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March 22, 2017

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God Things Happening at FCC Duncanville
OFFICE HOURS
9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Transitional Minister
Dave Hargrave

Associate Pastor
Glenn Martin

Youth Pastor
Joe Hassler

Music Director
Jaime Perez

Organist
Wanda Call

Financial Assistant
Tony Davis

Admin. Assistant/Editor
Sheila Harris

Nursery Attendant
Mary Aguirre
Thoughts from Dave . . .

     Yesterday’s daily reading (hope everyone has kept their Lenten bookmark) was Psalm 81. I am especially challenged in reading the central stanza of this Song of Praise, in which we read the following (New International Version).
 
     Hear, O my people, and I will warn you – if you would but listen to me . . .
     You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god.
     I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt.
     Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
 
     Historically, this psalm reflects on the time of Mose's trek through the wilderness and the people’s less than constant devotion to God. Thus are the people of God reminded about the danger of idolatry – of worshipping false gods.
     In reading this passage, I can’t help but wonder who and what the gods we have today are – that which keeps us from a constant devotion to the one true God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
     Is it a political figure or position that we vow ultimate allegiance to? Is it the obsession with fame and fortune reflected in the most popular TV shows of our time? Perhaps, the alien god to which we bow down is addictive behavior – to whatever it is we find ourselves addicted to. Just who, or what, are the gods whom we’ve found ourselves replacing the one true God.
     These are good questions – apt challenges – for the Lenten season. I encourage each of you to use your Lenten bookmark as a guide to your daily scripture devotions. Today’s is from John’s gospel, Chapter 7, verses 14-39. Is Jesus the Christ, the people wonder. What do you think?
                Until then . . .
Shalom                              Pastor Dave
 

  March 19, 2017 


Weekly Offering
$3083.87

To meet our budget we need to bring in $5625 per week.

 

Worship
8:15 -  36
10:45 -  69

Sunday School

50
 

  • VBS planning
  • Melissa Mok, loss of mother
  • Blessings for Robert & Diane Richards on their 53rd anniversary
  • Family and friends of Louis Williams who passed away Saturday
  • Continued good health for Mary Kinnan
  • Courtney & family
  • Thanksgiving for Marjory Samet's successful heart catheter
  • Thanksgiving for Patsy Johnson's improvement in physical and mental health
  • McBurnett family dog, Katy
  • Our church
  • Our youth
  • Our pastors
  • Our search committee
  • Healing from cancer for: Bob Olsen, DJ Culkar, Joanne Boisdore, Beth Jerrigan
  • Margaret Guequierre
  • Continued prayers for: John Briggs, Dee Hampton, Nell Hassell, Jeff Hillery, Mary Lowe, John McGoldrick, Roland Pals, Bob Stewart
BUDGET MEETING
Tuesday, March 28
6:30 pm
in the Friendship Room
EVERYONE is invited to attend.


THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped out at the Flavor of Duncanville. First Christian Church was well represented by all our ministers and many volunteers; we appreciate all of you!
Thank you, Church, for your token of appreciation!

Pastor Joe
 DISCIPLES WOMEN
 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.com
 
To make a reservation, call, text or email Sheree Preston. 817-228-0899 or sdp31257@swbell.net 
 
 TUESDAY, MARCH 28 
DW Fun & Fellowship Day
10am in the BOC room 

Bring a sack lunch.
 

Attention Ladies!!
NTA-DWM NEEDS YOU!
 
Disciples Crossing Clean Up Day!
 
