We are now either eleven or twelve days into the new year depending on when you read this. I wrote this when we were nine days in. So, I have a question for you; How is it going for you so far? I am going to be honest with you, so far this year has been some ups and some downs. It has been interesting. This year has already stretched me to points that I was not aware that I could go. So far this year, God has used me in ways that I did not think I was usable. So far, I can say that my relationship with God has grown. I am learning and growing closer to Him. I wonder about you? Have you drawn closer to God already this year? Have you been used by Him already this year to bless or be there for someone? If you feel like you might need some help in growing closer to God, I want to encourage you to come to Bible Studies (Monday and Thursday), join a Sunday School Class, grab a friend and start reading the Bible, or come up to the church and visit with me during the week. My door is always open, well when I am in it of course. What I hope you have read is, there are many different ways that you can draw closer to God this year. I was asked if I do New Year’s resolutions, my answer was no, because if it is important enough for me to do or change I should be willing to do it any time of the year. That even means on day nine or twelve of January. So I encourage you, if you need help with growing closer to God, ask for help, it's available.
“We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness”
God Bless, Pastor Joe
Sermon This Week
Pastor Joe preaching
Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 pm
in the Friendship room
Your Search Committee has completed all interviews, and is prepared to make a recommendation to the General Board for the position of Interim Minister this Thursday.
January 8, 2017
To meet our budget we need to bring in $5625 per week.
8:15 - 24
10:45 - 65
Leland & Ernestine Dixon
Jo Ann Nichols
Dr. Frank Crawford
Our search committee
Joys for Birthdays: Blake Anderson, Dale Bedsole, Valetia Arnold
Healing from cancer: Dick Pennington, Bob Olsen, Joanne Shelton, Beth Jernigan
Lori Sanchez' friends going through difficulties
Fast recovery for Payton Hilton
Continued prayers for: John Briggs, Dee Hampton, Nell Hassell, Jeff Hillery, Mary Lowe, John McGoldrick, Roland Pals, Bob Stewart
We will be doing an update to the church directory soon. If you have any changes to your contact information (phone numbers, email or address) please give it to Sheila in the church office. 972-298-2166 or email@example.com.
As you know, every year we have a Chili Cook-Off to replenish the Elders’ In-Reach Fund. This year we have had a number of serious needs in our congregation that has left the Fund at a very low point. Perhaps you don’t know exactly what the In-Reach Fund is.
Our Out-reach funds go to many worthy agencies and causes in our community or even in our world. At the same time, we sometimes have members with a crisis or serious need that they cannot deal with. Examples from the past are things like prescriptions, new glasses, dental work, rent and utility bills. We have all had low periods in our lives where we could use a little financial help. That is the purpose of the In-Reach Fund. Only your Elder, the Chairperson of the Elders, and the pastor will ever know of your request.
The Elders of FCC are praying that you will participate by concocting your own chili, soup, or stew in your crock-pot, bringing it to the cook-off on January 29th AND that you will buy many raffle tickets for some great items (even a TV), and give generously to our love offering basket. Of course, you will have a lot of fun and fellowship as well as some great food.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17
DW General Meeting at 10am in the BOC room
Shannon Hendricks, Director of Children's Care and Programs will talk about Bryan's House, a cause we support.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
DW Area Meeting at Highlands Christian Church
9949 McCree Road, Dallas
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
DW Fun & Fellowship Day at 10am in the BOC room
Bring your lunch.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
Disciples Men's Appreciation Dinner for Disciples Women
6pm in the Fellowship Hall
Join us for an evening of wonderful fellowship, with a marvelous menu and pampering service that you won't get at home.
All women invited to the Appreciation Dinner hosted by Disciples Men
Tuesday, January 31 in the Fellowship Hall
Seating begins at 5:30, Dinner served at 6pm
The next Area Quarterly Disciples Men's Breakfast will be Saturday, February 4, at Expedition Church in Frisco at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Bob Land of Denton, an experienced city manager specialist, will talk about living out the Christian faith in the context of his profession. Dr. David Harker will present the devotional. Those attending will see the progress of this reborn church! Expedition Church is located at 9073 Berkshire Dr., Frisco 75034.
SIGN UP FOR ALTAR FLOWERS
Thank you to all who have sponsored altar flowers this past year! Live floral arrangements enhance our worship services and are enjoyed by all of us. The new flower chart for 2017 has been posted outside the office where you may sign up to honor or remember someone - or for special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries. Flowers are purchased and arranged by members of the flower committee who volunteer their time to provide this service. The suggested donation is $25 for a basic arrangement and $35 or more for a special arrangement. You may take the flowers home after the 10:45 am worship service. We ask that you return the vases after you have enjoyed the flowers which allows us to reuse them. (This helps keep the costs down.)
2017 NTA Leader and Learner Event to feature Dr, Marcia McFee, at Creekwood Christian Jan 28
"Passion. Love for learning.Love for vital, artful worship. Love for God's people. My number one purpose is to support (you) in such a way that you have more ease, more joy and more time for creativity and depth in everything you do" says Dr. Marcia McFee of the Worship Design Studio, and keynoter for this year's NTA Leader and Learner Event. A recognized authority on worship in today's world, Marcia will keynote the event and lead 3 workshops on worship. There will also be a dozen other related workshops with the event beginning with registration at 8:30 and ending at 3. The cost of $20 includes lunch. Child care is available by reservation.
Workshop titles include:
Think like a Filmmaker:Sensory-Rich Worship Design
O Lord, Is It Sunday Already?
The Politics of Change
From Silo to Sanctuary: Bringing Kids Back to Worship
Communicating 'You Are Not Alone': Learning to Listen and Let People Know They Are Loved
Church Safety and Security
The Children's Sermon
A Ministry of Wellness
Twenty Minutes on Sunday Morning
Liturgy and Social Justice
Elders, the Diaconate, and Church Leaders
Church and Social Media
Self-Care and Spirituality for Church Leaders
Mindfulness: A Spiritual Exercise
For workshop descriptions and/or to pre-register, go to the following link: Registration Form
We have one (new in the package) History Book of First Christian Church Duncaville available for $10. If you would like to purchase this book, please contact the church office.
972-298-2166 or firstname.lastname@example.org