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The Last Word

I’ve been enjoying Ken Burn’s “The Roosevelt’s” this week on TV. As often happens when I learn the details of history, I see the hand of God at work. I’ve heard it said, “A country gets the leaders it deserves.” But from my perspective, sometimes we get the right leaders at the right time. And God is able to use even our…

Youth Groups are in Full Swing

I am excited to report that youth groups are off to a fantastic start! The valuable leaders and helpers that make the evening run smoothly are the secret to the success of our youth groups. Each age level needs a variety of loving adults who use their gifts to organize the lessons, lead discussions, communicate effectively with children and build one-on-one relationships…

The Last Word

For those of you who are tied up with work or other responsibilities during the week, I can assure you there’s always something going on at First Christian Church. Right now, the line dancers are keeping fit in our fellowship hall (and obviously having a lot of fun doing so). There’s a crew of volunteers working on the new family/handicapped accessible bathroom…

“Here I am, Lord…”

I love to sing this hymn. It stirs up memories of hearing God’s call and times He prompted me to serve. It also reminds me of the work our Nominating Committee is preparing to undertake; being charged with prayerfully seeking out Ministry Group chair people, Deacons, Elders, Treasurers and special Committee members. Please pray for them. I also ask that you pray…

The Last Word

I’ve seen it many times on church signs: “What is missing from ch__ch? UR!” That’s a cute way of saying that everybody has a place in the church and when you’re absent, you are missed. But for the Apostle Paul, this wasn’t something trivial. It was a serious spiritual issue. He described the church as a human body and each member as…

Our First “Gathering”…

This week we began our first “Gathering” of 20, 30, 40 somethings! We read together Acts 2 which spoke to early Christians about the purpose of gathering in community and Hebrews 10:24-25 which says “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together.” The question “Can I be a Christian without…

The Last Word

This week our annual Stewardship Devotional guide and faith card for 2015 were mailed out (if you didn’t receive one, call or pick one up in the church office). The theme for this year is “Test and See That the Lord is Good,” which is a mash-up of Malachi 3:10, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse… Test me in this and…

Fear Ruins Lives

Fear takes away the good life. I have seen friends lately who on vacation, have gone on Zip Lines and had so much fun. While I was on vacation recently, I saw the advertisements for these and thought to myself “No way am I going up on one of those”. Too scared to try! How much life do we forfeit by being…

The Last Word

I just read an article in the New York Times that begins: “ONE of the most striking scientific discoveries about religion in recent years is that going to church weekly is good for you. Religious attendance boosts the immune system and decreases blood pressure. It may add as much as two to three years to your life.” My unscientific intuition is that…

The Info Wall

The success of the First Christian Church mission projects sign up wall has now inspired us to rename this space “The Info Wall”. It is located in the front gathering area. This is just another way to let our congregation become aware of the “happenings” in the life of First Christian Church. If you need to register for your L.I.F.E. group class,…