteers to help decorate, group leaders for the different grade levels, craft leaders, etc.

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

We appreciate your continued help. 

Please let Caroline or Alyssa know if you have any questions.

 

VBS

The children and youth are collecting empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls for a VBS project. Please leave in the container in the fellowship hall or you may give to Caroline or Alyssa.

We appreciate your support!!

 

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Harriett Edwards on her death.

 

Diaconate Meeting

A general meeting/training session for all Diaconate will be on July 22, 2018. Questions? Please contact Laura Aldridge.

Directory Update

Is your address, phone number or email up-to-date in the church office?  Do you have a home phone or just a cell phone? Does the church office have your correct phone number? Would you like to receive updates from the church by email occasionally? Does the church have your current email address?

Have you moved and given the church your correct mailing address? We want to be able to stay in touch. Please contact Tammy in the church office if any of these need to be updated.

 

Thank You

Our youth and children donated $300 of money raised from the rummage sale to help a child go to camp. The regional office sent this note:

Thank you for your gift of $300 to the 2018 Camp/Conference Scholarship Campaign. Your willingness to answer when called upon and go above and beyond to meet a financial need is such a blessing to this Region. It is our prayer that the children who benefit from your donation will truly receive a blessing at camp. 

           ~Susan Henderson, Regional Staff

THANK YOU

Thank you to Rose McGee for the beautiful new photo of the front of the church with our new sign. The new photo will now be used for the front of our bulletin.


JUNE 13, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns:

Grace Noles, mother of Jim Noles, had surgery for a broken hip on June 12. She is doing well. Your prayers are appreciated.

Azalia Shaw, friend of Paula Babcock is at Vanderbilt having tests due to a cancer diagnosis.

Continued Prayers: Anna Perez, Lola Aune, Annie Storie (Jim’s sister-in-law), Patti Lough, Peggy Willich, Burnadine & Woody Wright, Katrina Kelley, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Tommy Peeden, Sara Wright, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

June 10, 2018

Sunday school: 40

Worship: 135

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Scripture:  Ezekiel 17:22-24

                        Mark 4:26-34

Sermon:  

  “When the Impossible is Possible”

                

Worship & Wonder Schedule

June 17:

Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Reminder

There will not be a Tuesday night Bible study on June 19. Jim will be at camp. Class will resume on June 26.

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to James and Amy McCorkle on the death of James, brother Frank McCorkle.

VBS

The children and youth are collecting empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls for a VBS project. Please leave in the container in the fellowship hall or you may give to Caroline or Alyssa.

We appreciate your support!!

Mission Work

The children and youth will be doing local mission work this summer. Please let Caroline Hean know if you have any suggestions for mission work for both older youth and children.

Chrismon Tree

The worship committee is asking for volunteers to help make new Chrismon Ornaments for our tree. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact James McCorkle.

Emmaus Meeting

There will be an Emmaus Cluster meeting at FUMC of Tuscumbia on June 18 at 6:00 p.m.  Questions? Contact Jean Peeden

 

 

 

 

June Outreach

One Place of the Shoals

Judy & Jerry Ford, contacts.

In October 2013 One Place of the Shoals was incorporated. One Place is a collaborative effort to provide services in one location to victims of rape and sexual assault, physical abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. One Place of the Shoals uses the Family Justice Center model providing one place for victims to talk to an advocate, plan for their safety, have evidence collected in cases, get interviewed by law enforcement, meet with a civil attorney, receive information on shelter, receive free counseling, and receive information about other community services. Their immediate needs are: Monetary donations, individually wrapped snacks for their family rooms, black ink pens, file folders, file folder labels, post-it notes, and colored index cards.

Soup Kitchen

Friday, June 29, 2018

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? Please contact Judy or Jerry Ford

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June Outreach Contacts:

 Judy & Jerry Ford

June Outreach: One Place

June 17: Father’s Day

June 22-24, 2018 Genesis Camp (K/1st Grade) and Discovery Camp (2nd Grade/3rd Grade)

June 18-22, 2018 Junior Camp (4th Grade/5th Grade), Chi Rho Camp (6th, 7th, and 8th) and CYF Conference (9th Grade-12th Grade)

June 29: Soup Kitchen. Contacts, Judy & Jerry Ford

July 9-13: Vacation Bible School

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Taylor Hendrix on her engagement to Sam Henderson! Taylor is the daughter of Tammy & Trace Hendrix.

Thank You

Thank you Martha Hickman for your time given to us playing the piano during worship service. We appreciate your service.

Church Sign

We would like to thank several people for their help with our new church sign: Terry McGee (artist in residence), Leon Nale (right-hand man), Bill Davis (deputy right-hand man), and John Finch (property). Thank you for all each of you do, we appreciate you!

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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be held in the evening, the week of July 9-13. We are asking for help in several areas: people to provide nightly meals, storytellers, volunteers to help decorate, group leaders for the different grade levels, craft leaders, etc.

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

We appreciate your continued help. 

Please let Caroline or Alyssa know if you have any questions.

NOTE FROM REVEREND STORIE

Several people have asked me about the Greek word I focused on last Sunday. It is ἡσυχία or transliterated “hesuchia” (pronounced hay-soo-khee'-ah). Hesuchia means “– quietness, implying a God produced calm; for the believer.” It does not mean “to command silence”, which would more appropriately be σιγή or sigḗ (pronounced see-gay). So it is not about speaking or not speaking, but it is about living a life of peace and not meddling in other people’s business or causing conflict.

When Paul writes urging Timothy to instruct certain women to “learn quietly” in 1 Timothy 2:11 and to “remain quiet” in 1 Timothy 2:12, in both instances “hesuchia”; Paul is not urging silence but peaceful coexistence. It is the same peaceful coexistence that he urges for all followers of Christ in 2 Thessalonians 3:12. In all likelihood, Timothy was struggling with a group of women that were causing conflict within his community of believers just as the church at Thessalonica had a group of men causing problems.

One of the beautiful truths about our Scriptures is that they speak to all generations. Even today, if we are not very careful, well intentioned believers can cause tremendous harm when we stray from the ultimate path of discipleship which is love.  I urge and pray everyone experiences “hesuchia” this week and always.   

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JUNE 6, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns:

Callahan Zenk, (10 month old son of Reilly & Tyler Zenk, and grandson of Barb & Dan Hendrix) is in ICU with pneumonia. The family lives in Norfolk, Virginia

Charlie Highfield is home!

Continued Prayers: Anna Perez, Lola Aune, Annie Storie (Jim’s sister-in-law), Patti Lough, Peggy Willich, Burnadine & Woody Wright, Katrina Kelley, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Tommy Peeden, Sara Wright, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

June 3, 2018

Sunday school: 51

Worship: 125

 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Scripture:  Isaiah 12                        

                        2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Sermon:  “In Stillness Wait”

                   

Worship & Wonder Schedule

June 10:

The Prayer of Jabez for Young Hearts

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

Summer is upon us and we wanted to let you know about some exciting programs coming up.

Beginning June 5th, Jim will be leading an evening Bible Study called “Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation.” It is study by Dr. Bruce Metzger who, by the way, chaired the committee that translated the New Reserved Standard Version of the Bible. Dr. Metzger brings a unique perspective to a book that Dr. Metzger points out is widely ignored or widely misunderstood by Christians today. The study will begin at 6:30pm on Tuesday evenings. Come join us.

Secondly, once again our Education Committee wanted to give our teachers a period of rest and renewal; therefore, our Sunday school classes will combine during the month of July.  Jim will be leading a study on some key aspects of Christian thought and practice that have shaped Disciple identity. The combined class will meet in the fellowship hall. The fifth Sunday in July is, of course, our fifth Sunday breakfast. It will be a busy summer: come join us and bring a friend.    

Emmaus Meeting

There will be an Emmaus Cluster meeting at FUMC of Tuscumbia on June 18 at 6:00 p.m.  Questions? Contact Jean Peeden

 

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be held in the evening; July 9-13. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. We are asking for help in several areas. Please let Caroline or Alyssa know if you would like to help.

 

VBS

The children and youth are collecting empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls for a VBS project. Please leave in the container in the fellowship hall or you may give to Caroline or Alyssa.

We appreciate your support!!

 

Florence Animal Shelter

On June 14, the children and youth will be volunteering at the Florence Animal Shelter from 10 am-12 pm. We will be collecting donation items such as: dog food, cat food, cat litter, towels, blankets, leashes, collars, treats, toys and other animal supplies. Please place them in the designated box in the fellowship hall.  Thank you for your support.

 

Mission Work

The children and youth will be doing local mission work this summer. Please let Caroline Hean know if you have any suggestions for mission work for both older youth and children.

 

Birthday

June Helton’s 90th birthday is June 23. It was accidently left off of the calendar.

 

Chrismon Tree

The worship committee is asking for volunteers to help make new Chrismon Ornaments for our tree. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact James McCorkle.

 

 

M. H. Harper Library -- Thomas Harrison

Walter Wangerin Jr.'s "diagnosis of lung cancer drove him not to despair but to writing, his usual mode of making sense of things." In Letters from the Land of Cancer, Wangerin "tells his family (that) it's an adventure; cancer is his wrestling with God and the big questions, as mortality gets right up in his face" (Publisher's Weekly). This book is a compilation of twenty-two letters that Wangerin predominantly wrote to his friends in order to provide them with updates of his progress. There are also seven meditations summarizing his painful journey through treatments of both chemotherapy and radiation. "Seldom has the great adventure of life and death been as beautifully presented as it is in this testimony to faith, love, and the shocking reality of hope" (from the book-jacket's synopsis). I have given this book to the library in memory of my sister, Sheila Harrison Harr.

June Outreach -- One Place of the Shoals

Judy & Jerry Ford - Contacts In October 2013, One Place of the Shoals was incorporated. One Place is a collaborative effort to provide services to victims of rape and sexual assault, physical abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse in one location. One Place of the Shoals uses the Family Justice Center model providing one place for victims to talk to an advocate, plan for their safety, have evidence collected in cases, get interviewed by law enforcement, meet with a civil attorney, receive information on shelter, receive free counseling, and receive information about other community services. Their immediate needs are: Monetary donations, individually wrapped snacks for their family rooms, black ink pens, file folders, file folder labels, post-it notes, and colored index cards.

Soup Kitchen -- Friday, June 29, 2018

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? Please contact Judy or Jerry Ford.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June Outreach Contacts:

 Judy & Jerry Ford

June Outreach: One Place

June 5, 2018: Summer Bible Study begins. Class starts at 6:30 in the fellowship hall.

June 14: Youth & Children to Florence Animal Shelter

June 17: Father’s Day

June 22-24, 2018 Genesis Camp (K/1st Grade) and Discovery Camp (2nd Grade/3rd Grade)

June 18-22, 2018 Junior Camp (4th Grade/5th Grade), Chi Rho Camp (6th, 7th, and 8th) and CYF Conference (9th Grade-12th Grade)

June 29: Soup Kitchen. Contacts, Judy & Jerry Ford

July 9-13: Vacation Bible School

 

 

Thank You

Dear First Christian Church, Thank you for remembering families served by Safeplace with your recent gift of food. Your support provides services to victims of domestic violence.

                                  ~Sincerely, Safeplace

 

 

Sympathy

Our Sympathy is extended to Tim Murtaugh (our past Interim Pastor) and his family on the passing of his mother, Iris Murtaugh.


MAY 30, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns:

Callahan Zenk, (10 month old son of Reilly & Tyler Zenk, and grandson of Barb & Dan Hendrix) is in ICU with pneumonia. The family lives in Norfolk, Virginia

Charlie Highfield (has been moved to Florence Rehabilitation)

Lola Aune is back at home. 

Continued Prayers: Anna Perez, Annie Storie (Jim’s sister-in-law), Patti Lough, Peggy Willich, Burnadine & Woody Wright, Katrina Kelley, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Tommy Peeden, Sara Wright, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

May 27, 2018

Sunday school: 45

Worship: 110

 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Scripture:   Deuteronomy 5: 12-15

                        Mark 2:23-3:6

Sermon:  “Choosing Enslavement”

                            

Worship & Wonder Schedule

June 3: The Legend of the Three Trees

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

Emmaus Meeting

There will be an Emmaus Cluster meeting at FUMC of Tuscumbia on June 18 at 6:00 p.m.  Questions? Contact Jean Peeden

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Carson Foote!! Graduation day from 6th grade and A/B Honor Roll for the year!

 

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be held July 9-13 in the evening. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. We are asking for help in several areas. Please let Caroline or Alyssa know if you would like to help.

Award

On May 29, 2018, Jim Blasingame's new book, The 3rd Ingredient: The Journey of Analog Ethics into the World of Digital Fear and Greed, received the prestigious Gold Medal at the Axiom Business Book Award ceremony. Congratulations!

Thank You

Thank you for all your donations and help for the rummage sale! The Youth raised over $1200.00. The youth appreciate your help.

Mission Work

The children and youth will be doing local mission work this summer. Please let Caroline Hean know if you have any suggestions for mission work for both older youth and children.

Worship Committee

The Worship committee will meet in the Parlor, following worship on Sunday, June 3.

Summer Bible Study

Beginning in June everyone is invited to come on Tuesday nights at 6:30 for Bible study and fellowship. Our first study, led by Jim, will begin on June 5th and will be a walk through the book of Revelation with Dr Bruce Metzger. This study is called “Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation”.  Materials need to be ordered for the class; a sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board.  Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and share in fellowship.

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Myra & John Finch on the death of Myra’s sister, Margaret McCreary.

Note

Dear Church family, Thank you for giving Martha and me the opportunity to attend our grandson Brenden Johnson’s graduation in Sayre, Oklahoma. We were also able to visit our brother-in-law, Rev. Roland Williams, in Abilene, Texas. It was a long trip, but we had a wonderful time riding with our daughter, Andrea Howell, and seeing family. Martha and I get to see them so seldom. We love you all.  ~Wayne & Martha Johnson.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Rob and Tamara Robinson on the exciting news that they are expecting a baby in January 2019!

June Outreach

One Place of the Shoals

Judy & Jerry Ford - Contacts In October 2013, One Place of the Shoals was incorporated. One Place is a collaborative effort to provide services to victims of rape and sexual assault, physical abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse in one location. One Place of the Shoals uses the Family Justice Center model providing one place for victims to talk to an advocate, plan for their safety, have evidence collected in cases, get interviewed by law enforcement, meet with a civil attorney, receive information on shelter, receive free counseling, and receive information about other community services.

