It’s Holy Week – time to set aside the rest of the world and focus on our faith. At least that’s the hope and prayer. Unfortunately, life keeps getting in the way. From the bombing of Christian churches in Egypt, to yet another school shooting in California, to world-wide tensions between nations – indeed, life keeps getting in the way.
And that’s not to mention life as it happens up close and personal. From family tensions to financial and health concerns . . . from community disruption to dealing with the addictive behaviors of friends, family . . . and perhaps even ourselves. Yes, life does get in the way of Holy Week.
Perhaps . . . just perhaps . . . that’s as it should be. Maybe it’s in the stresses and worries of everyday life that we come closer to understanding the depth of love God has for us – as expressed most dramatically through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.
A Holy Week suggestion – let’s consider this week just how Jesus’ passion impacts our own. Let’s, when we pray, pray for the peace our Christ lived through his passion. Let’s when we worship, when we remember His sacrifice, celebrate the wholeness that Holy Week can bring us – that every week might be holy.
Something to think about anyway . . . until then . . .
Wednesday, April 12
6:30 pm - Prayer Service
April 13 - Holy Thursday
10:00 am - Bible Study
7:00 pm - Communion Service
April 14 - Good Friday
7:00 pm - Service of Darkness
April 16 - Easter Sunday
6:45 am - SonRise Service
7:30 am - Easter Breakfast
8:15 am - Resurrection Celebration
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Resurrection Celebration
Church Office Closed
Monday, April 17
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Sunday, April 30
ONE UNITED Worship Service
Sunday School at 9:30 am
April 9, 2017
To meet our budget we need to bring in $5625 per week.
8:15 - 35
10:45 - 77
John & Sharon Briggs
Sandy Harrison's back
Mary Cortez acceptance of pain
Chris & family
Jack & Jann
Continuing good health for Mary Kinnan
Justice & peace for the Rolringa people
Gratitude from Scout: Garrett Smith, who started up pack 355, Eagle Court of Honor 4-8-17
Recovery from broken leg and surgery for Deb Faulkner's mother, Mildred Hicks
Prayers for safety for Jim Lackey on his way home
Blessings for Robert & Diane's Richards' grandson, Aaron Palazolo in unity in marraige to Lacy
Lori Sanchez' friends dealing with marital issues & anxiety
Guidance & leadership for Lori Sanchez' children
Larry & Mary Lowe
Our church & our leaders
Carol Sink's brother, Larry Sharpf
Our church, our country & our world
Dorothy Crowell - gratitude for my daughter's last chemo treatment last Friday
Dorothy Crowell's friend who was paralyzed from back surgery
Gina Gregor's mom, Joyce, while going through chemo
Appreciation for our country and the opportunities afforded
Jackie Hanson's surgery Thursday
Larry & Jackie Hanson's granddaughter, Emma Lochridge
Paula McCoy & family
Ruth Chowance's health
Continued prayers for: John Briggs, Dee Hampton, Nell Hassell, Jeff Hillery, Mary Lowe, John McGoldrick, Roland Pals, Bob Stewart, Daisy Winters
(In Jesus on the cross, we meet his humanity. In the open tomb, we meet his divinity. This poem tries to convey his humanness by telling the crucifixion story through the dying and death and delirium of this man Jesus of Nazareth.)
He sets his face toward Jerusalem.
Jerusalem had set its face toward him long before.
In the chaos of splitting atoms and flaming worlds,
Jerusalem had set its face toward him.
The voices of the children of Israel
now claw in his throat,
“We would return to Egypt.”
Still, he sets his face toward Jerusalem.
He is in the belly of the great fish,
and there is darkness and he sleeps.
In his dream he transforms stones into bread.
He leaps from the temple.
He receives the clamoring crowd’s
He is again in his father’s workshop.
The scent of sawdust and sweet woods fill his mind.
He holds again the rough wood in his hands
and imagines himself someday
the equal craftsman of his father.
His mother calls him to table,
and a voice outside himself answers,
“This is my body.”
The wood slips from his hands
and falling slowly it echoes as it hits the floor.
His grasp fails for the numbing pain.
He looks out through blurring eyes.
How has it all come to this -
this meeting of two faces of destiny
meekness and power,
compassion and law?
So much there is, it seems, that hangs in the balance.
Is this the end, or is it only the beginning?
Then the voice he had heard before
in the hours of restless dreams and confusion –
“Now it is finished – now it can begin!”
And something departed;
and something remained –
Your Search Committee is asking you to capture the best moments of First Christian Church Duncanville and send them to us! As we move closer to Easter, and past, many of us will be capturing special memories at our church. We are asking you to share these with us to be considered for a presentation packet. The photos can be of anything about our church. We want laughing, singing, playing, praying, and especially things that make your heart smile. Photos of any church related events and activities are welcome, so explore your inner-photographer and snap away!
- Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
- In the email subject line write 'Photos'
- Include DATE and EVENT (if applicable), such as "Photos 04/16/2017 Easter"
Please contact one of the Committee members if you have photos you would like to share, but do not have the ability to email them. Committee members are: Kyle Pennebaker, Peggy Hillery, Ed Darrell, Ray Pursley, Mary Almanza, Lori Sanchez, Walt Edmonds
DISCIPLES MISSION FUND ~ EASTER OFFERING 2017
Care, Inclusion & Justice for all (Micah 6:8)
Your gift to the Disciples Mission Fund Easter Offering goes a long way…
Through your care and compassion, your gift helps Global Ministries partners around the world.
Your gift of concern makes it possible for the National Benevolent Association to help with social services projects to feed the hungry, help with health issues, and mental health issues.
