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First Christian Church, Lewisville June 4, 2014

Newsletter

Volume 20, Issue 34

Pastor’s Column

Inside this issue: Outside Property

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Graduating Senior

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Prayer Requests

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Juliette Fowler

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Youth News

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Wear your red this Sunday. It is Pentecost! On this special day in the life of the church we celebrate the end of the Easter season recognizing the events that spread the good news throughout many lands. In honor of the day the Spirit filled the apostles and spread the good news to so many… we will process into the sanctuary! You will be given red streamers to wave as a reminder of how the Spirit moved among the apostles and filled them on that first Pentecost!

many were gathered for the ancient Jewish festival called the feast of weeks (Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10) or Shavuot. This festival is being celebrated this week by our Jewish friends from June 3-5. The festival commemorates two things for them…Moses giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai and a festival of harvest 7 weeks after Passover. This festival is one of the times each year that the faithful were to gather in Jerusalem.

tryside for this festival, recognizing their mother languages, they came to hear what was being said. Here are a few fast facts about Pentecost:  It takes place less than two months after the resurrection of Jesus and sometime after the Ascension of Christ to heaven.  At the time of the Ascension the apostles were told they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them and that they would be Jesus’ witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.  The apostles were in Jerusalem, had discerned a replacement for Judas, and are waiting for the next sign.

On that first Pentecost the Spirit brought the gift of tongues – tongues of fire and tongues of speech. Suddenly the apostles of Jesus were speaking languages they couldn’t have even known before, speaking about the great deeds of power displayed by God. The Jewish crowds were gathered in Jeru- Today we celebrate PenteThe day the Spirit decended salem from around the coun- cost not as the “beginning

Sunday-June Upcoming Sermons:

Word Seekers

June 8: “Proclamation!” Scripture: Matthew 10:40-11:1

Come and join us for June 8: “Trust God’s coffee and conversation Promises” Scriptures: Haggai 1:12, 2:1-9 in the Fellowship Hall.

June 15: “Mercy not Sacrifice” Scriptures: Matthew 12:1-8

June 15: “Live Pure Lives” Scriptures: Haggai 2:10-19

Fellowship Class


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of the end” of the story of the Bible; but the “end of the beginning” of the narrative of God’s relationship with us. It’s the expansion of God’s grace that has been moving outward since the very beginning. From the very beginning when God chose to work through one family, then one nation, then eventually God revealed in human flesh gave us a new

covenant in Christ. Pentecost opens the covenant even more and allows the hearers to take their place in the events and to carry it forward, empowered by the Spirit, into the God-blessed future. The story of what happened at Pentecost is an invitation for us today as followers of Jesus to take our own place in the story

of God’s relationship with creation and work in the world.

Outside Property Workday-June 7, 7am

Graduation Celebration 2014!

Thanks So Much!

There will be an outside workday on June 7. We will start at 7am to be able to work while it is somewhat cooler! There is lots to be done so we’re going to divide up into three groups:

This Sunday, 8th, we will be celebrating Grant Heaton’s graduation from Lewisville High School with an inside picnic luncheon. Hamburgers, hotdogs, buns and cake are being provided as well as drinks. Please bring side dishes to complete our picnic.

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Work on the exterior of Sprowls Chapel, paint & reattach rain gutters. Plant flowers, trim shrubs, cut tree down Fix water leaks.

Bring your ladders and carpentry hand tools, skills, and yard tools (extra hand tools would be appreciated). If you have five gallon water jugs please bring them as well!

See you Sunday! Christal

I wanted to thank Randy, Dorothea, and Carroll for their work as a committee in sponsoring student ministers like Aerii. We have many committees but few meet as often and as effectively as this group. Thanks for a job well done. Paul

FCC Lewisville 2014 Daily Prayer Gracious God, we thank You for Your Son Jesus Christ, for the gift of grace and salvation, and for family fellowship, and relationships. We lift up our praises to You and thank You for Your unconditional love and forgiveness. We ask that You walk with us as we seek to be the light of Christ to all. We pray for the zeal to serve our community with compassion. Help us strive to be faithful in using the talents we have in the ways they were intended. Lord, fill us with the presence of the Holy Spirit guiding us to be open to the next new opportunity to glorify You. Help us to foster a culture of acceptance, inclusion, and diversity, and to provide opportunities to serve people of all ages. Change us within as we need to be changed so others can see You in what we do. Loving God, we thirst for openness to Your Word, worshipping in ways pleasing to You. We pray these things in Your Son’s name. Amen


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Hear Our Prayers, O Lord Imminent Concerns