Their immediate needs are: Monetary donations, individually wrapped snacks for their family rooms, black ink pens, file folders, file folder labels, post-it notes, and colored index cards.

UPCOMING EVENTS

June Outreach Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

June Outreach: One Place

June 5, 2018: Summer Bible Study begins. Class starts at 6:30 in the fellowship hall.

June 17: Father’s Day

June 22-24, 2018 Genesis Camp (K/1st Grade) and Discovery Camp (2nd Grade/3rd Grade)

June 18-22, 2018 Junior Camp (4th Grade/5th Grade), Chi Rho Camp (6th, 7th, and 8th) and CYF Conference (9th Grade-12th Grade)

 

JUNE DIACONTE

Sid Fulford, Truett Smith, Kim Smith, John Finch, Charlie Champagne, Sid Fulford, Ann Lilly McDaniel, Jodi McDaniel, Teresa Danley, Joe Peeden & Jean Peeden.

JUNE ELDERS: Martha Johnson & Claire Pebworth

JUNE GREETERS: Louise & Bill Huddleston

JUNE ACOLYTES: Sam Storie & Carson Foote

JUNE SECURITY TEAM: Bill Davis, Tom Lard


MAY 23

 


Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns:

Charlie Highfield (has been moved to Florence Rehabilitation)

Lola Aune is in Glenwood Rehabilitation.

Continued Prayers: Patti Lough, Peggy Willich, Burnadine & Woody Wright, Katrina Kelley, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Tommy Peeden, Sara Wright, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

May 20, 2018

Sunday school: 45

Worship: 130

 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Scripture:   Psalm 29

                        John 3:1-17

Sermon:  “Being Saved Through Him”

                            

Worship & Wonder Schedule

May 27: Creation

Storyteller: Patsy Blasingame

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

Thank You

Thank you for all your kind calls, cards, prayers and concerns for me. I appreciate my church family.                          Lola Aune

Thank You

Dear Friends: On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Caring Congregations, please accept our gratitude for your donation to Caring Days. Caring Days, a non-profit faith-based organization that provides services in West Alabama to enhance quality of life for individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers. Your kindness truly makes a difference in the lives of others.

 

Hello

Just a note to let you know we read the newsletter and enjoy the pictures of all our dear friends. We miss everyone and are happy you are all doing so well. Blessings on you and the church. Jim & Barb McLean

Emmaus Meeting

There will be an Emmaus Cluster meeting at FUMC of Tuscumbia on June 18 at 6:00 p.m.  Questions? Contact Jean Peeden

 

May Outreach

Help Center: Diaper Drive

Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

The Help Center is making a special effort to collect diapers for distribution during May. You can help by donating disposable diapers in any size or contributing money for purchasing these items. Checks should be written to First Christian Church and designated for May Outreach.

Summer Bible Study

Beginning in June, everyone is invited to come on Tuesday Nights at 6:30 for Bible Study and Fellowship. Our first Study, led by Jim, will begin on June 5th and will be a walk through the Book of Revelation with Dr Bruce Metzger. This study is called “Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation”.  Materials need to be ordered for the class; a sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board.  Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and share in fellowship.

 

Honor Society

Congratulations to Kathryn Sanford: she was inducted into the Spanish Honor Society.

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Congratulations!!

Shoals Christian Awards Day

Logan Smith: Highest average in Bible, all A’s for the year, The Times Daily Art Award, honorable mention in the Shoals Christian Art Show, First in the Shoals Christian Science Fair.

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Maggie Storie: Highest academic average in Calculus, English 102, Economics, and Bible, DAR Good Citizen Award. The Presidents Education Award, The American Legion Award, The All Auburn Scholarship, Red Cross Scholarship, Honors diploma, and Valedictorian!

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Way To Go!

Logan Smith and Morgan Johnson were in Disney’s Aladdin Jr. that was recently performed at Shoals Christian School. Great job!

Congratulations

Congratulations to Carly Grace Foote on her certificate for all A’s for the year!

Congratulations

Congratulations to Sam Storie: he was inducted into the National Jr. Honor Society

Congratulations to Joe Storie: he was inducted into the National Honor Society.

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UNA Faculty Highlight

Which professor changed your life?

When several of Dr. Huddleston’s students responded to this question, it became evident that he did more than just teach the curriculum. He helped his students set and reach their goals. Dr. Huddleston was known for his enthusiasm about Communications and his kind words of advice. Years later his students are still connected and call themselves the Huddleston Nation. Their experiences with Dr. Huddleston positively shaped their futures.

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Upcoming Events.

May 26: Youth Rummage Sale – You may begin dropping off items starting May 11.

May 27: Pentecost: Special offering

May 28: Memorial Day – Church office closed

June Outreach Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

June Security Team: Bill Davis, Jerry Ford & Tom Lard.

June 5, 2018: Summer Bible Study begins. Class starts at 6:30 in the fellowship hall.

June 17: Father’s Day

June 22-24, 2018 Genesis Camp (K/1st Grade) and Discovery Camp (2nd Grade/3rd Grade)

June 18-22, 2018 Junior Camp (4th Grade/5th Grade), Chi Rho Camp (6th, 7th, and 8th) and CYF Conference (9th Grade-12th Grade

CAMP FORMS

Camp forms are available on the entryway table. All forms must be turned in to the church office no later than May 29, so that we can submit them to the regional office by the June 1 deadline.

2018 FINANCIAL UPDATE

At the Administrative Board meeting last Sunday, I reported that, as of the end of April, we have a negative budgetary balance of $8,672.95.  That means we are spending more than we are receiving in offerings.  Part of this is due to changes we all face at the turn of the year.  But another, perhaps more important, part is that we have lost several of our giving units for various reasons, such as moving closer to family and job relocation.   I encourage all of us to be sure we keep our pledges and gifts up-to-date as we near vacation time.  Remember, the church does not take a vacation.  Salaries must be paid, utilities must be paid, and there are other expenses we normally incur.  All committees are doing well in keeping expenses in line, but please spend the church’s monies wisely.                                                              Lorraine Banning

 


MAY 9, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Immediate Concerns: Patti Lough, Peggy Willich (secretary at First Presbyterian church)

Continued Prayers: Burnadine & Woody Wright, Katrina Kelley, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Shirley & John Jackson, Tommy Peeden, Sara Wright, Bill Smith, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Nisha Warbington and family on the death of her father, Billy Sivley on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

May 6, 2018

Sunday school: 40

Worship: 125

 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Scripture:   Ephesians 1:15-23

                        Luke 24:44-53

Sermon: Power Beyond Imagining        

                            

Worship & Wonder Schedule

May 13: Pentecost

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

May 20: Baptism

Storyteller: Rachel Storie

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

Newsletter

There will not be a newsletter the week of May 14. Newsletters will resume the week of May 21.

 

May Outreach

Help Center: Diaper Drive

Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

The Help Center is making a special effort to collect diapers for distribution during May. You can help by donating disposable diapers in any size or contributing money for purchasing these items. Checks should be written to First Christian Church and designated for May Outreach.

CAMP FORMS

Camp forms are available on the entryway table. All forms must be turned in to the church office no later than May 29, so that we can submit them to the regional office by the June 1 deadline.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Ella Coussons on making all A’s for the year!!

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Congregational Meeting

Sunday there were 70 votes cast and the vote was unanimous in favor of the nominees.  I would like to thank the Nominating Committee for their hard work and the elected members for their willingness to serve our church.

~Kevin McDaniel, Board Chair

Upcoming Events.

May Outreach: Help Center Diaper Drive

Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

May Security Team: Deryll Banning, Leon Nale & Sam Walker

May 13: Mother’s Day

May 14–17: Church office hours 9 am -12

May 20: Board Meeting

May 20 & 27: Pentecost: Special offering

May 26: Youth Rummage Sale – You may begin dropping off items starting May 11.

May 28: Memorial Day – Church office closed

June Outreach Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

June Security Team: Bill Davis, Jerry Ford & Tom Lard.

June 5, 2018: Summer Bible Study begins. Class starts at 6:30 in the fellowship hall.

June 17: Father’s Day

June 22-24, 2018 Genesis Camp (K/1st Grade) and Discovery Camp (2nd Grade/3rd Grade)

June 18-22, 2018 Junior Camp (4th Grade/5th Grade), Chi Rho Camp (6th, 7th, and 8th) and CYF Conference (9th Grade-12th Grade)

Summer Bible Study

Beginning in June, everyone is invited to come on Tuesday Nights at 6:30 for Bible Study and Fellowship. Our first Study, led by Jim, will begin on June 5th and will be a walk through the Book of Revelation with Dr Bruce Metzger. This study is called “Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation”.  Materials need to be ordered for the class; a sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board.

Before his death in 2007, Dr Metzger was considered by many to be the premier authority on Biblical Greek and the textual approach to the New Testament. Throughout his career, he published over two dozen books and as many articles on the subject. He was the Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary and was the chair of the New Revised Standard Version translation committee. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and share in fellowship.

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal winning Number the Stars is a fictionalized tale based on the childhood memories of the author's friend, Annelise Platt. Set in Copenhagen during the Nazi occupation, the Danish people successfully rally behind the Resistance to smuggle fishing-boat-by-fishing-boat nearly the entire Jewish population of 7,000 across the sea into neutral Sweden. Told from a child's perspective, this is a story of a family exemplifying the integrity of Danes of all ages and demonstrating the positive example that parents can have in shaping their children by example. Prior to his execution, Resistance leader Kim Malthe-Bruun wrote to his mother, "You must not dream yourselves back to the times before the war, but the dream for you all, young and old, must be to create an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow-minded and prejudiced one." May we not forget to teach our children not only the pleasure of reading, but the knowledge and insights to be gained, that they may have the imagination and desire to change their world for the better.

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GRADUATES

We will honor all of our graduates on Sunday, May 20, during our worship service.

RACHEL CARTER

Rachel Carter is graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion School at Kent State University on Saturday, May 12.

 

ANDREW BUTLER

Andrew Butler graduated from UNA on December 16, 2017, with a degree in finance and a minor in accounting.  He is seeking a job in the Huntsville area in a finance-related field.

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THOMAS HAYNES

Thomas Howell Haynes graduated from The University of Alabama in December, 2017, with a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and is currently employed as RN at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee working in the ICU unit.  After his 2 year contract is finished, he plans to return to school to get his Certified Nurse Practitioner Degree and specialize in Pediatric Traumatic Care.

 

KEVIN HEAN

Kevin Hean will graduate from The University of North Alabama with a degree in Geographic Information Science. Kevin is currently interning at 3GIS in Decatur, Alabama. He plans to finish his internship and look for a job in his field."

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MAGGIE STORIE

Maggie Storie will be graduating from Shoals Christian School on May 26, 2018: she will be attending Auburn University majoring in Nursing.

 

SARAH KATE COUSSONS

Sarah Kate Coussons will graduate from Florence High School on May 25, 2018.  Sarah Kate is taking a gap year and has signed up for United Planet. She will volunteer in an elementary school for a year in either New Zealand, Finland or Denmark: she will leave the first week in August.

 

MARY LINDSAY LOVELACE

Mary Lindsay Lovelace graduated from The University of Alabama on May 5, 2018: she is continuing her education with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at University of Montevallo.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Alyssa Baldwin on being assigned for her internship.  Alyssa will be at Weeden Elementary in 1st grade LE Wilson 5-6th grade.

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MAY 1, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Jerome Glaister, Burnadine & Woody Wright, Katrina Kelley, Brentley Contreras, Jim Miller, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Shirley & John Jackson, Tommy Peeden, Sara Wright, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Rachel Witt, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

April 29, 2017

Fifth Sunday Breakfast: 115

Worship: 120

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Scripture:   1 John 4:7-21

                        John 15:9-17

Sermon:  “The Image and the Nature”

                                     

Worship & Wonder Schedule

April 22: Ascension

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

Our Daily Bread

The latest copy of Our Daily Bread has arrived. It is available on the entryway table.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New announcements are located on the announcements page. 

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

Thank you to Leon Nale, Sam Walker, Macon Jones, James and Amy McCorkle and Pam Monroe for cooking and setting up for our fifth Sunday breakfast. We had 115 in attendance and had a wonderful time of food and fellowship.

May Outreach

Help Center: Diaper Drive

Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

The Help Center is making a special effort to collect diapers for distribution during May. You can help by donating disposal diapers in any size or contributing money for purchasing these items. Checks should be written to First Christian Church and designated for May Outreach.

 

Law Enforcement Luncheon

Our annual luncheon honoring members of law enforcement and support personnel is Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 11:00 – 12:30.   We are still in need of volunteers to help serve our meal.  We are asking for 6 cakes.  If you are willing to provide a cake or help with the luncheon, a sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Thank you for your dedication to First Christian Church.

 

Camp forms are available on the entryway table. All forms must be turned in to the church office no later than May 29, so that we can submit them to the regional office by the June 1 deadline.

1st Quarter Financial Report

As of the end of March, our total offering was $66,250.75; our total budgeted expenses were $75,291.62.  This leaves us with a shortage of $9,040.87.  If we compare to the same time period in 2017, our offering was $71,481.11; our budgeted expenses were $74,055.36.  This left a shortage of $2,574.25 for 2017.  It is normal for us to have some shortage at the end of the first quarter.  Everyone is adjusting to new levels of income and expenses (and the bills from Christmas). 

            In looking at the monthly financial statements, I can find no real reason for this major shortage, other than a lower-than-expected income.  We did have higher utility bills in January and February, but they were not overly high.  We had a much-lover-than-expected March bill, which helped some.

            On a good note, our special offerings were in line with past amounts.  We collected $2,551.00 for Week of Compassion and $2,225.00 for Easter.  We also collected $3,163.50 for the Living Water Project.   

            This congregation is a loving, giving congregation and I know we will cover our budget this year.  God has blessed us greatly and we will return that blessing.

                         Lorraine Banning, Treasurer

 

Thank You

Dear Church family, I was truly blessed when we moved to Florence and joined the First Christian Church. Your cards, calls and support during John’s illness and subsequent death were all a source of strength for me. Thank you for the donation in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association. I so appreciate those who attended his memorial service and the provision of lunch following the service. I hope I can contribute to the church myself, and plan to do so.

