Today is the day most clergy – and worship leaders – wait for expectantly and sometime dread. At least it falls later this year and we’ve had a two month respite since the first of the year. For the next six weeks, however, our congregation and congregations around the world will be observing this season of repentance and preparation for the Easter event.
The first thing we often think of in approaching Lent is “What will I give up for Lent?” I’d like to suggest that we turn that around and consider what might we “take-on” this Lenten Season. Perhaps it will be daily Bible reading or devotional time. Perhaps it will be a concerted effort in one’s church participation, an effort to draw even closer to God in that participation. Or perhaps it might be a resolve to engage in a new volunteer opportunity – with Duncanville Outreach or another agency.
Even further, I’d like to suggest one particular spiritual discipline you might “take-on” for the season. Why don’t we all resolve to spend 20-30 minutes a day in silence . . . 20-30 minutes without any other stimulation but the natural world around us. Find a place of solitude – a place where you’ll not as likely be disturbed. It may be in your home, on your patio, in a park or by a lake (my personal favorite). And once you find that place, just sit and be. Allow the lack of outside noise to wash over you. Listen for the sounds you miss everyday. It might be the birds singing, the squirrels scampering, or simply the wind rustling through the trees. If you’re inside, it may be the sounds houses make, from creaking to
humming. Be. Silent.
I know how important it’s become to me to find those times of silence – times in which I can simply be without any outside interference. Let me know how it goes for you. I look forward to our sharing in this Lenten discipline. Until then . . .
Shalom . . . .
February 26, 2017
To meet our budget we need to bring in $5625 per week.
8:15 - 38
10:45 - 69
The family of Leland & Ernestine Dixon
Liz & Dell Davis' wedding yesterday
Safe travel to CA for Jim Lackey
Chris and family acceptance
Strength for Jack & Jan
Daisy Winters lost her sister-in-law, Betty Winters
Thanksgiving that Daisy got through her MRI okay
Jeff Hillery as he has out-paitient surgery Thursday
Terry Gamboa - health concerns
Continuing good health for Mary Kinnan
Dr. Frank Crawford
Dorothy Crowell's high school friend who has paralysis from back surgery in 2013
Lori Sanchez' friend dealing with marital and self issues
Continued guidance and leadership for Lori Sanchez' children
Guidance for Lori & Audrey Sanchez in future decisions
Deborah Sauer who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer
Jennifer Yantis who lost her father last week
Lynn & Jack Sanford
The Robinson family
Thanks for Kathryn Knowles' good health
Safe travel for Kenny Darrell
Healing for Kenneth Knowles
Hungry from South Sudan
Refugees from war and disaster
Continued prayers for: John Briggs, Dee Hampton, Nell Hassell, Jeff Hillery, Mary Lowe, John McGoldrick, Roland Pals, Bob Stewart
Can You Help?
We really appreciate our Associate and Youth pastors for stepping up while we have been without a Senior Pastor. Glenn and Joe took on extra duties during the time we have been searching for an Interim Minister. We would like to thank them for their help with a bonus paycheck. We are asking for your help, to fund this bonus. If you can help, please mark “pastor’s bonus” on the memo of your check. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this fund.
In Christ’s service, The Personnel Committee
An opportunity for our men . . .I had a visit this morning from someone many of you know – Bill Benesch. Bill came by to talk with me about the local SW Dallas Gideon’s Camp need for new members. I agreed to let our men know about this opportunity.
I know that some of our men have been members in the past. But there are others who perhaps are not sure what membership would entail. If you think you’d be interested, let me Know and I’ll share with you the qualifications for membership, and also a New Member’s Dinner coming up on March 21st.
Look forward to talking with you further . . . . . Pastor Dave
MISSION WORKERS NEEDED
Everyone says we need mission projects and now we have two right here in our own back yard. I believe this is a God thing, to get us out the pews and helping others. Showing that God Things Happen wherever FCC Duncanville happens to be!
CCSW Disciples Men 2017 MISSION WORK PROJECT will be at the Iglesia Cristiana La Roca Church.
Not more than 18 minutes from FCC Duncanville!
Their Spring Mission Project will be back at the church they built in 2015, and building an attached 35’ X 40’ expansion structure for Sunday School and Office rooms with Electrical and HVAC to be installed.
