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
To meet our budget we need to bring in $5625 per week.
8:15 - 42
10:45 - 64
Family of Ernestine Dixon who passed away Monday morning
Daisy Winters as she has some tests
Dr. Frank Crawford
Dee Hampton & her family
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
LENTEN DAILY DEVOTIONALS
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 endhunger.org 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.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
DW Fun & Fellowship Day
10am in the BOC room
Disciples Women Appreciation Dinner given by the Disciples Men
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)