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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


ur World Outreach Department has planned an exciting World Outreach Focus on Children this Sunday, February 19. Representatives of twelve organizations, including local, national and international ministries dedicated to children and families, will join us for Morning Worship and be available before and following our service to provide information about their missions. Over the past several weeks, we have journeyed with Jesus as He declared the Kingdom of God in the holy places, the home and in the public square. We have been reminded by our parents of the Reformation that God has a claim on all areas of our life and that the world is accountable to God for our care of all people. This week, we widen our perspective even further as we look at the universal claim of the Gospel. This Sunday is also Transfiguration Sunday where we look, with the disciples, at the revelation of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Before our eyes, we see the full revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, God the Son.

This year, we are partnering with Shelter of Hope to support its ongoing effort to help families transition from hopelessness to self-sufficiency. There has always been a strong relationship between Shelter of Hope and First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Many of you were active in the formative years of that ministry. Helping families in times of crisis is important and an essential part of our ministries here at FCC, but what do we do after a family receives a hot meal or respite from the coldness of homelessness? Shelter of Hope literally invests months with families. They provide long-term housing, education and assistance that propel their clients to a better life. Years of putting our dollars where they do the most good is notable. The bricks and mortar of the Shelter of Hope facility is essential to its good work. Now, the time has come to re-focus on the things that too often are taken for granted or viewed as mundane. The care of the apartment’s superstructure, roof and siding are a part of the total focus on the people who freely invest their time and talents in the work and mission of the shelter. When faced with the decision to invest in continuing education or supplies for children,

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things like roof repair and care of the actual building have taken a back seat over the years. We understand the importance of a safe and efficient physical plant in which ministry is done effectively, but more importantly, we know that a tangible covering for families in need also covers these families with the love of Christ. Are you willing to cover a child in need with the love of Christ? “If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:16, NIV). As we begin this season of Lent, I pray that you will consider a gift that matches your regular weekly tithe in support of our ongoing partnership with Shelter of Hope. As members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we appreciate the holy symbols of our faith, but we also are a practical people of faith. The roof that covers a child in need is as holy as the cross that adorns our Communion Table. The word “holy” means “set apart” and the Shelter of Hope facility is set apart, a holy building where people find hope.

Preparing For Lent 

This year’s Ash Wednesday Service is on February 22 at 6 p.m., in place of the regular Wednesday evening Vespers service. A Vespers Healing Service is scheduled for the following Wednesday, February 29 at 6 p.m.  The Lenten Sunday Night Live Series, The Trials of Jesus, begins Sunday, February 26 at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday, April 1 (Palm Sunday). The series places Jesus in the defendant’s chair as the prosecution calls on six witnesses to tell of their experiences with the accused.  A Lenten Pastor’s Class will be offered along with the new Sunday Night Live Series. If you have a young person who is interested in baptism and what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, please consider registering them for this class at the table in the Narthex or by calling the Church Office.

Youth News! 

Chi—Rho (grades 6—8) and Christian Youth Fellowship (grades 9—12) meet this Sunday, February 19 at 5 p.m. for a devotion, ski trip planning, and games. We hope you can join us!  Saint Andrew’s Kids (grades K—5) meets Wednesday, February 22 from 4—5:30 p.m. Join us for a devotion, snacks, and recreation.  Little Disciples’ Toddler Time is taking a field trip! Children ages 18 months—3 years and their parents or caregivers are invited to meet at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center on Wednesday, February 29 at 10 a.m. We will explore the Discovery Center area that was designed with children in mind. Admission prices are: $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for children 2 years and older, and free for children under 2 years. First Christian Church will provide a light lunch for children and adults. Please RSVP to Cathy Hawkins at For more information about the museum, you may visit their website at  As the youth prepare for their annual ski trip, we are collecting some “wish list” items to send them off well-prepared. Any donations of snacks and/or donations/loans of ski equipment would be greatly appreciated. Please see Cathy Hawkins for more information. If you would like to be someone’s prayer partner for the ski trip, please email Cathy at  Summer Camp dates for Chi—Rho and Christian Youth Fellowship may be viewed on the Youth Ministry office window.


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Worship Participants—February 19, 2012

Elders: Kay Pearce/Loaf; Cheri Daniel/Cup; Cecil Fannin/ Homebound Deacons: James Bradley, Taylor Bradley, Bryan Brumfield, Charles Buchanan, Linda Buchanan, Jennifer Burchett, Stephen Burchett, Marvin Childers Acolytes: Emma Spade, Wren Jenkins A/V Department: Team 1 Children's Church: Alisa Belville Coffee Fellowship: Angie & Garry Lewis Communion Coordinators: Joyce Schuman, Linda Schuman Greeters: Jim, Cheri, Reed & Wesley Daniel Lay Readers: Jack VanHoose, Stephen Corbitt Ushers: Carie Kizziar, Greg Jackson, Kim Stephens Van Driver: David Ruth

Notes of Gratitude On behalf of the KAM Program Committee, I thank you for your confidence in KAM’s witness and we promise to be faithful to God’s mission for our ministry and the stewardship of your gift. KAM is truly a ministry in which individuals, congregations, and Regions come together to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our neighbors. (Lon D. Oliver, Associate Regional Minister) On behalf of the family of Marion Cox, thank you to everyone for the prayers, messages, kind words, and visits during the time of his sudden and tragic passing. (Gloria Sluss)

DWM Book Club

The DWM Book Club February selection is Clay’s Quilt by Silas House. We will meet Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. to discuss the book. Please join us!

World Outreach Focus On Children

Join us this Sunday as the World Outreach Department presents World Outreach Focus on Children. Representatives of twelve organizations, including local, national and international ministries dedicated to children and families, will join us for Morning Worship and be available before and following our service to provide information about their missions.

Calendar of Events: 02/19/12—02/25/12

SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. MONDAY 11:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TUESDAY 8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. THURSDAY 3:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. FRIDAY 11:00 a.m. SATURDAY 8:00 a.m.

Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal/Canceled Sunday School “A Place For You” Television Ministry (Adelphia, Ch. 9; Time Warner, Ch. 30) Morning Worship World Outreach Focus On Children Chi—Rho/CYF Intercessory Prayer Group Faith & Fitness Shelter of Hope Board Meeting Cub Scouts Boy Scouts Men’s Breakfast Fellowship/Pancakes & Sausage Chancel Ringers Rehearsal Beth Moore Bible Study Meals on Wheels/Greg & Debbie Fields Saint Andrew’s Kids Ash Wednesday Service Chancel Choir Rehearsal Faith & Fitness DWM Book Club Youth Depart for Ski Trip Girl Scouts Thinking Day

Memorial Gifts Given

Gifts have been given in memory of: † Christopher Smith by Thomas & Sandra Lockhart, MBA Marketing, Inc.

With Sympathy

We express our heartfelt love and sympathy to the family of Marion Cox, Gloria Sluss’s uncle; he passed away February 10, 2012. Please remember his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, February 19: 2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9; Psalm 50:1-6

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