New church movement experiencing a Second Wind
Pentecost Offering May 15 and May 22
Indianapolis, March 28, 2016 — The Disciples new church movement is experiencing a Second Wind. With courageous leaders at the helm and the wind of the Holy Spirit breathing vitality into the movement, Disciples are on course to start 1,000 new churches by 2020.
Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation invites you to join the new church fleet by supporting the 2016 Pentecost Offering, which will be celebrated in Disciples of Christ churches May 15 and May 22.
Since the creation of the 2020 Vision, Disciples have planted 934 churches in the United States and Canada, sharing the gospel with more than 61,000 individuals who may not have had a relationship with Christ. According to Gilberto Collazo, president of Hope Partnership, “A Second Wind,” which is the theme for this year’s Pentecost Offering, is energizing the new church movement, making it a vital force for sharing God’s Word. “The new church movement is very much on course and gaining momentum,” he says. “Our new church planters are more determined than ever to share the gospel and win souls for Christ.”
Each year one half of the Pentecost Offering is designated to the Region or Area in which the offering is taken, while the other half is used by Hope Partnership to support the recruitment, assessment, training and coaching of new church leaders.
Once again, Hope Partnership invites Disciples congregations to view the 2016 Pentecost Offering video created by the award-winning production company, the SALT Project. This two-minute video offers a creative style in highlighting the Pentecost Offering theme. Also, for additional resources and for more information about the Pentecost Offering, visit www.hopepmt.org.given.” Read the full newsletter here.
Golden Adventurers “On the Go – Again!”
On Friday June 3rd, we will travel to Bella Vista, Arkansas to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The Museum welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.
The museum is free but admission to “The Open Road” Exhibit is $10. We will leave approximately 8 am. Please plan on eating at least one meal out. There is a restaurant (closes at 2:30 pm) on site as well as a coffee shop with sandwiches, chips, desserts and drinks on site.
Picasso! Grace Kelly! George Washington! Andy Warhol! And Rosie the Riveter! These are just a very few of the special art pieces housed by the Crystal Bridges Art Museum. With some pieces on loan from the George Eastman Museum and other locations, there is no end to the diversity of the art displayed. Look for the TV man! Marble Statues! And yes, there is even a quilt! Oh, beware the two story spider!
“The Open Road” exhibit is worth the time! The price of this exhibit is separate and only costs $10. Photos of the past come alive along Route 66, THE destination of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. There is also a short film montage in the theater that really explores the film-making ideas of the time. Read the newsletter here.
Tentative schedule for Vacation BIBLE School!
Join us Wednesday, August 3, Thursday, August 4 and Friday, August 5 for our Vacation Bible School! We will meet from 9 am to 11:30 am with a light lunch served after the classes. Crafts, fun and food for all!
Join our BIBLE characters as they tell the stories of Ruth, David, Mary and other people who helped shape the BIBLE! Volunteers are needed to help with classes, crafts, music and food. If you can help in any way, please contact Janie Barcus at 421-4415 or the church office at 421-4790. Read the newsletter here.
August 2016 Newsletter
Matthew 19:13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
Jesus had time for children. Amazing isn’t it.? I mean with all Jesus was doing to usher in the Kingdom of God, all those he had to touch, heal, and teach, he had time for children. It is amazing but there is much more. He said “it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
We as a church, the body of Christ, want and need children and their families. Why? It is part of our mission for the kingdom to make disciples, it brings energy to the church, and it brings new voices, hands and feet for God’s work. If we do not reach out to them, no matter where they come from, we are not doing what God has asked of us and the church suffers and can die.
This fall I hope we will pull together to reestablish a youth and young adult program for this church. To do this it will take everyone helping, even in little ways. If you believe this church needs to extend its hand in love to the youth and their families of this community and if you believe your hands and heart are called to help with this please meet with me on Sunday August 14th after church. There we will ask God’s blessing on our work and start planning for the future.
In Christ’s Name and Service, Pastor Paul
Community Baby Shower
Friday, September 30th from 4pm to 6 pm
Sponsored by Community Health Center, KanCare and United Healthcare, this special event will include drawings and prizes, free health care resource materials, health education for the mother and the baby, car seat education and refreshments. For more information, please call Christine Krause at 913-333-4095.
October 2016 Newsletter
The Thanksgiving Offering benefits the Colleges, Universities, Seminaries, and Divinity Houses affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). These learning communities are an extension of the church, challenging students to understand and respond to God's call to serve.
From the very beginnings of the movement, Disciples have founded institutions of higher learning, encouraging students in their intellectual pursuits. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is still committed to higher education. Your gift to the Thanksgiving Offering helps underwrite the education of students attending one of our fourteen undergraduate institutions and our seven seminaries or divinity houses.
Thousands of students have attended the Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church receiving both a quality education and the opportunity to remain within our Disciple's heritage. Your financial gift provides scholarships and support for spiritual life offices. By giving to the Thanksgiving Offering you are investing in our students and helping keep education costs down.
Disciple Women Project November 2016
Brrrrr!! Have you ever been cold, bone chilling cold? No home to go to – due to hard times, floods,tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes? Or refugees fleeing their homeland displaced by war?
A blanket can provide warmth and comfort. It can be a tent for shelter, a stretcher for an elderly or injured person, or just a carryall for all you and your family have left.
Have you given thought to how blessed we are? Yes, am sure you have…
If we care – if we give – Church World Service will provide and distribute blankets here in the United States and in countries aboard for us at the cost of $10 each. Let us place a heart for you on our display blanket in the narthex.
Last year, you gave 44 blankets to grateful strangers. Can we reach, or maybe even surpass that number? We invite everyone to join us. Special envelopes are available in the bulletin and on the table in the narthex. Thank you for the love, caring and generosity you show to strangers. It’s not easy to keep asking you for money – but we love you for it and so does God. Read more.
