DISCIPLE VISITOR

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 συχία 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 sig (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.   

Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

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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)

 

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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

Woody Wright, is in Glenwood Rehabilitation room 100.

Continued Prayer:

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

 

November 5, 2017

Sunday school:

Worship: 132

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 34: 1-10, 22

                      Revelation 7: 9-17

 

Sermon: “God Wins” 

  

 

2017 LIVING VETERANS

OF

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH  

Deryll Banning - MARINE

Craig Blasingame - ARMY RESERVE

Jim Blasingame - ARMY

Bill Brackin Jr. - NAVY

Holly Davis Clark - AIR FORCE

Wayne Collier - MARINE

Carl Gebhardt - ARMY RESERVE

Christopher Gebhardt - ARMY RESERVE

Gordon Hamlin - AIR FORCE

Jim Miller - ARMY

Chuck Morgan –AIR FORCE / AIR NATIONAL GUARD

Leon Nale - NAVY

Jim Noles - ARMY

Tommy Peeden - NAVY

Robbie Pinkston - NAVY

Jim Storie - NAVY

Bill Vance - NAVY

Sam Walker - MARINE

Woody Wright - AIR FORCE

                      

Our Daily Bread

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

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Nov. 12: “The Great Banquet”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Nov 19: “How the Church Tells Time”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

November Outreach

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

 

Thanksgiving Lunch

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

Thanksgiving Meal

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

 

Community Thanksgiving Service

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

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

Nov 11: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

Nov 19: Commitment Sunday AND our Thanksgiving Meal

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

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

DECEMBER

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

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Dec 10: Funky Christmas Fashion Show.

JANUARY

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

 

 

Stewardship Cards

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

 

2017 Pledge Year

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

 

Newsletter Information

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

Operation Christmas Child

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

Youth & Children

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

Current Shut-in List

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

Ruby Nell Brackin

Columbia Cottage

2373 Roberts Lane

Florence, Al 358630

Virginia Youngman

232 N. Crown Street

Florence, Al 35630

Virginia Delaney

202 Lincoln Street

Florence, Al 35630

Martha Wiggins

154 Breckenridge Court

Florence, Al 35630

Jim Miller

102 Ana Circle, Apt. 5

Florence, Al 35630

Edith Daniel

Florence Nursing Home

2107 Cloyd Blvd., Room 210

Florence, AL 35633

June Helton

805 Flagg Circle, Room 530

Florence, Al 35630

256764-7461

Helen Head

3275 Co Rd 47, Apt. D141

Florence, Al 35630

Grace Noles

3275 County Road 47

Apt C-124

Florence, Al 35630

 

 

Birthday

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

Grace Noles

3275 County Road 47, Apt C124

Florence, Al 35630

 

NEW EVENT!!!

COMBINED YOUNG ADULT - SENIOR ADULT RETREAT

JANUARY 19 - JANUARY 21, 2018

CAMP CHANDLER, WETUMPKA, ALABAMA

REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE

ON THE ENTRYWAY TABLE.

 

2018 REGIONAL ASSEMBLY

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

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

ALABAMA

 

Youthtopia

Winter Retreat for Chi Ro & CYF

January 26-28, 2018

7:00 pm Friday until 10:00 am Sunday

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

 

In Loving Memory

Those we love never go away,

they walk beside us even on this day.

Unseen, unheard, but always near,

still loved, still missed, and very dear. 

Eric Plunk

1-25-17

Ken Butler Jr.

2-18-17

Betty J. Paulk

2-20-17

Dottie Elliott

7-25-17

JoAnn Wilson

7-19-17

Lilyan Scharfschwerdt

7-3-17

James Ransom Sr.

10-1-17

 

Anniversary

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

 

Staff Christmas Gifts

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

Poinsettias

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


OCTOBER 31, 2017

 

Prayer Requests

Woody Wright is in ECM recovering from surgery.