                  ~Blessings, Nelia Westenberger

 

Thank You

Dear First Christian Church,

Immense thanks for your helpful donation of $270.00 to Caringplace. Your kind donation supports our constant work to restore our adult day services, comprising health, social, and joyful learning programs for the population we serve: our frail elderly citizens and adults now struggling with memory loss diseases.  First Christian is just such an inspiration.  In His service as care partners for God’s eldest children,

             ~Elba Crowe Barnes, Caringplace

 

Thank You

Thank you Sid Fulford and Sylvia Hamlin for filling in for Reverend Storie while he attended Regional Assembly in Birmingham.

Congregational Meeting

We will have a Congregational Business Meeting this Sunday to approve the nominees. The nominees have been made public for two weeks now and this will fulfill the requirements needed for the vote.    ~Kevin McDaniel, Board Chair

 

Upcoming Events.

May Outreach Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

May Outreach: Help Center Diaper Drive

May Security Team: Deryll Banning, Leon Nale & Sam Walker

May 9: Policeman’s luncheon

May 13: Mother’s Day

May 14–17: Church office hours 9 am -12

May 20: Board Meeting

May 20 & 27: Pentecost: Special offering

May 26: Youth Rummage Sale – You may begin dropping off items starting May 11.

May 28: Memorial Day – Church office closed

June Outreach Contacts: Judy & Jerry Ford

June Security Team: Bill Davis, Jerry Ford & Tom Lard.

June 5, 2018: Summer Bible Study begins. Class starts at 6:30 in the fellowship hall.

June 17: Father’s Day

June 22-24, 2018 Genesis Camp (K/1st Grade) and Discovery Camp (2nd Grade/3rd Grade)

June 18-22, 2018 Junior Camp (4th Grade/5th Grade), Chi Rho Camp (6th, 7th, and 8th) and CYF Conference (9th Grade-12th Grade)

Summer Bible Study

Beginning in June, everyone is invited to come on Tuesday Nights at 6:30 for Bible Study and Fellowship. Our first Study, led by Jim, will begin on June 5th and will be a walk through the Book of Revelation with Dr Bruce Metzger. This study is called “Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation”.  Materials need to be ordered for the class; a sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board.

Before his death in 2007, Dr Metzger was considered by many to be the premier authority on Biblical Greek and the textual approach to the New Testament. Throughout his career, he published over two dozen books and as many articles on the subject. He was the Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary and was the chair of the New Revised Standard Version translation committee. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and share in fellowship.

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

In memory of Virginia Youngman, The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett has been added to the library. This book, while written for middle readers, is a fine work of fiction that would be enjoyed by anyone. One morning in the woods near their home, two young sisters discover a soldier temporarily blinded by an unnamed war. He has walked away from a losing battle in order to see his gravely-ill younger brother who lives "across the channel." The girls become preoccupied with the soldier's care, as does their older brother. While caring for him, they become fascinated by his good luck charm, a tiny silver donkey. As the three siblings plan for the soldier's safe passage home, he shares four inspiring tales about the humble donkey, including the story of Bethlehem, a myth of India, a story of rescue during war, and a story very close to the soldier's heart. 

 

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Virginia Youngman

(This is the message that Thomas Harrison gave for

Virginia during worship on Sunday, April 29.)

April 2, 1932 – April 27, 2018

The yellow roses placed in the sanctuary on Sunday, April 29, were in memory of Virginia Youngman. Virginia, who formerly served as an assistant in our church office and was honored as a church sweetheart, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the age of 86.

Virginia attended First Christian Church as a young child. In her early adulthood, she moved to Texas, where she resided until the early 90’s, when she returned home and joined First Christian. Virginia’s life was not easy, but she developed a strong faith and a love for our Lord. She served the Lord through example by giving of her time and talents by knitting blankets, folding church programs and sending cards on behalf of her Sunday school class, the Pairs & Spares. First Christian provided Virginia with a home and so we pause today to say good bye to our Yellow Rose of Texas, a fellow servant in Christ. There will be a private, family graveside service at a later date. We love you, our friend.

 

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DISCIPLE VISITOR

APRIL 25, 2018

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Jerome Glaister, Virginia Youngman, Burnadine & Woody Wright, Katrina Kelley, Brentley Contreras, Jim Miller, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Bill Coussons, June Helton, Shirley & John Jackson, Tommy Peeden, Sara Wright, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Rachel Witt, Rita Carr, Max Barnett, John Nickols, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

April 22, 2017

Sunday school: 46

Worship: 120

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Scripture:   Jeremiah 31: 31-34

                        Ephesians 2: 1-10

Sermon:  “Lord, Have Mercy”

                           Sid Fulford

              

Worship & Wonder Schedule

April 22: The Good Shepherd and the        

                   Lord's Supper (2)

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

Our Daily Bread

The latest copy of Our Daily Bread has arrived. It is available on the entryway table.

 

April Outreach

Sidney’s Safe Foundation

Let’s work together and reach out to help SSF provide snacks for hungry children in the Shoals.  We are asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as: jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, boxes of saltines, Little Debbies, fruit bars, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collections bins are in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either SSF or April Outreach, and place it in our offering tray.

 

Shoals Area Prayer Rally

The third annual Shoals Area Prayer Rally is scheduled for May 2, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum. The prayer rally will feature Dr. Ken Weathersby, and an area mass choir. The service will also include a special time of prayer for our community.

 

Thank You

I want to thank you for allowing the Shoals branch of University Women (AAUW) to use your wonderful facility for our meetings.

                     ~Margaret deWolfe, President

 

Forms

Camp forms are available on the entryway table. All forms must be turned in to the church office no later than May 29, so that we can submit them to the regional office by the June 1 deadline.

 

Law Enforcement Luncheon

Our annual luncheon honoring members of law enforcement and support personnel is Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 11:00 – 12:30.   We are asking for 5 volunteers to help serve our meal.  We are asking for 6 cakes.  If you are willing to provide a cake or help with the luncheon, a sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Thank you for your dedication to First Christian Church.

 

Thank You

Dear First Christian church, Thank you for remembering the families served by Safeplace with your gift of food. Your support provides services to victims of domestic violence.   ~Sincerely, Safeplace

 

MOTHER’S DAY PURSE SALE

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Doors Open 8 am – 2:00 pm

Brookdale Senior Living

3275 County Road 47, Florence

200 plus purses for sale! All sizes, colors and many different brands.

ALL purses $5.00 - $10.00

Designer items are $30.00

Be sure to register for our door prize!!

Win a day trip to the Birmingham Museum of Art on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Trip prize includes: One bus ticket for Anchor Bus Line, Admission to the Museum and lunch at the Museum Café ($50.00 value)

 

Graduates

We would like to honor all of our high school & college graduates. If you have someone in your family who graduated in December or will graduate in May, please email Tammy with their information and a photo so we may include it in the May newsletter.

 

 

DISCIPLE VISITOR

APRIL 18, 2018

Prayer Requests

Jerome Glaister is in the hospital with pneumonia and is having other tests run.

Continued Prayer:

Katrina Kelley, Jim Miller, Brentley Contreras, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Rita Carr, Shirley Jackson, John Jackson, Sara Wright, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

April 15, 2017

Sunday school: 45

Worship: 120

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Scripture:   

                       

Sermon:  “

              

Worship & Wonder Schedule

April 22: The Good Shepherd and the        

                   Lord's Supper (1)

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

 

LIVING WATER PROJECT

Our thanks to Jerry and Judy Ford, and Kevin Colvette, for presenting the Living Water Project to our congregation.  The check is on the way and we look forward to hearing about the progress of this vital well.  The congregation contributed $3,163.50 toward this project!  Thanks for your support of this worthwhile idea.

 

April Outreach

Sidney’s Safe Foundation

Let’s work together and reach out to help SSF provide snacks for hungry children in the Shoals.  We are asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as: jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, boxes of saltines, Little Debbies, fruit bars, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collections bins are in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either SSF or April Outreach, and place it in our offering tray.

 

Shoals Area Prayer Rally

The third annual Shoals Area Prayer Rally is scheduled for May 2, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum. The prayer rally will feature Dr. Ken Weathersby, and an area mass choir. The service will also include a special time of prayer for our community.

 

Camp Forms

Camp forms are available on the entryway table. All forms must be turned in to the church office no later than May 29, so that we can submit them to the regional office by the June 1 deadline.

 

Law Enforcement Luncheon

Our annual luncheon honoring members of law enforcement and support personnel is Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 11:00 – 12:30.   We are asking for 5 volunteers to help serve our meal.  We are asking for 6 cakes.  If you are willing to provide a cake or help with the luncheon, a sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Thank you for your dedication to First Christian Church.

 

 

Thank You

Thank you to everyone for your cards, calls and prayers during my mother’s (Polly McGill) passing. 

                                    ~Pam & Garry Watson

 

As a member of John Westenberger’s family, I would like to express my deep appreciation for hosting the wonderful celebration of John’s life. We also loved the food.

Sincerely, Susan Vines

(Nelia Westenberger’s cousin)

 

Thank you to Sadricia Wilson and Tonitia Butler for filling in as accompanist while Martha Hickman is out of town. We appreciate all you do!

 

 

Upcoming Events

April Outreach contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

April Outreach: Sidney’s Safe Foundation

April 25: Administrative Assistant Day  

April 27-29: Regional Assembly at Valley Christian Church in Birmingham

April 28: Fellowship hall reserved

APRIL 27 - APRIL 29, 2018

2018 REGIONAL ASSEMBLY

Valley Christian Church, Birmingham, Al.

 

May Outreach Contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

May Security Team:

Deryll Banning, Leon Nale & Sam Walker

May 9: Policeman’s luncheon

May 13: Mother’s Day

May 20: Pentecost: Special offering

May 20: Board Meeting

May 26: Youth Rummage Sale –

You may begin dropping off items starting May 11.

May 28: Memorial Day –

                 Church office closed

 

June Outreach Contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

June Security Team: Bill Davis, Jerry Ford & Tom Lard.

June 22-24, 2018 Genesis Camp (K/1st Grade) and Discovery Camp (2nd Grade/3rd Grade) 

June 18-22, 2018 Junior Camp (4th Grade/5th Grade), Chi Rho Camp (6th, 7th, and 8th) and CYF Conference (9th Grade-12th Grade)

 

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

In honor of Jim and Dot Link's 60th anniversary, their daughter Lauren L. Gass and her family have donated a gift used to add the following titles to our church library:

Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History translated by C. F. Cruse

The Works of Philo translated by C. D Yonge

Saint Benedict’s Rule by St. Benedict, Abbot of Monte Cassino

Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life by Henri J. M. Nouwen

The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins

Behold the Man by Bodie & Brock Thoene

Upcoming Events

April 27-29: Regional Assembly at Valley Christian Church in Birmingham

April 28: Fellowship hall reserved

APRIL 27 - APRIL 29, 2018

2018 REGIONAL ASSEMBLY

Valley Christian Church, Birmingham, Al.

 

May Outreach Contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

May Security Team:

Deryll Banning, Leon Nale & Sam Walker

May 9: Policeman’s luncheon

May 13: Mother’s Day

May 20: Pentecost: Special offering

May 20: Board Meeting

May 26: Youth Rummage Sale –

You may begin dropping off items starting May 11.

May 28: Memorial Day –

                 Church office closed

 

June Outreach Contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

June Security Team: Bill Davis, Jerry Ford & Tom Lard.

June 22-24, 2018 Genesis Camp (K/1st Grade) and Discovery Camp (2nd Grade/3rd Grade) 

June 18-22, 2018 Junior Camp (4th Grade/5th Grade), Chi Rho Camp (6th, 7th, and 8th) and CYF Conference (9th Grade-12th Grade)


APRIL 11, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Katrina Kelley, Jim Miller, Brentley Contreras, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Rita Carr, Shirley Jackson, John Jackson, Sara Wright, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

April 8, 2017

Sunday school: 45

Worship: 120

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Scripture:   Luke 24:13-49

                        1 John 3:1-7

Sermon:  “Spiritual Amnesia”

              

Worship & Wonder Schedule

April 15: The Good Shepherd and the Wolf

Storyteller: Rachel Storie

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

New Members

Welcome to our new members, Sarah & Tony Cox who joined First Christian Church on April 8, 2018.

Shoals Area Prayer Rally

The third annual Shoals Area Prayer Rally is scheduled for May 2, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum. The prayer rally will feature Dr. Ken Weathersby, and an area mass choir. The service will also include a special time of prayer for our community

 

Water Project

Yay! First Christian!! We made and exceeded our goal of $3000.00 for the well in Cameroon! The total raised was $3,153.50. Thanks to all for your interest and support of this life changing mission.  Kevin Colvett will contact drillers, and the work should be started soon. We will share updates and any photos of the project that we receive.

                                          ~ Jerry & Judy Ford

 

Upcoming Events

April Outreach contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

April Outreach: Sidney’s Safe Foundation

April 27-29: Regional Assembly at Valley Christian Church in Birmingham

April 28: Fellowship hall reserved

 

May Outreach Contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

May 9: Policeman’s luncheon

May 13: Mother’s Day

May 20: Pentecost: Special offering

May 20: Board Meeting

May 26: Youth Rummage Sale –

You may begin dropping off items starting May 11.

May 28: Memorial Day –

                 Church office closed

 

 

Thank You

Dear church family; Many thanks for the prayers, calls, cards, visits and goodies you’ve showered on me these past months while waiting for the surgery. It’s done and I’m home from rehab! Now it’s outpatient therapy for six weeks. I’m blessed to have the Lord, a “miracle worker” surgeon and all of you in my life bringing me back to being human again.

My gratitude and love.         ~Ann Murphy

 

Thank You

Thank you for your recent donation to the Meals on Wheels program. This program provides a nutritious meal and a visit with the volunteer during the meal. Contributions such as yours make it possible for us to continue this important program. Thanks you for your kind and generous support.

                        ~Sincerely, Meals on Wheels

 

April Outreach

Sidney’s Safe Foundation

Let’s work together and reach out to help SSF provide snacks for hungry children in the Shoals.  We are asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as: jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, boxes of saltines, Little Debbies, fruit bars, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collections bins are in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either SSF or April Outreach, and place it in our offering tray.

 

Noah Coussons

If you would like to send Noah Coussons a card or note. Please call the church office for his address. We are not allowed to post it but can give it to you over the phone. I am sure he would enjoy hearing from friends at home.

 

Law Enforcement Luncheon

Our annual luncheon honoring members of law enforcement and support personnel is Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 11:00 – 12:30.   We are asking for 5 volunteers to help serve our meal.  We are asking for 6 cakes.  If you are willing to provide a cake or help with the luncheon, a sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Thank you for your dedication to First Christian Church.