Where: Disciples Crossing, Athens, TX
When: Monday, April 10th
Who: YOU! Need Volunteers from 10am - 4pm to help SPRING Clean up the camp and hang curtains.
What time: 10am-4pm, Come for the day, a couple of hours, half day, whatever fits your schedule!
WHAT TO BRING:
*Cleaning supplies (what your use to clean your own house)
*Sack lunch / snacks / drinks (for yourself)
(or go get lunch in downtown Athens)
 
Please respond with amount of time you can help to contacts below by April 3rd
 
Frankie Williams 214-330-0676, 214-535-1057 or FRANKIEWILLIAMS01@ATT.NET
 
Shannon Karr 
903-527-3599, 214-535-7836 or SHANNONLPK@YAHOO.COM
Margaret Guequierre, Lynn Sanford, Sandra Freeman, Carolyn Scott and Bonnie Cawthon hosted the birthday party at Juliette Fowler.
Order an Easter Lily in Honor or Memory of Someone
$10 each
Fill out an order form and place it in the offering plate with your check marked "lily" on the memo line. Or call the church office to place an order. Orders due by April 5.
 Please bring individually wrapped candy for the Easter Egg Hunt. Candy can be placed in the church office.
Thank you for your help! 
3   Sheryl Poyer
3   Dotti Pennebaker
11  Noah Higgins
13  Walt Edmonds
17  Sharon Cole
18  Roberta Smith
19  Dorothy Crowell
21  Lynn Sanford
21  Carol Sink
25  Bryen Lackey
29  Linda Higgins
OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI  RIVER TRIP

Informational Meeting
Saturday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m.
 

A group trip is being planned—traveling from Memphis, Tennessee to Louisville, Kentucky on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on the new paddle-wheel steamboat The American Duchess. There will be stops along the river with included shore excursions. One of the stops is Paducah, Kentucky, where we will see the National Quilt Museum, the largest museum of its kind in the world.

The tour dates are April 22 to 30, 2018. This is such a popular trip that we need to make reservations early. There will be an informational meeting in the BOC classroom on Saturday, April 8 at 11:00.

If you have questions, call Rev. Eldon Irving 972-298-5442.
Recycle Your Ink Cartridges

Your empty ink cartridges can earn $$$ for the church. Please bring your empty cartridges and place them in the box on the counter in the Outreach Corner.

 SERVING SUNDAY, March 26 


 ELDERS 
 8:15  Robert Richards
10:45 JJ Higgins, Sue Hendricks

 DEACONS 
 8:15  Lynn Sanford (early & prep)
10:45 Cindy Boland, Jacquelin Singh,
          Lynn Lackey, Peggy Hillery

Close & Prep Cindy Boland

 WORSHIP LEADERS 
 8:15  Dale Ward
10:45 Don McBurnett


 GREETERS 
Darrell & Vicki Farris, Bobby & Gerald Hill, Tom Towry
Thursday, March 23
10:00 am - Bible Study, BOC
6:30 pm - Elders' Meeting, Friendship
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Friday, March 24
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers
Saturday, March 25
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Sunday, March 26
8:15 am - Worship
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship
2:00 pm - DW Spring Retreat, Mosaic Madness Waxahachie

Monday, March 27
7:00 pm - Bible Study, Parlor
7:00 pm - Troop 355, Scout Room, FH, BOC
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers
7:00 pm - Al-anon, Friendship

Tuesday, March 28
10:00 am - DW Fun Day, BOC
6:30 pm - Budget Meeting, Friendship
7:00 pm - AA, Seekers

Wednesday, March 29
6:30 pm - Youth Group
6:30 pm - Brass Rings
7:30 pm - Choir
Thursday, March 30
10:00 am - Bible Study, BOC
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Friday, March 31
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Friendship

Saturday, April 1
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Sunday, April 2
8:15 am - Worship
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship
1:00 pm - Private Recital

Monday, April 3
7:00 pm - Bible Study, Parlor
7:00 pm - Troop 355, Scout Room, FH, BOC
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers
7:00 pm - Al-anon, Friendship

Tuesday, April 4
10:00 am - Angelica Circle
10:00 am - Ruth Circle, BOC
6:30 pm - Lydia Circle, BOC 
6:30 pm - Leadership Meeting
7:00 pm - AA, Seekers

Wednesday, April 5
6:30 pm - Youth Group
6:30 pm - Brass Rings
7:30 pm - Choir
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