Week of Compassion Special Offering February 19 and 26.
Week of Compassion is the Disciples witness in the face of natural or manmade disasters. Floods, hurricanes, fire, civil wars, poverty and disease are only a few of the challenges that Week of Compassion responds to on behalf of Disciples. The Special Day offering is the only church-wide effort to provide general funding for the ministry. Week of Compassion offering will be received February 19 and 26, 2017.
As you make your offering to Week of Compassion this year, may your worship be joyful; may your sharing be delightfully abundant; may God be made glad by your cheerful generosity! Special offering envelopes will be in the sanctuary, or you may include your offering in your regular envelope – just write on the check or the envelope the amount for each offering. Read the full newsletter here.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
It’s that time again! The Red Cross Bloodmobile is scheduled to be at the First Christian Church on April 27th from noon until 6 p.m. and April 28th from 8 a.m. until noon. Please take the time to schedule an appointment to donate. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
Many time slots are still available, but the sooner you schedule, the more likely you will get the time slot you prefer. And don’t forget that you can speed up the donation process by using Rapid Pass the day of your appointment. If you require assistance in scheduling an appointment, please call Dean Cramer at 778-6483.
As always, walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments get first priority. We hope to see you all at the blood drive, and bring a friend – show them how easy it is to save lives. Read More.
A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Nearly 2,000 years ago a birth occurred, a very unique birth with worldwide and everlasting ramifications. This birth came seven Sundays following Easter Sunday. It was the Day of Pentecost and as the believers of Jesus Christ were gathered, something amazing happened. God poured out His Holy Spirit. We mark this day as the birth of the church universal. We invite you to join us on Sunday, June 4th as we celebrate this special day.
Through the centuries, the church became known as the Body of Christ. In our community of Parsons, the early Christian settlers gathered informally in homes to study the Bible and enjoy fellowship. The birth of our congregation came 145 years ago when the formal organization of “Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Sunday School” was established. This first Sunday School met in a real estate office and later a lodge and a one-room frame structure. Baptisms took place in Labette Creek and an old mill pond located on 21st between Main and Washington Streets. The exact birth date was August 4, 1872.
A charter was granted in 1878 and 35 members participated in both worship services and a Bible School.
June 2017 Newsletter - Rev. Laurie Lewis to be new Senior Pastor -
After a process that took over a year, the Pastoral Search Committee selected Rev. Laurie Lewis to recommend to the congregation to be called as Senior Pastor of First Christian Church. A reception was held on Friday, May 12, for members, staff, and community to meet Laurie. A congregational meeting was held Sunday, May 14, for the congregation to vote on calling Laurie. There were 55 ballots marked and returned with the congregation voting overwhelmingly to call Laurie with 54 voting "yes" and one voting "no".
Laurie is a graduate of Texas Christian University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in radio, television, and film. She says that although always knowing she was called to ministry, she tried to deny the call when choosing a lifelong vocation, however eventually discovered that God never gives up. She entered Brite Divinity School where she received her Master of Divinity and entered full-time ministry. She says, "I have since accepted my call with great joy. I absolutely love what I do and I think that is reflected in the energy I bring to worship and congregational life."
Laurie has served as interim minister of South Broadway Christian Church in Denver, CO since January 2016. Prior to that call she served as Senior Pastor of Monte Vista Christian Church, Albuquerque, NM for almost 11 years.
Laurie's first Sunday with us will be July 16. Read More.
Make plans now to join us on Sunday, July 16th.
This will be the first Sunday with our new pastor, Rev. Laurie Ann Lewis. There will be a reception following worship to give everyone a chance to meet Pastor Laurie and give her a warm welcome to our church and community. This is also a great Sunday to attend worship if you haven't been here in a while. Our new pastor will have new ideas and new ways to share God's word. Come be a part of the changes at FCC!
We are also designating Sunday, July 16th as "bring a friend" Sunday. In a recent Gallup survey 82% of people who don't attend church say they would attend if invited by a friend, yet only 2% of Christians ever invite someone to church. Your friends may know what church you attend, but may still be waiting for an invitation from you to join us.
Here are three tips to help you:
1. Think of three friends who don't attend church.
2. Spend a minute each day to pray for each of those three friends by name.
3. Pray that God give you the opportunity to invite them to church with you.
Churches grow when members bring their friends - so be a friend and invite a friend!
I am so excited to be here with you.
What a wonderful welcome! If you treat everyone who comes to visit us on Sunday mornings, like you have greeted me, we will run out of room in the Sanctuary. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. In the meantime, I am really appreciating the nametags! There is such an energizing spirit in this congregation. Soon, I will be working with our committees to plan for the Fall and Advent seasons. I know we are going to have fun aiming at the moon together! Laurie Read Newsletter here
From our Pastor:
What a wonderful September we have shared together. Thanks to everyone who made my Installation Sunday so amazing. I even got to ride in the "rumble seat" of Ron Little's beautifully refurbished Model T. The food, the ice cream, the program and Rev. Steve Martin's sermon and participation were fabulous.
CYF is so much fun - what a great bunch of kids. There is so much going on here at FCCP, it's hard to get it all in the newsletter. Sunday mornings are our best chance to share in the excitement and spread the news. This month we will focus on Generosity as we journey as
Christians together in the world. Dr. Clark Williamson reminds us that the "Good News is the promise that God's love is freely, graciously, offered to each and all; and our response is to love God with our whole being and to do justice to our neighbors as ourselves."
Following the way of Jesus includes responding to God's love with generous love for others. I think it is powerful each fall, when the abundance of harvest and blessing abound, that we take a little time to reflect on how we are called to participate and engage in this community where we live, as stewards of God's blessings. Read more.
See you at the Table!