APRIL 4, 2018

PHOTOS FROM MAUNDY THURSDAY AND EASTER

 

Prayer Requests

Kelly Jeter Leavitt, (sister of Nancy

Jim Miller is in Glenwood rehabilitation. 

Ann Murphy is home and doing well after her knee surgery.

Continued Prayer:

Kelly Jeter Leavitt, (sister of Nancy Spry), Brentley Contreras, Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Rita Carr, Shirley Jackson, John Jackson, Sara Wright, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

April 1, 2017

Worship: 210

 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Scripture:   1 JOHN 1:1-2:2

                        JOHN 20: 19-35

Sermon:  “The Importance of Belief”

              

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

April 8: Jesus is Risen: The Road to  

                Emmaus

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

Nominating Committee

The nominating committee for this year’s Church Board, Elder & Deacon

Committee members are: Doug Evans, Kathy Walker, Bill Huddleston, Judy Goode, Rachel Storie and Patsy Blasingame.

 

April Outreach

Sidney’s Safe Foundation

Let’s work together and reach out to help SSF provide snacks for hungry children in the Shoals.  We are asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as: jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, boxes of saltines, Little Debbie’s, fruit bars, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collections bins are in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either SSF or April Outreach, and place it in our offering tray.

 

Update

Judy Goode and Sherry Henn went to visit Virginia Youngman and Helen Head on Monday, April 2. Virginia and Helen share a room at El Reposo Nursing Facility. Monday was Virginia’s 86th birthday. Thank you Judy for the photo. 

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Queen June

Mitchell Hollingsworth recently held an event to name a king and queen of the facility. Residents were chosen for this honor, and our own June Helton was awarded Queen! Congratulations June!!

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LOST AND FOUND

There are numerous pairs of sunglasses and reading glasses that have been found over the last year. If you are missing glasses, please check the lost and found in the Parlor. All items are on the shelf to your right as you walk in the parlor.

Shoals Superhero

Each month Johnson & Mahan Dental Care announces a Hero for the Month for their office. For April they honored Patrol Sergeant Craig Blasingame. Craig has been an officer in the Florence Police Department for 17 years. In 1996, Craig joined the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly served our country in six foreign deployments. Craig is the son of Patsy Blasingame and Jim Blasingame.

 

Reminder to Deacons

Please remember to check your assignment sheet. As the months go by it is easy to forget your assignment for a particular month, but your service is very important and others are depending on you. Thank you for all that you do.

Sid Fulford, Chairman

Upcoming Events

April Outreach contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

April Outreach: Sidney’s Safe Foundation

April 8: Church Board, Elder & Deacon

Nominees announced.

April 22: Congregational Vote

April 27-29: Regional Assembly at Valley Christian Church in Birmingham

April 28: Fellowship hall reserved

 

May Outreach Contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

May 9: Policeman’s luncheon

May 13: Mother’s Day

May 20: Pentecost: Special offering

May 20: Board Meeting

May 26: Youth Rummage Sale –

You may begin dropping off items starting May 11.

May 28: Memorial Day –

                 Church office closed

 


MARCH 28, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Kelly Jeter Leavitt, (sister of Nancy Spry) husband, Jim Leavitt,  was killed in an auto accident on March 25. Please keep the family in your prayers.

Brentley Contreras, son of Mary Catherine Jones is back in treatment for cancer after a year cancer free. The family appreciates your prayers.

Jim Miller is in Glenwood rehabilitation.  

Ann Murphy had her knee surgery and is doing well. She appreciates your continued prayers.

Continued Prayer:

Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Rita Carr, Shirley Jackson, John Jackson, Sara Wright, John Westenberger, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

March 25, 2017

Sunday school: 55

Worship: 125

 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Scripture:   Acts 10:34-43

                       Mark 16: 1-8

Sermon: “An Alternate Ending                   “

              

Worship & Wonder Schedule

April 1: Jesus is Risen: Appearance to                          

                Mary Magdalene

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

 

 

Address Update

John & Shirley Jackson

2904 S. Wilson Dam Road

Muscle Shoals, Al 35661

Shirley: Room 306

John: Room 210

 

Breakfast

Easter Sunday, there will be no Sunday school. There will be biscuits, pastries, juice and coffee available in the fellowship hall for a lite breakfast between services.

 

April Outreach

Sidney’s Safe Foundation

Let’s work together and reach out to help SSF provide snacks for hungry children in the Shoals.  We are asking for nonperishable, individually packaged, easy-to-eat food such as: jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, boxes of saltines, Little Debbie’s, fruit bars, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, microwave popcorn, pop top canned foods like ravioli, beanie weenies or spaghetti.  Collections bins are in the fellowship hall and in the entryway hall. For monetary donations, please make your check out to FCC and make a notation of either SSF or April Outreach, and place it in our offering tray.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

March 29: MAUNDY THURSDAY             

                      Service: 7 P.M.

March 30: Soup Kitchen

March 30: GOOD FRIDAY

                     Church office closed

March 31: Easter egg Hunt 11am at First Christian church.

 

April

April Outreach contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

April Outreach: Sidney’s Safe Foundation

April 1: Easter Services: 8 & 10 a.m.

Breakfast in the fellowship hall between services.

April 8: Church Board, Elder & Deacon

Nominees announced.

April 22: Congregational Vote

April 27-29: Regional Assembly at Valley Christian Church in Birmingham

April 28: Fellowship hall reserved

 

May

May Outreach Contacts:

Judy & Jerry Ford

May 9: Policeman’s luncheon

May 13: Mother’s Day

May 20: Pentecost: Special offering

May 20: Board Meeting

May 26: Youth Rummage Sale –

You may begin dropping off items starting May 11.

May 28: Memorial Day –

                 Church office closed

 

 

Thank You

Thank you so much for your generous donation to the Start on Success Program. We appreciate your continued support of our program.

                           Kathy Martin, SOS Program

 

Reminder to Deacons

Please remember to check your assignment sheet. As the months go by it is easy to forget your assignment for a particular month, but your service is very important and others are depending on you. Thank you for all that you do.

Sid Fulford, Chairman

 

Soup Kitchen

Friday, March 30, 2018

Reminder: All food should be at First Presbyterian Church, Florence, by 11 am.

 

Lost and Found

There are numerous pairs of sunglasses and reading glasses that have been found over the last year. If you are missing glasses, please check the lost and found in the Parlor. There is also a hat on the hat rack just inside the front doors. All items are on the shelf to your right as you walk in the parlor.

 

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Nelia and Michele Westenberger on the death of John. John passed away peacefully on March 21. A memorial service will be held at First Christian church on April 7. Visitation will be at noon with a service following at 1 p.m. Please keep the family in your prayers.

Certification

Several staff and members were recently certified/recertified in CPR through American Heart. We are making a list of people who are certified in CPR to leave with our AED (automated external defibrillator). The AED is located in the parlor on the shelf to your right as you go in. It is important to know who would be able to help in the event we should ever have someone in need. If you are CPR certified, please let the church office know.

 

Nominating Committee

The nominating committee for this year’s Church Board, Elder & Deacon

Nominees are: Doug Evans, Kathy Walker, Bill Huddleston, Judy Goode, Rachel Storie and Patsy Blasingame.

 

Easter egg Hunt

Our Easter egg Hunt will be on Saturday,

March 31 at 11am at First Christian church. Meet in the fellowship hall and remember to bring a basket!

Mark 16:1-8

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.3 They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." 8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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MARCH 21, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Brentley Contreras, son of Mary Catherine Jones is back in treatment for cancer after a year cancer free. The family appreciates your prayers.

Jim Miller is in Glenwood rehabilitation.  

Ann Murphy had her knee surgery and is doing well. She appreciates your continued prayers.

Continued Prayer:

Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Rita Carr, Shirley Jackson, John Jackson, Sara Wright, John Westenberger, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

March 18, 2017

Sunday school: 40

Worship: 140

 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Scripture:   Matthew 21: 1-11

                  Luke 17: 20, 21

Sermon:    “Palm Sunday”      Sid Fulford

              

Worship & Wonder Schedule

March 25: Jesus’ Last Passover

Storyteller: James McCorkle

Greeter: Patsy Blasingame

 

Address Update

John & Shirley Jackson

2904 S. Wilson Dam Road

Muscle Shoals, Al 35661

Shirley: Room 306

John: Room 210

 

Upcoming Events

MARCH: Outreach: Caring Place

March 25: PALM SUNDAY

March 26- 30: Spring Break for Florence City, UNA and Shoals Christian

March 29: MAUNDY THURSDAY             

               Service: 7 P.M.

March 30: Soup Kitchen

March 30: GOOD FRIDAY

                     Church office closed

March 31: Easter egg Hunt

 

March Outreach

The March outreach is the Caring Place. The Caring Place is an adult daycare for people with dementia. They plan to compete the renovation of their new office and reopen this fall. They continue to offer caregiver support through monthly meetings. Donations for renovations and operating expenses are their greatest need at this time.

 

Easter egg Hunt

Mark your calendar!! The Easter egg hunt will be on March 31. If you would be interested in hosting the hunt at your house, please talk to Alyssa or Caroline. We are also asking for donations of plastic Easter eggs and small individually wrapped candy. There will be a drop-off box in the fellowship hall for these items.

 

Lost and Found

There are numerous pairs of sunglasses and reading glasses that have been found over the last year. If you are missing glasses, please check the lost and found in the Parlor. There is also a hat on the hat rack just inside the front doors. All items are on the shelf to your right as you walk in the parlor.

Soup Kitchen

Friday, March 30, 2018

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? Please contact Laura or Ray Aldridge.

Reminder to Deacons

Please remember to check your assignment sheet. As the months go by it is easy to forget your assignment for a particular month, but your service is very important and others are depending on you. Thank you for all that you do.

Sid Fulford, Chairman

 

Our Congregation

Each week, we would like to feature a few families or an individual from our congregation in the newsletter. Many of us see people in our congregation at church but don’t necessarily know much about one another. This will help us each learn a little more about our church individuals and families. We would like to have a photo and just a little about each of you, such as:

1. How long have you been at First Christian Church?  2. Do you work? What do you do? 3. Are you retired? What did you do for a living before you retired?

4. Your hobbies? 5. Do you have children?

(name/age) 6. Do your children have hobbies that they wouldn’t mind sharing with us?  (Where do they go to school?)

7. Tell a little about yourself and your family:  8. Any special memory or event that stands out from your time at First Christian Church?

**Please send your information by email to: firstchristianc1@bellsouth.net or give to Tammy in the church office. If you are not able to send by email, Tammy can scan a photo for you in the church office.

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Nelia and Michele Westenberger on the death of John. John passed away peacefully on March 21. A memorial service will be planned for the first week of April. Details to come as arrangements are made. Please keep the family in your prayers.

Certification

Several staff and members were certified/recertified in CPR through American Heart on Saturday morning. If you are CPR certified, please let the church office know. We are making a list of people who are certified in CPR to leave with our AED (automated external defibrillator). The AED is located in the parlor on the shelf to your right as you go in. It is important to know who would be able to help in the event we should ever have someone in need.

 

From Shirley Jackson

Today there came

A beautiful surprise-

A vase of flowers

Brought tears to my eyes.

 

So many cards

Have come to me

From friends at church

Whom I long to see.

 

At night while kneeling

To say my prayer

I thank God for church friends

And wish I were there.

~~Shirley Jackson


MARCH 14, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Rita Carr, Shirley Jackson, John Jackson, Sara Wright, John Westenberger, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

March 4, 2017

Sunday school: 40

Worship: 130

 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Scripture:   Psalm 90: 1-11

                       Psalm 90:12-17

 

Sermon:  Gladden and Favor Us

              

Worship & Wonder Schedule

March 18: Jesus the King

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

March 25: Jesus’ Last Passover

Storyteller: James McCorkle

Greeter: Patsy Blasingame

 

March Outreach

The March outreach is the Caring Place. The Caring Place is an adult daycare for people with dementia. They plan to compete the renovation of their new office and reopen this Fall. They continue to offer caregiver support through monthly meetings. Donations for renovations and operating expenses are their greatest need at this time.

 

Easter egg Hunt

Mark your calendar!! The Easter egg hunt will be on March 31. If you would be interested in hosting the hunt at your house, please talk to Alyssa or Caroline. We are also asking for donations of plastic Easter eggs and small individually wrapped candy. There will be a drop-off box in the fellowship hall for these items.

Upcoming Events

MARCH: Outreach: Caring Place

March 17: HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY

March 18: BOARD MEETING

March 20: FIRST DAY OF SPRING

March 21: Wednesday night Prayer

                      Service: 6 p.m.

March 25: PALM SUNDAY

March 26- 30: Spring Break for Florence City, UNA and Shoals Christian

March 29: MAUNDY THURSDAY             

                      Service: 7 P.M.

March 30: Soup Kitchen

March 30: GOOD FRIDAY

                     Church office closed

March 31: Easter egg Hunt

Lost and Found

There are numerous pairs of sunglasses and reading glasses that have been found over the last year. If you are missing glasses, please check the lost and found in the Parlor. There is also a hat on the hat rack just inside the front doors. All items are on the shelf to your right as you walk in the parlor.

CPR TRAINING

Rob Robinson has arranged a CPR and AED (Automatic Electronic Defibrillator) class with Chris Phillips.  Chris is a firefighter/paramedic with the Decatur Fire Department, and a Killen volunteer firefighter. The class will be Saturday, March 17 from 8:00 until noon.  The cost per person is $40, payable the day of class. I am hoping most of us will be able to take this class.   CPR techniques have changed in recent years.  If you have taken a course in the past, this will be an excellent opportunity to refresh your skills.  Please call or text me if you can attend.  Everyone is welcome. We need a head count. Bob Hill 256-436-0956.

 

Note from Jim

Dear Church Family,

It’s with sadness that I must let you know that Tim Gilligan, our pianist and accompanist, tendered his resignation for personal reasons after the service on Sunday. I spoke with Tim at length but his decision was made. Martha Hickman will be filling in as our interim accompanist until a search committee can be formed to find a permanent replacement. We pray for Tim and his continued success for the future as well as for First Christian Church in this time of transition.     Jim

 

Music CD

If you are interested in having a copy of a CD with Peter Johnson singing The Lord’s Prayer, please contact Wayne Johnson.