Because of your donation, Disciples Home Missions can help support family and children’s ministries, chaplaincy, Disciples Volunteering and other ministries housed under Disciples Home Missions.
Your gifts provide connection and conversation for our Hispanic, American Pacific/Asian Disciples and the National Convocation.
The funds you provide help to connect congregations to stewardship support and news across the life of the Church and through our ecumenical events through the Council on Christian Unity.
More than 70 ministries of the church, through a variety of initiatives, projects, and programs supported by Disciples Mission Fund, help us reach within and beyond our local communities to answer and give concrete expression to God’s healing work in the world.
Thank you for your care and prayer for all the work of the Church “from your doorsteps to the ends of the earth.”
Our 2017 Easter Offering will be collected on Sunday, April 9 and Sunday, April 16.
~ Mission and Outreach Ministry
PROPERTY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (PIP)
Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29
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 an ongoing part of this vital Outreach to our community. The sign up sheet and brochures about this program are in our Outreach Corner. Already we have seven members signed up to help on April 28 and April 29, but there is definitely room for more! We are planning on working on two Duncanville homes, but if there is a good turn-out from the community, we can possibly work on four! Please sign up on the sheet provided as soon as possible, so we will know how many to expect. T-shirt deadline is April 3, but a few extra shirts will be ordered, if you want to have one. (These are not mandatory.)
If you have any questions, please contact Jim or Lynn Lackey 972-296-2508.
Show your love for God’s Family, by helping in our community. God Things Happen wherever FCC Duncanville happens to be!
TUESDAY, April 18
TUESDAY, April 25 Disciples Women Fun and Fellowship Day
10am in the BOC room
April 28-30 NTA DWM Spiritual Life Retreat
Disciples Crossing, Athens, TX
A proposal for the Disciples Women
of First Christian Church, Duncanville
At the March 15th Executive Board Meeting, the following items were discussed and voted on to be presented at the FCC Disciples Women March General Meeting. Below is an outline of an amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws for changes that the Executive Board would like to make.
Executive Board Meeting
It is recommended that the Disciples Women change the scheduled “Monthly” Executive Board Meetings to six (6) Executive Board Meetings per year. If needed, at any time, a “Called Board Meeting” may be requested by the President. The meeting dates will be published after each year’s Planning Meeting.
It is recommended that the Disciples Women change the scheduled “Monthly” General Meetings to five (5) General Meetings per year. The meeting dates will be published after each year’s Planning Meeting.
These recommendations have been made in order to have a more meaningful fellowship when we do meet and to accommodate our ladies' busy schedules. These recommendations have no effect on any of our Circle Meetings. They will remain the same and still meet on the first Tuesday of every month.
At the April General Meeting, a vote will be taken to amend the FCC Disciples Women Constitution and By-Laws with the above proposals.
ATTENTION all graduates...
if you are graduating from high school or college please let us know in the church office. We will be honoring all graduates in May.
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)
For Dates, costs, and registration information, visit us online at www.disciplescrossing.org
In the 23rd chapter of Luke's Gospel, Luke concludes the traumatic events of that awful Friday with a remarkable narrative. Everyone is reeling from the trauma of the crucifixion. Provision of a suitable place for the burial of the Lord came from an unlikely source. As the paragraph unfolds, Luke introduces a new character with "Behold..." indicating that the reader should take note, as something unexpected is about to happen. And Joseph of Arimathea comes on the scene. He was neither a relative nor an apostle nor a person from Galilee, yet he was compassionately willing to make his own rock-hewn tomb available for the corpse of a crucified person. With a touch of irony, Luke notes that not only was this instrument of mercy a devout Jew, but he also was part of the Council that had directly instigated the crucifixion.
As one commentator put it, Luke expends an extraordinary amount of detail to describe this person. He is careful to note that he is from the town of Arimathea, which is in Judea. This man is a blue-blooded Jew from the heartland, not one of those hailing from the fringes, where there was a mixed population, for example, Galilee.
He is good and just. I took those adjectives as being descriptive of his character, until the commentator pointed out that this man was also a member of the Council – that is, the Sanhedrin – the very same body that had just viciously delivered the most innocent man in history to an unjust death. In sharp contrast to his cohorts, this man was not in agreement with their decision. Even out of such a virulent group bent on destroying Jesus, there came a ray of hope.
Not only was he markedly different, he was also brave and bold. He valiantly approached Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, to ask for Jesus' body.
As we revised the translation of this passage, the Mixtec co-translators were full of questions. Maybe Joseph just happened to see Pilate. I explained that as Pilate was the top Roman official of that province, Joseph would have had to have been intentional in approaching him.
As the gravity of the situation dawned on them, one commented that Joseph had taken a big risk in approaching Pilate. By his action, he also demonstrated courage by going against the Council. It was daring of him to risk both the disfavor of the Sanhedrin and the ire of the Roman government.
A more sobering question they asked was, what if Joseph of Arimathea had not come forward? Several sources indicate that a crucified person might have been left unburied or been consigned to a pauper's grave.
By his pious act, Joseph was probably not aware that he was unwittingly fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53: 9. He most likely did not realize that the sepulchre was only a temporary holding space for this unique Person. It was astounding that a member of the Council would graciously provide his own tomb for the Lord. But the biggest surprise was just around the corner.....
Commentary referenced from The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel of Luke; Joel B. Green; 1997; Eerdmans.
Susan Hugghins is a daughter of this church serving in full-time ministry as a Bible translator among the Mixtec people of Oaxaca, Mexico. Susan’s sending agency, Wycliffe Bible Translators, is a non-denominational organization; she raises her own funds to support this ministry.