It has been a FULL 7 weeks – since I began my transitional ministry here at FCC Duncanville. It’s been full of my learning names and faces; it’s been full of planning and participating in worship; and I don’t think it would surprise anyone to say it’s been full of funerals.
Since February, we’ve remembered and honored Jim Robinson, Ernestine and Leland Dixon, Louis Williams, and now, Lois McCumsey. Clearly, it’s been a time during which we’ve had more than our share of community grief.
Many of you have extended your sympathetic remarks to me, for having to deal with so much as I have begun my ministry here. I appreciate it. There’s no doubt this is a segment of the ministry that can be physically and emotionally draining.
Interestingly though; just last evening I was watching a documentary film on PBS, concerning the Newtown, Connecticut shootings in 2012 – 26 people killed, 20 of them children. One conversation the filmmaker had was with the local Catholic priest who performed eight (8) funerals for 8 different children in one week. No complaints here.
So I would not want you to worry about me. For the truth is, as stressful as it might be, it’s also a part of my ministry, which I have always felt most passionate about. Quite simply, there is perhaps few times in our church life when we are closer to God, as we experience Christ’s mercy and compassion in our times of grief. It’s a time when we have the opportunity to know and share God’s love for us, as gifted through Christ Jesus.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m entirely ready for a respite. But I’m also fully aware – especially as we approach Holy Week – that it’s in death that we most poignantly know true life. Just as Jesus died so he could live again, often we must go through the Valley of the Shadow of Death; in order that we can most clearly appreciate the life we are given.
Something to think about anyway . . . Until then . . .
Salom Pastor Dave
April 9 - Palm Sunday
8:15 & 10:45 am
We celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus
Monday, April 10
7:00 pm - Bible Study
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
to our newest member,
April 2, 2017
To meet our budget we need to bring in $5625 per week.
8:15 - 34
10:45 - 60
Jackie Hanson - healing
Shirley & Leonard Hogan
Leonard Hogan - health
John & Sharon Briggs
Our church workers & pastoral staff
Larry & Mary Lowe
Vicki Farris costrochondritis (chest pain)
Our Search Committee
Raylee Shaw - health recovery
Continuing good health for Mary Kinnan
Dr. Frank Crawford
Prescilla Sanchez to have focus and self discipline to push through last weeks of high school
Prescilla Sanchez' friends to find peace in Christ
Ruth Chowance - health
Safety for Jim Lackey at sea
All victims of famine in South Sudan and elsewhere
Bleaching choral reefs of Pacific
Comfort for Kenneth Knowles
Continued prayers for Lori Sanchez' friends who are dealing with marital issues
Leading, guidance and future paths for Lori Sanchez' children
Family of Susan F Blanchard as she was moved to hospice, especially Susan E Blanchard
Denise Lerae as she has colon surgery
Continued prayers for: John Briggs, Dee Hampton, Nell Hassell, Jeff Hillery, Mary Lowe, John McGoldrick, Roland Pals, Bob Stewart, Daisy Winters
WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS!
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 email@example.com
- 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!
A T T E N T I O N
Y O U T H
Saturday, April 8
Come help clean up the youth house
SUNDAY, April 9
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
April 28-30 NTA DWM Spiritual Life Retreat
Disciples Crossing, Athens, TX
Please bring individually wrapped candy for the Easter Egg Hunt. Candy can be placed in the church office.
Thank you for your help!
North Texas Area Assembly
Guest Preacher - Rev. Hector Velazquez
Senior Minister - Iglesia Cristiana El Redentor, Houston, TX
Guest Musician - David Grogan
Sunday, May 7, 2017
First Christian Church
813 15 th St.
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
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.