A w ee kl y pub li c at ion of F ir st C hr i st ia n Ch ur c h ( Di s ci pl e s of C hr i st)
Christian Echoes Bringing Perspective to Life A Minister’s Perspective by Rev. Isaac “Ike” Nicholson, Senior Minister
epending on which translation you use, the Bible uses the phrase, “Do not be afraid” 366 times. That is once a day for an entire year, including leap year. The written word of God reminds us daily to not be afraid. I have to admit, this is hard to implement into our daily life. Sure, it is easy to philosophically tout that we are secure in Christ and never fear the darkness or pain of life. It is significantly harder to remember that word of encouragement when a couple chooses to divorce, when the physician tells you that there is little hope or when the nurses rush your newborn son to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit.
Calming of the Storm in Matthew. “And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ 26And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27They were amazed, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’ (Matthew 8:23-27, NRSV)
Do Not Be Afraid
One of the most used stories to encourage people to conquer fear is the
Maybe that's the way it feels sometimes: like Jesus (or God) is asleep in the boat while we are perishing. “Don't you see that we are drowning?” becomes the cry of our hearts. Don't you see that my husband is abusive? Don't you see that my son is drug addicted? Don't you see that my best friend is being sent to prison? Are you asleep?
Super Bowl Sunday Snacks
Looking for some delicious snacks to enjoy during the upcoming Super Bowl? Stop by the Fellowship Hall following Morning Worship on Sunday, February 3 to purchase snacks of all kinds from the Disciples Women's Ministries.
Disciples Women’s Ministries News
The DWM Board Meeting is Tuesday, February 5 at 6 p.m. February Circle Meetings • Morning Circle—Thursday, February 14 at 10 a.m., at the church. Hostesses: Sherry Childers, Brenda Hall [note date change] • Afternoon Circle—Thursday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m., at the church. Hostesses: Rosalie Workman, Phyllis Tiffey • Evening Circle—Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m., at the church. Hostess: Margaret Ruth
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There are other causes for fear, too. Many were raised with a severe, judgmental image of a God who stands ready to punish even the most minor infraction. So rather than rest in the Divine bosom of one who desires to shield us from that which we are afraid, we run from who we perceive is poised to punish us for our transgressions. Still others are afraid of what they sense as the Will of God, believing that sometimes God’s Will includes loss or pain. Loss and pain are, unfortunately, part of living in a broken world. However, Scripture is crystal clear. God is madly in love with you and wants only the best for you. “Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for* a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit* to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13 NRSV)
Congratulations to Rev. Ike and Shauna on the birth of their daughter, Analiese Clare. She was born Sunday, January 27. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.
40 Days of Prayer & Service
The World Outreach Department has organized a Lenten observance of prayer and service. Each day a prayer topic with scripture reference is listed on the “40 Days of Prayer and Service Calendar” for prayers of praise, confession, thanksgiving, and intercession. These topics can be added to your prayer time, or you may want to center your prayer on the listed scripture. The second part of the observance includes service. As we reflect on Christ’s work of caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, and making disciples of people, we remember the words of Christ from Luke 22:27, “I am among you as the one who serves”. World Outreach has identified local outreach needs in the community as well as service opportunities within the church. A table is set up in the Narthex, and a World Outreach member will be available to help you choose a service project and answer questions. We encourage each of our members and friends of the church to participate in this quest to serve our community as the hands and feet of Christ. (Deanna Bradley, World Outreach Chair)
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Worship Participants—February 3, 2013
Elders: Harry Wiley/Loaf; Wes Johnson/Cup; Cecil Fannin/ Homebound Deacons: Mary Raybourn, Aaron Sutton, Kim Sutton, Stan Timberlake, Treca Timberlake, Nancy Turman, Claudia Vonderheide, Jeri Ward A/V Department: Team 1 Children's Church: Miranda McCulley/Kacie Kelly (grades K-2), Kim Stevens (grades 3-5) Coffee Fellowship: Terri & Jack VanHoose Communion Coordinators: Joyce Schuman, Linda Schuman Greeters: Garry, Cheryl and Angie Lewis Lay Readers: Margaret Ruth, Victor Swinney Ushers: Taylor Bradley, Bill Frazier Van Driver: David Ruth Youth Deacon Liturgist: Tatum Brumfield
Lectionary Texts—Sunday, February 3:
Jeremiah 1:4-10; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30; Psalm 71:1-6
We express our heartfelt love and sympathy to the family of Donald Castle, husband of Doris Castle. He passed away Saturday, January 26. Please remember his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Memorial Gifts Given
Gifts have been given in memory of: † Betty Curnutte by Larry & Mary Damron, Jerry & Kathy Davis, Jack & Pat Gallaher, Mike & Paula Hobbs, J. D. & Joyce Kiser, Mr. & Mrs. E. B. Lowman, II † Wilma Justice by AHS Class of 45, Mr. & Mrs. J. Edward Maddox, Charlotte Walthall † Eleanor Schneider by Lois J. Dixon
Notes of Gratitude
Thank you for the cards, visits, thoughts and prayers for my husband and me when he was at the hospital. My church family is the best. (Shirley & Herb O’Neal) Your gifts to Christian Care Communities demonstrated your concern for others. Thank you for this blessing to others! We are grateful! (Bill Schiphorst, Director of Church Relations, Christian Care Communities)
Calendar of Events: 02/03/13—02/09/13 SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m. 5:00 p.m. MONDAY 11:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TUESDAY 8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. THURSDAY 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:45 p.m.
Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal Sunday School “A Place For You” Television Ministry (Adelphia, Ch. 9; Time Warner, Ch. 9) Morning Worship Chi-Rho & CYF/Cancelled Kindermusik/18-36 months Faith and Fitness Cub Scouts Boy Scouts Men’s Breakfast Fellowship/French Toast & Bacon Chancel Ringers DWM Board Meeting Beth Moore Bible Study Meals on Wheels/David & Margaret Ruth Moms In Prayer St. Andrew’s Kids Vespers/Dr. Greg Widener, preaching Chancel Choir Afternoon Circle/Church Faith and Fitness Fellowship Hall Reserved/Boy Scouts Kindermusik/0-18 months Kindermusik/Newborns Kindermusik/18-36 months Evening Circle/Church Kindermusik/3-5 years
Chi-Rho and CYF will not meet Sunday, February 3.
We are collecting saltines for the First Ashland food pantry and paper towels for the Shelter of Hope during February.
God Speaks: a Lenten Retreat in Daily Life
Join spiritual directors, Cindy Neely and Christina St Clair, for a time of retreat using forty meditations from the world's wisdom traditions, deepening a practice of prayer and meditation, resting in God. When we “rest” in God, we discover God’s love embraces us throughout our lives, and even when we are struggling with difficulties, we can trust that this process of love leads to deepened awareness of how important we and all of creation are. We will meet weekly on Thursdays throughout Lent at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1337 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY --opposite the Paramount--ample parking. Registration and Introduction. Thursday, Feb. 14, 6:00 - 8: 00 PM Sign up, receive your copy of God Speaks in Many Tongues by Joan Chittister; enjoy a time of meditative music, reflection, silence, journaling and faith-sharing. Other Meetings: Thursdays 6:30 to 8:00; Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14 & 21. Maundy Thursday Service, February 28, is optional. Dress casually. Fee for Retreat: $25 (payable to Christina St Clair, only if you decide to participate throughout Lent). For more information and preregistration: Cindy Neely: (606) 923-0437 e-mail: email@example.com Christina St. Clair: (606) 585-4315 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org