Chalice Tidings
Newsletter of
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
120 N. McArthur Macomb, Illinois
(309) 837-6473

January 18, 2007

     The Church Office Assistant will be available from 9:00am - 1:00pm, Monday - Friday. The church answering machine will be on at all times.
     If you need assistance at other times of the day or night, or any time there is an emergency, please contact Rev. Workman at 837-5306, or by cell-phone 255-7729 (All Pray).
     Rev. Workman is usually in the office in the mornings. He is available at the office by appointment at other times. Please call Rev. Workman with reports of illness, hospitalization, or spiritual need.

     Sam Shields and Winifred Roley are patients at MDH this week.
     Condolences to the family of Grace Wilson who passed away on Monday, Jan.15. Her memorial service is Saturday, Jan. 20, 10:30 AM, Piper-Dodsworth-Wallen.
     Guests last Sunday for worship included Phillip Bryan, Jim & Selina Ladd and sons (sister of Nita Burg), and Rita Hatch (her church cancelled worship - we’re glad she joined us.)

S T E V E ' S     S P A C E

     The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. (Mark 6:30-32 NRSV)
     There are various passages in the scriptures similar to the one above. They speak of keeping “sabbath” – a regular time of rest. The scriptures talk about going away from people and things to pray to God and seek renewal. The scriptures also talk about going into the wilderness at various times to prepare for times of ministry and calling, or to reflect upon those times.
     The above passage is one that was selected for prayer times during the Ministers Institute coming up in May. We have a wonderful guest speaker coming: Disciples of Christ pastor, counselor and author, Rev. Dr. Victor Hunter. He has been minister at the Evergreen Christian Church (DOC) in Evergreen, Colorado, for nearly 25 years. He will be speaking to the ministers of the Region concerning our spiritual disciplines and seeking God in the wilderness-times of our lives.
     Seeking God regularly through quiet time, reflection, and rest is not exclusive to clergy. Each and every one of us needs to carve out this precious time from our daily schedules. Not only must we share our needs in prayer, but we must listen for God’s Holy Spirit to come to us. We must stop our busyness to listen for God’s continued and new call upon our lives. This is a necessity for EVERY Christian, not just clergy.
     Unfortunately, we in the USA have very little regard for the need of Sabbath and rest. We take less vacation than any other people in first world countries. We do not take or give our employees adequate vacation time, and we do not make the rhythms of our lives and work reflect the use of rest time one day each week. We go, go, go – until we drop or we get ill, often our own body’s way of getting our attention.
     Jesus specifically took time alone to pray. He went away for times of rest. That is how he was able to do all that he did in those three short years. Jesus didn’t just pack it all in, doing more and more and more. He worked carefully. He prayed carefully. He stayed connected with his Father-God so as to know God’s will.
     It is true and it is biblical: we must find time for renewal. We must find time for prayer and study. We must find time for God so we continue to have hope in our lives and God’s activity in our lives.
     So, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ Remember that those who serve must also be those who practice good self-care and renewal.
     Blessings to you all.
     - Steve

THE ECUMENICAL PRAYER CYCLE from the World Council of Churches for the week of January14 - 20:
     “Lord, hear our prayers for our Christian Brothers and Sisters in the countries of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.”

     The church family is in need of people who would like to participate in hospital visitation on Tuesday & Thursday. We’re trying to recruit adequate representation so folks will go one Tuesday and Thursday per month – if anyone is hospitalized.
     Rev. Workman covers the hospital visitation on Monday & Wednesday, and over the weekends as needed. The Elders cover every Friday. That leaves Tuesday & Thursday.
     The visits can be as long or as brief as you choose. Materials and helps are available.
     Contact the church office to express your willingness to serve our church family in this program.


Disciples Hurricane Response Moves Ahead

As we move into the 5th month of the Disciples Hurricane Recovery Initiative (DHRI: Sept 1, 2006 – Aug 30, 2008), more than 200 work groups have gone or have registered to go to the Gulf South for hurricane recovery work through the Office of Disciples Volunteering. Groups have been repairing and building homes in five Disciples Mission Stations, with Habitat for Humanity, and through several local long-term interfaith recovery organizations. A significant part of the Initiative is to coordinate at least 750 Disciples-related work groups during the two-year period in response to the devastation from the '04 and '05 hurricane seasons. [If your church has sponsored a hurricane recovery-related work trip and isn’t sure it is included, contact Anne Marie Moyars ( or Tod Iseminger ( We don’t want to miss any group!] While the needs across the Gulf South remain enormous and entire communities remain devastated, church related recovery efforts continue to receive high marks, especially from local citizens. Week of Compassion remains committed to providing resources to our Mission Stations, local Disciples Habitat projects, numerous community interfaith recovery partners and other church related efforts. In the first four months of the DHRI, WOC provided more than $455,000 for hurricane recovery work, bringing WOC’s total response to the two worst hurricane years in U.S. meteorological history to more than 2.4 million dollars. WOC has a limited number of grants available for hurricane related work trips. Applications are available on the WOC website (

