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june 19,27, 2012 march 2012

the newsletter of first christian church (disciples of christ)

THE volume xxv | no. 82

A Note of Thanks from Larry & Donna Priddle

cwf meeting: june 26

We would like to thank our church family for the overflowing love, prayers, generosity, and support that you have given us since our house fire. Ryan was instrumental in coordinating our assistance immediately and has been a wonderful ongoing support for our family. Additionally, we feel very grateful for the shower that was hosted in our honor where we received many wonderul items that we desperately needed. We are proud to be members of the First Christian Church of Smithville and thank you again for everything you have done for us. Your kindness has truly been a blessing to our family—Love, Larry and Donna Priddle

The CWF wll meet Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. Our program will be an interesting and informative slideshow on human trafficking. Vicki Belcher is Hostess. Please join us!

food pantry report hebrews 13:1-3 Many thanks to: United Methodist in Paradise—large donation of toilet paper. Lakeside Produce—tomatoes & cucumbers & zucchini. Community Christ Church—large donation of all types of groceries. Our Congregation—wonderful donations of all kinds!

may care connection report 15 cards sent, 3 meals prepared, 1 home visit, 2 hospital visits, 42 phone calls. Total connections: 63 People making connections: 6

Summer Due Dates for The Current If you have articles that you would like included in Summer editions of the Current, please submit them to Jennifer by the following dates for the following publications:

Galatians 6:9-10—Look it up.

Submit on June 28 to be published in the July 3 issue. Submit on July 12 to be published in the July 17 issue. Submit on July 26 to be published in the July 31 issue. Submit on August 2 to be published in the August 7 issue.

Love, Rick

The August 7 issue will mark our return to weekly newsletters.

current culture A Word from Ryan “And on the seventh day God finished the work that had been done, and God rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work the God had done in creation.” Genesis 2:2-3. When God does something, we are often best served if we try to model that behavior. So, when God rests, we are often best served if we rest. The last year has been incredibly busy for our congregation as we have been growing deeper and wider together. Now, as we reach the seventh month of the year, July, we’re going to practice the seventh day of creation, Sabbath. We’re taking the month of July to do some self-care and some rest. To that end, you’ll see a few things happening in July. First, we’ve cancelled our Board meeting and our cabinet meeting for the month, and the choir will be taking July as a month of rest. I will be “dressing down” in the pulpit, taking off the robe and adopting what I jokingly call the “cool pastor” wardrobe. In church, I encourage you to take things casually as well. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “I already dress casually at church. You’re risking seeing what casual REALLY looks like to me.” You’re either thinking that, or you’re thinking, “Some people wouldn’t know what church clothes really looked like if they jumped out of their closets and attacked them.” So, let’s just set the dress code as, “Yeah, I could wear this on a casual Sunday afternoon out in public.” I’ll trust you to interpret that wisely. Beyond this, we’ll have a opportunities at the church to encourage physical and spiritual health. To encourage care of the physical body, we’ve partnered with SHAPE Fitness at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital to host both Zumba and Yoga FOR ANY BODY here. Zumba will happen on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in July (except for July 4) and is a dance fitness program that is highly aerobic in which you can choose your pace. It incorporates hip-hop dancing, samba, salsa, and many others. Zumba helps to burn calories, release stress, increase happiness, and encourage good body image. The time for Yoga is Mondays at 10:30am, and the classes will be taught so that anyone of any age and any bodily ability can participate. Yoga originated in India as part of Hinduism, and is a practice of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline through balance, stretching, and breathing. In recent studies, Yoga has been proven to reduce stress, increase fitness, encourage weight loss, and manage chronic health conditions such as cancer, depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia, fatigue, and mood. Classes will have a $2 suggested donation per session, and you will have to sign a small waiver to participate. If you’ve been meaning to focus on your health, now is a great time to start! Also, both of these activities are intergenerational! ALL ARE WELCOME! Spiritual health will also be key to this time. So, we’re taking July to encourage you to practice spiritual health in two ways: On Monday

evenings through July, starting at 6 PM each Monday, the church Gathering Hall and Sanctuary will be open and dedicated to a time of self-guided prayer. There will be prayer stations set up in both spaces for you to pray for yourself, your family, and our church. There will be no structure to this time. You can come and go as you please, experiencing a place of quiet meditation and calm reflection. I will also be available during this time for prayer with you and pastoral counseling. We will also continue Wednesday mornings with our regular Bible Study at 10 AM and I encourage anyone to join us at that time. But, to encourage those who aren’t already participating in Bible Study, I will also teach the exact same Bible Study on Sunday evenings at 6 PM, but we’ll take it outside of the church. Bible Study on Sunday nights will be hosted up at the Parsonage, my home. Join us starting on July 15 & 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM! I suspect that you’ve looked at all these opportunities and said, “WOW….are we really going to rest much?” The answer is, you choose your own pace. You’re not required to participate in all of them. Instead, ask yourself, “How do I need to be caring for myself right now?” If you feel that you need to work on your prayer life, come on Mondays. If you feel like you need to get back in touch with Scripture, come on Sundays. If you’re too busy trying to catch your breath after reading the options, maybe Zumba or Yoga are for you. Together as the body of Christ, we’ll rest our bones and our souls so that, come Fall we’ll be ready to serve, grow, and reach out into God’s creation in new, healthy, encouraging ways. With peace and Sabbath blessings,


a look ahead this sunday, june 24

next sunday, july 1

GREETERS, EAST DOOR: Phil & Kathy French GREETERS, WEST DOOR: Gary & Marti Jones LAY READER: Susie Clower

GREETERS, EAST DOOR: Jim & Donice Ratliff GREETERS, WEST DOOR: Don & Betty Lindsay LAY READER: Pam Maedel

CHILDREN’S SERMON: Ken Lippincott CANDLE LIGHTERS: Sam Arnold & Alexander Drake

CHILDREN’S SERMON: Ryan Motter CANDLE LIGHTERS: Jack & Carter Massie

ELDERS: Mike Gordon & Linda Neer

ELDERS: Ken Lippincott & Larry Priddle DIACONATE: Jacinda Manka, Judy Clough, Bruce Hathaway, Jacob Manka, Rick George, Donna Priddle

DIACONATE: Shirley French, Steve Prout, Jim Owen, Marcus Burchett, Matt French, Mary Gordon, Linda Neer PREPARE COMMUNION: Linda Neer CLEAN UP COMMUNION: Matt French PICK UP SANCTUARY: Mike Gordon


JUNE 19: Margaret Otto, Jim Riddle, Jane Woods JUNE 20: Kay Paul, Brian Mitchell JUNE 22: Michelle Arnold, Don French, Shirley Owen JUNE 24: Donna Porter JUNE 26: Sam Miller JUNE 27: Ron Major, Mindi French JUNE 28: Tifnie Walker, John Manka JUNE 29: Stephanie Maxfield JUNE 30: Alice Spengler, Susan French

june birthdays

First Christian Church

201 North Bridge Street Smithville, MO 64089-8266 phone: 816.532.0773

(Disciples of Christ)

Ryan Motter, pastor cell: 913.707.2870 email: Mark Holcomb, music minister Velva Fausett, organist Janet George, pianist Greg Atkins, treasurer Jennifer Schultz, office manager Abby Carr, communications designer

The Current | 6.19.12  

The weekly newsletter of the First Christian Church of Smithville, Missouri.

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