Continued Prayer:

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

 

October 29, 2017

Worship: 139

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Scripture:  1 John 3:1-7

                         Revelation 7:9-17

 

Sermon: “For all the Saints”

                 

Thank You

Dear First Christian Church,

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

                            ~Jeffrey Perkins, Fire Chief

New Member Contact

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

Scott & Amy Lovelace

615 N. Wood Avenue

Florence, Al 35630

256-460-9237

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Oct 29: “The Sower”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Sarah Kate Coussons

Nov. 5: “The Good Samaritan”  

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Nov. 12: “The Great Banquet”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Nov 19: “How the Church Tells Time”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

November Outreach

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

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

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

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

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

Nov 5: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Nov 11: Fellowship Hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

Nov 19: Commitment Sunday AND our    

                 Thanksgiving Meal

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

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

DECEMBER

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

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

JANUARY

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

Our Daily Bread

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

 

TIME   TALENT   TREASURE

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

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

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

October Outreach

Operation Christmas Child

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

 

Reminder

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

Thanksgiving Lunch

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


OCTOBER 25, 2017

 

Prayer Requests

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

Continued Prayer:

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

 

October 15, 2017

Sunday school: 55

Worship: 120

 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Scripture:  Psalm 1

                        Matthew 22: 34-46

 

Sermon: “Unconditional Faith”

                 

Sympathy

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

 

New Member Contact

Katrina Kelley

1850 Darby Drive, Apt. 210

Florence, AL 35630

773-208-8674

 

  TRUNK OR TREAT

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

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

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Oct 29: “The Sower”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Sarah Kate Coussons

Nov. 5: “The Good Samaritan”  

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Nov. 12: “The Great Banquet”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

Nov 19: “How the Church Tells Time”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Maggie Storie

 

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

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

 

Children’s Groups

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

 

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER

*October is Ministerial Appreciation Month

October Outreach: Operation Christmas Child

Oct 29: Fifth Sunday breakfast

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat at 5 pm.

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

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

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

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

Nov 5: Fellowship Hall Reserved.

Nov 11: Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

Nov 19: Commitment Sunday AND our  Thanksgiving Meal

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

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

DECEMBER

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

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

JANUARY

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

 

November Servers

GREETERS:  Joe & Jean Peeden

ELDERS: James & Amy McCorkle

ACOLYTES: Colby Futrell & Carly Grace Foote

HEAD DEACON: Mark Sanders

PREPARE: Louise Tanner & Patti Lough

CLEAN UP: Jim Link & Charlie Champagne

USHER: Tom Lard

SERVE IN BALCONY: Sid Fulford & Sophie McDaniel

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

 

Our Daily Bread

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

 

October Outreach

Operation Christmas Child

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

 

2017 FIREMAN'S LUNCHEON

STEWARDSHIP

                                                                                                                                                           October 24, 2017

Dear First Christian family,

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

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

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

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

In Christian love,

Jim


OCTOBER 19, 2017

 

Prayer Requests

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

Continued Prayer:

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

 

October 15, 2017

Sunday school: 54

Worship: 128

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Scripture:  Psalm 99

                      Matthew 22:15-22

                     

Sympathy

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

 

OCTOBER OUTREACH

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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

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

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

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

Security Team Reminder

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

 

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

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

  TRUNK OR TREAT

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

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Oct 22: “The Leaven”

Storyteller: Rachel Storie

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

Oct 29: “The Sower”

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Sarah Kate Coussons

 

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER

*October is Ministerial Appreciation Month

October Outreach: Operation Christmas Child

Oct 29: Fifth Sunday breakfast

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat at 5 pm.

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

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

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

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

Nov 5: Fellowship Hall Reserved.

Nov 11: Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

Nov 19: Commitment Sunday AND our     

                 Thanksgiving Meal

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

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

DECEMBER

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

December Outreach: Arc of the Shoals

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

JANUARY

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

Anniversary

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

John & Helen Bloss

2709 E. Danforth # 201

Edmond, OK 73034

 

Thank You

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

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

                         ~~Mike Dewees and Family

 

Good Shepherd Lutheran

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


OCTOBER 12, 2017

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

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

       

Prayer Requests

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

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

Continued Prayer:

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

 

October 8, 2017

Sunday school: 48

Worship: 115

 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10

                      Matthew 3: 1-12

Sermon:  “Peace is the Kingdom”

                                        

Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

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

New Member

New Member to First Christian Church.    Tammy Hendrix

1511 Hermitage Drive

Florence, AL 35630

256-335-1593

 

TRUNK OR TREAT

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

PUMPKIN PATCH

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

Security Team Update

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

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

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

Thank You

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

          Love, Russ, Robin, Noah, Sarah Kate,                           

                                 Sydney and Ella

 

Thank You

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

~Blessings, David and Pam Chambers

 

Thank You

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

                               ~Sincerely, Larry Presley

 

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER

*October is Ministerial Appreciation Month

October Outreach: Operation Christmas Child

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

Oct 14: Fellowship hall is reserved

Oct 15: Pumpkin Patch 2 pm

Oct 19: Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

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

Oct 29: Fifth Sunday breakfast

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat at 5 pm.