 

Our Congregation

Each week, we would like to feature a few families or an individual from our congregation in the newsletter. Many of us see people in our congregation at church but don’t necessarily know much about one another. This will help us each learn a little more about our church individuals and families. We would like to have a photo and just a little about each of you, such as:

1. How long have you been at First Christian Church?  2. Do you work? What do you do? 3. Are you retired? What did you do for a living before you retired?

4. Your hobbies? 5. Do you have children?

(name/age) 6. Do your children have hobbies that they wouldn’t mind sharing with us?  (Where do they go to school?)

7. Tell a little about yourself and your family:  8. Any special memory or event that stands out from your time at First Christian Church?

**Please send your information by email to: firstchristianc1@bellsouth.net or give to Tammy in the church office. If you are not able to send by email, Tammy can scan a photo for you in the church office.

 

Love Offering

Thank you so very much for your kindness to our family after our home was broken into. I am so very thankful to be a part of such a loving church family. The love offering will help our family tremendously towards replacement of not only items stolen, but also allow us to add a security system to our home.  You are each truly a blessing in my life and I am thankful to know each of you. 

Tammy, Trace and Taylor Hendrix

Thank You

Thank you for your contribution to One Place of the Shoals. Your support is making a difference in the lives of so many families here in the local community. Thank you again for you generous support of One Place of the Shoals.

Elizabeth Moore, Executive Director

 

Soup Kitchen

Friday, March 30, 2018

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? Please contact Laura or Ray Aldridge

 

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

Fifty-five years ago, Madeleine L'Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Timewith its unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must engage the ultimate battle between good and evil. A Wrinkle in Time won the 1963 Newbery Medal and it is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. The newly-released Disney movie of A Wrinkle in Time was directed by Ava DuVernay and stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling. BEFORE you see the movie, you might want to read the book, especially the younger folks who did not grow up reading Madeleine L'Engle's books. Check out her books from our library!


MARCH 7, 2018

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Rita Carr, Shirley Jackson, John Jackson, Sara Wright, John Westenberger, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

March 4, 2017

Sunday school: 43

Worship: 132

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Marie Fenn. A memorial service for Marie will be held at First Christian Church on Saturday, March 10. Visitation will be from 12-1 pm with a memorial service at 1pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, in memory of Marie.

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

March 11: Jesus and Zacchaeus

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

March 4: Jesus and The King

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

March Outreach

The March outreach is the Caring Place. The Caring Place is an adult daycare for people with dementia. They plan to compete the renovation of their new office and reopen this Fall. They continue to offer caregiver support through monthly meetings. Donations for renovations and operating expenses are their greatest need at this time.

 

 

Easter egg Hunt

Mark your calendar!! The Easter egg hunt will be on March 31. If you would be interested in hosting the hunt at your house, please talk to Alyssa or Caroline. We are also asking for donations of plastic Easter eggs and small individually wrapped candy. There will be a drop-off box in the fellowship hall for these items.

 

Thank You

Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers, cards, calls, and texts during my recent surgery and recovery. Rose and I are truly blessed to be a part of such a caring church family.

                                                       Terry McGee

Upcoming Events

MARCH: Outreach: Caring Place

March 10: SPRING FORWARD (turn your clocks ahead 1 hour before you go to bed)

March 11: Living Water Luncheon

March 14: Wednesday night Prayer

                      Service: 6 p.m.

March 17: HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY

March 18: BOARD MEETING

March 20: FIRST DAY OF SPRING

March 21: Wednesday night Prayer

                      Service: 6 p.m.

March 25: PALM SUNDAY

March 26- 30: Spring Break for Florence City, UNA and Shoals Christian

March 29: MAUNDY THURSDAY             

                      Service: 7 P.M.

March 30: Soup Kitchen

March 30: GOOD FRIDAY

                     Church office closed

March 31: Easter egg Hunt

 

Thank You

Thank you for your generous gift to the CWS blankets program. As families and communities around the world recover from emergencies and struggle in the face of challenges, you are standing with them. You are providing relief and hope. Your contribution provides hope to neighbors near and far. Because of you, Church World Service is able to respond when disasters occur and support is needed. We thank you!

                                  Rev. John L. McCullough

                 President, Church World Service

CPR TRAINING

Rob Robinson has arranged a CPR and AED (Automatic Electronic Defibrillator) class with Chris Phillips.  Chris is a firefighter/paramedic with the Decatur Fire Department, and a Killen volunteer firefighter. The class will be Saturday, March 17 from 8:00 until noon.  The cost per person is $25, payable the day of class. I am hoping most of us will be able to take this class.   CPR techniques have changed in recent years.  If you have taken a course in the past, this will be an excellent opportunity to refresh your skills.  Please call or text me if you can attend.  Everyone is welcome. We need a head count. Bob Hill 256-436-0956.

 

Soup Kitchen

Friday, March 30, 2018

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? Please contact Laura or Ray Aldridge

 

Lost and Found

There are numerous pairs of sunglasses and reading glasses that have been found over the last year. If you are missing glasses, please check the lost and found in the Parlor. They are on the shelf to your right as you walk in.

 


FEBRUARY 28, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Sheree League, Chris Gaskell, Rita Carr, Shirley Jackson, John Jackson, Sara Wright, John Westenberger, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

February 25, 2017

Sunday school: 43

Worship: 115

 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Scripture: Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Sermon: Choosing wisdom

                      

Church Nominating Committee

During the month of February the Church Nominating Committee will take nominations for church officers. These will be considered and published for two weeks in March. A business meeting will be held to take additional nominations from the floor. The church will then vote by secret ballot for the 2018-2019 officers.  Please prayerfully consider nominations for these vital roles of church leadership.

Our current nominating committee:

Chair: Doug Evans, Kathy Walker, Bill Huddleston, Judy Goode, Rachel Storie & Patsy Blasingame.

Easter egg Hunt

Mark your calendar!! The Easter egg hunt will be on March 31. If you would be interested in hosting the hunt at your house, please talk to Alyssa or Caroline. We are also asking for donations of plastic Easter eggs and small individually wrapped candy. There will be a drop-off box in the fellowship hall for these items starting the middle of February.

Thank You

I so appreciate you calls, cards, and other expressions of concern during my recent illness. You are truly a caring church.                  Nancy Webb

 

Dear Church family, Thank you so much for the cards, calls, food and most especially, the love you have given our family during our moms recent illness. Your prayers for our mom and dad during this health crisis has sustained us and given us peace. You have embraced our family and we have all felt your love. We are on a new journey with our parents, they are both settling very well at Brookdale Senior living in Muscle Shoals. We ask for your continued prayers for both of them as they enter this new journey.                                           

                    Thank you, The Jackson Family

  Don, Lynn, Sally, Scott, Susan and family

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

March 4: Jesus and Bartimaeus

Storyteller: Rachel Storie

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

March 11: Jesus and Bartimaeus

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

March Outreach

The March outreach is the Caring Place. The Outreach Committee with host a coffee and doughnut reception this Sunday, both between classes and after morning worship. A representative from Caring Place will have a representative present to answer your questions about their services. The Caring Place is an adult daycare for people with dementia. They plan to compete the renovation of their new office and reopen this Fall. They continue to offer caregiver support through monthly meetings. 

 

CPR TRAINING

Rob Robinson has arranged a CPR and AED (Automatic Electronic Defibrillator) class with Chris Phillips.  Chris is a firefighter/paramedic with the Decatur Fire Department, and a Killen volunteer firefighter. The class will be Saturday, March 17 from 8:00 until noon.  The cost per person is $25, payable the day of class. I am hoping most of us will be able to take this class.   CPR techniques have changed in recent years.  If you have taken a course in the past, this will be an excellent opportunity to refresh your skills.  Please call or text me if you can attend.  We need a head count. Bob Hill 256-436-0956.

Choir Gatlinburg Trip

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Ten choir members from First Christian Church made the trip to Gatlinburg to sing with Gatlinburg First Baptist Church. Wayne and Martha Johnson, John and Myra Finch, Harold and Tricia Lewis, Ray and Laura Aldridge, and Don and Sadricia Wilson. The program was awesome!!! Songs were: Total Praise, Deep Waters, and Mercy Tree. I think the First Baptist Choir and the church were blown away by the songs this morning. It was amazing how well the combined choirs came together and blended in such a short time. We were all blessed.

 

Worship Committee Meeting

On Sunday, March 4, following worship, there will be a worship committee meeting in the Parlor.

Upcoming Events

MARCH: Outreach: Caring Place

March 4: Worship committee meeting following worship.

March 7: Wednesday night Prayer

                    Service: 6 p.m.

March 10: SPRING FORWARD (turn your clocks ahead 1 hour before you go to bed)

March 11: Living Water Luncheon

March 14: Wednesday night Prayer

                      Service: 6 p.m.

March 17: HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY

March 18: BOARD MEETING

March 20: FIRST DAY OF SPRING

March 21: Wednesday night Prayer

                      Service: 6 p.m.

March 25: PALM SUNDAY

March 26- 30: Spring Break for Florence City, UNA and Shoals Christian

March 29: MAUNDY THURSDAY             

                      Service: 7 P.M.

March 30: Soup Kitchen

March 30: GOOD FRIDAY

                     Church office closed

March 31: Easter egg Hunt

 

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

Large-print readers have a new complete set in which to indulge themselves. Lori Wick is a widely-enjoyed inspirational-fiction author who has won several awards for this genre. While we already had a couple of the novels from her 2005-2006 Tucker Mills Trilogy, our large-print set is now complete: (1) Moonlight on the Millpond, (2) Just Above a Whisper , and (3) Leave a Candle Burning . So make a cup of tea or pour some coffee and relax.


FEBRUARY 21, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Chris Gaskell, Rita Carr, Nancy Webb, Shirley Jackson, John Jackson, Sara Wright, John Westenberger, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

February 18, 2017

Sunday school: 40

Worship: 108

 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Scripture: Psalm 22: 23-31

                      Mark 8: 31-38

 

Sermon: “In Return For Life”

                      

Church Nominating Committee

During the month of February the Church Nominating Committee will take nominations for church officers. These will be considered and published for two weeks in March. A business meeting will be held to take additional nominations from the floor. The church will then vote by secret ballot for the 2018-2019 officers.  Please prayerfully consider nominations for these vital roles of church leadership.

Our current nominating committee:

Chair: Doug Evans, Kathy Walker, Bill Huddleston, Judy Goode, Rachel Storie & Patsy Blasingame.

 

February Outreach

The Room in the Inn and Week of Compassion will be our outreach focus for February. We are collecting items and monetary donations for the Room in the Inn as well as monetary donations for Week of Compassion. Currently, Room in the Inn is in need of the following items:  Depends (diaper type size large), men and women's underwear (size large), Slim Jim Sticks, Hot Hands, and coffee supplies. Collection bins are located in the entryway hall and in the fellowship hall. Questions, our community outreach contacts are Ray and Laura Aldridge

 

Easter egg Hunt

Mark your calendar!! The Easter egg hunt will be on March 31. If you would be interested in hosting the hunt at your house, please talk to Alyssa or Caroline. We are also asking for donations of plastic Easter eggs and small individually wrapped candy. There will be a drop-off box in the fellowship hall for these items starting the middle of February.

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

February 25:  Jesus and the Children

Storyteller: James McCorkle

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

March 4: Jesus and Bartimaeus

Storyteller: Rachel Storie

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

 

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

God speaks to us through Paul in I Corinthians 12 about the Body being composed of unique people with unique gifts. What a boring place the world would be if each of us was the same, having the same talents and in no way unique. In Tomie dePaola's book, Oliver Button is a Sissy, we find a special little boy who won’t give up on the dreams that make him unique. The boys in Oliver's school call him a sissy because of his disinterest and lack of talent in what boys typically enjoy. The reader finds that Oliver Button truly is many things: a reader, an artist, a singer, a dancer, and more. What will his classmates think, say, and do when he ultimately steps into the spotlight?

Clean Water Project

On Sunday, March 11, we will have our Living Water luncheon. This is a catered luncheon, we need a head count. There will be an insert in your bulletin for the next two Sundays, please fill out and place in the offering plate. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank You

Thank you for your calls, cards, thoughts and prayers. I am waiting for my surgery on my finger to heal, then hopefully will be able to have my knee surgery in about a month.  Please continue to keep me in your prayers. Thank You, Ann Murphy

Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY OUTREACH: Room in the Inn & Week of Compassion

February 25: Week of compassion offering.

February 28: Wednesday night Prayer service: 6 p.m.

MARCH:

March 7: Wednesday night Prayer service: 6 p.m.

March 11: Living Water Luncheon

March 14: Wednesday night Prayer service: 6 p.m.

March 21: Wednesday night Prayer service: 6 p.m.

March 30: Soup Kitchen

March 31: Easter egg Hunt

 

First Christian Church Security Team:

Rob Robinson has arranged a CPR and AED (Automatic Electronic Defibrillator) class with Chris Phillips.  Chris is a firefighter/paramedic with the Decatur Fire Department, and a Killen volunteer firefighter. The class will be Saturday, March 17 from 8:00 until noon.  The cost per person is $25, payable the day of class. I am hoping most of us will be able to take this class.   CPR techniques have changed in recent years.  If you have taken a course in the past, this will be an excellent opportunity to refresh your skills.  Please call or text me if you can attend.  We need a head count. Bob Hill 256-436-0956.


February 13, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Chris Gaskell, Rita Carr, Nancy Webb, Shirley Jackson, John Jackson, Sara Wright, John Westenberger, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

 

February 11, 2017

Sunday school: 48

Worship: 115

 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Scripture: Psalm 78: 1-4, 12-16

                      Exodus 17: 1-7

 

Sermon: “The Sustainer of Life”

                      

February Outreach

The Room in the Inn and Week of Compassion will be our outreach focus for February. We are collecting items and monetary donations for the Room in the Inn as well as monetary donations for Week of Compassion. Currently, Room in the Inn is in need of the following items:  Depends (diaper type size large), men and women's underwear (size large), Slim Jim Sticks, Hot Hands, and coffee supplies. Collection bins are located in the entryway hall and in the fellowship hall. Room in the Inn is also in need of volunteers and will be having a training session on Feb. 5. Questions, our community outreach contacts are Ray and Laura Aldridge

 

Address Updates

 

Cards for Shirley & John Jackson should be mailed to:

2710 Little John Street

Florence, Al 35630

 

El Reposo Nursing Facility

Virginia Youngman and Helen Head have both moved to El Reposo Nursing Facility and are roommates.  Cards may be mailed to the following address:

 

Virginia Youngman

El Reposo Nursing Facility

260 Milners Chapel Road Rm: 205

Florence, Al 35634

 

Helen Head

El Reposo Nursing Facility

260 Milners Chapel Road Rm: 205

Florence, Al 35634

 

Phone and room update:

Ruby Nell Brackin

Columbia Cottage

2373 Roberts Lane #20

Florence, Al 35630

256-712-6020

 

Our Daily Bread

New copies of Our Daily Bread are available on the entryway tables. Please feel free to take a copy.