Derow, Sandy Crabtree & Family, Rob Patt, Debbie Ellen, Debbie, Tommy, Herring, Mallory Cofer, Marty Roberts, Sue, Mitch, Wanda Clapp, Shannon Ivis Byrom, Jean Pristas, Bowling, Jennifer Brooks, Elizabeth Fletcher, Dan David Stott, Mary Prestjohn, Watkins, Katie Colleton, Dean Boaz, Christiana, Rex Mary Kohutek, Dr. Bobby Chu, Amy, Luke, (Minerva’s Harkins, Ashley & Family, Cindy Walker, Pat Kinnan, great grandson), Marina Shawna, Lois Lambert, Greenhill, Linda Carol, AlKitty Mellan, Hattie, Stevie pha, Stanley & Carol Heaton, Burl O’Bannon, Marlise Linn, Lasting Concerns Minoz, Tamra Deuser, Brooks Prewitt, Cindy Walk- Hal Renshaw, Dean Merritt, er, Elijah Carner, Justin

Jim Brown, Charles Curtis Sharon Williams, William Mallin, Shannon Paju, Rick Parkins, Ricky Drew, Travis Hobbs, the Daniel Phelps Family, Gary Fisher, Craig Sannum, Pauline Allen, Cathy Harshman, Opal Stoutmyer, Dorothy Morocco, Ruth Seagraves, Don Moreland, Elizabeth Beasley, Bruce.

To Juliette Fowler

CCSW Regional Assembly

Rev. Fisher and the elders will be going to Juliette Fowler on June 22nd to do a worship service.

SAVE THE DATE...for Re- The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins

gional Assembly!

will be the guest preacher.

We will meet as a region "For Such a Time as This" Everyone is invited to join on October 25-26, 2014, at us. We will be taking the Cypress Creek Christian bus and need to leave the Church in Spring, Texas. church by 1:30pm.

2015 General Assembly...July 18-22, 2015 Columbus, Ohio Mark July, 18, 2014 so you can be one of the first to register, sign up for learning tracks and choose your accommodations!

Meet & Eat Saturday, June 14th is Meet & Eat night. We will meet here at the church at 6:00pm for fun, fellowship, dessert and hopefully play a honest game of Mexican Train Dominos! It’s a fun and quick game to learn so come and join us!!

Be sure to check out our updated web page!

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VBS Planning Meeting June 22nd There will be a VBS planning meeting Sunday, June 22nd immediately following church services. Anyone interested in helping with VBS this year, July 27-31 5:30-7:30pm, is welcome to come!

Youth News VBS Summer is almost here and we’re gearing up for a fantastic VBS week! Everyone needs to go out into the community and invite children, ages 5-11years to come and join the fun!

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Bible Studies Opportunities Renaissance & Lewisville Estates Bible 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 Romans. 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

It’s Hard to Say ‘Good Bye’

Youth/Family Event Join us for a day of fun at Lake Ray Roberts on Saturday, June 14. We will meet at the church at 10:00am and either carpool or take the bus up to the lake. Activities Include: Wakeboarding and inner tubing (the Harshman’s are bringing their boat. Yipeeeeee!!!) Swimming Picnic Games All your favorite picnic food and drinks All are invited to come. Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring the neighbor’s kids. It will be a lot of fun.

June Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays Elizabeth Beasley—4 Bradley Sims—5 Paul Allen—7 Sally Roberts—12 Randy Crick—17

Juanita Brooks—19 Sue Thompson—19 Mike Hamilton—21 Beverly Michelsen—21 Sarah Michelsen—25

Anniversaries Mike & Christie Middleton—24

2014 Board Meetings—Mark Your Calendars! July 20 September 21 November 16

I have been blessed to be a part of this congregation and the life here at FCC. It’s been an experience full of joy and love throughout this past year. This Sunday is my last Sunday that I will be sharing with you as your youth minister. You have all been there throughout a lot of changes in my life and while I learn the ropes to parish ministry. Thank you all so much for your blessings and support as we have traveled this road together. I am sad to leave and will miss you as our paths part, but I will always remember the joy and grace you have shown me. I can’t wait for the future and what it has in store for all of us. Blessings and peace to you all. Aerii

Each Sunday this Summer-Food Collection for Hungry Kids School is out and lots of kids have to make their own lunches. Each Sunday, June-August, you are asked to bring a food item on Sunday. The youth will collect it from you during the 10:30am service each Sunday! We, thru CCA, want to help make it easier for them with easy and safe

items such as: peanut butter & jelly, packaged sandwich crackers, single-serve microwave dishes, mac & cheese, Ramen noodles, spaghetti, diced fruit packs, hot dogs, single serve drink sticks, cheese sticks, etc. Samples will be displayed and lists are available to take.


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