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First Christian Church, Lewisville January 15, 2014

Newsletter

Volume 14, Issue 25

Pastor’s Column

Inside this issue: Prayer Requests

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NTA Leader Event

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CCA News

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Board Meeting

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Youth News

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Quilting Fellowship

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2013 Annual Report First Christian Church

Each year it is a good practice to review and celebrate the activities and accomplishments which occurred during the past year. I don’t know about you, but it is all too easy for me to forget about the accomplishments and only focus on the list of “to dos” in front of me. Our year of new beginnings, 2013, was just that and so much more! Here is the list that I compiled for 2013.  We were gifted with a grand piano for our sanctuary and two extremely talented choir directors/pianists and a great choir. Special musical per

formances included the Jazz night and the Bethlehem’s Child cantata.  A wonderful youth miniter started midyear. Wednesday night youth meetings, Halloween trunk or treat, Christmas caroling to our homebound and many other blessings have come our way as a result.  Fellowship luncheons, receptions, Meet & Eats, a Pancake breakfast/Easter egg hunt and a Christmas Party helped us to be community to each other and get to know our new comers!  Vacation Bible School took us to Athens with Paul.  Two pastor’s classes were held.  Four baptisms were celebrated.  The church website was recreated.  A new weekly bible study group was added at Lewisville Estates Senior Living Center which brought

us to 3 weekday opportunities to connect with a bible study group--the others being our Wednesday night study group and the Thursday Renaissance Village group.  Property improvements with everyone’s help on work days included: - Exterior repairs to a storage unit, fencing, and painting as well as a landscaping grant from Keep Lewisville Beautiful and Lakeland Elementary School. -Interior remodeling focused primarily on repairing and painting the Fellowship Room and the original section of the church with the addition of a new cross wall inside the Fellowship Room and a steel cross over the Fellowship Room entrance. The member gifts of these beautiful crosses are a true blessing to the church.  Old Town Community Garden completed its relo(Continued on page 2)

Sunday January Upcoming Sermons:

Word Seekers

Fellowship Class January 19: “Matthew Says.” January 19: Jesus Teaches Come and join us for coffee and conversation in the FelScripture: Matthew 4:12-23 about Relationships. lowship Hall. Scripture: Luke 13:7-18a, January 26: “The Beati22-24 tudes” Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12 January 26: Jesus Teaches Compassion for the Poor. Scripture: Luke 16:19-31


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Pastor’s Column…continued cation to our property with the help of some of our members and had a good first year crop.  Outreach deserves its own list of local, regional and international support: -Lakeland Elementary school: We donated uniforms and school binders, the teachers brought their students to our new Community Garden, to learn about gardening. The summer school ACES program met at our church for 3 weeks due to school facility constraints. -Keep Lewisville Beautiful spring and fall cleanup and planting days were well attended by church members. -CCA: We provided monthly lunches to a group of 50

seniors, worked the Christmas store, the angel tree in the mall, volunteered as spiritual director when the need arose, and led a bible study for the CCA staff during the holidays. The end of school year leaves many children who depended on the free lunches at school hungry during the summer. Kids Eat Free feeds 1000 children a day. We fed one group every Wednesday during the summer. -We provided a Bereavement Luncheon for a Denton county hospice organization. -Held a successful Blood Drive. -Completed a quilt for a worker from the Renaissance Village. -Disaster relief was provided

to Granbury; West, Texas; and Edmond, OK. We joined with other churches to feed the tornado victims in Granbury and West and donated money to the victims of the tornado in Edmond. -We supported international and national disaster relief through our Week of Compassion special offering. FCC Lewisville, thank you for the privilege of being your senior minister in 2013, our year of new beginnings. See you Sunday. Christal

Hear Our Prayers, O Lord Imminent Concerns Marina Greenhill, Linda Carol, Alpha, Stanley & Carol Heaton, Barbara Lewis, Harvey Martinez, Landess Family, Burl O’Bannon, Marlise Minoz, Tamra Deuser, Brooks Prewitt, Cindy Walker, Elijah Carner, Justin Derow, Sandy Crabtree & Family, Rob Patt, Debbie Herring, Williams Joynes, Mallory Cofer, Wanda Clapp, Shannon Bowling,