 

Church Nominating Committee

During the month of February the Church Nominating Committee will take nominations for church officers. These will be considered and published for two weeks in March. A business meeting will be held to take additional nominations from the floor. The church will then vote by secret ballot for the 2018-2019 officers.  Please prayerfully consider nominations for these vital roles of church leadership.

Our current nominating committee:

Chair: Doug Evans, Kathy Walker, Bill Huddleston, Judy Goode, Rachel Storie & Patsy Blasingame.

 

Security Team Schedule

February 2018 Team:

Charles Crow, Doug Evans, Jerry Ford

March 2018 Team

Bob Hill, Chuck Morgan, Jim Noles

April 2018 Team

Doug Evans, Terry McGee, Rob Robinson

 

Men’s Retreat

March 16-17, 2018

“Men Following Jesus”

Registration Cost: $80/person

Registration forms available in the church office.

 

 

Alabama – Northwest Florida

Regional Assembly 2018

April 27-29, 2018

Valley Christian Church, Birmingham

Clean Water Project Kickoff

On Sunday, February 18, the water project outreach at FCC will begin. Details will be presented on how all members can be involved in this exciting, life-saving mission.

Easter egg Hunt

Mark your calendar!! The Easter egg hunt will be on March 31. If you would be interested in hosting the hunt at your house, please talk to Alyssa or Caroline. We are also asking for donations of plastic Easter eggs and small individually wrapped candy. There will be a drop-off box in the fellowship hall for these items starting the middle of February.

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

February 18: Lenten Puzzle

Storyteller: Patsy Blasingame

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

February 25:  Jesus and the Children

Storyteller: James McCorkle

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

 

Thank You

Our organization is very grateful for your recent generous donation. We would like you to know that your thoughtfulness is truly making a difference in the lives of so many people with development disabilities.               ~The Arc of the Shoals

 

Thank You

A big thanks for a special Valentine’s evening by the youth, their leaders and everyone who prepared the delicious meal.                                       ~Judy Goode

 

Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY OUTREACH: Room in the Inn & Week of Compassion

February 14: Ash Wednesday Service:                  

                            5:30 p.m.

February 15: Fellowship Hall Reserved

February 18 & 25: Week of compassion offering.

February 25: We will begin taking orders for Easter Lilies

MARCH:

March 30: Soup Kitchen

March 31: Easter egg Hunt

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

The recently-published Preparing for Easter is a volume of selected works from the beloved C. S. Lewis. This compact book draws on Lewis' classic publications toward helping its readers to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and to deepen their knowledge and faith during this holiest of seasons.


January 31, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Chris Gaskell, John Nevins, Rita Carr, Nancy Webb, Shirley Jackson, Sara Wright, Jim Hulsizer, John Westenberger, Ning Sun, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, Scott Phillips, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson is at ECM, and has been moved to a regular room as of Monday morning.  Shirley is still very weak and family asks for no visitors at this time. Cards are appreciated.  Room 555.

 

January 28, 2017

Sunday school: 52

Worship: 100

 

Sunday, February 5, 2018

Scripture:  Isaiah 40: 21-31

                       Mark 1: 29-39

Sermon: “The Strength to Serve”

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

January 28: Jesus Feeds 5000

Storyteller: Patsy Blasingame

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

 

Christian Education

There will be a Christian Education meeting in the Parlor following worship on February 4.

 

January Outreach

The Room in the Inn and Week of Compassion will be our outreach focus for February. We are collecting items and monetary donations for the Room in the Inn as well as monetary donations for Week of Compassion. Currently, Room in the Inn is in need of the following items:  Depends (diaper type size large), men and women's underwear (size large), Slim Jim Sticks, Hot Hands, and coffee supplies. Collection bins are located in the entryway hall and in the fellowship hall. Room in the Inn is also in need of volunteers and will be having a training session on Feb. 5. Questions, our community outreach contacts are Ray and Laura Aldridge

 

Upcoming Events

JANUARY

January Outreach: Room in the Inn

Jan 26-28: Youthtopia at Camp Chandler

FEBRUARY OUTREACH: Room in the Inn & Week of Compassion

February 11: Valentine Banquet

February 14: Ash Wednesday Service:                  

                            5:30 p.m.

February 15: Fellowship Hall Reserved

February 18 & 25: Week of compassion offering.

February 25: We will begin taking orders for Easter Lilies

 

Alabama – Northwest Florida

Regional Assembly 2018

April 27-29, 2018

Valley Christian Church, Birmingham

 

Church Nominating Committee

During the month of February the Church Nominating Committee will take nominations for church officers. These will be considered and published for two weeks in March. A business meeting will be held to take additional nominations from the floor. The church will then vote by secret ballot for the 2018-2019 officers.  Please prayerfully consider nominations for these vital roles of church leadership.

Our current nominating committee:

Chair: Doug Evans, Kathy Walker, Bill Huddleston, Judy Goode, Rachel Storie & Patsy Blasingame.

 

Valentine Banquet

Sunday, February 11, the youth group will be hosting the Valentine’s Banquet. Tickets will be on sale starting January 14. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. We thank you for all you do to support our youth program!

 

Security Team Schedule

February 2018 Team:

Charles Crow, Doug Evans, Jerry Ford

March 2018 Team

Bob Hill, Chuck Morgan, Jim Noles

April 2018 Team

Doug Evans, Terry McGee, Rob Robinson

 

Men’s Retreat

March 16-17, 2018

“Men Following Jesus”

Registration Cost: $80/person

Registration forms available in the church office.

 

Blanket Ministry

Church World Services blanket ministry is a tradition in our church. Disciples Women are asking for your help in purchasing a blanket. Because of our support of the CWS Blankets Program, Church World Service is able to provide blankets to many. You may purchase a blanket by dropping a check in the offering plate designated “for” blanket ministry. We will be collecting until February 14.

 

Our Daily Bread

New copies of Our Daily Bread are available on the entryway tables. Please feel free to take a copy.

 

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

Mary Collier's and Shelia Mays' uncle, Mr. Bill Rayburn, has given a gift in memory of his sister and their mother, Media Rayburn Lankford, as well their father, Earl Lankford. Mr. Rayburn stated that "Media was the 'big sister' every boy should have" and that he thinks of her "every day." Of Mr. Lankford, he said that he "could not have had a better 'brother.'"  These novels by three of Christian fiction's bestselling authors have been added to the library:

The Ebb Tide in memory of Mrs. Media Rayburn Lankford.  If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock in memory of Mr. Earl Lankford. Where We Belong by Lynn Austin in memory of Media and Earl Lankford

 

2017 YEAR END REPORT

            2017 is now a part of the history books.  First Christian Church had a very active and successful fiscal year.  We celebrated our 100th anniversary in September, culminating a year of planning and activities such as picnics and historical tours.  And throughout all this special activity, we continued to be a church alive with the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

            Our fiscal year ended on a very good note.  We had an overage of $25,711.37!  Most expenses were at or under their budgeted amounts.  Our regular offerings exceeded their projection by about $18,000.  The Administrative Board will decide how to put this overage to best use.

            We continue to be a church of outreach.  Through our Community and World Outreach, we gave just short of $8,700.00 to support local organizations.  We hosted Firefighters, Law Enforcement, and local football teams.  We gave to the Disciple Mission Fund, and gave a generous amount directly to the Alabama/Northwest Florida Region for their use.

            Here is a breakdown of our giving for the Church’s special offerings:  Week of Compassion, $9,166.00 (this includes the WOC offering in February and offerings to help with hurricane relief); Easter, $2,400.00; Pentecost, $2,180.00; Reconciliation, $761.00; Thanksgiving, $2,167.00; and Christmas, $2,330.00.  That amounts to a total of $19,004.00.  Thank you for your support of our special offerings.

            In addition, YOU have helped members of our congregation in their time of need; you have given to our discretionary fund to further assist those in need in our community; and you have generously shared your funds and time for the community soup kitchen.  Those also give who give of their TIME AND TALENTS – delivering Meals on Wheels, serving at the various luncheons we host, helping with snacks to fill backpacks for the kids for the weekend, and supporting our church family in times of bereavement.  All of these show your heartfelt desire to help those who need it.  Thank you.

             Copies of the December/year-end financial statement, which includes the listing of amounts in our Capital Account, will be available in the fellowship hall foyer and at the back of the church.  If you wish to have a copy mailed, please contact Tammy in the office.                                                                                                         Lorraine Banning, Treasurer

 

 


JANUARY 24, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Rita Carr, Nancy Webb, Shirley Jackson, Sara Wright, Jim Hulsizer, John Westenberger, Ning Sun, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, Scott Phillips, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

January 21, 2017

Sunday school: 48

Worship: 130

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Scripture:  Mark 1: 14-20

                       Jonah 3: 1-5; 10 

Sermon:       Sylvia Hamlin

                 “The Rest of the Story”

                    

Worship & Wonder Schedule

January 28: Jesus Feeds 5000

Storyteller: Patsy Blasingame

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

 

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

Author of the month is Michael D. O'Brien, a Roman Catholic author and artist from Canada. O'Brien is best known for his apocalyptic series of seven novels, collectively entitled Children of the Last Days. In the first novel, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse (1996), a Jewish Holocaust survivor named David Schäfer converts to Catholicism, becoming a Carmelite priest and taking the name Father Elijah. The fictional pope in this story assigns Father Elijah a secret mission of confronting the Antichrist, bringing him to repentance, and thus postponing the Tribulation. Presently, we have four of the seven novels, as well as a stand-alone novel by O'Brien, Theophilos. Notice the interesting artwork of the novels' front covers, all of which are works by the author.

January Outreach

We have two opportunities this month, The Room in the Inn and an international water filtration project that Jerry and Judy Ford will be sharing more information about soon. We are

collecting items and monetary donations for the Room in the Inn. Currently they need the following items:  Depends (diaper type size large), men and women's underwear (size large), Slim Jim Sticks, Hot Hands, and coffee supplies. Collection bins are located in the entryway hall and in the fellowship hall. Questions, our January community outreach contacts are Ray and Laura Aldridge

 

Upcoming Events

JANUARY

January Outreach: Room in the Inn

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

Jan 26-28: Youthtopia at Camp Chandler

FEBRUARY OUTREACH: Room in the Inn & Week of Compassion

February 11: Valentine Banquet

February 14: Ash Wednesday Service:                   

                            5:30 p.m.

February 15: Fellowship Hall Reserved

February 18 & 25: Week of compassion offering.

February 25: We will begin taking orders for Easter Lilies

Church Nominating Committee

During the month of February the Church Nominating Committee will take nominations for church officers. These will be considered and published for two weeks in March. A business meeting will be held to take additional nominations from the floor. The church will then vote by secret ballot for the 2018-2019 officers.  Please prayerfully consider nominations for these vital roles of church leadership.

Our current nominating committee:

Chair: Doug Evans, Kathy Walker, Bill Huddleston, Judy Goode, Rachel Storie & Patsy Blasingame.

 

Thank You

Thank you so much for the poinsettia sent to the Larry Young Service. Your kindness was greatly appreciated.

                                 The Larry Young Family

                                (Sadricia Wilson’s Uncle)

 

Thank You

Dear Friends at First Christian Church,

Thank you so much for your gift to Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes in memory of my dad. All children were a main focus of his and my mother’s lives.               

                                     We love and miss you.

                                         Sharon & Jim Harris

 

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Anna & Aria Perry on the death of Brooke Perry. Visitation will be January 28 at Zodiac Playhouse, Florence: 2:30 until 4:30-5:00.  Carl Gebhardt will lead a short memorial service at 3:30 with continued visitation afterward.

 

Security Team Schedule

January 2018 Team:

Bill Davis, Leon Nale & Bob Hill

February 2018 Team:

Charles Crow, Doug Evans, Jerry Ford

March 2018 Team

Bob Hill, Chuck Morgan, Jim Noles

April 2018 Team

Doug Evans, Terry McGee, Rob Robinson

 

Valentine Banquet

Sunday, February 11, the youth group will be hosting the Valentine’s Banquet. Tickets will be on sale starting January 14. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. We thank you for all you do to support our youth program!

 

Men’s Retreat

(YMCA-Hargis Retreat, Chelsea, Alabama)

March 16-17, 2018

“Men Following Jesus”

Leader: Rev. Roger Peadro

Registration Cost: $80/person

Registration forms available in the church office.

Blanket Ministry

Church World Services blanket ministry is a tradition in our church. Disciples Women are asking for your help in purchasing a blanket. Last year, thousands of Church World Services Blankets were distributed throughout the U.S. What difference can a blanket make? A blanket can provide warmth to a victim of a flood or fire, serve as bedding to a guest in a homeless shelter or be a gift of welcome during the winter when temperatures drop to life-threatening lows. For only 10 dollars, you can give a blanket that can provide warmth and shelter, comfort and privacy, and healing and hope wherever God’s people may need care. Because of our support of the CWS Blankets Program, Church World Service is able to provide blankets to many. You may purchase a blanket by dropping a check in the offering plate designated “for” blanket ministry. We will be collecting until February 14.

 

Alabama – Northwest Florida

Regional Assembly 2018

April 27-29, 2018

Valley Christian Church, Birmingham


JANUARY 10, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Rita Carr, sister of Sharon Harris.

