February 22, 2017

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God Things Happening at FCC Duncanville
9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Interim Pastor
Dave Hargrave

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
Thoughts from Dave . . .

February 22, 2017

     One truly never knows when and where God’s blessings will come from. Last Wednesday, I went over to UTSW Hospital to visit with Ernestine Dixon. While clear that she was in serious condition, it was a good visit, telling me why she was a treasured member of the congregation.
     Then on Thursday, I had the chance to get over to Crestview and see Leland Dixon. Leland was awake, wholly alert and we had a good visit. In preparing to leave, I offered prayer, he gladly agreed, then after my “Amen,” Leland asked if he could pray for me. “Of course,” I said, and he proceeded to pray for me, my family and the congregation of First Christian Church. I told someone that evening that it was a first for me in over 40 years of ministry.
     Of course, as you all know by now, we received word Sunday morning that Ernestine had been moved into Hospice Care at Crestview . . . then Monday morning that she had passed from this world to the next at 1:27am.
     It will be my honor to participate in the Memorial Service for Ernestine on Friday (11am at the church). It is also my honor to now be in relationship with Leland and his family.
     As mentioned earlier, it is abundantly clear why Ernestine and Leland are such treasured members of this church family. Thus, it’s a good time for us to recall ALL the treasured members of our congregation – past and present – and praise God for their presence in and impact on our lives.
     Times such as these are hard. Just a few weeks ago, you also held services for James Robinson. Times such as these are hard.
     The good news is that in so honoring those who have gone before us, we have the blessed opportunity to reflect – not only on the lives of those who have died – but on our own lives and the blessings that are ours daily to be in relationship with one another.
     One truly never knows when and where God’s blessings will come from.
Think about it . . .
Until then . . .

Shalom, Pastor Dave

  February 19, 2017 

Weekly Offering

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


8:15 -  42
10:45 -  64

Sunday School


  • Family of Ernestine Dixon who passed away Monday morning
  • Louis Williams
  • Leonard Hogan
  • Search Committee
  • Cliff Hyman
  • Mary Lowe
  • Daisy Winters as she has some tests
  • John Briggs
  • Bob Worsham
  • Dr. Frank Crawford
  • Dee Hampton & her family
  • Christine Mims
  • Leland Dixon
  • Thanksgiving for our new interim minister, Pastor Dave and his wife Cookie
  • Healing for Jeff Hillery
  • Ruth Chowance's health and her family
  • Tracy Story - dental care
  • Blessings for Jon & Natalie Crabb on the birth of Addy last week (Jeff & Peggy Hillery's niece)
  • Travel mercies for Sheryl Poyer and her daughter April Sutton
  • Diane Grisson as she grieves the loss of her 30 year old son who died of cancer
  • Yolanda Vasquez family
  • Diane & Robert Richards' grandson Samuel Palazolo to have successful hearing surgery
  • Dorothy Crowell's childhood friend, Lynda Tripp, in a nursing home with paralysis spreading after back surgery 4 years ago
  • Stanley & Carolyn Scott celebrating their 55th anniversary on Feb. 17
  • Armande Muliar who had a knee replacement last week
  • Bill & Deb Faulkner's grandson, Dell Davis & Liz Kirby marriage on Feb. 26
  • Acceptance of Jose's death for Mary Cortez
  • Chris & Samantha - loss of friend
  • Strength for Jack
  • Jann's health decline
  • Lori Sanchez' friends
  • Jo Anne Faerber issues with her hand 
  • Continued prayers for: John Briggs, Dee Hampton, Nell Hassell, Jeff Hillery, Mary Lowe, John McGoldrick, Roland Pals, Bob Stewart
Please click here for Daily Lenten Devotionals provided by Society of St. Andrew. If you would like to make a donation to Society of St. Andrew to help cover the cost of these devotionals and help feed the hungry you can make a donation at or pick up an envelope from the table outside the church office and drop it in the offering plate. Paper copies are available on the table outside the church office.
DW Fun & Fellowship Day
10am in the BOC room 
Disciples Women Appreciation Dinner given by the Disciples Men
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.
(May 19-21)
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

Stewardship Budget Meeting
 Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! 
Tuesday, February 28
6:30pm in the Friendship Room 
Week of Compassion

"Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40)

God is most tangibly present in this world where people hunger, thirst, lack adequate clothing and shelter, and are sick or imprisoned.  Christ claims as family members people who suffer.

Christ is so present in them that when you feed the hungry, care for the sick, welcome the stranger -- you feed, and care for, and welcome Christ.

When you give through Week of Compassion to those who suffer from natural disasters, war, or systemic poverty, you let them know:

You are here.

 Our Week of Compassion Offering will be collected Sunday, February 19 and Sunday, February 25.  Thank you for your support.

~ Mission & Outreach Committee

 2 - Birdelle Baker
 3 - Jack Sanford
 6 - Thelma Fouts
 6 - Brijin Higgins
 6 - Leonard Hogan
 8 - Vicki Farris
11 - Robert Richards
12 - Sheree Preston
12 - Doug Richardson
16 - Darrell Farris
18 - Sarah Christian
18 - Mike Puente
20 - Sandy Harrison
21 - Carolyn Shaffer
27 - Sarah Billingsly
31 - Rob Williams


 8:15  Robert Richards
10:45 JJ Higgins, Sherry Perkins

 8:15  Lynn Sanford (early & prep)
10:45 Lori Sanchez, Jacquelin Singh,
          Jennifer Pennebaker, Peggy Hillery

Close & Prep Jacqueline Singh
 8:15  Lori Sutherland
10:45  Don McBurnett

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

Friday, February 24
6:00 pm - Troop 355 Lock-in
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Friendship

Saturday, February 25
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Sunday, February 26
8:15 am - Worship
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship

Monday, February 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, February 28
8:30 am - Pastoral Counseling, Parlor
10:00 am - DW Fun Day, BOC
6:30 pm - Budget Meeting, Friendship
7:00 pm - AA, Seekers

Wednesday, March 1
6:00 pm - Pastoral Counseling, Parlor
6:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers
7:00 pm - Ash Wednesday Service
Thursday, March 2
10:00 am - Bible Study, BOC
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Friday, March 3
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Friendship

Saturday, March 4
7:00 pm - AA Meeting, Seekers

Sunday, March 5
8:15 am - Worship
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship
5:00 pm - Duncanville United

Monday, March 6
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 7
10:00 am - Angelica Circle
10:00 am - Ruth Circle, BOC
6:30 pm - Lydia Circle, BOC
7:00 pm - AA, Seekers

Wednesday, March 8
7:00 pm - Ash Wednesday Service
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