Disciples Support Darfur Relief Efforts

In response to the ongoing suffering and violence in the Darfur region of Sudan (and because of the continuing concern and generosity of Disciples across the whole church) the Week of Compassion Committee approved an end of the year "over and above" grant of $25,000 to support the work of partners in the Darfur Emergency Response Operation (DERO) of Action by Churches Together. ACT partners, under conditions difficult for most North Americans to imagine, are providing medical assistance, water and sanitation, supplementary feeding, psychosocial care and other basic humanitarian aid to more than 500,000 people who have been displaced by the violence in Darfur. WOC continues to post updates and personal stories on our website. For the latest, click on the link below. In a response to a similar crisis, WOC is sending a $6000 emergency grant to support church related relief and reconciliation in northern Uganda. Peace talks are continuing between warring factions and time is of the essence to capitalize on the fragile security Uganda has not seen in years. Church World Service partner and Action by Churches Together member, the Church of Uganda, is providing food aid, agricultural inputs, water and sanitation, medical assistance, psychosocial care, basic skills training and other humanitarian aid to some 8,000 of the most vulnerable households (about 48,000 people).

WOC Responds to Ice Storms

Communities throughout Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado continue to reel from the end of the year ice storms that swept across the west, closing airports, knocking down thousands of miles of power lines and causing other significant destruction and interruptions to life. Especially hard hit have been farmers who are scrambling to get feed to their stranded livestock. Week of Compassion is providing an emergency grant to the Christian Church in Nebraska to support the needs in local Disciples congregations as well as statewide ecumenical relief efforts


“We observe the institution of the Lord's Supper on every Lord's Day. To this Table we neither invite nor debar. We say it is the Lord's Table, for all the Lord's children."
– The Late Rev. James A. Garfield, former USA President and Disciples of Christ minister

JUST THE FACTS: 01/07/07
worship attendance: 64
Sunday School: 16


     January 21 – Id al-Adha (Islam)
Known in English as “Festival of Sacrifice” this day commemorates Abraham’s obedience to God when instructed to sacrifice Isaac. The holiday includes preparing meet to feed the poor.

     January 25 – Conversion of St. Paul
This feast day commemorates the conversion of Saul, the zealous persecutor of Christians, to Paul, the apostle whose writing dominates the New Testament. The story of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus is told three times in the Acts of the Apostles (in chapters 9, 22, and 26). White vestments and banners are used on this day.

     January 26 – Australia Day
Australia Day is the anniversary of the arrival from England of Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet at Port Jackson (later renamed Sydney Cove), on 26 January, 1788. This is a day to celebrate the rich tapestry of nationalities and ethnic diversity that make up the fabric of modern Australia, and to reflect on 4,000 years of indigenous history and 200 years of non-indigenous settlement.

Dear First Christian Church,
     The Salvation Army would like to thank you for your recent food donation. We provide food baskets to needy individuals on a eyar round basis, and keeping our pantry stocked would be impossible without the aid of kind and generous people like you. May God Bless you as you have blessed us and those that we help.
     Grace and peace,
     Captain Owen Thompson.

January 21, 2007
Third Sunday After Epiphany
Sermon Title: Better Together
Sermon Text: 1 Cor. 12:12-31a
Lectionary Readings
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
Luke 4:14-21

Sunday School Teachers

January 28, 2007
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Lectionary Readings
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke 4:21-30


Worship Leader: Pauline Dunn

Elders: Althea Alton (Bread), Jean Moore (Cup)

Diaconate: Floor - Ronda Kimler, Ruth Kugler, Eric Reed, Janet Shank, Margaret Taylor. Balcony - Arline Anderson, Tweed Mummert, Phyllis Rogers. Preparatory - Rachel Bliven*, Margaret Black, Dorthea Wagner.

Greeters: TBA

Ushers: Downstairs South - Nikki MUmmert; Downstairs East - Donna Weinberg; Upstairs South & East - Conley & Donna Bainter; Elevator - Tweed Mummert;

Sanctuary Superintendent: Teresa Bennett

Soundboard Tech: Chris Dace

Fellowship Time: Katie Dorethy

Hospital Callers for January 23 & 25: TBA Elder: Mary Raymer 1/26

Financial Secretary: Roselyn Chown

Sunday Morning Office Staff: Janet Shank

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, Jan. 21 Les Herrimanr opens the church
9:00 AM - Sunday School
10:00 AM - Coffee Fellowship
10:30 AM - Worship
4:00pm - Everly House Vespers
     Elder: Althea Alton
     Deacons: TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 23
9:30 AM - Clergy Bi-Chapter Mtg. Here
No Martha Shemwell Circle CWF
2:00 PM - Ada White Circle CWF
     Hosstess: Lois Sisson
     Lesson: Kathryn Weghorst
     Worship: Doris Allen
6:00 PM - Itoka Meada Circle CWF
     Dinner: Old Dairy
     Hostess: Bev Drake
     Lesson/Worship: Betty Sherwood
6:30 PM - Boy Scouts Family Night
7:00 PM - Betha Gilchrist Circle CWF
     In Fellowship Hall
     Hostess/Lesson/Worship: P. Dunn

Wednesday, Jan 24
5:00 PM - Campus “Oasis” Worship
6:30 PM - Chancel Choir Rehearsal
7:45 PM - Property Dept. Meeting

Saturday, Jan 27
Regional Evangelism Workshop in Aurora.

Birthdays and Anniversaries
23 - Rick & Arline Anderson (a), Tweed Mummert
26 - Barb Woodford
28 - Peter Stratton, Kent & Barb Woodford (a)

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