Giving Thanks a Thousand, Including God

Giving Thanks a Thousand, Including God

Last Saturday in the Wall Street Journal, A.J. Jacobs wrote a tribute to his freshly brewed cup of coffee.

He realized as he was drinking the morning treat that he was greatly enjoying it, and that he should thank the person who had prepared it for him, which he proceeded to do.

Then, as he thought about what goes in to making this common morning drink, he said: "I pledged to thank every person who had even the smallest role in making my cup of coffee a reality: the barista, the farmer and everyone in between."

He thanked the driver of the truck which brought the beans to the coffee shop; the paver of the road's asphalt on which the truck traveled and the person who striped the road, making it safe; and the paint makers;

He thanked the pest control workers in the warehouse which stored the coffee; the cup makers and the lid makers for the cups; the special machine tools which made the lids;

He travelled to Colombia to thank the coffee bean farmer; the maker of the depulping machine from Brazil; the auto workers who assembled the farmer's pickup truck;

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Yarn Ministry in September

Yarn Ministry in September

The Yarn Ministry fellowship will meet the 2nd and 4th Saturdays (Sept 8 and 22) in September as we continue to make prayer shawls, baby blankets and prayer cloths along with hats, mittens and scarves for Tabitha’s Closet. 

Many prayers shawls have been given in recent months but there are still many that have been blessed and labeled and are waiting to a recipient. 

So if you have a family member or a friend (within or outside of the congregation) who is in need of prayers, please do not hesitate to ask for a shawl to take (or be sent) to them. 

This is a ministry of the entire congregation so please join us in sharing God’s love

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Church plans one worship service for four Sundays

The church is planning a single 9:30 am worship service for four different Sundays in September and October.

The single 9:30 am service will be held on Sunday Sept. 9, 16, 30 and Oct. 14th.

The single worship service will be followed by a group discussions on the future of the church.'

The four Sunday meetings will take us through a very specific and focused process to develop the future story for our congregation and result in recommendations that will be voted on by the church board and congregation.

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Exciting Things happening with Yarn Ministry

We continue to meet on the first and third Saturdays of each month, 10 am in the Prayer Room and all are welcome.  If we need to move to a larger space, we will be happy to do so, but be forewarned, we are usually a noisy group while we accomplish lots of fun things.

Hats, mittens and scarves are in preparation for our December Mitten Tree and we have lots of patterns and measurements to help with those projects.  We just received another large bag of yarn from Sherry Pappan (Joan Justice’s daughter) – Thank you! – in lots of neat colors for hats and scarves. 

So if you can’t join us on Saturdays but want to make items for the Mitten Tree, please stop by the Prayer Room to pick out yarn or other supplies.

Bill Czeschin is delivering nine baby blankets to Mother’s Refuge (from our last blessing) so we are also working on the next set of blankets for their new babies with prayer cloths for their mothers. 

And there are lots of prayer shawls available – please let us know if you know of someone who could use the warmth and prayers that come with a hand-made shawl.

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Endowment Reports available in the FCC Library

First Christian Church is fortunate to have made some good long-term financial decisions throughout our history, resulting in an endowment fund that continues to provide benefits for us today. 

Updated summary information about these assets is in the quarterly financial reports provided to the Board of Directors. Detailed reports are provided to the Trustees on a regular basis and copies of these reports are now available in the church library (glass cabinet on the south wall). 

Each report contains information on two funds, the first part of the report is for our larger endowment fund and the small tab at the lower right takes you to the information on the building improvement fund.

Please feel free to peruse this information and ask questions if something is not clear.  Geoff Ingram is currently the chair of the Trustees.

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How Hope Partnership helps with Missional Transformation

This is the organization that is leading us through our current evaluation and transformation process.  If you would like more information on them, you can check out their website at

Their mission is to “empower courageous leaders to guide the Church into life-giving expressions of ministry for this era of God’s mission”. As a general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Hope Partnership is home to New Church Ministry and transformational leadership programming. 

Their 2017 annual report is available on their website along with lots of other information about the work they do for our denomination (and others).

They realize that mainline churches are now in a new reality.  A common cited definition of insanity is continuing to do the same things and hoping for different results.  And yet that is what churches keep doing – the same thing with slightly different “tweaks” or adjustments with the expectation of dramatic changes that never happen. 

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The Family That PREYS Together Stays Together: An Offering Meditation

The Family That PREYS Together Stays Together: An Offering Meditation

I have not been in church for several Sundays.

The main reason is a July trip to Alaska – an extraordinarily beautiful, different and exceptional place unlike any place I have ever seen.

There is something spiritual and affecting about being in the natural world and experiencing God’s extraordinary creation.

There is something magisterial about looking at the face of a glacier, seeing the playfulness of sea lions, observing the grandeur of the bald eagle and sheer wonder and excitement of seeing a pod of orcas.

The experience makes you feel small, infinite and incidental, but evoke a deeper appreciation for a need to preserve and protect the environment.

The trip offered a chance to experience the world before it was occupied, mined, harvested or invaded by tourists … like myself.

Many of the communities located on the inner passage way or accessible only by boat or plane. The cars are few and low mileage.

You come to look at the world in a different way.

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