October was a busy month; I hope you had the opportunity to participate in all the events and services that caught your attention. November will be memorable as well. We will have a chance to light a candle before church and during the prelude for the Saints we remember in our lives. All Saints Sunday is the 5th and we will honor the 8 people we have said goodbye to this year. And don't forget the time change!
If you are a Veteran or active duty remember to bring in or email a picture for Ruth to scan as we honor those who served our country on Sunday the 12th. How about some soup and fun on the 19th? After worship there will be glue guns at work as we make feathery decorations for our Angels Among Us worship series; and on the 26th everyone is invited to help decorate the church after worship.
The Christmas season is finally upon us! I can hardly wait to sing the old favorites and maybe a new one or two. Our worship series for the season is Angels Among Us and I think you are going to love it. I am excited too, because this is my first Christmas with you and I am going to get to see the Sanctuary in all its festive glory.
We will be hosting the Cantata this year and the choir has been working overtime to learn the music. Don't miss worship on the 17th. In fact, this holiday season would be a great time to share our church with friends and let them catch them excitement.
Then, when all the presents have been unwrapped and the food in the refrigerator is all the leftovers, we will be having our December 31st (New Year's Eve) service in the Fellowship Hall. Bring the goodies you have too much of and we will enjoy a casual worship service
around the Tables. Who knows, we might even say goodbye to a habit, or thought it's time to let go of.
Gee... I feel like a little kid - I can hardly wait to start the season!
See you at the Table! Laurie
November 2018 Newsletter
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR
The season of thanks-giving and we have so much to be thankful for at 1st Christian. What a great community of caring, loving Christians. There are all kinds of ways to give your time and talents during this time of year. One is to help with decking the halls of the church. It is fun to decorate our own houses, but it is a wonderful feeling to be a part of decorating God’s house for the coming Messiah. The Christmas season is almost upon us! So save the date for Sunday, Nov. 25th. We will decorate and then fellowship together over a light lunch.
I can hardly wait to sing the old favorites and maybe a new one or two. Our worship series for the season is Calm and Bright, a celebration of the 200th birthday of the cherished Silent Night. I think you are going to love it. Last year it was feathers, this year stars will abound! I am excited too, because the Sanctuary in all its festive glory is simply gorgeous; a gift in itself for the Christ-child.
Then, when all the presents have been unwrapped and the food in the refrigerator is all leftovers, we will be having our December 3oth service in the Fellowship Hall. Bring the goodies you have too much of and we will enjoy a casual worship service in the Fellowship Hall.
See you at the Table! Laurie
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR
*Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
*Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY BIG!
*Don't listen to critics. Listen to God.
*Build on high ground.
*Don't forget we're all in the same boat.
*Stay below deck during the storm.
*Remember the ark was built by amateurs with God's guidance, and the Titanic was built by professionals with human egos.
*No matter how bleak it looks, there's always a rainbow on the other side.
*Don't miss the boat!
See you at the Table! Laurie
Again, a huge thank you to everyone who had a part in making our Holy Week so wonderful - it took so many people to make it all happen. It would be impossible to name each and every one of you. Please know how grateful I am for each of you.
+Youth group has one more cook-out at our picnic shelter on Wednesday, May 8th. We have had a wonderful year and it is a joy to be sharing this ministry with 1st Presbyterian and 1st Baptist. School is about to be out for summer and we are looking forward to next fall when we get to meet again. Thanks to Chris Robbins, Steve Fincher, and our superb chef: Jewell Reed.
+The worship team did a terrific job with our series Reconnecting with an Unhurried God during Lent. I especially loved the Prayer Chair that Mary Koogle painting for our Sanctuary. Now, we are celebrating The Cup of Freedom we have been given through the resurrection. And thanks to all our amazingly creative bulletin board folks who keep them seasonally up to date - they always look so nice.
+ Good things are happening in the Region. There are still registration slots available for the Kansas Leadership Center. You can be trained in how to promote adaptive change for only $25. The Region has a scholarship grant from KLC for 40 students and there are still some spaces available. Hotel rooms and meals are covered by a grant from the Kansas Bible Chair. This is an unbelievable opportunity to get world class training almost free. Check out the Region's website at Kansasdisciples.org. or ask me about it.