What can you do!! Your participation is needed. All skill levels needed. Your prayers for the project are needed. Your monetary gifts are appreciated. When: The week of March 27th to 31st. They will be working from Monday to Friday. You may come for all or part of the time. If you can come, come Wednesday through Friday, because many men have to leave on Wednesday or Thursday, so we have a few less men to finish up the very important work.
IMPORTANT: Please let them know what days you are coming and & how long you can stay. Please fill out the Volunteer Registration forms in our Outreach Corner and send in, so they can plan the work schedule and food.
For Check in & Breakfast, come to the host church: Rosemont Christian Center, 1304 S. Hampton, Dallas. After 8AM each day we will go to the job site at 2746 52nd St. Dallas, TX.
Coming up on April 28th & 29th the Property Improvement Program (PIP).
The Duncanville community is coming together to help local residents through the City’s Property Improvement Project program. Led by the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Duncanville, in partnership with City’s Neighborhood Vitality Commission, local volunteers perform cosmetic upgrades to bring local residences back to community standards.
We hope to become a important part of this vital Outreach to our community. Applications are in our Outreach Corner. Please sign up on the sheet provided, so they will know how many to expect. Again, this is showing that God Things Happen wherever FCC Duncanville happens to be!
LENTEN DAILY DEVOTIONALS
Please click here for Daily Lenten Devotionals provided by Society of St. Andrew. If you would like to make a donation to Society of St. Andrew to help cover the cost of these devotionals and help feed the hungry you can make a donation at endhunger.org or pick up an envelope from the table outside the church office and drop it in the offering plate. Paper copies are available on the table outside the church office.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7
The Angelica Circle will meet at 10am in the home of Bobby Hill, 1223 Lady Lane, Duncanville. Her co-hostess will be Dorothy Crowell. Worship will be given by Sherry Perkins. The project will be Duncanville Outreach.
The Juliette Fowler Home birthday celebration will be Thursday, March 16th at 1:00pm. Helpers are needed for serving birthday cake, calling bingo, and help with carrying the bingo prizes and gifts. We will leave from the church at 12 noon, with the party lasting from 1-3pm, and return by 3:30pm. Contact Carolyn Scott if you are able to help.
Ruth Circle will meet in the BOC room at 10 am, where they will continue their discussion of the Pearls of Life. Circle members are asked to bring a snack to share. Their service project is to bring canned goods for Duncanville Outreach.
Lydia Circle will meet in the BOC room at 6:30 pm.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12
Keno at 5pm in the Friendship Classroom. Bring a bagged gift (value not to exceed $10), and food to share.
TUESDAY, MARCH 14
Disciples Women Executive Board Meeting at 6:30pm in the BOC room.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21
Disciples Women General Meeting in the BOC room at 6:30pm. The program will be Acacia Massey of the Senior Source who will talk about care giving information and strategies. Hostesses will be the Lydia Circle, while the worship will be provided by Sherry Perkins.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26 - 2pm
DISCIPLES WOMEN SPRING RETREAT - Please join us for a fun filled afternoon of fellowship and fun in creating your own take away piece of art from Mosaic Madness located at 211 S. College Street in Waxahachie. Cost is based on the project you select, which begins at $10. You must register no later than 12N on Wednesday, March 22nd. For more information about Mosaic Madness, go to their web page at www.mosaicmadness.net/home.html.
Call Mosaic Madness at 972-937-5797 to make your reservation TODAY. We need at least 10 in the class to confirm our reservation. Mention you are with Disciples Women First Christian Church for the event on March 26.
TUESDAY, MARCH 28 DW Fun & Fellowship Day
10am in the BOC room
Bring a sack lunch.
Disciples Women Appreciation Dinner given by the Disciples Men
Thanks from Duncanville Outreach
DISCIPLES CROSSING SUMMER CAMP 2017
JYF - (Grades 3-5) - JYF campers will engage faith and Bible stories through interactive learning stations and creative and energetic worship experiences. Arts and crafts, games, swimming are also part of the experience. (JYF 1: July 3-7 JYF 2: July 31-Aug 4)
Chi Rho - (Grades 6 and 7) - Chi Rho Camp is one of the most unique and memorable experiences of all our summer camps. The week is filled with silly large groups games, small groups where we practice talking about our faith, youth-led worship experiences and interactive keynotes.