Susie Theil, Jennifer Brooks, David Stott, Mary Prestjohn, Dean Boaz, Christiana, Rex Harkins, Ashley & Family, Cindy Walker, Pat Kinnan, Shawna, Lois Lambert, Kitty Mellan, Hattie, Stevie Linn Lasting Concerns Hal Renshaw, Dean Merritt, Jim Brown, Charles Curtis, Sharon Williams, William

Mallin, Shannon Paju, Rick Parkins, Ricky Drew, Travis Hobbs, the Daniel Phelps Family, Gary Fisher, Mary Ann Bishop, Craig Sannum, Pauline Allen, Cathy Harshman, Opal Stoutmyer, Dorothy Morocco, Ola Provorse, Ruth Seagraves, Don Moreland, Elizabeth Beasley, Bruce.


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2014 NTA Leader Event, Saturday, January 25, 2014 Speaker: Johnny Wray “Transformation Through Outreach” Workshop topics include:

Reaching Out to the Community in New Ways Rainbow Members (special Organizing for Stronger Families & Congregations needs ministry).

First Do No Harm: Helpful and Harmful Approaches to Re-Discovering the Mission of the Church Outreach Social Action Ministries. That Reaches Out. Recruiting, Training, and Sustaining for Ministries of NTA Disciples Women in Mission 2 workshops with Outreach. Johnny Wray. Community Gardening ReDisciples Serving Commugional Men’s Missions. nity. Community Fellowship Meals ... To the Ends of the Juliette Fowler Communities - Opportunities for MisEarth. sion. Mission Spirituality Missions Trips Are Awesome... Is This a Good Idea? - How to Implement New Community Care Ministries.

Compassion and Care: Health and Social Services in Our “Disciples Church.” “Disciples Church.” Special After Event - Concert by Chapman University Choir at 3:15 p.m. (A Disciples University in California) Northway Christian Church 7202 W. Northwest Hwy. Dallas, TX 75225 Forms are in the office. We will be taking the church bus.

CCA Senior Luncheon Thank you everyone who participated in feeding CCA Seniors Luncheon on January 13, 2014. They really enjoyed the meal and I think a couple of people had second’s. Special thanks to Doneta, Becky, Connie, Dorothea, Beverly,

Christal and Tammy for creating and serving the meal. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you, Tammy Heaton

The Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity Saturday, January 25, 9:00am-1:45pm. Whirls Without End: Worlds That Shaped the New Testament. Acton United Methodist Church, Granbury

Saturday, February 8, 9:00am to 1:45pm. The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in Revelation. Northway Christian Church For more information go to www.brite.edu/stalcup

Be sure to check out our updated web page! See more wonderful pictures on Facebook at First Christian Church Lewisville or at www.fcclewsville.org

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Youth News

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Bible Studies Opportunities Renaissance & Lewisville Estates Bible

The youth group will meet this evening at 6:00pm following dinner. We have seven youth going to the Mid-Winter Retreat this year at Athens!

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Study Groups

Every Thursday we meet at Lewisville Estates at 10:00am and then at Renaissance Village at 12:00pm for Bible Study, singing, praying and communion. The topic for these Bible Study groups is the book of 2 Thessalonians. Wednesday Bible Study: Matthew Every Wednesday evening at 6:00pm we meet in the Fellowship hall for an hour of Bible Study. Dinner is served at 5:30pm.

Board Meeting The first board meeting of the New Year will be this Sunday, January 19, following worship service. We will meet in the Fellowship Room. All members of First Christian Church are welcome to attend. If you are a board member please write your report for the secretary.

Birthdays—January Neil Rogers—4 Matt Michelsen—14 Tyla Heaton—18

Steve Cobb—30 Joan Johnson—31

Calendar—January Quilting Fellowship The quilting group that meets here at the church has decided to meet at 9:30am on the third Saturday of each month. If you are a quilter (or not) bring your projects for a fun morning. Got questions about quilting—we have expert quilters among us!!

Jan. 16 5:30pm 6:00pm

Dinner Youth Group to Meet Bible Study 17 10:00am To Lewisville Estates for Bible Study 12:00pm To Renaissance Village for Bible Study CYF Mid-Winter 19 9:30am Sunday School 10:30am Worship Service 12:00pm Board Meeting 24 JYF Mid-Winter 25 7:30am Leave Church for NTA Leader Event

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