I read a piece the other day, from Frederick Buechner’s book, “Whistling in the Dark,” about The Lord’s Prayer. I was attracted to it, in part, due to how special our worship practice is of the Lord’s Prayer.
Buechner begins his reflection with the fact that in the Episcopal order of worship, the priest often introduces the Lord’s Prayer with the words, "Now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say . . ." I agree with Buechner, "The word BOLD is worth thinking about." It’s a reminder that we’d best not ever take the repeating – or singing it lightly.
The reason – the chief message of the prayer is encompassed in four words: THY WILL BE DONE.
Seems to me that that’s where the catch comes. For as often as we might say it, and swear we mean it, do we really? Or do we secretly desire that God’s will might be ours, be that will for our own lives or for the life of our church.
May we be so bold as to say – and mean – Thy Will be Done.
Think about it. Until then . . .
Shalom Pastor Dave
March 26, 2017
To meet our budget we need to bring in $5625 per week.
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Leonard Hogan's health
Lynn & Jack Sanford's health
Margaret Guequierre's health
John & Sharon Briggs
Continuing good health for Mary Kinnan
Grandmama (Susan Blanchard) on decline from Alzheimer's; doctors starting to recommend hospice
Joys for birthdays: Renae Anderson, Aubrie Lochamy, Audrey Pennington
Cancer healing: Bob Olsen, Beth Jerrigan, Joanne Boidoise
Gina Gregor's mother, Joyce, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Our country's leaders
The people injured in London
Sandy Harrison - increasing back issues
Norma Bridges in Baylor with a broken hip
Dylan Richardson going into the navy
Lynn recovering from bronchitis
Safety at sea for Jim Lackey as he goes to Busan Korea.
James Lackey's new job with KPMG
Family of Louis Williams who passed away
Devona Wyant, poet friend of Ed Darrell, nearing the end
Ken Knowles' health
Continued prayers for: John Briggs, Dee Hampton, Nell Hassell, Jeff Hillery, Mary Lowe, John McGoldrick, Roland Pals, Bob Stewart
Tuesday, April 4 All Circles Meet
The Angelica Circle will meet at Ann Worsham's home, 222 Ashlawn, Midlothian. The co-hostesses are Margaret Witherspoon and Jan McBurnett. Worship will be given by Jan McBurnett. The project will be Duncanville Outreach. To carpool to Ann's home, meet at the church at 9:30am. Come catch a ride, or we will see you there.
The Ruth Circle will meet in the BOC room at 10am, where they will continue their discussion of the Pearls of Life. Circle members are asked to bring a snack to share.
The Lydia Circle will meet at the church in the BOC room at 6:30pm.
SUNDAY, April 9 Keno
5pm in the Friendship Room
Bring a bagged gift (value not to exceed $10) and food to share.
TUESDAY, April 11 Disciples Women Board Meeting
6:30pm in the BOC room
TUESDAY, April 18
TUESDAY, April 25 Disciples Women Fun and Fellowship Day
10am in the BOC room
TUESDAY, 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 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 belowby April 3rd
The Park Department is developing a plan to allow citizens to obtain the tulip bulbs when they are harvested by our staff in the next few weeks.
Tulips are an annual flower in Texas as it does not stay cold enough for the bulbs to bloom again each year. However, the bulbs can be harvested and kept in a refrigerated climate until planting next winter. The city does not have the resources to refrigerate the bulbs but feels it is in the best interest of the city to allow individual citizens to do so if they desire as it only beautifies the entire city next season.
If you are interested, please contact the City of Duncanville.
Assistance Provided by Duncanville Outreach
From January 3 - March 17, 2017
Thanks for all of the support from our community we have been able to provide the following assistance during 2017:
Clothing: Provided to 4 families
Electricity: 130 families were provided assistance for a total of $52,752.47
Food: 674 requests for food were filled. DOM purchased $4,675.64 worth of food
Misc. Assistance: Miscellaneous Assistance was provided 2 times for a total of $653.14 for things such as repair and medical equipment.
Natural Gas: 1 family was provided assistance at a cost of $237.31
Prescriptions: 5 families were provided assistance for a total of $2078.22
Rent: 40 families were provided assistance for a total of $33,008.40
Water: 146 families were provided assistance for a total of $12,139.99
Total Assistance Provided: $105,545.17
All of the assistance we have or will provide is due to your continued support. Whether you provide monetary support, food donations, donated goods for resale in our Thrift Store, shop in the Thrift Store, or volunteer your time; your support is what allows us to provide the level of assistance we do. Thank you again for your continued support and may each of you have a wonderful year.
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!
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
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.