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Coming Back to Say Thanks!

I love the reminder in Jesus’ parable of the Ten Lepers that we should be grateful people.  So here’s my chance to come back and say thanks… *For supporting the Youth Mission Trip by attending their dinners and for encouraging the youth to serve. *For giving items to the Bless this Dress ministry…your generous hearts bless many in the Tri-State area through…

The Last Word

I heard a story about a young minister who was called upon to do his first funeral. He wasn’t sure what to say, so he decided to read the Gospels and see what Jesus said when he went to a funeral. He was amazed to discover that whenever Jesus attended a funeral it turned into a resurrection! (When I first heard that…

Behind the Scenes from the Staff

I’ve so enjoyed our time throughout this Lenten season being in our class of young adults during the process of discovering each of our SHAPE’s for ministry. Everyone is gifted uniquely by the Spirit, everyone has different passions, abilities, personalities and experiences. And it’s beautiful to see how God’s people may be used in different ways in our world, each according to…

The Last Word

Last fall, I attended a seminar on church leadership called “Momentum.” One of the speakers from the host church mentioned in passing that the Sunday when everybody “falls back” an hour for daylight savings time is one of their highest attendance Sundays of the year. As I thought about our own worship attendance, I realized the same was true for us. Well,…

The Amazing Easter Race

I am so excited for this upcoming Easter plan, the Amazing Easter Race, which the staff, elders and Outreach ministry group members have been plotting to create for the families in our church and community. Family teams of two people or more will face family-friendly challenges to earn clues for their next destination. I can’t wait to hear the laughter fill the…

The Last Word

When I preached at the community Lenten service this week, I shared a story about moving into our house in Keokuk. A couple of months after unpacking everything, we noticed a bad smell coming from somewhere in the kitchen. We looked, but couldn’t find anything. Finally, the smell got so bad we tore apart the kitchen inch by inch until we found…

Tag Me, Please!

Little sheep, bunnies and bears – have you seen them anywhere around the church? Our nurseries have room-specific nametags for our kiddos (plus sticker-type tags for our new visiting friends)! We are so blessed to be a community where our volunteers strive to know each child by name. Our nursery folks are incredible! But did you know that the tags we provide…

The Last Word

Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday. The day immediately preceding it is called Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday got its name because it was the day when Catholic families used up all of the lard in their houses cooking pastries and pancakes so they wouldn’t have any animal fat left in their homes on the first day of Lent,…

Behind the Scenes from the Staff

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 18) and covers approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday.  At First Christian we emphasize this time on Wednesday evenings, with a Lenten meal at 5:30 pm and then special study groups.  If you are already attending a group on Wednesday evenings, those will continue, and we have two new groups that will be offered on Wednesdays.…

The Last Word

The Lenten season begins next Wednesday (February 18). Lent is a time of reflection, repentance, and self-discovery. Therefore, this year at First Christian Church you are invited to find your place in the journey of faith, both in L.I.F.E groups and in worship. On Wednesday evenings, folks in our L.I.F.E groups will be discovering the S.H.A.P.E. of their lives. Each one of…