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

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

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

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

Nov 11: Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

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

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

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

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

 

Pastor Appreciation Month

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

Rev. James & Rachel Storie

Rev. Dr. Bob & Kay Stegall

Rev. Charles & Marilyn Highfield

Rev. Sylvia & Gordon Hamlin

Rev. Dr. John & Shirley Jackson

Sid Fulford

Rev. Dr. Carl Gebhardt

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

 

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Oct 15: “The Mustard Seed”

Storyteller: Patsy Blasingame

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

Oct 22: “The Leaven”

Storyteller: Rachel Storie

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

 

Property Chair

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

 

RADA CUTLERY

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

 


DISCIPLE VISITOR

OCTOBER 4, 2017

OCTOBER OUTREACH: OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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

Suggestions of items to fill the shoeboxes:

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

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

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

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

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

Please Do Not Include

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

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

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

Bill Coussons is now at

Keestone of Florence

June Helton has moved to Mitchell Hollingsworth 

Continued Prayer:

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

 

October 1, 2017

Sunday school: 49

Worship: 130

 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Scripture: Isaiah 5:1-7

                      Matthew 21:33-46

 

Sermon:  “Ours to Lose!”                    

                   

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

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

 

RADA CUTLERY

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

 

Centennial

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

                                                                                                                                                         

Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

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

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER

*October is Ministerial Appreciation Month

October Outreach: Operation Christmas Child

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

Oct 9: Columbus Day

(Church office closed)

Oct 14: Fellowship hall is reserved

Oct 15: Pumpkin Patch 2 pm

Oct 19: Fire Fighters’ Luncheon

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

Oct 29: Fifth Sunday breakfast

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat at 5 pm.

NOVEMBER

November Outreach: Help Center

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

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

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

Nov 11: Fellowship hall reserved.

Nov 12: Board Meeting

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

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

Dec 2: Fellowship Hall reserved.

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

 

TRUNK OR TREAT

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

Property Chair

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

 

Welcome

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

                   

Worship & Wonder Schedule

Oct 8: “The Great Pearl” 

Storyteller: Alyssa Baldwin

Greeter: Sarah Kate Coussons

Oct 12: “The Mustard Seed”

Storyteller: Patsy Blasingame

Greeter: Alyssa Baldwin

PUMPKIN PATCH

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

 

OCTOBER SERVERS

HEAD: Judy Ford

PREPARE: Gwen & Brandon Foote

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

SERVE IN BALCONY: Sydney Coussons & Terry McGee

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

GREETERS: Amy & James McCorkle

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

 

Sunday Children &

Youth Activities

CHILDREN 3-5 PM

YOUTH 5-6:30 PM

 

PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH

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

Rev. James & Rachel Storie

Rev. Dr. Bob & Kay Stegall

Rev. Charles & Marilyn Highfield

Rev. Sylvia & Gordon Hamlin

Rev. Dr. John & Shirley Jackson

Sid Fulford

Rev. Dr. Carl Gebhardt

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


DISCIPLE VISITOR

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

Prayer Requests

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

Jim Hulsizer: friend of Rob Robinson.

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

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

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

Continued Prayer:

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

 

September 24, 2017

Sunday school: 58

Worship: 124

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7

                     Philippians 2:1-13 

Sermon:  “Every Tongue Confess”

 

Sympathy

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

World Communion Sunday

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

 

RADA CUTLERY

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Events

*October is Ministerial Appreciation Month

Oct 1: World Communion Sunday

Oct 9: Columbus Day

(Church office closed)

Oct 14: Fellowship hall is reserved

Oct 19: Fire Fighter’s Luncheon

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

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat at 5 pm.

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

Trunk or Treat

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

 

Thank You

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

                                            ~~David Blondell

Thank You

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

 THANK YOU

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

 

Fifth Sunday Breakfast

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

 

Dear First Christian Church family,

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

                                  Love, Jill & Julian Englett

 

Fire Fighter’s Luncheon

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

 

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

 

TREE OF LIFE IN BAHRAIN

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

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

TREE OF LIFE.jpg

 


DISCIPLE VISITOR

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Prayer Requests

Cherie Wilborn, Aunt of Tracey Futrell.

