NEW OFFICE HOURS
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.
AMONG THE FLOCK
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.)
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.”
HOSPITAL VISITORS NEEDED
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.
WEEK OF COMPASSION UPDATE 1/12/07
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tod Iseminger (email@example.com). 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 (www.weekofcompassion.org).
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
QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“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
HOLY DAYS AND HOLIDAYS
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
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Sunday School Teachers
January 28, 2007
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
SERVING THIS WEEK / JANUARY 21, 2007
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.
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
Sunday, Jan. 21 Les Herrimanr opens the
9:00 AM - Sunday School
10:00 AM - Coffee Fellowship
10:30 AM - Worship
4:00pm - Everly House Vespers
Elder: Althea Alton
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)