Continued Prayer:

Sara Wright, Jim Hulsizer, John Westenberger, Ning Sun, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, Scott Phillips, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

January 7, 2017

Sunday school: 40

Worship: 112

 

Sunday, January 10, 2018

Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-20

                       John 1:43-51                    

Sermon: “Best Supporting Role”

                     

Worship & Wonder Schedule

January 14: The Parable of the Treasure

Storyteller: James McCorkle

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

 

Security Team Schedule

January 2018 Team:

Bill Davis, Leon Nale & Bob Hill

February 2018 Team:

Charles Crow, Doug Evans, Jerry Ford

March 2018 Team

Bob Hill, Chuck Morgan, Jim Noles

April 2018 Team

Doug Evans, Terry McGee, Rob Robinson

 

Church World Services Blanket Ministry

Church World Services blanket ministry is a tradition in our church. Disciples Women are asking for your help in purchasing a blanket. Last year, thousands of Church World Services Blankets were distributed throughout the U.S. What difference can a blanket make? A blanket can provide warmth to a victim of a flood or fire, serve as bedding to a guest in a homeless shelter or be a gift of welcome during the winter when temperatures drop to life-threatening lows. For only 10 dollars, you can give a blanket that can provide warmth and shelter, comfort and privacy, and healing and hope wherever God’s people may need care. Because of our support of the CWS Blankets Program, Church World Service is able to provide blankets to many. You may purchase a blanket by dropping a check in the offering plate designated “for” blanket ministry. We will be collecting until February 14.

January Outreach

We have two opportunities this month, The Room in the Inn and an international water filtration project that Jerry and Judy Ford will be sharing more information about soon. We are

collecting items and monetary donations for the Room in the Inn. Currently they need the following items:  Depends (diaper type size large), men and women's underwear (size large), Slim Jim Sticks, Hot Hands, and coffee supplies. Collection bins are located in the entryway hall and in the fellowship hall. Questions, our January community outreach contacts are Ray and Laura Aldridge

 

Upcoming Events

JANUARY

January Outreach: Room in the Inn

January 14: Chili & Soup Cook-Off

January 15: Office closed – MLK holiday

January 18: Fellowship Hall reserved

January 21: Board Meeting

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

Jan 26-28: Youthtopia at Camp Chandler

FEBRUARY OUTREACH: Room in the Inn & Week of Compassion

February 11: Valentine Banquet

February 18 & 25: Week of compassion offering.

 

Soup and Chili Cook-off

The annual Soup and Chili Cook-off will be on Sunday, January 14th, immediately following morning service. The youth group will use the money raised to go on a mission trip this summer. We would appreciate donations of soup, chili, and other needed items. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside Tammy’s office. We appreciate the support of our loving church.

                     Thank you, children and youth

 

Valentine banquet

Sunday, February 11, the youth group will be hosting the Valentine’s Banquet. Tickets will be on sale starting January 14. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. We thank you for all you do to support our youth program!

 

Thank You

My Dear Church Family, Thank you so much for the many ways that you blessed me during the holiday season. The visits, Christmas carolers, gift bag, cards, calls and prayers brought me great joy.

          Love and Prayers, Ruby Nell Brackin

 

Clean Water Project

The outreach committee is making plans to begin a clean water mission at FCC early in 2018. Stay tuned! Exciting world outreach plans are on the way!

 

Congratulations

This is Winona Tipper with her three months faithful attendance in Sunday school certificate! 

WINONA TIPPER.jpg

 

Sympathy

Many of you know Heather Freeman through Martha Johnson, her past participation with our choir and with Shoals Chamber Singers. Heather’s father, Dowyal Freeman passed away on Monday, January 8. Burial will be in Loretto Tennessee. Cards to Heather and her mother Connie, may be mailed to:

Heather and Connie Freeman

105 Beechwood

Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

 

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

By: Rose McGee

1 can Allen's unseasoned Green Beans

Hormel Real Bacon Bits to taste

1 medium onion sliced thin

1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar

(I use 6-8 packs of Splenda)

1/4 to 1/3 cup canola oil

1/4 to 1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Accent

Into a large casserole, place undrained beans, topped with onion and sprinkled with bacon bits. Mix sugar (or Splenda), oil, rice vinegar and Accent. Heat in microwave 30-60 seconds. Cover and cook at 350 degrees for 2 hours stirring every 30 minutes.

 

Honey Bun Cake -- By: Jean Peeden

Box Yellow cake mix

8 oz. sour cream

1/3 c. water

2/3 c. oil

4 eggs

Filling:

2/3 c. Chopped Pecans

1/2 c. brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Topping: (I double this)

2 Tbsp. milk

1 c. powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix on med speed first 5 ingredients until smooth. Set aside. Mix filling ingredients together. Pour ½ cake mix in greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle w filling, pour remaining batter over and swirl with knife. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Mix topping and drizzle over warm cake.

 

 


JANUARY 4, 2018

Prayer Requests

Jim Hulsizer, friend of Rob Robinson, was recently diagnosed with Mesothelioma.

Continued Prayer:

Woody Wright Jr. and family, John Westenberger, Ning Sun, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, Scott Phillips, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

December 31, 2017

Sunday school: 53

Worship: 90

 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-7

                     Matthew 2:1-11

Sermon: “The Radiance of Faithful Souls”

                     

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Jan. 7: Jesus is baptized

Storyteller: James McCorkle

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

January 14: The Parable of the Treasure

Storyteller: James McCorkle

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

 

Congregational Vote

Copies of the proposed budget for 2018 are available on the entryway table or in the Sanctuary.  If you would like a copy mailed to your home, please let Tammy know. There will be a congregational vote on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Questions, please call: Barry Morris, Lorraine Banning or Kevin McDaniel.

January Outreach

We have two opportunities this month, The Room in the Inn and an international water filtration project that Jerry and Judy Ford will be sharing more information about soon. We are

collecting items and monetary donations for the Room at the Inn. Currently they need the following items:  Depends (diaper type size large), men and women's underwear (size large), Slim Jim Sticks, Hot Hands, and coffee supplies. Collection bins are located in the entryway hall and in the fellowship hall. Questions, our January community outreach contacts are Ray and Laura Aldridge

 

Clean Water Project

The outreach committee is making plans to begin a clean water mission at FCC early in 2018. Stay tuned! Exciting world outreach plans are on the way!

 

Upcoming Events

JANUARY

January Outreach: Room in the Inn

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

Jan 26-28: Youthtopia at Camp Chandler

 

Correction

The January calendar listed a fifth Sunday breakfast. That was a misprint left from the previous month’s calendar.

 

Security Team Schedule

January 2018 Team:

Bill Davis, Leon Nale & Bob Hill

February 2018 Team:

Charles Crow, Doug Evans, Jerry Ford

March 2018 Team

Bob Hill, Chuck Morgan, Jim Noles

April 2018 Team

Doug Evans, Terry McGee, Rob Robinson

 

Thank You

Dear Friends,

I would like to express my appreciation for your donation to The Salvation Army, Shoals. We will endeavor to use this funding in the most efficient way possible in reaching out to the needy of Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale Counties. On behalf of those helped by your generosity, The Salvation Army extends a sincere thank you and God Bless.

               Sincerely, Benjamin Deuel, Pastor

 

Dear First Christian Church,

Thank you for your recent gift of $500 to the Shoals Scholar Dollars Foundation. Your generosity and faith in higher education is inspiring to the Shoals students who will benefit from this scholarship program. Your gift will have a positive impact on the lives of these students. For this, we are greatly appreciative. Thank you for your commitment to higher education and your financial support of Shoals Scholar Dollars Foundation, Inc.

                               Lisa Patterson, Treasurer

 

Thank You

The staff at First Christian Church would like to thank everyone for their generous gifts throughout the Christmas Season. Your love and support is appreciated and is often overwhelming. We would also like to thank everyone who participated in the programs, events and especially the special music. It is you and your willingness to participate, even with the busyness of family and gatherings that makes Christmas at our church home so very special. My God bless each of you this New Year and we look forward to serving the ministry of Christ with you in 2018.                          In Christian Love, Jim.

Soup and Chili Cook-off

The annual Soup and Chili Cook-off will be on Sunday, January 14th, immediately following morning service. The youth group will use the money raised to go on a mission trip this summer. We would appreciate donations of soup, chili, and other needed items. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside Tammy’s office. We appreciate the support of our loving church.

                                                           Thank you,

               First Christian children and youth

Valentine banquet

Sunday, February 11, the youth group will be hosting the Valentine’s Banquet. Tickets will be on sale starting January 14. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. We thank you for all you do to support our youth program!

 

Soup Kitchen December 29, 2017

Thank you to everyone who helped serve and clean-up and made donations of food or money! Over 100 meals were served!    We appreciate all your hard work!

 

 

Times Daily Article, Published Dec. 23, 2017

Christmas Eve tradition alive and well at church

On Christmas Eve, candles will light the way to the sanctuary of First Christian Church for Communion service. The luminaries lining the sidewalk are part of a long tradition at the church that has been carried on by the youth group as well as adult volunteers. "I don't remember a time when I didn't make these," said Tonita Butler, who is a lifelong member of First Christian. Now, she is actively involved directing the youth group. First Christian's luminaries tradition dates to the early 1960s. Church member R.C. Fuller, who worked at the University of North Alabama, and his wife had seen luminaries during a visit to New Mexico. They brought the idea home, according to church member Terry McGee, who has researched the use of luminaries. The tradition of lighting luminaries at Christmas in North America appears to come from Mexico, McGee said. The custom was used by early Spanish settlers. They burned small bonfires along the roads and in church yards to commemorate Christ's birth. The white paper bags assembled by the church's youth have a wood block in the bottom with a small electric candle on top of it. In the past, bags had sand in the bottom with a wax candle. "We used milk jugs for a while," Butler said, "but they held water when it rained." In the past, 250 white paper luminaries were placed along the sidewalks and were lighted for three nights. Now, the luminaries are set out before the Communion service, she said. The number has since been pared down, as well. "It ties in with our candlelight Communion service, which is one of my favorites of the year," Butler said. Jim Storie, pastor at First Christian, said it is a tradition that he enjoys. "Setting up before the service is a special thing," he said. "I think we need to hold on to as many traditions as we can, even if they take a new shape or new form. “Light is a special image at Christmas," Storie said. "Bringing light into the world is reminding us that Christ is the light of the world."


DECEMBER 20, 2017

 

Prayer Requests

John Westenberger is in the hospital with Alzheimer’s related issues.  

Continued Prayer:

Woody Wright Jr. and family, Ning Sun, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, Scott Phillips, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

December 17, 2017

Sunday school: 61

Worship: 125

 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

Morning Service

Scripture: 2 Samuel 7: 1-16                         

                      Luke 1:26-38                                                           

Sermon:      “No Walls!”

Christmas Eve

Candlelight Service, 6 p.m.

“Finding Christmas”

 

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Jim & Rachel Storie and family on the death of Rachel’s uncle, Mack Harney of Smithville, TN. Mr. Harney passed away on December 18, 2017.

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Dec 24: Meeting the Christ Child.

Jan. 7: Jesus is Baptized

Storyteller: James McCorkle

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

Budget

Copies of the proposed budget for 2018 are available on the entryway table or in the Sanctuary.  If you would like a copy mailed to your home, please let Tammy know. There will be a congregational vote on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Questions, please call: Barry Morris, Lorraine Banning or Kevin McDaniel.

 

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.

 

Poinsettias

If you ordered a Poinsettia, please remember to take it home after either service on Christmas Eve.

 

Soup Kitchen

Soup kitchen is Friday, December 29. We need 15 smiling faces to work.  We are asking for donations of 100+ oz. cans of green beans, and 9x13 cakes as well as donations toward the purchase of our rolls and meat.  Corn and Salad have already been provided. Donated food should be delivered to First Presbyterian by 11:00.  Please do not leave food at FCC.   Questions?  Call Jodi McDaniel: 256-394-6326

 

 

December Outreach

Let’s reach out to help Arc of the Shoals, an outreach to help developmentally challenged individuals in our community.  They are in need of paper products such as napkins, paper towels, tissue, toilet tissue and feminine products.  If you would prefer, you can donate to this cause by writing December Outreach on a donation check made out to FCC.

 

Security Team Schedule

January 2018 Team:

Bill Davis, Leon Nale & Bob Hill

February 2018 Team:

Charles Crow, Doug Evans, Jerry Ford

March 2018 Team

Bob Hill, Chuck Morgan, Jim Noles

April 2018 Team

Doug Evans, Terry McGee, Rob Robinson

 

 Clean Water Project

The outreach committee is making plans to begin a clean water mission at FCC early in 2018. Stay tuned! Exciting world outreach plans are on the way!

 

Thank You

A big Merry Christmas Thank-You to Barb & Dan Hendricks for hosting a lovely "Drop-in-for-Soup" get-together. Our Sunday school class had a fabulous time visiting with friends over hot soup & cornbread---what a warm welcome we received! Merry Christmas everyone!

                                               The New Seekers

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

In memory of my friend and former neighbor, Brenda Cobb, who invited me to visit First Christian in 1987, The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon has placed in the library. Other Christmas items that you may want to check out are the DVDs Miracle on 34th Street and The Christmas Angel (starring Della Reese) and Tomie dePaolo's children's book, The Birds of Bethlehem.     

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service, 6 p.m.

Dec 27: All 2017 contributions need to be in office by the end of day so they may be entered on Dec 28.

Dec 31: Fifth Sunday breakfast.

JANUARY

January Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

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

 

Church Office Closed

The church office will be closed, Dec. 25- Jan. 1 so our staff may spend time with their families.  Tammy will be in to do the end of the year deposit on Dec. 28.  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.  **There will not be a newsletter the week of Dec 25. Newsletters will resume the first week of January.

 

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: All forms must be in the office no later than Jan. 4.  Registration forms are available on the entryway table or in the church office.


DECEMBER 13, 2017

Prayer Requests

John Westenberger is in the hospital with Alzheimer’s related issues.  

Continued Prayer:

Woody Wright Jr. and family, Ning Sun, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, Scott Phillips, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

December 10, 2017

Sunday school: 54

Worship: 151

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-23

                      Luke 1: 46-55

Sermon: “The Circle of Faith”

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                

 

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Dec 17:  Advent 4

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Dec 24: Christmas: Meeting the Christ Child.

Budget

Copies of the proposed budget for 2018 are available on the entryway table or in the Sanctuary.  If you would like a copy mailed to your home, please let Tammy know. There will be a congregational vote on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Questions, please call: Barry Morris, Lorraine Banning or Kevin McDaniel.

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.

Poinsettias

All Poinsettia orders have been placed with the florist.  Poinsettias will be in the Sanctuary on Dec. 17 & 24. If you ordered one, please remember to take it home after either service on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Caroling

Please make plans to join our choir as we carol for several assisted living facilities and nursing homes where many of our members live. This caroling opportunity will be on Sunday afternoon, December 17, at 3 p.m. We will meet in the fellowship hall of First Christian Church.

