DISCIPLE VISITOR

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Prayer Requests

Cherie Wilborn, Aunt of Tracey Futrell.

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

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

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

Continued Prayer:

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

 

September 17, 2017

Worship: 171

 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 145: 1-8

                      Matthew 20: 1-16

Sermon:  “The Generosity of the Lord”

 

Board Meeting

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

Thank You

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

                                                      ~~Lola Aune

 

Soup Kitchen

Friday, September 29, 2017

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

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

September Outreach

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

 

John & Helen Bloss

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

John & Helen Bloss

2709 E. Danforth, #201,

Edmond OK 73034.

 

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

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

 

NEW SEEKERS CLASS STUDY

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

TRUNK OR TREAT

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

 

Thank You

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

 

Thank you

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

 

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

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

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

~From your Centennial Committee.


DISCIPLE VISITOR

AUGUST 30, 2017

CENTENNIAL UPDATE

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

 

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

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

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

Your Centennial Committee.

Prayer Requests

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

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

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

Continued Prayer:

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

 

August 27, 2017

Sunday school: 65

Worship: 140

 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Scripture:  Psalm 26: 1-8

                       Matthew 16:21-28

Sermon: “Finding the True Cross”

                   Reverend Cameron Douglas

 

Sympathy

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

 

 

New Sunday School Class

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

 

Stained Glass Window Information

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

 

Greeters

September: Kathy & Sam Walker

October: Amy & James McCorkle

 

Parking Pass

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

 

Cure Kids

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

Thank you for your help, Much Love,

Peter Johnson – Wayne Johnson

 

Thank You

Dear Friends at First Christian Church,

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

Sincerely, Randy

 

New Pulpit Bible

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

 

Soup Kitchen

Friday, September 29, 2017

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

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

Hurricane Harvey Texas

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

September Outreach

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

 

Volunteer Needed

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

 

New Adventures Class

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

                                                           Sid Fulford

 

Acolyte Schedule

September: Sam Storie & Carson Foote

October: Margaret & Wynona Tipper

November: Coby Futrell & Carly Grace Foote

December: Sam Storie & Carson Foote

 

Phone Tree

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

 

Christian Ed. Committee Meeting

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

 


The Disciple Visitor

August 23, 2017

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

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

August 20, 2017

Sunday school: 65

Worship: 170

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Scripture:  Genesis 1:3-5

                       Ephesians 5:8-14

Sermon:      Rev. Dr. Nisha Warbington

“Reflections on the Great American Eclipse.”  

 

Christian Ed. Committee Meeting

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

 

Joel Raney Concert

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

 

August Outreach – Sidney’s Safe

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

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

 

New Sunday School Class

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

Cure Kids

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

                                                    Peter Johnson – Wayne Johnson

Parking Pass

**UNA starts August 23**

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

 

Centennial Update

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

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

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

 

Volunteer Needed

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

New Adventures Class

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

Senior Adult Retreat

Wed., Nov 1 – Thur., Nov 2, 2017

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

 

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

Youth

“Half Truths”

Children

“Beakers, Bubbles & the Bible”

 

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

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

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

The Disciple Visitor

August 16, 2017

Prayer Requests

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

Continued Prayer:

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

 

August 13, 2017

Sunday school: 60

Worship: 118

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Scripture:  Ephesians 1:3-14

                       Matthew 3: 13-17               

Sermon: “The Ultimate Calling”

THANK YOU            

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

With love, Patti Lough

Christian Ed. Committee Meeting

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

August Outreach – Sidney’s Safe

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

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

 

Birthday

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

Edith Daniel-Florence Nursing Home

2107 Cloyd Blvd Rm 212

Florence, AL 35633

 

Senior Adult Retreat

Wed., Nov 1 – Thur., Nov 2, 2017

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

Catered Lunch RSVP

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

                              ~~Centennial Committee

 

Memorabilia Sunday

Saturday, August 19th, 2017:

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

Sunday, August 20th, 2017:

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

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

Cure Kids

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

Thank you for your help, Much Love,

Peter Johnson – Wayne Johnson

       Time for our “Tree Party”

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

                                                        ~Kay Stegall

 

Congratulations

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

Thank You

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

Thank you, Safeplace

 

Parking Pass

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

 

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

 

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

 

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

 

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