January 11, 2017

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God Things Happening at FCC Duncanville
9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Senior Pastor

Associate Pastor
Glenn Martin

Youth Pastor
Joe Hassler

Music Director
Jaime Perez

Wanda Call

Financial Assistant
Tony Davis

Admin. Assistant/Editor
Sheila Harris

Nursery Attendant
Mary Aguirre

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”
Francis Chan
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 

Weekly Offering

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


8:15 - 24
10:45 - 65

Sunday School

  • Kay Bullock
  • Russell Bullock
  • Leland & Ernestine Dixon
  • Leonard Hogan
  • Birdelle Baker
  • Jo Ann Nichols
  • Daisy Winters
  • Mrs. Hyman
  • John Briggs
  • Homer Deford
  • Dr. Frank Crawford
  • Bob Worsham
  • Our church
  • Our youth
  • Our search committee
  • Our Pastors
  • Beth Swaney
  • 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
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.
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.

DW Area Meeting at Highlands Christian Church
9949 McCree Road, Dallas

DW Fun & Fellowship Day at 10am in the BOC room
Bring your lunch.

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.
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

 SERVING SUNDAY, January 15 

8:15  Sandra Freeman
10:45 Ted Shaffer, Don McBurnett

8:15  Anne Rowe (early & prep)
10:45  Lynn Lackey, Jill Elems,
           Peggy Hillery, Lori Sanchez

Close & Prep  Lynn Lackey

Kay Bullock & Ethan Sears
Margaret Witherspoon
David & Sandra Freeman
Thursday, January 12
10:00 am - Bible Study, BOC
6:30 pm - Board Meeting, Friendship
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Friday, January 13
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Saturday, January 14
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Sunday, January 15
8:15 am - Worship
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship

Monday, January 16
Church Office Closed
7:00 pm - Troop 355, Scout Room, FH, BOC
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers
7:00 pm - Al-anon, Friendship

Tuesday, January 17
8:30 am - Pastoral Counseling, Parlor
10:00 am - DW Meeting, BOC
7:00 pm - AA, Seekers

Wednesday, January 18
6:00 pm - Pastoral Counseling, Parlor
6:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers
6:30 pm - Brass Rings
7:30 pm - Choir
Thursday, January 19
10:00 am - Bible Study, BOC
5:30 pm - Chili Cook-off Meeting, office
6:30 pm - Elders' Meeting, Friendship
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Friday, January 20
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Saturday, January 21
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Sunday, January 22
8:15 am - Worship
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship

Monday, January 23
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, January 24
8:30 am - Pastoral Counseling, Parlor
10:00 am - DW Fun Day, BOC
7:00 pm - AA, Seekers

Wednesday, January 25
6:00 pm - Pastoral Counseling, Parlor
6:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers
6:30 pm - Youth Group, FH
6:30 pm - Brass Rings
7:30 pm - Choir
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