(Chi Rho 1: June 19-24 Chi Rho 2: July 17-22)
8’ers Camp - (Grade 8) - AKA “Created to Be Me” Camp, 8’ers is designed to teach campers about spirituality and sexuality through a wonderful Christian curriculum. Parents will receive detailed information about each day’s topic and theme after they enroll their camper in the session.
(June 25-July 1)
9’ers Camp - (Grade 9) - 9’ers focuses on leadership development and spirituality. Campers are taught ways to strengthen their faith practices and how to use their gifts and talents to serve God. And they’ll have fun, too. (June 12-17)
CYF Conference - (Grades 10-12) - Conference 2017 will focus on Interfaith Dialogue. What do other faiths believe and how do we tear down the communication barriers between us? We will reconnect with our faith, we will seek to understand other’s faith, and we will share with old and new friends alike during this one of a kind week that you will never forget. (June 19-24)
Young Adult – (One year out of high school-25) – Young Adult Camp will use the Practices of Fruitful Living as its focus. Conversations will center around Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity. This will be a time of learning, growing, playing, laughing, and loving together. (May 15-18)
Intergenerational Camps Grand Camp - (Ages 4 through 10) - Grand Camp strives to strengthen the relationships between grandchildren and grandparents through play, laughter, and worship. Grand Camp includes activities for children and programming for adults, as well as recreation and worship opportunities. Each child must be accompanied by at least one grandparent but a grandparent can bring more than one child to the event. (May 26-28)
Discovery Camp - (Grades 1 and 2 + Parent/Guardian) - Discovery Camp is designed to be your child’s introduction to the summer camp ministry. It is a weekend full of fun, worship, learning, swimming, crafts and energetic games. This weekend camp is shared with the child’s parent or another adult relative. We hope this early camping experience will strengthen family bonds and get kids excited to attend many more camps in the future.
Family Camp - (All ages accompanied by an adult family member) - This camp is for families of all ages as long as one child attending is under the age of 18 and one adult is over the age of 21. The goal of Family Camp is Sabbath! Families come to rest, play and worship together. What a great way to kick off the summer or bring the summer to an end! (Family Camp 1: June 2-4 Family Camp 2: Aug 11-13)
(Each family-centered weekend begins Friday at 7:00 pm and ends Sunday at 10:00 am)
Non-traditional Summer Camps Adventure Camp - (Grades 6-12)
At this camp we’ll be seeking adventure in the forms of perhaps snorkeling, canoeing, backpacking, swimming, hiking and zip lining. Come experience God out in Creation at an entirely new sort of summer camp. This event will begin and end at Disciples Crossing but will take place at a state park nearby. Experienced, trained adults will supervise all activities. (June 7-10)
Water Sports Camp - (Grades 6-12)
Water Sports Camp is celebrating its 2nd year as part of our Summer Camp Ministry program. It combines a love for water sports with the more traditional elements of church camp like small group Bible study and “camp” worship. Youth will learn to wake board and water ski. Tubing, blobbing and swimming will also be available. All sessions will take place at nearby Lake Athens and are taught by experienced adults. No previous water sports experience is required but youth do need to be strong swimmers. (July 24-27)
* NEW~ ADDaM Camp (Art, Drama, Dance, and Music) - (Grades 9-12)
ADDaM Camp is a 7day celebration of the gifts and talents God has given us. Campers days will be full of creativity, fun, and the forming of life-long friendships. Whether you are a "center stage" type of person, or you enjoy supporting roles from the background, this camp is a way for you to use your creative talents and energy to worship God. Together, with your new friends and family, you will learn, rehearse, and perform a musical to be premiered at the Henderson Performing Arts Center in Athens, TX on Saturday Morning of the end of camp. ADDaM Camp is not for "believers only." ADDaM Camp is a place to ask the hard questions, to seek and explore and find out who Jesus is and where to find him. You will meet people of all walks of life. You will get time in small groups to explore "Where Jesus is" and there is free time each day devoted to bonding with strangers and friends alike. (June 25-July 1)