Celebrate the season by sharing God’s love with those who need to have a smile and a song. Please let Wayne or the church office know if you are interested in attending.

December Outreach

Let’s reach out to help Arc of the Shoals, an outreach to help developmentally challenged individuals in our community.  They are in need of paper products such as napkins, paper towels, tissue, toilet tissue and feminine products.  If you would prefer, you can donate to this cause by writing December Outreach on a donation check made out to FCC.

 

Soup Kitchen

Soup kitchen is Friday, December 29. We need 15 smiling faces to work.  We are asking for donations of 100+ oz. cans of green beans, and 9x13 cakes as well as donations toward the purchase of our rolls and meat.  Corn and Salad have already been provided. Donated food should be delivered to First Presbyterian by 11:00.  Please do not leave food at FCC.   Questions?  Call Jodi McDaniel: 256-394-6326

 

First United Methodist Church

Our brothers and sisters at First United Methodist Church in Florence will be providing meals for those in need this Christmas. Each guest will be given TWO carry out dinners. They anticipate needing around 1300. Lilia Wissert, who is helping with preparations, indicated any dessert donations will be appreciated.  Desserts should be delivered to First Methodist by 3:00pm on Wed. December 20th. Lilia's contact information is: #256-366-9747.

Security Team Schedule

January 2018 Team:

Bill Davis, Leon Nale & Bob Hill

February 2018 Team:

Charles Crow, Doug Evans, Jerry Ford

March 2018 Team

Bob Hill, Chuck Morgan, Jim Noles

April 2018 Team

Doug Evans, Terry McGee, Rob Robinson

 

Coming Soon – Clean Water Project

The outreach committee is making plans to begin a clean water mission at FCC early in 2018. Stay tuned! Exciting world outreach plans are on the way!

 

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 17: Christmas Caroling, 3 p.m.

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service, 6 p.m.

Dec 27: All 2017 contributions need to be in office by the end of day so they may be entered on Dec 28.

Dec 31: Fifth Sunday breakfast.

JANUARY

January Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

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

 

Advent Readers

Dec. 17: Keisha Tipper & children.

Dec 24: Scott & Amy and Mary Lindsay    

               Lovelace

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to Jim and Sharon Harris on the death of Sharon’s father, James Jones, on December 6. Services were held in Mentone, Al.

 

Thank You

Thank you for your recent contribution to Safeplace. Your faithful gifts help meet the needs of victims as they escape abuse and learn to live in peace.  Thank you for all that you do – may God richly bless you.

                                        ~Sincerely, Safeplace

 

Thank you so, much for thinking of the Help Center during your community Thanksgiving Service. With the winter months approaching, this will help with heating and prescriptions for those in need.                                            ~Help Center


DECEMBER 6, 2018

 

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Woody Wright Jr. and family, Ning Sun, Michael Myers, Bill Smith, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Max Barnett, Bill Coussons, John Nickols, Scott Phillips, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Ragan Morris, and Aria Perry.

 

December 3, 2017

Sunday school: 45

Worship: 148

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Choir Christmas Celebration       

     

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                

 

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Don and Sadricia Wilson on the death of Sadricia’s uncle, Larry Young, on December 5.

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Dec 10:  Advent 3

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Dec 17:  Advent 4

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Stewardship Cards

Please remember to turn in your stewardship cards as soon as possible so the stewardship committee can prepare the 2018 budget.

 

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.

 

Christmas Caroling

Please make plans to join our choir as we carol for several assisted living facilities and nursing homes where many of our members live. This caroling opportunity will be on Sunday afternoon, December 17, at 3 p.m. We will meet in the fellowship hall of First Christian Church.

Celebrate the season by sharing God’s love with those who need to have a smile and a song. Please let Wayne or the church office know if you are interested in attending.

 

Poinsettias

It is time to order your poinsettia to be placed in the Sanctuary during Christmas. All orders must be turned in to the church office 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.

 

 

December Outreach

Let’s reach out to help Arc of the Shoals, an outreach to help developmentally challenged individuals in our community.  They are in need of paper products such as napkins, paper towels, tissue, toilet tissue and feminine products.  If you would prefer, you can donate to this cause by writing December Outreach on a donation check made out to FCC.

 

          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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 10: Christmas Choir Celebration  

                 during worship service.

Dec 10: Funky Christmas Fashion Show following worship in the fellowship hall.

Dec 11: Poinsettia orders due.

Dec 17: Christmas Caroling, 3 p.m.

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service, 6 p.m.

Dec 27: All 2017 contributions need to be in office by the end of day so they may be entered on Dec 28.

Dec 31: Fifth Sunday breakfast.

JANUARY

January Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

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

 

Security Team Schedule

January 2018 Team:

Bill Davis, Leon Nale & Bob Hill

February 2018 Team:

Charles Crow, Doug Evans, Jerry Ford

March 2018 Team

Bob Hill, Chuck Morgan, Jim Noles

April 2018 Team

Doug Evans, Terry McGee, Rob Robinson

 

Advent Readers

Dec. 10: Russ & Robin Coussons & family.

Dec. 17: Keisha Tipper & children.

Dec 24: Scott & Amy and Mary Lindsay  Lovelace

 

Thank You

Thank you to everyone at First Christian for all your kind cards, calls and visits. I appreciate your care and love for me. I miss each of you!                     ~ June Helton

 

 

To the members of First Christian Church, Richie and I want to thank you so very much for the thoughtfulness in bringing us the wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner. We are so fortunate to have you as such wonderful friends.

                                                             ~Chris & Richie Gaskell    

 

 

Dear friends at First Christian,

Thank you for your generous donation to Shoals Scholar Dollars. It is with your help that we are reaching our youth through workforce development.

                           ~Sincerely, Randy, Shoals Scholar Dollars.

 

 

Dear First Christian Church,

Thank you for your generous contribution of $250.00 to One Place of the Shoals. We appreciate your continued support of our programs in the local community.

One Place provides a comprehensive service and support center which affords greater safety, access to services, and confidentiality for victims and their families by co-locating services under one roof. Victims come to One Place to plan for their safety, have an advocate, talk with a police officer, obtain information on shelters, and sexual assault services.  We appreciate the continued support of your church in the ongoing programs at One Place of the Shoals.               

                         ~~ Elizabeth C. Moore, Executive Director       

 

                                             

Taylor Hendrix Mission Trip

Below is a letter from Tammy’s daughter, Taylor. Taylor will going on a mission trip to Africa next summer.

            Dear Friends, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve next summer, July 12-22, 2018, in Zambia, Africa through an organization called Family Legacy. Family Legacy serves the orphaned and vulnerable children of Zambia. I never imagined that I would ever be given the opportunity to travel to Africa to serve but God has clearly laid this amazing mission trip in my path and I am so excited.  During my time in Africa, I will have the opportunity to work with a group of 10 Zambian children, as well as other missionaries participating in Camp Life through Family Legacy. Each volunteer, like me, will be leading a group of 10 children. I am overjoyed with this incredible opportunity that the Lord has blessed me with, and cannot wait to travel and serve as the hands and feet of Jesus. If you should feel led to contribute, it is greatly appreciated. My expenses for this journey will be approximately $5000.00 and are due by March 1st. You can give a tax-deductible donation a few ways: Make a check payable to Family Legacy and list “Taylor Hendrix” as the “Participant Name” (you can leave in the church office) or If you would prefer to make a direct tax deductible donation online to my Camp Life account, you can follow this link: www.CampLifeZambia.com/taylorhendrix

            Of course, there are expenses for my trip that will not be included in the above cost and if you feel led to mail a donation to my home, I will use it towards my total expenses for the trip. Any donation would be greatly appreciated!  I am thankful for each of you and the love, support and prayers you have shown me over the years and as I prepare to embark on my journey next summer! 

            Most importantly, I ask that you keep me in your thoughts and prayers during this exciting time of preparation and throughout my time serving in Zambia. ~Sincerely, Taylor Hendrix (Tammy’s daughter)

Soup Kitchen

Soup kitchen is Friday, December 29. We need 15 smiling faces to work.  We are asking for donations of 100+ oz. cans of green beans, and 9x13 cakes as well as donations toward the purchase of our rolls and meat.  Corn and Salad have already been provided. Donated food should be delivered to First Presbyterian by 11:00.  Please do not leave food at FCC.   Questions?  Call Jodi McDaniel: 256-394-6326

 

Coming Soon – Clean Water Project

The outreach committee is making plans to begin a clean water mission at FCC early in 2018. Stay tuned! Exciting world outreach plans are on the way!

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

In memory of Bill Huddleston's mother, Mrs. Alba Huddleston, four books have been placed in the library by his Sunday school class. Check out these exceptional study items when you have time:

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas (Just-published in conjunction with the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 Theses.)

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life by Harold S. Kushner

Making All Things New: An Invitation to the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen


 

NOVEMBER 29, 2017

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Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

Ning Sun, Bill Smith, Chris Gaskell, Michael Myers, Bob & Jo Beth Hurt, Billy & Joyce Gamble, Sam Rice, Woody Wright, Woody Wright Jr. & family, Max Barnett, Larry Young, Sheree League, Bill Coussons, Bo Haddock, Phyliss Branscome, John Nickols, Jim Hulsizer, Scott Phillips, Roberta Shivers, Joel Rainer, Tommy Peeden, June Helton, Rachel Witt, Sherri Wright, Ragan Morris, and Stacy Hall.

 

November 26, 2017

Sunday school: 47

Worship: 125

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Scripture:     Mark 13: 24-37

Sermon: “The Changing Signs

              

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

 

Stewardship Cards

Please remember to turn in your stewardship cards as soon as possible so the stewardship committee can prepare the 2018 budget.

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. John Bloss. Rev. Bloss passed away on Nov. 23, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He was a former member of First Christian Church. Rev. Bloss is survived by his wife, Helen, children and grandchildren.

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Dec 3:  Advent 2

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Dec 10:  Advent 3

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

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.

 

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Please make plans to join our choir as we carol for several assisted living facilities and nursing homes where many of our members live. This caroling opportunity will be on Sunday afternoon, December 17, at 3 p.m. We will meet in the fellowship hall of First Christian Church.

Celebrate the season by sharing God’s love with those who need to have a smile and a song. Please let Wayne or the church office know if you are interested in attending.

December Outreach

Let’s reach out to help Arc of the Shoals, an outreach to help developmentally challenged individuals in our community.  They are in need of paper products such as napkins, paper towels, tissue, toilet tissue and feminine products.  If you would prefer, you can donate to this cause by writing December Outreach on a donation check made out to FCC.

 

          December Outreach                                                What is Arc of the Shoals? A 501C nonprofit organization that has a twofold mission reaching out to special needs adults.  What does the Arc offer the community?   In some cases, the Arc provides a 24/7 safe environment in group homes for those without family or with families that are unable to provide the necessary care required.   In others, the Arc provides a safe day care environment for adults, giving their families a respite.   Does the Arc charge for their services?  There is no fee.  We are fortunate to have an organization like this in our community.  The Arc currently has 19 group homes in our area.  More daycare facilities and group homes are needed.  Doesn’t the state support this care?  The Arc receives partial support from the AL Department of Health.  The level of support is in flux.  Their board is constantly working to keep their doors open.  We are asking you to search your heart and help with our December Outreach project.

 

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.

 

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.

 

NEW EVENT!!!

COMBINED YOUNG ADULT - SENIOR ADULT RETREAT

January 19 - January 21, 2018

Camp Chandler, Wetumpka, Alabama

 

Recipes

If you prepared a dish for our Thanksgiving meal and would not mind sharing your recipe, please give to Tammy in the church office so we may print to share with the congregation.

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

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

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Dec 10: Christmas Choir Celebration  

                 during worship service.

Dec 10: Funky Christmas Fashion Show, following worship in the fellowship hall.

Dec 11: Poinsettia orders due.

Dec 17: Christmas Caroling, 3 p.m.

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service, 6 p.m.

Dec 27: All 2017 contributions need to be in office by the end of day so they may be entered on Dec 28.

JANUARY

January Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

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

 

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


NOVEMBER 20, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.   Psalm 111:1

 

Prayer Requests

Chris Gaskell fell and had to have staples in her head. She is resting well at home.

Bill Smith, father of Ruth Haynes, is in ECM.

Ning Sun, mother-in-law of Jennifer Stegall Sun.

Continued Prayer:

Bob & Jo Beth Hurt, Billy & Joyce Gamble, (friends of the Babcocks),  Sam Rice, (cousin of Paula Babcock), Woody Wright, Woody Wright Jr. & family, Max Barnett (friend of Charles Crow), Larry Young (Sadricia Wilson’s uncle), Sheree League, (Wayne and Martha Johnson son’s mother-in-law), 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, and Stacy Hall.

 

November 19, 2017

Sunday school: 52

Worship: 125

 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Scripture: Ephesians 1: 15-23

                     Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon: “Unable to see a Difference “  

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Nov. 26:  Advent 1

Storyteller: Patsy Blasingame

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Dec 3:  Advent 2

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

November Outreach

Jodi & Kevin McDaniel

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!

Stewardship Cards

Please remember to turn in your stewardship cards as soon as possible so the stewardship committee can prepare the 2018 budget.

 

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.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

            Please make plans to join our choir as we carol for several assisted living facilities and nursing homes where many of our members live.

            This caroling opportunity will be on Sunday afternoon, December 17, at 3 p.m. We will meet in the fellowship hall of First Christian Church.

            Celebrate the season by sharing God’s love with those who need to have a smile and a song. Please let Wayne or the church office know if you are interested in attending.

 

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

                 

Thank You

Thank you for your recent donation to the Meals on Wheels Program. Contributions such as yours make it possible for us to continue this important program.

Sincerely, Meals on Wheels.

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.

 

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.

 

NEW EVENT!!!

COMBINED YOUNG ADULT - SENIOR ADULT RETREAT

January 19 - January 21, 2018

Camp Chandler, Wetumpka, Alabama

 

Recipes

If you prepared a dish for our Thanksgiving meal and would not mind sharing your recipe, please give to Tammy in the church office so we may print to share with the congregation.

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER

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

DECEMBER

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

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

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Dec 10: Christmas Choir Celebration  

                 during worship service.

Dec 10: Funky Christmas Fashion Show, following worship in the fellowship hall.

Dec 11: Poinsettia orders due.

Dec 17: Christmas Caroling, 3 p.m.

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service, 6 p.m.

JANUARY

January Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

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

 

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.

 


NOVEMBER 8, 2017

 

Prayer Requests