+An upcoming Regional event is the Mission Fest many of us attended last year. This year it is called Connect and Equip. Mark your calendar - it will be on Saturday, August 10, 9:30 to 3:30. Good food, lots of good folks from other Kansas churches; special music, and inspiring preaching from around the Region.
+ At the General Church level is this summer's General Assembly to be held July 20 - 24 in Des Moines, Iowa. We have information about it in the church office, or you can check it out at disciples.org
It is such a privilege to be in ministry alongside you. What a gifted and talented congregation FCCP is! See you at the Table this Sunday!
It is finally summer with all the joy it brings! Beautiful blue, sun shining skies; picnics, flowers, and time off from school. We have many folks either on vacation or planning them now. I pray for travel mercies for everyone.
This is also a time for wonderful, inspirational solos and special music while the choir enjoys their summer break. So many great things happen in worship during the summer months. Emily Ray, Mark Watkins, Warren Townsend, Jerry Cruz, Scott Nelson and so many others will take part in our celebrations; so I know you won’t want to miss a Sunday when you are in town.
There are some other events you need to mark on your calendars. The regional gathering this year is called Connect and Equip. It is August 10th at Camp Tawakoni from 9:30 to 3:30. Those of us who attended last year had a blast. There was wonderful preaching, delicious food prepared by various men and women groups served in the food court. There will be lots of good information to bring back to Parsons, and new friendships to enjoy. Joyce McEwen Crane, from Kansas Leadership Center, will lead two workshops. In the morning she will help us fill the gap between expectation and reality. That afternoon, she will lead a discussion on identifying what different groups of people bring to the table.
The cost of the event is only $10. You can register online at www.kansasdisciples.org or pick up a registration form at the church. Want to attend, but don’t want to drive – carpooling can be arranged.
Also this summer is the General Assembly of the Disciples of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa to be held July 20-24. Find out more at Disciples.org
If nothing else, this summer, look around at all the beauty God has given us in SE Kansas and say “thank you” everyday! See you at the Table, Laurie Read More
I just love the summer and how relaxed we all get as we unwind from the hustle and hurry of the school year. Maybe it’s the sweet corn and all the barbecuing on the grill, or maybe it is vacations, reunions and getting away for a while; but most of us seem to smile a little more and breathe a little better. I thank God for the miracle of the changing seasons.
I am also very excited for our First Sundays at First Christian worship experiments. Our 1st one will be August 4th and the music is going to be Bluegrass. Paul Martin, Tim Anderson, Dawna Dee Farran and her brother Rusty Farran will be leading us in all aspects of our worship. Paul said, “better tell folks to wear their tapping and dancing shoes!” Invite friends and family alike it’s going to be a great time at First Christian.
Our next worship series will follow: Prophecies and Pottery: Journey with Jeremiah. It should be inspiring. I love the metaphor of God as the potter and creation being the clay.
The regional gathering Connect and Equip is August 10th at Camp Tawakoni from 9:30 to 3:30. There will be activities for all ages, delicious food prepared by various men and women groups served in the food court. For the youth there will be swimming, archery, high ropes and more. The children will experience a “Day at Camp”. For those who have never attended camp, they can see what all the excitement is about. There will be lots of good information to bring back to Parsons, and new friends to meet. Joyce McEwen Crane, from Kansas Leadership Center, will lead two workshops. In the morning she will help us fill the gap between expectation and reality. That afternoon, she will lead a discussion on identifying what different groups of people bring to the table. Those of us who attended last year had a blast.
The cost of the event is only $10. You can register online at www.kansasdisciples.org or pick up the registration form on the table in the Narthex (Welcome area).
I hope you will enjoy every day this summer, take some time to breathe and relax. It will be fall soon enough! See you at the Table, Laurie
Early Thanksgiving for 329th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.
FCC, assisted by volunteers of First Presbyterian Church, hosted a Early Thanksgiving Dinner for soldiers of the Army Reserve 329th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion as they were preparing for extended deployment to Afghanistan.
The 329th CSSB departs Parsons early the next morning on an extended deployment to Afghanistan. Over 300 people were served, including the soldiers and their families and friends.