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

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

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

Continued Prayer:

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

 

September 17, 2017

Worship: 171

 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 145: 1-8

                      Matthew 20: 1-16

Sermon:  “The Generosity of the Lord”

 

Board Meeting

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

Thank You

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

                                                      ~~Lola Aune

 

Soup Kitchen

Friday, September 29, 2017

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

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

September Outreach

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

 

John & Helen Bloss

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

John & Helen Bloss

2709 E. Danforth, #201,

Edmond OK 73034.

 

M. H. Harper Library

Thomas Harrison

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

 

NEW SEEKERS CLASS STUDY

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

TRUNK OR TREAT

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

 

Thank You

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

 

Thank you

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

 

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

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

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

~From your Centennial Committee.


DISCIPLE VISITOR

AUGUST 30, 2017

CENTENNIAL UPDATE

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

 

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

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

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

Your Centennial Committee.

Prayer Requests

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

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

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

Continued Prayer:

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

 

August 27, 2017

Sunday school: 65

Worship: 140

 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Scripture:  Psalm 26: 1-8

                       Matthew 16:21-28

Sermon: “Finding the True Cross”

                   Reverend Cameron Douglas

 

Sympathy

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

 

 

New Sunday School Class

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

 

Stained Glass Window Information

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

 

Greeters

September: Kathy & Sam Walker

October: Amy & James McCorkle

 

Parking Pass

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

 

Cure Kids

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

Thank you for your help, Much Love,

Peter Johnson – Wayne Johnson

 

Thank You

Dear Friends at First Christian Church,

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

Sincerely, Randy

 

New Pulpit Bible

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

 

Soup Kitchen

Friday, September 29, 2017

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

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

Hurricane Harvey Texas

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

September Outreach

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

 

Volunteer Needed

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

 

New Adventures Class

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

                                                           Sid Fulford

 

Acolyte Schedule

September: Sam Storie & Carson Foote

October: Margaret & Wynona Tipper

November: Coby Futrell & Carly Grace Foote

December: Sam Storie & Carson Foote

 

Phone Tree

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

 

Christian Ed. Committee Meeting

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

 


The Disciple Visitor

August 23, 2017

Prayer Requests

Continued Prayer:

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

August 20, 2017

Sunday school: 65

Worship: 170

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Scripture:  Genesis 1:3-5

                       Ephesians 5:8-14

Sermon:      Rev. Dr. Nisha Warbington

“Reflections on the Great American Eclipse.”  

 

Christian Ed. Committee Meeting

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

 

Joel Raney Concert

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

 

August Outreach – Sidney’s Safe

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

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

 

New Sunday School Class

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

Cure Kids

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

                                                    Peter Johnson – Wayne Johnson

Parking Pass

**UNA starts August 23**

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

 

Centennial Update

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

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

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

 

Volunteer Needed

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

New Adventures Class

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

Senior Adult Retreat

Wed., Nov 1 – Thur., Nov 2, 2017

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

 

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

Youth

“Half Truths”

Children

“Beakers, Bubbles & the Bible”

 

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

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

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

The Disciple Visitor

August 16, 2017

Prayer Requests

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

Continued Prayer:

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

 

August 13, 2017

Sunday school: 60

Worship: 118

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Scripture:  Ephesians 1:3-14

                       Matthew 3: 13-17               

Sermon: “The Ultimate Calling”

THANK YOU            

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

With love, Patti Lough

Christian Ed. Committee Meeting

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

August Outreach – Sidney’s Safe

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

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

 

Birthday

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

Edith Daniel-Florence Nursing Home

2107 Cloyd Blvd Rm 212

Florence, AL 35633

 

Senior Adult Retreat

Wed., Nov 1 – Thur., Nov 2, 2017

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

Catered Lunch RSVP

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

                              ~~Centennial Committee

 

Memorabilia Sunday

Saturday, August 19th, 2017:

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

Sunday, August 20th, 2017:

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

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

Cure Kids

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

Thank you for your help, Much Love,

Peter Johnson – Wayne Johnson

       Time for our “Tree Party”

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

                                                        ~Kay Stegall

 

Congratulations

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

Thank You

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

Thank you, Safeplace

 

Parking Pass

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

 

M. H. Harper Library - Thomas Harrison

 

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

 

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

 

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